Development Coordinator

Chicago, IL

Friends of the Children-Chicago is currently seeking an enthusiastic professional to embark on a new career journey as a Development Coordinator to start in October. The Development Coordinator will support the development strategies of the organization, with a special emphasis on development operations, donor services, database management, donor communications, event implementation as well as provide support for the Executive Director.

The Development Coordinator (DC) is responsible for supporting fundraising activities in a fast-paced, start-up environment at the direction of the Development Manager. The DC maintains the fundraising database, ensures accurate donor records, and provides administrative support to the department. The DC also implements donor communications including gift acknowledgements, social media, and fundraising appeals. The DC also implements small donor events and serves as a liaison to outside contractors for larger events.

This is an excellent “generalist” development opportunity with room for professional growth.  Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of children who need it most? Would you like to be a part of a dynamic, lively and mission-focused team? If so, apply now.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Development Operations & Donor Services (approximately 30% of the position)

  • Contribute to the creation of an annual fundraising plan and maintain the department calendar.
  • Implement thank you protocols, including executing timely donor acknowledgement.
  • Maintain all development files and records.
  • Provide administrative support for board fundraising activity.
  • Provide support for the Development & Marketing Committee, including pulling reports and keeping minutes.
  • Conduct prospect research.
  • Provide support to grant writing team, including providing data, delivering proposals, and updating standard materials.
  • Implement sponsorship fulfillment for corporate donors.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Serve as liaison to database consultants.
  • Ensure accurate record‐keeping of contributions.
  • Generate and scrub customized mailing lists for mailings.
  • Reconcile donation records with accounting records.
  • Implement small donor events such as house parties, panel discussions, and Zoom gatherings.
  • Serve as a liaison with event contractors for larger events.

Database Management (approximately 30%)

  • Manage donor database (Little Green Light), including data entry, report generation, pledge tracking and reminders, and moves management.

Donor Communications & Marketing (approximately 25%)

  • Act as production manager for mail and electronic appeals, social media fundraising, e-newsletters, and donor correspondence.

Events (approximately 15%)


  • Model professionalism, hard work, and high ethical standards.
  • Protect the organization by keeping information confidential.
  • Effectively communicate organization’s goals and values, both internally and externally.

The responsibilities listed are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Work Environment:

  • This position operates in a professional office environment. It is expected the employee will be working remotely at times.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to operate office equipment.
  • Travel to other sites in the metro area is required. Some of those sites may not be wheelchair accessible or accessible via public transportation.
  • Evening and weekend work are occasionally required.
  • Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer. Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes. 

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:


  • Passion for serving the most vulnerable children. Growth mindset and commitment to increasing revenue to serve more children.
  • Logical, organized thinker with the ability to create and maintain systems.
  • Previous experience managing databases.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience using social media platforms professionally.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Entrepreneurial enthusiasm for facing new challenges and finding solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management, ability to meet deadlines, and follow-up skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to take initiative in all situations. 
  • Ability to function efficiently with frequent interruptions, work well under pressure, and demonstrate flexibility in adapting to changing circumstances.
  • Previous development experience.
  • Previous experience coordinating appeals and fundraising publications.
  • Previous experience coordinating special events.


  • Previous development experience.
  • Previous experience coordinating appeals and fundraising publications.
  • Previous experience coordinating special events.


  • Salary $50,000 
  • Competitive benefits are available, including health insurance (medical/dental/vision), life insurance, 3 weeks of paid vacation, and 2 weeks of paid sick time per year. We also offer a 401K Program with employer matching up to 4% after the initial 90 days of employment.

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

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