Development Coordinator @ Chicago Jewish Day School

Development Coordinator

Chicago Jewish Day School is a multi-denominational, progressive Jewish day school serving over 237 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight. CJDS provides a standard of excellence in both Judaic and General Studies, through an integrated, multi-sensory curriculum. CJDS is a leader in promoting togetherness, cooperation, and respect across all Jewish denominations.

Position Summary:
The Development Coordinator is responsible for key organizational fundraising activities including donor acknowledgment, cultivation, special events, and grant management including research, writing, and reporting. The Coordinator also plays a pivotal role in supporting all fundraising campaigns and appeals. The Development Coordinator is responsible for updating and maintaining a fundraising database to track giving throughout its lifecycle, from solicitation and acknowledgement to stewardship, recognition, and beyond. The Development Coordinator is a member of the Operational Leadership Team and reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement.

Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

-Work together with members of the development team to meet or exceed annual revenue goals.
-Contribute to the creation of an annual fundraising plan and maintain the department calendar.
-Manage the donor database, including data entry, report generation, pledge tracking and reminders, and moves management. Ensure accurate record keeping of contributions.
-Implement thank you protocols, including executing timely donor acknowledgement.
-Maintain all development files and records.
-Coordinate planning for fundraising or stewardship events.
-Conduct prospect research.
- Provide support to grant writing team, including providing data, delivering proposals, and updating standard materials.
- Prepare reports and mailing lists as required.
- Participate in the creation, planning, and implementation of new and existing projects.
- Coordinate Title IIA Funding requests.
- Serve as production manager for mail and electronic appeals, social media fundraising, e-newsletters, and donor correspondence.
- Model professionalism, hard work, and high ethical standards.
- Actively participate in staff meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Protect the organization by keeping information confidential.

Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree (communications, journalism, public relations, English, or related field preferred) 
- 1-2 year of experience in related field
- Organized
- Exceptional writing, editing, and communications skills
- Highly-motivated, self-starter who can manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
- Strong analytical and decision-making skills
- Creative with capacity to think big and pay attention to detail
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Tech savvy and adaptable to new software and tools.
- Strong interpersonal skills and high level of professionalism
- Ability to be flexible
- Problem solver
- Openness to learning

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
Please provide a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, leave early for Shabbat
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-03-18
  • Times this job has been viewed: 384 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Fundraising/Grants/Giving, Development Associate, Philanthropy
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools
Job Location
Chicago Jewish Day School
3730 N. California
Chicago , Illinois 60618


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