Development Associate


Aid for Women - Chicago, Illinois

Founded in 1978, Aid for Women helps thousands of women each year in the Chicago metropolitan area who find themselves facing unexpected pregnancies. Each woman is provided with the emotional, practical and spiritual support that she needs to choose life for her unborn baby and to provide a better future for herself and her children. Our life-affirming services are offered to clients free-of-charge and include: compassionate counseling, pregnancy tests and ultrasound exams, Earn While You Learn Program (EWYL), parents-to-be support group, residential programs and medical and community referrals.

Aid for Women operates five pregnancy care centers and two residential programs (Heather’s House and Monica’s House). To learn more, visit our website at helpaidforwomen.org.

Development Associate

Do you want to go home after work every night knowing for a fact that your work saved lives? Are you an outgoing, organized worker with an unwavering dedication to the pro-life movement? Then this administrative fundraising position might be for you.

Aid for Women seeks a Development Associate to boost our growing organization’s communication and gift acknowledgment efforts with our donor base. This full-time position with benefits will ensure proper donation record keeping, complete our rigorous donor acknowledgement procedure and provide support to senior staff on fundraising tasks as necessary.

The ideal candidate need not have database or fundraising experience, but should be extremely organized and methodical in his or her work habits.

He or she should be highly skilled at managing time independently and building professional relationships in a variety of communication media (written correspondence, phone calls, personal emails).

Due to the urgency of Aid for Women’s mission and the importance of personal contact for our work, significant Chicago-area travel and evening/weekend hours will be required, especially for special events. As Aid for Women has an “all hands on deck” culture where all employees pitch in during major events and initiatives, flexibility and adaptability are key to the position. The Development Associate will report directly to the Assistant Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • “Manage up” to the Executive Director, Assistant Director and occasionally Board Members by teeing up personal donor meetings and prompting key donor moves.
  • Consistently complete a rigorous thank you procedure for all donors, including mailing thank you notes and making thank you calls.
  • Efficiently use Aid for Women’s donor database to enter new donor contact records, enter donation information, and aid in identifying donor audiences to contact.
  • Assist with Aid for Women’s donor mailing and email solicitation programs, keeping a timely schedule and ensuring high quality mass communications.
  • Assist as needed at Aid for Women events and locations.
  • Other duties as required by the organization.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Some office or work experience preferred (including internships).
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Solid organizational skills, and user skills (or ability to learn quickly) with office software including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.

To Apply:

 To be considered for this position, please submit cover letter (including a pro-life statement), resume and three references to Frances Jimenez, Assistant Director, at fjimenez@aidforwomen.org, 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1418, Chicago, IL, 60603. No phone calls please.

Aid for Women, Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation and an equal opportunity employer.

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