CASL seeks a talented and energetic individual to join our highly experienced Director of Development, actively engaged leadership, and dynamic Board in growing our events portfolio from $770,000 to over $820,000 over the next 12 months and expanding our newly reinvigorated individual and corporate volunteer program. CASL provides an extremely well organized development program and annual plan to accomplish our philanthropic goals. We enjoy significant long-term relationships with corporate sponsors and event donors for both of our signature events – Annual Gala and Winter Benefit.
We value our employees and support them in learning and growth. We encourage—and even push for—professional development in the philanthropic field. We value your experience, your expertise, and your input, and we seek your knowledge to expand ours. We work as a team to innovate and express new ideas, learn from our mistakes and celebrate our accomplishments. We constantly seek and implement best practice. Our leadership is supportive, organized, big-picture focused, and constantly asks the question “What do you think?” Our staff enjoys ethnic and cultural diversity, which we highly value. As such, for this position, it is not required that you speak or understand a Chinese language.
CASL is a fiscally conservative and financially smart organization having maintained a budget surplus 37 of the 39 years of our existence. We have an operating surplus to sustain us through these difficult economic times. However, we recognize the need to diversify our funding portfolio and decrease our reliance on government funding. That is why our Board of Directors and leadership are 100% committed to the growth and support of our philanthropic program and to your success.
For almost 40 years, the Chinese American Service League (CASL) has served people of all ages and backgrounds: Providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children, ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity, enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce, strengthening families while honoring cultural heritage, and securing our community's financial well-being, to over 11,500 Chicago area residents annually. For more information about our organization or programs, please visit us at www.caslservice.org.
This is a full time exempt position primarily responsible for overseeing all aspects related to the creation, coordination and execution of annual fundraising events (80% of time) with a focus on CASL’s Winter Benefit and Annual Gala. This includes securing sponsorships, participant recruitment, volunteer involvement, team building, budget, timelines, evaluation and logistics. This position is also responsible for (20% time) planning, management and execution of CASL’s corporate and individual volunteer program including recruitment and retention.
Event Leadership – 80%
Lead the management and implementation of special events operations and production, including those with a fundraising and donor development focus.
Oversees all event solicitations, including managing the sponsorship solicitation process.
Oversees budget and logistics preparation.
Works closely with a variety of vendors and venues necessary for event execution.
Oversees and manages event project timelines.
Solicitation, marketing, management and implementation of auctions include:
Auction item solicitation strategy and materials
Auction item promotion strategy and materials
Auction table sponsor solicitation strategy and materials
Nurturing of auction committee volunteers
Day of event auction set-up, management, and implementation
Monitors and prepares ongoing event progress reports.
Manage event logistics coordination with the Facilities Department including set-up, take-down, pick-ups and deliveries, etc.
Evaluates event results and prepares recommendations for future events as needed.
Cultivates relationships and effectively engages volunteers.
Works with the Development team to cultivate event attendees.
Works with the Marketing and Communications Officer in the creation of special events promotional materials.
Assist in post-event thank you calls and communications to event attendees and supporters.
In conjunction with the Director of Development and Communications, support the Advisory Board and Associate Board in event planning.
Assist the Corporate and Foundation Officer with coordination of prospect and donor site visits.
Work with the Donor Information Administrator and Finance to balance expenses and revenues generated from events, including appropriate donor financial tracking and acknowledgment procedures.
Maintain knowledge of event module in Raiser’s Edge as they relate to specific events.
Complete special projects as assigned by the Director of Development and Communications.
Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination – 20%
Manage all individual and corporate volunteer inquiries and recruit, screen, interview and train all types of volunteers.
Main liaison with CASL young professional Board the Associate Board.
Work with the Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer to identify interests in corporate volunteers.
Establish effective policies and procedures, including an updated volunteer handbook, to ensure a high quality experience for CASL volunteers.
Conduct outreach to and engage potential Chicagoland area volunteers.
Organize and conduct volunteer orientation.
Create and execute volunteer appreciation events and other volunteer related events.
Track volunteers in Raiser’s Edge to ensure appropriate moves management from volunteer to organizational donor.
Conduct, at minimum, an annual needs assessment with each program to determine individual and corporate volunteer needs.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
Minimum three year’s work experience in event management required.
Must have a strong personal commitment to the mission, vision and values of CASL
Demonstrated success in planning and managing fundraising events.
Demonstrated success in external relationship management and securing volunteer targets.
Able to communicate (verbal and written) and work effectively with volunteers and staff.
Able to manage details and follow through with a minimum amount of direct supervision.
Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
Experience in relationship cultivation.
Internal Number: 1096
About Chinese American Service League
For forty years, the Chinese American Service League has been the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to the physical, economic, and emotional health of people of all races, ethnicities, religions, lifestyles, and needs in the greater Chicago area.
Our comprehensive programs provide an educational and cultural foundation for children, ensure seniors live full and independent lives with dignity, enhance education and training for tomorrow’s workforce, strengthen families while honoring cultural heritage, secure our community's housing and financial well-being, and achieve positive social systemic change through advocacy.
