Development Director

Chicago, IL

Arise Chicago, a leading workers’ rights organization, seeks a Development Director to lead and grow organizational fundraising efforts.

The position will report to the Executive Director.

Arise Chicago trains, organizes, and develops the leadership of low-wage, primarily immigrant workers to improve working conditions and advance working family policies. Begun by the faith community in 1991, Arise Chicago brings low-wage immigrant workers, faith leaders and congregations, and other allies together to create economic justice and social change.


Grant Writing, Tracking, New Source Procurement

  • Write and submit grant applications, letters of inquiry, and grant reports
  • Prepare and gather supplemental materials for grant applications
  • Review and maintain organizational grant calendar
  • Track all foundation information in database
  • Maintain relationships with foundation program officers
  • Coordinate and participate in foundation site visits
  • Prepare worker members to participate in site visits
  • Research and cultivate new relationships with local and national foundations
  • Prepare thank you letters to foundations
  • Facilitate quarterly meetings with staff directors to discuss fundraising plan progress and upcoming grant submissions
  • Prepare data and information for annual report of accomplishments to send to funders

Strategic Funding Initiative Management

  • Oversee annual organizational fundraising plan
  • Design and oversee individual giving program
  • Individual donor cultivation and relationship management
  • Coordinate annual fundraising event with Executive Director
  • Maintain records and oversee fundraising database
  • Coordinate board donation program


  • Excellent grant writing skills
  • At least 2 years of professional fundraising, with extensive grant writing experience
  • Experience in researching and gaining new foundation funding sources
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve multiple goals under deadlines
  • Experience in and/or understanding of grassroots organizing
  • Experience interacting with immigrant community and/or religious community, a plus
  • Commitment to grassroots organizing and social justice values


  • Excellent interpersonal communication and persuasive communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently with a minimum of supervision and effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to work in a cooperative work environment by supporting co-workers in meeting their project deadlines and actions
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, google drive, basic social media, and fundraising database
  • Experience with Nation Builder database, a plus
  • Bilingual communication -- written and spoken English and Spanish, preferred

Compensation commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Unique, collaborative and supportive work environment with a talented team.

Arise Chicago is an equal opportunity employer. In order to best reflect our membership, immigrants, people of color, and women are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, 2 writing samples, and 3 references to: info@arisechicago.org. Please include “Development Director Application” in the subject line.

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