The Development & Communications Assistant will be part of a small, collaborative fundraising and communications team that supports TWI’s regional ecological restoration projects. This full-time position with benefits includes a range of functions related to the nonprofit’s fundraising activities and online/social media presence, as well as some general administrative support for the organization’s 10-person downtown Chicago office. The ideal candidate will have an engaging personality for interactions with donors, sponsors, and other supporters. He/she should be highly skilled at multitasking and managing priorities independently; will have strong computer skills including familiarity with database software, website software, and social media platforms; will possess strong communications skills both verbal and written; and will demonstrate consistent and strong attention to detail. These functions will be carried out mostly during normal office hours and mostly at the Chicago office; some regional travel and evening/weekend hours will be required, particularly in summer and fall. The Development & Communications Assistant will report to the Director of Development & Communications.
Duties and responsibilities:
Monitor and maintain the organization’s website and social media accounts and assist with other organizational communications.
Arrange logistics for organizational events both in advance and at the events, some of which are outdoors.
Represent the organization at environmental fairs and similar events where TWI is participating.
Maintain and update physical donor files and a donor/prospect database.
Tailor and generate reports from the database.
Perform basic donor and foundation prospect research.
Prepare solicitation mailings and related materials and oversee the execution of mass mailings.
Provide communications and logistics support for the board of directors and its committees and meetings.
Monitor TWI’s general email and voicemail accounts and assist with general office routines.
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development & Communications.
A bachelor’s degree preferably in liberal arts or the humanities.
Strong communications skills both written and verbal.
Documented experience with office software including word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs and with website and social media platforms.
Paid and/or volunteer experience at a nonprofit organization that solicits contributions from individuals.
Driver’s license and reliable access to a car.
Additional experience that is helpful but not required:
Experience with fundraising software.
Experience with the Squarespace website platform.
Experience as a photographer or videographer.
Paid and/or volunteer experience at a conservation organization.
Customer-service or front-desk experience in any context.
Send a resume and brief cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the organization's office mailing address. No phone inquiries, please.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time position with benefits; starting salary is in the low 30s.
The Wetlands Initiative is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage. The Wetlands Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
For more information please visit www.wetlands-initiative.org.