Development Officer, Foundation Relations
Chicago, IL 
Posted 3 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a community where people who care about global affairs can connect — in person or virtually — with each other and with global leaders, influencers, and experts to explore ideas that will shape our future.

If you are passionate about our work, bringing people together and our mission that drives our work, apply today.


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan  organization  that provides insight on crucial global issues, advances policy solutions, and fosters dialogue about what is happening in the world and why it matters to the people in Chicago, the United States and around the globe.


Reporting to the Director of Foundation Relations, the Development Officer, Foundation Relations will be responsible for coordinating and tracking all pre-and post-grant foundation award activities. Additionally, the Development Officer will engage in prospect research, proposal development, stewardship tasks, and data analytics work related to foundation relations activities across the Council.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Work with the Vice President of Development and Director of Foundation Relations to develop and enhance the Council’s prospecting model by regularly reviewing resources for public and private funding, including grant opportunities.
  • Gain understanding of the Council’s work, research prospective funders and RFPs for mission “fit,” and create recommendations on paths forward.
  • Write and edit letters of inquiry and grant proposals, grant reports, acknowledgement letters, and other donor communication.
  • Coordinate day-to-day activities related to grants and ensure compliance with internal and external policies and procedures.
  • Monitor life grant reporting requirements and ensure that reports are submitted in timely manner.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date grant records and campaign activity in Salesforce, assist with developing engagement plans and tracking touch points, and administer foundation relations data dashboards/reports.
  • Develop forms, processes, procedures, and policies for the purpose of implementing a consistent grant application and management methodology.
  • Provide support at Council events approximately 3 – 4 times monthly (registration, ushering, etc.), requiring some evening and early morning hours.
  • Occasionally assist at the front desk to relieve Reception and Office Coordinator in meeting/greeting Council constituents and handling incoming calls.
  • Perform other projects as assigned.

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2+ years’ relevant experience, preferably in a nonprofit/membership organization or foundation; grants management experience a plus.
  • Interest in non-profit development, particularly in the areas of foundation relations and grant writing/management.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent spelling, grammar, and editing skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex content into persuasive, targeted content that closely follows proposal guidelines and funder guidance.
  • Keen attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Interest in global affairs.
  • Flexible, collaborative, skilled problem-solver and self-starter.
  • Excellent computer skills, including extensive knowledge of and experience using MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and database systems, especially Salesforce.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team; willingness to help out.


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight on crucial global issues, advances policy solutions, and fosters dialogue about what is happening in the world and why it matters to the people in Chicago, the United States and around the globe. As the premier, nonpartisan global affairs organization in America's heartland, we believe an informed, engaged public with access to fact-based and balanced views on global issues helps to ensure effective US engagement and supports a more inclusive, equitable, and secure world.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, handicap or disability, marital status, military service or veteran status, genetic information, or for any other reason prohibited by applicable law.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2 to 5 years
Email this Job to Yourself or a Friend
Indicates required fields