The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) connects engaged audiences
and compelling ideas to cultivate a more informed, inspired,
empathetic, and participatory society. For over 30 years the
Festival has presented vital civic and cultural events on the most
pressing topics of our time through smart, engaging programs and
performances. Insightful, entertaining and interactive, Festival
events are a platform for authors, journalists, scholars, policy
makers and other thought leaders, as well as for artists, actors,
musicians, comedians and cultural figures.
CHF has established itself as a vital member of Chicago’s
cultural community, with longstanding partnerships within the
city’s civic, cultural, and educational communities. In
pre-pandemic years, the Festival’s thoughtfully curated Spring and
Fall seasons annually attracted 50,000 people to 90+ in-person
programs. In fall 2021, we returned to in-person events after a
year of virtual programming. For 2022, we are planning in-person
festivals in May and October–November, and a series of high-profile
standalone events throughout the year. More information at chicagohumanities.org
The Engagement Manager is an integral part of CHF’s development
team and is responsible for the management and growth of CHF’s
fundraising and cultivation events, its broader cultivation and
stewardship program and donor benefit fulfillment, as well as
collaborating on and supporting its Qualification Program towards
increased donor pipeline development.
Cultivation and Stewardship
- Manage and administer CHF’s stewardship program, ensuring
personalized and cadenced communications and benefit fulfillment
for individual donors/members, corporate funders, and
- Support and contribute to a year-round engagement calendar,
collaboratively ensuring monthly touchpoints (cultivation,
stewardship, and large-scale appeals) in support of contributed
revenue goals and expenses.
- Build out segmented Mailchimp email campaigns in support of
appeals and program announcements.
- Collaborate with the Development team and Marketing (as needed)
to streamline communications, developing systems that strengthen
donor engagement and are high touch, but low lift.
- Provide personal member/donor service for program ticketing,
RSVPs and questions.
Fundraising and Cultivation Events
- Collaborate with Development, Programming, and Production teams
to produce and manage CHF’s annual Benefit each Fall.
- Manage other donor-related events and offerings, such as Meet
& Greets, receptions, salons, and pre/post program
- Project manage event budgets, underwriting, sponsorship, table
and/or ticket sales, RSVPs, in-kind contributions, and production
Pipeline Development: Qualification Program
- Collaborate on and support CHF’s Qualification Program with the
Associate Director of Individual Giving and Director of
- 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 and Development Committees, attend
meetings, draft minutes (as needed) for the Executive Director and
Director of Development.
- Ensure accuracy of and sign acknowledgement letters for the
Benefit’s ticket sales and donations >$3,000, letters will be
created and mailed by Development Database and Operations
- Review weekly reports to ensure data accuracy and needed donor
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.
- 3–4 years of previous event management, fundraising and/or
annual fund experience required
- Creative, resourceful and results oriented
- Adaptable and flexible in fast paced environment, able to
multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines simultaneously
- Best practices knowledge of donor moves management and
- Ability to take initiative and work independently, while also
working collaboratively as a team member
- Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
- Finds joy in the details—excellent organizational skills
- Experience with Raiser's Edge (or Tessitura) and Mailchimp
- Ability to work nights and weekends as needed
This is a full-time position with a salary of $60,000 based on
qualifications and experience. Benefits include 100% health
coverage (general, dental, vision), 403b, life insurance, short and
long-term disability, parental leave, a commuter spending plan, as
well as accrued time paid time off at the rate of 17 days for this
fiscal year. The Festival is also closed for 10 observed holidays
and allows for 1 floating religious holiday, in addition to winter
break (Christmas Day through New Year day) as time off.
WORK LOCATION AND COVID-19 POLICIES
We anticipate working in a hybrid model with two to three days
in office and other days worked remotely. 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
As part of our commitment to providing a healthy and safe
workplace, CHF is requiring employees to provide proof that they
are vaccinated against COVID-19 within the first week of
employment. If a vaccination is not possible, a request for a
medical or religious exemption can be made with Human
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, ACCESSIBILITY, AND
The Festival is committed to diversity, equity, accessibility,
and inclusion across every aspect of the institution. As a
workplace, we are committed to creating an environment in which 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.
This commitment extends to the Festival’s programming with
neighborhood-based partnerships (specifically on Chicago’s South
Side in Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Englewood, and South Shore), and
cultivating a society in which social justice and equity are
Email your cover letter and resume to
firstname.lastname@example.org by June 3, 2022.
Please know that we won’t consider incomplete materials or those
received through a different channel. Please format subject lines
as follows: 2022 Engagement Manager: [Your Name].
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!