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Development Assistant

UPLC is hiring a full-time Development Assistant! Please share widely with people in the Chicago area.

About the Position

Reports to: Development Director/Manager (TBD)

The Development Assistant plays an important role by providing administrative support to the development department by participating in fundraising and communications activities including but not limited to donor relations, public relations, database management, grant writing, social media, and special events. This is a great opportunity to learn about nonprofit fundraising development, grant writing, PR, and more. This is not an organizing or client-facing position. 

Salary is $40-45K/year, depending on experience. UPLC provides up to $300 a month towards health benefits (untaxed if you get BCBS insurance through UPLC), as well as 2% of your salary to a Simple IRA (regardless of individual contribution).

This position requires sitting for extended periods of time while on the computer and telephone. Full-time at UPLC is 35 hours per week. There is some opportunity to work remotely, but this is primarily an in-office position.

Principal Duties

  • Data collection for grants and grant reporting, management of grant calendar, some grant writing
  • Process donations and print acknowledgement letters and other correspondence
  • Database and other list management
  • Maintain foundation, corporation, and individual donor records
  • Coordinate productions and mailing of appeals and annual report
  • Assist with coordination and operations of meetings, special events and projects
  • General administrative duties: data entry, copying/scanning/filing
  • Create and schedule content for social media, maintain website
  • Collaborate with Development Director/Manager as well as people in other departments to write grants and create social media content
  • Other duties as needed

Required Qualities/Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or three years of experience in an administrative/secretarial/etc. role
  • Computer skills including quick, accurate typing ability; ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to learn new software
  • Incredibly detail-oriented, with strong organizational and project management skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision, as well as collaborate with others as needed
  • Flexible, a team player, with great interpersonal and communication skills
  • An interest in supporting others to do their best work so that a department runs smoothly
  • Willingness to work rare evening or weekend hours when needed
  • Passion for the work of UPLC

Desired Qualities/Experience

  • One or more years performing administrative tasks in a professional office environment, either paid or as an intern
  • Experience managing a Facebook page, using Twitter, and/or using an email client such as MailChimp
  • Experience with grant writing, donor relations, database management, social media, graphic design, web design, and/or PR
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues

About UPLC

Uptown People’s Law Center is a nonprofit legal aid organization located on the North Side of Chicago. Our work is focused on three areas: representing disabled people filing for Social Security disability benefits, particularly former prisoners; representing tenants who are facing eviction or other issues relating to their tenancy, including those illegally denied housing due to their criminal record; and representing prisoners in civil rights lawsuits against the Illinois Department of Corrections.

UPLC offers an entrepreneurial environment with a small staff who are passionate about UPLC’s mission. The dress code is casual (except for certain events) and we are conveniently located a short walk from the Wilson Red Line stop. 

How to Apply

Email and include “Development Assistant” in the subject line. Your application should include a copy of your resume, as well as a cover letter describing your related experience and why you are a great candidate for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please, no calls, visits, or social media contacts regarding this position.

People of color, and/or LGBTQ folks, and/or people with disabilities, and/or former prisoners are strongly encouraged to apply. UPLC is an equal opportunity employer. Staff members are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, in accordance with federal and state law.

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