Development Associate


The Development Associate provides general administrative support to the Development Department at Chicago Foundation for Women. This position is responsible for project-specific support in the areas of development operations, data entry and database management, and administrative support for the development team.

How the Development Associate Position Breaks Down:

Database and Administrative Support (60%)

  • Provide overall administrative support to the Development Department, including but not limited to: responding to written and telephone inquiries, drafting correspondence, requesting and scheduling donor meetings, and performing general clerical tasks.
  • Manage the development, printing, and sending of donor acknowledgment letters.
  • Ensure timely and accurate entry of gifts, with support from the Manager of Donor Data and Stewardship.
  • Create and maintain accurate, detailed donor profiles on existing and potential individual donors. Conduct donor research for staff, board, and volunteers.
  • Assist with the development of brochures/other printed materials for the development department.
  • Provide project management oversight, such as meeting scheduling, project timelines, etc. 
  • Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned by supervisor.

Donor Support (20%)

  • Working closely with Senior Director of Development and Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations, provide support for grant writing assignments such as gathering data and lists, fact-checking, and submission management. Help to ensure the timely completion of deliverables from other CFW staff needed to complete submissions.
  • Manage [email protected] inbox and route messages to the appropriate team members within one business day.
  • Research prospective corporate, foundation, and individual funders.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned by supervisor.

Special Events (20%)

  • Assist with fundraising events, including but not limited to: the coordination and design of event materials, telephone and written solicitations, tracking of pledges, management of volunteers, etc.
  • Assist with the reporting of all event registrations for the development team and the Director of Social and Community Impact.
  • Assist with coordination of event-related development mailings, such as special invitations, handwritten notes, luncheon solicitations, etc.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed and assigned by supervisor.


  • Attend and actively participate in required educational programs and departmental and staff meetings.
  • Protect CFW’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Update knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; maintaining networks; participating in professional organizations.


Salary range is $40,000-$48,000. 


Interested applicants should email a cover letter articulating how their skills and experience meet the responsibilities noted above with a resume to [email protected].   

  • Subject line should read: Your Name + Development Associate
  • No phone calls please
  • CFW seeks to fill this position as soon as possible and will work actively to build a diverse pool of candidates

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  • Erika Hawthorne
    published this page in Job Board 2022-03-09 22:40:35 -0500