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Development Director/Manager

UPLC is hiring someone for a director or manager role, depending on experience. Please share widely with people in the Chicago area.

About the Position

Reports to: Executive Director

The Development Director/Manager is responsible for managing giving from individuals, law firms, and grantmakers. This position will work primarily with the Executive Director and Development Assistant. 

Salary is $60-75,000 or $75-90,000 per 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. There is some opportunity to work remotely, but this is not a remote position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute best practices in prospect management and stewardship of donors and donations
  • Manage an active schedule of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship meetings, and fully prepare and support leadership staff for successful donor meetings and to manage relationships that result in increased financial support
  • Oversee UPLC’s grants program, including grant writing and editing, and grant report generation
  • Provide leadership and support for donor and prospect outreach, including with UPLC Board members and other stakeholders
  • Oversee grants program and collaboratively execute grant applications and reports
  • Work collaboratively with all UPLC staff to meet annual revenue and engagement goals
  • Ensure accuracy and timeliness of data entry
  • Maintain current understanding of UPLC’s work, successes, and overall results to effectively communicate to donors and prospects
  • Maintain and grow relationships with existing donors and create relationships with new prospects
  • Maintain confidentiality of UPLC, donor, prospect, and client information 
  • Represent UPLC to the public, and at meetings and events as necessary

Required Qualifications/Experience

  • At least two years’ experience in donor relations, including moves management strategy and face-to-face solicitations
  • Demonstrated record of success in executing an individual giving strategy, including face-to-face solicitations
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects, and take initiative with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and experience with or ability to become proficient in Network for Good donor database
  • Demonstrated motivation, initiative, persistence, commitment, and follow-through
  • Strong attention to detail, emotional intelligence, and persuasion skills
  • High energy and integrity
  • Natural ability to establish rapport and engage donors and prospects
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills
  • Passion for UPLC’s work and mission

Ideal Qualifications/Experience

  • Experience initiating and building a major donor relations program
  • Experience with grant writing and/or grants management
  • Experience managing staff
  • Experience working within or adjacent to legal work
  • Positive spirit and a good sense of humor
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice

About UPLC

Uptown People’s Law Center is a nonprofit legal clinic located on the North Side of Chicago. Our work is focused on three areas: representing prisoners in civil rights lawsuits, representing disabled people who have been denied Social Security disability benefits (primarily former prisoners), and representing tenants who are facing eviction or have other issues relating to their tenancy (including people with prior criminal-punishment system involvement whose rights are violated under the Just Housing Amendment).

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

How to Apply

Email and include the title of the job you are applying for 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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