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Zelma Woodson, Principal, Jenner Academy of the Arts


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Working at Communities In Schools of Chicago is more than just a job. You will interact with a broad range of community-minded professionals in our schools and with our community partners, and impact Chicago public school children who need help the most. We are a close-knit team that collaborates and thrives when faced with big challenges. And we are looking for like-minded people to join us.

Current Opportunities
Communities In Schools of Chicago currently has one opportunity: Development Assistant.


Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful. During the 2016-2017 school year, CIS of Chicago is partnering with 135 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and expects to connect 1,400 services and programs to more than 60,000 CPS students and their families. In addition, CIS of Chicago places full-time staff – Student Support Managers – in seven Chicago public schools. Our staff in these schools work directly with students at-risk of dropping out as well as helping connect services to the whole school.

The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.

CIS of Chicago is seeking a full-time Development Assistant that reports to the Development Manager. The key responsibilities for this position include: database management; gift processing; administrative support; donor research; donor stewardship; and event preparation.

Following are key responsibilities and qualifications of the position.


  • Database management: maintain the accuracy and integrity of the eTapestry donor database, including: overseeing all data entry; running reports and queries as needed; and preparing reports for the development department and board committees. This responsibility also includes monthly reconciliation of donor gifts recorded in eTapestry, General Ledger, and the Development Master Revenue Guide.
  • Gift processing: manage all aspects of the gift processing and donor acknowledgement process, including: booking gifts and pledges in eTapestry; writing, printing and sending thank you notes to donors; ensuring that both digital and paper donor files are up-to-date and accurate; and assist in the execution of the Annual Appeal to Individual Donors.
  • Administrative support: provide administrative support for development materials; work with communications team to create materials and recognition for donors; create social media strategies to engage donors; and manage website content changes for funders and partners.
  • Donor research: assist in the development of a robust donor pipeline, including: research and identify institutional and individual prospects on an ongoing basis; support the development and implementation of individualized moves management strategies for cultivating donors and prospects; and assist in the preparation, writing, and submission of grants, as needed.
  • Donor stewardship: develop strategy with team to cultivate new and existing donors; create electronic and hardcopy materials to engage donors throughout the year; and collaborate with development and communications teams in the transition to electronic distribution of the Annual Report.
  • Event preparation: assist with the preparation and execution of school site visits where donors attend to learn about the work of Communities In Schools of Chicago; collaborate with the development team and board members to plan our Annual Event; assist in the preparation of board meeting materials; and prepare internal and external development meeting materials. Attendance at select events and meetings is expected.

Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work;
  • An interest in education and human service issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals;
  • Skilled in database management;
  • High-level Excel and Microsoft Office skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Excellence in communicating professionally with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently; and
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines.


  • Undergraduate Degree required.
  • Professional experience where attention-to-detail and follow-through can be demonstrated preferred.

Reports to: Development Manager
Start date: Immediate
Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience

To apply for this position, please submit: (a) a current resume; (b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being the Development Assistant at CIS of Chicago and what makes you a strong candidate for the position; and (c) in a document separate from the cover letter, brief responses to the pre-interview questions below (up to 300 words total). Applicants that do not submit all three elements of the requested materials will not receive consideration. Please attach all three documents in a single e-mail with “2016 Development Assistant” in the subject line. Please direct responses to No phone calls or faxes, please.

Pre-Interview Questions:

  • What attracted you to the position?
  • Please list and briefly describe the work experience that you think makes you the best candidate for this position.
  • Please list five adjectives that describe your work style.
  • If we have follow up questions, or would like to schedule an interview, how and when can we best reach you?

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