Development Associate

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website National Public Housing Museum

Job Title: Development Associate

Position Type: Full-time position, starting at $45 – 50,000 based on experience and qualifications, with medical, dental and retirement benefits

Reports To: Director of Development

Application deadline: October 31

Application instructions: Submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to with the subject line “Development Associate Application, [YOUR NAME]”


The Museum is a cultural center and creative placemaking hub that advances our mission to preserve, promote and propel housing as a human right. We foster dialogue and create change in our community through the collection of oral histories and objects, innovative programs and exhibitions, and the preservation and restoration of one of our nation’s most important historic sites, the last remaining building of the former Jane Addams Homes. We are in the midst of raising capital funds for the redevelopment of our new and permanent home located at 925 S Ada Street on Chicago’s Near West side.


This position reports to the Director of Development. Key responsibility is to provide support for institutional fundraising by director and executive director for annual operating expenses and the capital campaign. The ideal candidate must have demonstrated experience in managing fundraising databases and possess excellent attention to detail and follow through. The candidate must be a strong collaborator with proven interpersonal and relationship building skills; as well as a self-starter with an ability to work with limited supervision, but is also willing to ask for assistance.

Essential tasks:

Database management: Ensure quality and accuracy of database and contact records with error-free gift entry and timely gift acknowledgement; tracking of all donor activity and calendars for solicitation and stewardship. Produce monthly reports and forecast receipt of donations and pledge payments
Manage monthly reconciliation of the database to quickbooks, and compose monthly reports
Prepare lists from the database for appeals, events, newsletters and other targeted communications
Provide support and prepare materials for donor cultivation and solicitation meetings
Assist with fundraising event logistics and planning
Perform individual and foundation research
Schedule appointments related to fundraising
Contribute to smooth running of the Museum in collaboration with staff and board by performing other duties as assigned
Qualifications of at least 2 years experience:

Working with diverse communities
Fundraising with individuals, foundations, corporations
Proficiency in Little Green Light database
Familiarity with email platforms, social media and websites
Strong organizational skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
This is a full-time position, 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, with potential evening and weekend availability as required for related activities and events. The Museum offices are based in Chicago at 625 N Kingsbury and the development associate is required to fulfill the position responsibilities in person and by remote as determined by the supervisor.


We strongly encourage and welcome applicants who are current or former residents of public housing as well as our BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQIA communities as they must be centered in the work we do to create equity. If you have any difficulty with your application and you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact us.


National Public Housing Museum is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.

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