Our multilingual, multicultural employees know the challenges of the immigrant experience and strive to have a positive impact for the over 10,000 people we serve annually. Supported by CASL, our immigrant community members will live prosperous and empowered lives integrating the best of all cultures.
Children & Youth Development supports children ages 0 to 18 years old in getting ready for school and becoming confident, responsible, and thriving individuals who contribute back to our community and suc...ceed in global society. Specifically, CASL ensures that children of immigrant families develop with the social and emotional stability they need for healthy acculturation into American society and a positive blend of cultures. We also encourage non-immigrant, non-Chinese families to join us for an enriching cultural experience.
CASL’s four, age-based children and youth programs are a vital foundation that provides the skills for children to succeed at school, and that support the family unit as a whole.
• The Family Learning and Resource Center supports new parents of children ages 0 to 3, includes dynamic, on-site group activities for interactive social experiences, and is supplemented by developmentally-focused in-home visits.
• The Child Development Center for children ages 2 to 5 is a certified and nationally accredited early childhood education program that provides multilingual, multicultural, full-day curricula in two-year-old, three-year-old, and four-to-five-year-old classrooms—well-rounded, research-based curricula that includes literacy, math, science, art, music, and physical fitness.
• The School Age Center for children ages 5 to 12 addresses the social and emotional needs of children and pre-teens who are either immigrants or have immigrant parents. Academic assistance is paired with artistic outlets and opportunities for children and pre-teens to express themselves and learn to thrive within a blend of cultures.
• The Youth Development Program for ages 12 to 18 provides after school tutoring, mentoring, healthy recreation, leadership training, and preparation for college as well as adulthood.
Senior Wellness & Independence assists seniors with leading healthy, happy, independent, dignified, and engaged lives—in the comfort of their own home and community, and with the support of their own families.
• Adult Day Services enhances older adults’ physical, mental, and social well-being by engaging them in life enrichment activities within a safe, full-day community center environment.
• In-Home Services enable older adults to live independently in their own home through the assistance of home care aides who provide companionship and assist with daily living and personal care.
• Pine Tree Senior Council is a self-driven, social and civic engagement group that empowers seniors to be active in their community—whether through group activities, hobbies, travel, or political advocacy.
• Evidence-Based Workshops help seniors manage their chronic diseases, improve their physical strength and balance, and learn to live healthy lifestyles.
• Community Research includes collaboration with medical and academic research institutions that enhance services to seniors.
Employment & Financial Empowerment strengthens our community as a whole by enhancing the economic power of the individuals and families contributing to it. When our community members’ financial needs are met, they in turn become highly productive members of society who benefit us all.
• Adult Employment Program assists in finding job opportunities for adults who have multiple barriers—particularly new immigrants with low English language proficiency. The programs include thorough assessments of individuals, employment coaching and classes, a resource center, placement assistance, and employment retention.
• Title V Senior Employment Program fosters and promotes effective part-time opportunities for unemployed, low-income people age 55 or older with limited employment prospects. The goal is to help participants enter or re-enter the workforce via any career.
• Culinary Training Program offers Western cooking instruction and vocational English as Second Language—equipping students with knowledge and skills for entry-level positions with major hotels, institutions, and restaurants.
• Financial Literacy Program works with individuals and families to help them achieve their financial goals through coaching and education on budgeting, banking, credit, identity theft, loans, purchases, and financial planning.
• Housing Counseling assists individuals and families with preliminary home-buying protocol, post-purchase protocol, foreclosure prevention and intervention, and rental counseling. This program is certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
• Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) program helps seniors, who are aged 60 and older, make their home more accessible and safer so they can continue living with dignity.
Community & Family Well-Being makes certain that members of our community secure the human rights, foundational services, and public benefits necessary to function and thrive in our society. By stabilizing individuals, we are able to strengthen families and the community as a whole.
• Healthcare Outreach and Coordination is offered in partnership with local hospitals and organizations, and helps those in need to navigate healthcare systems, understand insurance, and gain access to vital resources such as culturally sensitive primary care physicians, women’s health services, wellness maintenance workshops, and health screening.
• Case Management assesses needs and makes referrals to the appropriate resources.
• Benefits enrollment assistance in programs—such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)—ensure that members of our community have their basic needs met.
• Immigration Services puts immigrants on the path to citizenship through application, education, naturalization, and reunification for those who wish to bring their families to the United States. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes empower individuals with the dignity and confidence they need to establish healthy, productive lives in our society.
• Entitlement programs ensure that members of our community have guidance with Social Security applications, Social Security benefits, and other civic benefits they have a right to.
• Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic is run by attorneys from various law firms and government agencies. They provide free legal consultation for walk-in clients on matters such as family law, real estate, landlord-tenant, immigration, housing, contracts and warranties, consumer fraud, employment, housing, probate, torts, collections, some criminal, and violations of municipal and regulatory laws.
• Advocacy projects—executed in tandem with other local organizations—help keep our community inspired to make positive changes and motivated to take action.