The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs combats poverty, racism, and
antisemitism in partnership with Chicago’s diverse communities.
Inspired by core Jewish values, we organize a Jewish constituency
to collaborate with communities directly impacted by systemic
oppression to advance racial and economic justice. Our work
includes four central program areas: 1) Issue-based Campaigns and
Community Organizing; 2) Youth Organizing and Engagement; 3)
Community Development, and 4) Advancing Racial Equity. To achieve
our mission, JCUA develops and mobilizes a base of individuals and
institutions within the Jewish community who become engaged as
members, leaders and donors in campaigns, activities, and
ABOUT THE POSITION
JCUA’s Development and Engagement team works to develop on-ramps
for people to get involved with the organization, including the
engagement and stewardship of donors, both online and in person. We
believe that social change happens through organized people and
organized money. We work to cultivate and engage members, many of
whom are donors who provide financial resources which help to
sustain and grow JCUA.
JCUA seeks a motivated, organized and detail-oriented individual
to serve as its Development Manager. We seek a highly enthusiastic,
people-oriented fundraiser who is a team player and committed to
JCUA’s values and mission. JCUA is a small dynamic organization
where the staff is highly collaborative and committed to supporting
each other's work and goals. As an outgrowth of our most recent
strategic plan, JCUA’s stakeholders (board, staff and members) are
working to bring a racial equity framework to all of the
organization’s work. The Development Manager reports directly to
the Director of Development and Advancement and is a trusted and
critical member of the Development and Engagement team.
Work closely with the Director of
Development and Advancement to streamline and implement new
fundraising systems and infrastructure.
Develop and implement portfolio
management, develop and manage moves management strategies to
retain current donors and engage prospective supporters.
Manage an active organizational
schedule for meetings and solicitations; prepare and support
individual staff members for successful donor meetings and help to
manage relationships that result in increased financial support for
Prepare solicitation materials such
as briefing memos, major gift proposals, slide decks, presentation
pieces, and other materials as needed.
Build relationships with small and
moderate donors through ongoing communications and prospect new
donors, both personally, and for the Director of Development and
Advancement, Executive Director, and Board members in securing
Create cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship activities for mid-level donors to reach and help to
build JCUA’s major gift pipeline.
Event Coordination and Special Fundraising
Coordinate fundraising opportunities,
logistics and programming for JCUA’s flagship annual event, Acts of
Partner with Director of Development
and Advancement and Communications and Engagement Manager to
oversee JCUA’s fundraising appeals; oversee JCUA’s end of year
campaign to continually improve JCUA’s individual donor
Coordinate small fundraising events,
parlor meetings, and other opportunities to identify and cultivate
Foundation and Administration Support
Support JCUA’s foundation
submissions, letters of inquiry and reports, including gathering
data. Track due dates, award letters, and all other funder
communications. Support grant writing and assist in sourcing new
Manage Development calendar, help
generate content for appeals and updates, and coordinate recipient
Work with the Director of Development
and Advancement and Executive Director to build out systems and
best practices for grant and gift portfolio management, donor
tracking and cultivation.
Bachelor's degree or comparable
3 or more years of fundraising
experience with demonstrated growth in responsibilities, including
direct solicitation experience.
Demonstrated track record and passion
for inspiring people to give.
Effective written and verbal
Effective event management skills
with a strong attention to detail.
Experience using CRM systems;
experience in EveryAction is a plus.
Knowledge of cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques.
Demonstrated ability to multitask and
lead multiple projects and to complete them in a timely
Ability to work collaboratively in a
team setting and manage up accordingly.
Strong problem-solving abilities and
demonstrated ability to take initiative.
Passion for social justice and desire
to advance JCUA’s values and mission.
Exposure and understanding of the
Chicago Jewish community is a plus.
Location: JCUA’s office is located on the
northside of Chicago. Due to Covid considerations, staff currently
work two days in the office with additional days remote optional,
which is subject to change.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary range is $54k-$60k.
Medical, dental, and vision
Retirement matching program.
Generous days off including two weeks
of paid vacation (with an increase over time), sick leave, and
major Jewish holidays. JCUA closes at 1:00pm on alternate Fridays
in an effort to promote a healthier work/life balance.
Flex and comp time available to
balance evening/weekend scheduling
A supportive work environment with
people committed to bringing out the best in each other and to
advancing positive social change.
To apply: Send cover letter, resume, writing
sample, and three references to email@example.com.
The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs believes that diversity
within the staff is an organizational strength, and recognizes and
values the intersecting identities that staff members bring to our
organization. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
JCUA is committed to providing equal employment consideration
without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability,
religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or
any other protected status.