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Development Associate

Req ID: 6634
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
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Development Associate
National Immigrant Justice Center - Chicago, IL


Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is a human rights organization committed to advancing justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through direct representation, impact litigation, advocacy and strategic communications.  NIJC has a 30-year track record of protecting the rights of vulnerable immigrants, including low-income asylum seekers, sexual and gender minorities, children, immigrant families, and detained immigrants. NIJC exposes and challenges human rights violations in the immigration enforcement, detention, and adjudication system.  Drawing on its unique, multi-strategy approach, NIJC is at the forefront of advancing human rights and access to justice for immigrants.


The Development Associate will report to the Associate Director of Resource Development and be tasked with three areas of responsibility: 1) leading logistical support for NIJC’s fundraising and cultivation events; 2) supporting individual giving campaigns; and 3) assisting in the organization’s grants process, from drafting proposals to preparing grant reports, in an effort to increase public and private foundation support. A successful candidate must be a team player; possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; be highly attentive to detail; exercise good judgment; and maintain confidentiality as necessary.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform administrative duties related to fundraising, including maintaining the organization’s development-related databases (i.e. ensuring donor information is accurate and current, processing donations, and entering gifts into donor database) and managing the donor acknowledgement process (i.e., drafting acknowledgement letters).
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director of Resource Development and Executive Director to develop strategies, foster relationships, implement activities, and analyze performance of events and individual campaigns to maximize financial return.
  • Plan, design, and produce fundraising events (including the annual luncheon), performing tasks such as scheduling, invitation coordination, logistics, staffing, and post-event follow-up, tracking, and reports.
  • Develop materials for potential and current funders demonstrating NIJC’s impact and response to emerging environment.
  • Collaborate with the Development and Communications teams on the design and development of donor marketing materials and strategies for growing the organization’s overall on-line fundraising capability.
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with new and existing donors and prospects.
  • Support the development of grant applications, including writing narrative, compiling supplemental documentation, and collecting and analyzing data.
  • Maintain development calendar to track fundraising activities, including events, appeals, and grant applications and reports.
  • Work collaboratively with development and project staff to identify and research public and private funding opportunities to support existing and future programs/projects.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the organization’s services, goals, mission, and strategic direction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Relationship Management – Communicates purposes, goals, timelines, and strategies clearly; establishes action plans for constituent interactions; manages multiple stakeholders with varying agendas with respect.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem-solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; able to multi-task and lead in a fast-paced environment.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks.
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; strives to increase productivity; works quickly.


Mandatory Job Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in journalism, communications, marketing, English, or a related field.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in fundraising, grant/proposal writing, events, marketing, journalism, or similar area.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organization, research, and analysis skills.
  • Extremely high attention to detail, consistent and reliable follow through, and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • High energy, creative self-starter who will take initiative and work independently to achieve results, but can also collaborate and contribute positively to team efforts.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Raiser’s Edge.

Bilingual skills desirable. Prior successful experience in events and grant writing strongly preferred. Familiarity with individual giving, foundation/corporate solicitations, government funding, non-profit setting, or other issues related to civil/human rights is beneficial.


Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

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