PADS Lake County is seeking a highly motivated Development Associate looking to make an impact on homelessness in our communities. Reporting to the Director of Development & Communications, the Development Associate is responsible for coordinating, organizing, planning, and executing a myriad of fundraising activities for PADS Lake County.
The position requires strong interpersonal and writing skills and enthusiasm for promoting PADS’ mission and goals. The position will include elements of professional writing, project management, and collaborative interaction with PADS staff, volunteers, and community stakeholders. The ideal candidate is an excellent writer, detail oriented, and an adaptable team player who thrives working both independently and collaboratively.
We’re looking for someone to help us to communicate with our donors and bridge the distance between the act of philanthropy and its impact on our mission. This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of shaping the fundraising trajectory of a well-respected social service agency!
Prepares grant proposals, reports, and other pieces of writing for corporate, foundation, and organization partners
Coordinates a calendar of deadlines, including grant proposals, reports, and other documents and correspondence in accordance with donors’ guidelines and criteria
Assists the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director with select government grants as necessary
Manage in-kind donations and volunteer requests
Manage speaking requests and give public presentations on behalf of PADS
Use project management skills to oversee gift processing, acknowledgements, and mailings
Provides support, information and background materials in preparation for donor meetings
Assist with fundraising events which includes managing event budgets to ensure expenses remain below prescribed percentage by recruiting in-kind sponsors.
Perform additional duties as necessary
Bachelor's degree required.
Excellent communications, editing and writing skills.
Development/grant writing or similar persuasive wiring experience preferred. Strong attention to grammar, adaptive writing style and ability to create tailored, strategic pieces of writing that meet varying donor needs.
Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneous, meeting all submission deadlines with quality work products.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to communicate PADS' mission with donors and community stakeholders.
Strong project management skills. Ability to manage complete deadline packages from start to finish, coordinating all submission requirements.
Outstanding attention to detail and organizational skills.
About PADS Lake County
For more than 35 years, PADS has faithfully been providing immediate, critical services to the neediest among us – individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness in Lake County. Like a hospital emergency room, PADS is the first point of contact and the ONLY emergency shelter for the homeless in Lake County. In fact, PADS is often the only hope for someone facing a long night in the harrowing cold or blistering heat.
PADS provides assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness throughout all of Lake County. PADS is a non-restrictive emergency shelter system and helps all people that come to us in need regardless of race, gender, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. PADS provides critical services that no other social or human services agency in Lake County offers. PADS is the only program in Lake County that provides emergency shelter in summer, enables families to stay together, takes in single fathers with children, and provides housing for chronically homeless individuals with severe mental illnesses and/or substance abuse issues.
PADS’ vision is to provide a path to stable housing and self-sufficiency for everyone who experienc...es homelessness in Lake County. Our greatest hope is to help end homelessness and ensure happy, healthy, and safe lives for generations to come.