Development Officer
Chicago, IL 
Posted 27 days ago
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.

The Development Officer provides high-level administrative and project support for the Vice President, Development and larger development team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Complete a broad variety of administrative tasks for the VP including proactive research, prioritize, and follow up on inquiries and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response
  • Assist the VP in creating development team meeting agendas and post-meeting action items, monthly fundraising reports, preparing slide decks and presentations for individual fundraising meetings and development committee meetings, and providing administrative support to the development team
  • Manage the donation processing for the organization, including but not limited to researching contributions that don’t have a clear opportunity
  • Generate and distribute acknowledgement letters for board members and major gift donors
  • Manage and help develop internal processes for the Development Team’s CRM, which includes revenue reports and goal tracking across departments, general record clean-up, merging of duplicate records, and direct maintenance of our contact records email deliverability.
  • Assist VP in planning and executing the Council’s Centennial Event and annual Global Leadership Awards Dinner with duties including tracking and processing pledges and gifts, working with the communications team on email blasts, event invitations, and Dinner support, acting as point of contact for constituent requests and questions, and mailing tax contribution letters
  • Assist corporate team with quarterly event support and internal coordination Complete expense reports for VP and work with individual giving and corporate teams to reconcile monthly with accounting
  • Manage the Council’s annual donor listing
  • Work with accounting and database teams to identify and fix issues within the CRM credit card processing system, including reconciliation and donor payment inquiries.
  • Provide back-up reception desk coverage to relieve the Reception and Office Coordinator in meeting/greeting Council constituents and handling incoming calls
  • Provide support at Council events approximately 3-4 times monthly (registration, ushering, etc.),requiring some early morning and evening hours
  • Perform other projects as assigned
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years of relevant experience, preferably supporting a senior corporate, nonprofit, or think tank executive and experience with data and analytics
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience using MS Office: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint (MS Office 2013/2016 version preferred
  • Strong computer software and analytics skills, including experience with Salesforce preferred; experience with other databases and/or customer relations management software (SQL, Tableau, Google Analytics, R, SPSS, or similar tools a plus)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; superb interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with people of all levels using courtesy and discretion
  • Natural problem-solver, great initiative, and proactive spirit (e.g. the ability to anticipate executives’ needs)
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills with strong attention to details and the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure in a fast-paced, demanding environment with conflicting and changing priorities, juggle multiple tasks and requests in a mature and calm manner
  • Team player and willingness to collaborate with colleagues. Demonstrated interest and/or background in fundraising/database management/international affairs

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.


Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2 to 4 years
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