Open Position Title:

Development Manager

Type: Full-Time

Start Date: 03/18/19

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Reports to: Executive Director

Organizational Background

Founded in late 2007, Chicago Run is a nonprofit organization that provides innovative running and fitness programs for children and youth in schools, community centers, and affordable housing communities. Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs. We currently reach over 18,000 youth annually, from Pre-K through high school and beyond, in 36 distinct neighborhoods. Through our high-quality, enriching physical activity programs, we aim to enhance the health and wellbeing of Chicago’s youth while developing critical skills for healthy development. We focus programming in under-resourced communities that disproportionately experience health disparities and lack the resources to foster healthy child development. We recently launched a Chicago Run 2.0 strategic growth plan and are embarking on an exciting path to expand our reach, deepen our impact, and build a more robust evidence base.


Summary of Job Description

The Development Manager will be responsible for supporting the Executive Director in the creation and implementation of Chicago Run’s development strategy, in service of building a diverse and sustainable revenue base. Specifically, the Development Manager will be responsible for overseeing Chicago Run’s donor database and knowledge management, including data entry, reporting and analytics; crafting development strategies for individual and institutional donors and prospects, including research and some writing; managing a small portfolio of donors; and supporting in Chicago Run’s annual gala and other fundraising events. This role will also work closely with the Chicago Run Development Team.

Roles and Responsibilities

Donor Management and Strategy: 30%

  • Support the Executive Director in creation annual fundraising plans, strategies, and benchmarks

  • Research current and prospective donors and board members and support the Executive Director in creating donor-centric stewardship plans

  • Ensure timely recognition of all donations and create strategies for recognition based on gift sizes

  • Assist with the annual appeal

  • Assist with compiling and sending other mailings including event save the dates, invitations, tax acknowledgement letters and the annual report

Database Management: 30%

  • Oversee Chicago Run’s development database (Donor Perfect), and devise and maintain protocols and best practices for data entry and moves management

  • Maintain and update database with new donations and track touchpoints, call logs and communication with donors

  • Create and manage dashboards and reports to measure progress against goals for internal and external audiences

  • Work with the Director of Finance and Operations to conduct monthly database and Quickbooks reconciliation

  • Manage Executive Director against key development outreach and tasks

Event Management: 30%

  • Support the Development Team in the strategy and execution of fundraisers and friendraisers and other program events as needed

  • Manage logistics for annual Little Steps Big Stars gala

  • Support in the management and oversight of the Next Generation Board, including bi-annual fundraisers

Other: 10%:

  • Support Director of Communications on gathering compelling program content for external audiences and for social media communication, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Chicago Run e-blasts and blog posts

  • Check daily mail and process check deposits

  • Support in office management, maintenance, and purchasing

  • Assist Director of Finance and Operations in preparing for annual audit and funder-specific audits

  • Support the Development Team as needed on additional tasks and projects


Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or 3-5 years of equivalent work experience in the non-profit sector; preferably 2-3 years of development experience

  • Demonstrates a passion for Chicago Run’s mission and advancing adolescent health and wellness

  • Has exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Exhibits strong organizational skills and is detail-oriented

  • Demonstrates proficiency with basic software programs, including Microsoft Office, with advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel a plus

  • Has experience working with data entry, database management, or CRM tools

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment and possesses flexibility

  • Has strong interpersonal skills and able to build relationships and communicate with a diverse array of stakeholders


Working Conditions

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This is a full-time position, and standard hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

  • This role is primarily office based, but there will be some local travel required. There are opportunities for flexibility and occasional remote work.

  • Chicago Run is committed to being an equal opportunity organization, and providing employment opportunities regardless of identity, including race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability status, or veteran status.

  • People of color and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply.


To apply:

Send resume and cover letter via email to Danya Rosen at by March 15, 2019.  No phone calls please.


Chicago Run provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.