About COFI: COFI was founded 23+ years ago to build the full participation of low-income parents of color in the public decisions – policy, program, practice – that affect them. To do this, COFI created an innovative leadership development and community organizing model, Family Focused Organizing, and brought it to low-income communities in Chicago and across Illinois. Results to date: 4,200 low-income parents of color have become civic leaders who have won significant gains for children on a broad range of racial equity campaigns: winning 100+ new afterschool programs, restoring recess in Chicago, eliminating zero tolerance discipline in public schools, increasing enrollments in quality early learning across the state and battling exorbitant municipal fees and fines that keep families in poverty.
Summary of Position: The Development Coordinator is responsible for creating and executing projects and programs that support and enhance the objectives of COFI’s fundraising efforts. The Development Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the recruitment and retention of donors and prospect research and compliance with foundation, corporate and government grant funders. This is a great opportunity for a self-starter who is passionate about the mission of COFI and has the ability to excite others about our mission.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
In partnership with the Executive Director and consultants, build and maintain financial resources
Maintain relationships and support retention of donors/funders through excellent relationship building skills and follow up
Design and maintain an annual organizational calendar of grant deadlines and donor stewardship activities and strategies.
Work with the Executive Director to support strategic planning and future needs
Assist in researching, writing, reviewing and submitting all grant proposals and reports
Organize events to appeal to current and potential donors.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Possess strong interpersonal skill, common sense, and a warm and outgoing personality. This is extremely important given the very diverse nature of the organization and the communication aspects of the position, both internal and external. Ability to think and act strategically. Must be able to take initiative and build and maintain a strong rapport and positive relationships with donors, prospective donors, staff and parent leaders.
Must be able to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment, deal with emergent issues, and juggle multiple projects. Possess a high level of energy and be self-motivated.
Possess outstanding communication skills, including listening skills. Be confident and have the ability to make presentations both verbal and written.
Be able to maintain the confidentiality of privileged information.
Exceptional organizational skills.
Strong orientation toward serving and partnering with COFI parents and families.
Ability to research, collect, and interpret data.
Energetic team player who works well in collaborative situations.
Respect for all levels of the organization and outside partners.
Bilingual in Spanish and English desirable.
BS/BA degree or equivalent work experience required
Two years fundraising experience preferred
At least three years’ experience in nonprofit and/or community-organizing work
Knowledge, understanding of and commitment to the empowerment of low-income families and experience working with diverse communities
Regular full-time position – salary range $42K - $52K (with benefits). Women and candidates of color are encouraged to apply.