The Chicago Humanities Festival is a non-profit year-round
festival of conversations, performances, and experiences. For over
30 years, we’ve presented thoughtful programs, performances,
and exhibitions, developing deep relationships with Chicago’s
cultural, civic, and educational communities, and have attracted
in-person audiences of ~50,000 annually (in addition to over 19
million online views of our vast video archive). Presenters have
included over a dozen Nobel Laureates, 75+ Pulitzer Prize-winners,
50+ Macarthur Fellows, and 40+ Oscar, Tony and Grammy
Award-winners; in other words, artists, and thinkers at the
forefront of their fields providing new insights into our
human condition through the arts and humanities.
Additional information is available at chicagohumanities.org.
In response to the pandemic in 2020, CHF pivoted to hosting events
virtually on our YouTube and Zoom platforms. In 2021, we will host
around 70 events altogether, virtually to start, while planning for
a return to in-person gatherings later this year.
The Associate Director of Individual Giving is an integral
member of the development team who contributes to the creation and
implementation of comprehensive fundraising initiatives for
increased contributed income. Major areas of responsibility include
the management and growth of CHF’s Charter Humanists ($3,000 to
$5,000), annual fund, and membership giving programs, in addition
to overseeing CHF’s Qualification Program in support of pipeline
This role works closely with the Director of Development and is
supported by the Stewardship and Events Manager and ATS/Development
Individual Giving Responsibilities
- Spearhead Charter Humanist (CHUM) $3,000 to $5,000 giving and
$1,000 Laureate level: serve as primary relationship manager,
developing and executing strategies to identify, cultivate,
steward, and solicit new and existing donors.
- With the Director of Development, set strategies for the
Benefactor program (annual fund and membership) in tandem with
larger pipeline development objectives, goals, and engagement
opportunities. This work is supported by:
- A fiscal year engagement calendar set forth by the Development
team collaboratively ensuring a monthly touchpoint (cultivation,
stewardship, and large-scale appeals) in support of contributed
revenue goals and expenses.
- Project management by the ATS/Development Services Manager of
all large-scale appeals and department engagement mailings or
communications, including pulling lists, negotiating with mail
houses, and ensuring timelines, etc. List building and its
segmentation are determined by best business practices and
department priorities and strategies.
- The Director of Institutional Partnerships and Communication
authors and/or edits CHF’s large-scale appeals and emails in
collaboration with the Director of Development and Associate
Director of Individual Giving.
- Ensure CHUM ($3,000 to $5,000) and Benefactor benefit
fulfillment, stewardship, and cultivation opportunities,
administrative systems supported by the Stewardship and Events
Manager and ATS/Development Services Manager. Stewardship and
Events Manager also serves as dedicated concierge for CHUM
ticketing and program needs.
- Design and implement all aspects of CHUM Society ($3,000+) in
collaboration with the Director of Development, including
identifying marketing and communication needs and strategies, and
cultivation/stewardship opportunities and events with the
- Responsible for the engagement of existing and prospective
donors through special events and programs, as well as other
initiatives key to individual giving.
- Track solicitations, renewals, program attendance, and
activities in Raiser’s Edge database in collaboration with the
ATS/Development Services Manager.
- Collaborates with the Director of Development in preparing
fiscal year budgets for CHUM and annual fund/membership revenue,
tracks progress towards goals.
- In collaboration with the Director of Development and Campbell
& Company, define and manage the Festival’s new Qualification
Program strategy and implementation, including identification of
needed tools, metrics, timing, and target list. This work will be
supported by the Stewardship and Events Manager. Together you’ll
work to optimize screening data and donor interest through a set
series of calls and emails resulting in:
- Pipeline movement to membership and donor categories
- Increased support with upward mobility
- Relationship management activation of other team members
- Support Board Governance Committee, attend meetings, draft
minutes for the Executive Director and Director of
- Ensure accuracy of and sign acknowledgement letters for
Benefactors and $3,000 to $5,000 CHUMs, letters will be created and
mailed by ATS/Development Services Manager.
- Review of weekly reports to ensure data accuracy and needed
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND
- 5-7 years’ increasing development experience with a focus on
major gifts and personal solicitation.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism
in all circumstances.
- Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective
- Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse
number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.
- Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or Tessitura.
- Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
This is a full-time position with a salary of
$70,000 based on qualifications and experience.
Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, 403b
retirement plan, a commuter spending plan, flexible working hours,
paid time off, paid volunteer days, remote work opportunities, a
parental leave plan, and more.
As is true of our entire staff, this role will work remotely
until a potential return to our Chicago River North office on
September 1st. Following that date, we anticipate that we’ll
continue to work partially from home, up to two days and from the
office the remainder of the time. While working remotely, you will
have access to a laptop computer and a $25 per pay period
($50/month) stipend to offset home internet and personal phone
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, ACCESSIBILITY, AND
The Festival is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and
inclusive workplace, where all employees and volunteers, whatever
their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age,
sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels
valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory
approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and
advancement in all of our departments, programs, and policies. We
respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure
that all voices are valued and heard.
Email your cover letter, resume, and three professional
references to firstname.lastname@example.org by August
6, 2021. Please format subject lines as follows: 2021
Associate Director of Individual Giving: [Your Name]. Please know
that we won’t consider incomplete materials or those received
through a different channel.
Candidates who are selected for an interview will be notified
via email. No phone calls, please. We look forward to reviewing
your materials. Thank you!