Reporting to and in partnership with the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, the Development Officer will spearhead individual giving efforts through developing and implementing a strategy for securing individual contributions and managing a portfolio of existing Reporter donors. The Development Officer will set annual fundraising goals in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify and qualify potential donors generated from email subscribers as well as other sources, including the lists of other organizations and donor solicitation services.
Maintain and update donor and email subscriber lists, engage existing donors and identify new donors, with a focus on increasing online giving at all levels
Analyze e-subscriber and donor lists, focusing on how to use market segmentation to increase giving and engagement
Manage regular communications with e-subscribers and donors, including drafting donor appeals, in conjunction with Reporter and other CRS staff.
Solicit names for potential email subscribers from staff and existing outreach lists for the Reporter
Build the Reporter’s fundraising board.
Schedule and attend key donor and prospective donor meetings with the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher.
With a development intern, coordinate direct response (mail, phone and digital) fundraising efforts, including creating content and message and the calendar and schedule for appeal letters.
Keep track of all communication and actual live contacts through the customer management system (EveryAction).
Track growth of email and donor lists, providing a monthly update to Reporter and other CRS staff
Represent the Reporter at events.
Manage planned giving marketing efforts in coordination with the other CRS Development staff membership department.
Manage AdWords campaigns focused on increasing donor and email lists; providing a monthly report to Reporter and other CRS staff
Develop an appeal campaign targeting millennial donors.
Review and revise donor page on Chicago Reporter.com
Various other duties or tasks as assigned by the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS
Must be able to speak, read and write English with high proficiency. Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus.
Solid professional experience using social media
Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office Suite computer skills.
Experience using EveryAction preferred
Basic mathematical skills required.
Work may require walking or standing to a significant degree, including ascending and descending stairs. Work requires expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, including imparting oral information to constituents, co-workers and the public. Work requires the ability to be able to hear and receive detailed information through oral communication. Work requires vision approximating 20/20 either naturally or through correction with lenses and a reasonable field of vision.
Work environment includes occasional exposure to weather. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
POSITION TYPE AND EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK
This a full-time position, and hours of work are generally 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday but hours will vary based on organizational need. Some weekends and evening hours will be required.
Some local travel will be required.
Community Renewal Society provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CRS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
CRS expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CRS’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employees for this job. Duties and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
2 or more years of nonprofit development experience.
Some knowledge of journalism and trends in national and local media.
Excellent written and presentation communication skills.
Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and work with minimum supervision.
Experience with constituent relationship management systems.
Attention to detail and strong project management skills.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Demonstrated sound judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality.
Able to travel and work some evenings and weekends.
Additional Salary Information: Salary range starts at $50K per year. Excellent health and wellness benefits.
About The Chicago Reporter
The Reporter was founded in 1972 by John A. McDermott to measure Chicago’s progress toward racial equality as the civil rights era ended. Since its inception, it has been housed at the Community Renewal Society, a faith-based social justice organization. The Reporter is a publication of Community Renewal Society (CRS).