Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website AWMuseum American Writers Museum

The nation's first and only museum dedicated to American writers

The American Writers Museum (AWM) is a national museum located in downtown Chicago, dedicated to celebrating American writers and their enduring relevance. The museum fulfills its mission by presenting exhibits and programs for youth and adults that honor the past, promote the present and inspire the future of American writing.

Position Overview

The Development Manager is an integral member of the development team who contributes to the creation and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan. The Development Manager works closely with the Director of Development, the Development and Membership Associate, and the President.


  • Manage, promote, and grow the AWM Donor Society (annual donors of $250 – $10,000): serve as primary relationship manager, developing and executing strategies to identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit new and existing donors
  • Support the planning and execution of the annual OnWord fundraising event, including administrative and logistical support
  • Assist in writing proposals and reports to corporate, foundation, and government granting agencies
  • Provide planning and organizational support for other events for the Board and donors, such as Board meetings, exhibit openings, cultivation events, etc., working with the museum’s caterer, Food for Thought
  • Assist in writing the OnWord donor newsletter
  • Assist with updates and improvements to the Join + Give pages of the AWM website
  • Write and send acknowledgement letters for all contributions
  • Support the Development Committee and the Nominating & Engagement Committee by attending meetings and taking minutes
  • Assist the President and Director of Development as needed with donor visits, events, and written materials


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
2-4 years of increasing fundraising experience including stewardship and solicitation of individual donors, as well as grant proposal writing
Excellent writing and editing skills
Organizational and research skills
Interpersonal skills
Good judgment and discretion
Computer proficiency, including G Suite and MS Office. Experience with Altru database helpful.
Accuracy and attention to detail and follow through
Ability to excel in a collaborative team setting, be flexible, and manage multiple projects

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time position. Hours are 9:00 – 5:00 M-F, with evening and weekend hours required for certain museum events. Annual salary commensurate with experience: $45,000-$55,000 annually. Health benefits and retirement plan are available with this position.

Work Location and Covid Policies

We are currently working in a hybrid model with two to three days at our office with the other days worked remotely. As part of our commitment to providing a healthy and safe workplace, the AWM is requiring employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

The AWM is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

The AWM is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and policies. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

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