CASL seeks a talented and energetic individual to join our highly experienced Director of Development, actively engaged leadership, and dynamic Board in growing our events portfolio from $770,000 to over $820,000 over the next 12 months and expanding our newly reinvigorated individual and corporate volunteer program. CASL provides an extremely well organized development program and annual plan to accomplish our philanthropic goals. We enjoy significant long-term relationships with corporate sponsors and event donors for both of our signature events – Annual Gala and Winter Benefit.
We value our employees and support them in learning and growth. We encourage—and even push for—professional development in the philanthropic field. We value your experience, your expertise, and your input, and we seek your knowledge to expand ours. We work as a team to innovate and express new ideas, learn from our mistakes and celebrate our accomplishments. We constantly seek and implement best practice. Our leadership is supportive, organized, big-picture focused, and constantly asks the question “What do you think?” Our staff enjoys ethnic and cultural diversity, which we highly value. As such, for this position, it is not required that you speak or understand a Chinese language.
CASL is a fiscally conservative and financially smart organization having maintained a budget surplus 37 of the 39 years of our existence. We have an operating surplus to sustain us through these difficult economic times. However, we recognize the need to diversify our funding portfolio and decrease our reliance on government funding. That is why our Board of Directors and leadership are 100% committed to the growth and support of our philanthropic program and to your success.
For almost 40 years, the Chinese American Service League (CASL) has served people of all ages and backgrounds: Providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children, ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity, enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce, strengthening families while honoring cultural heritage, and securing our community's financial well-being, to over 11,500 Chicago area residents annually. For more information about our organization or programs, please visit us at www.caslservice.org
This is a full time exempt position primarily responsible for event logistic and fundraising management and the recruitment and processing of individual and group volunteers. The Events and Volunteer Associate will assist the Director of Development (DODC) in achieving event goals through logistical support and implement and maintain a volunteer services program to meet the operational needs of CASL programs and the community it serves.
Event Logistics Assistance – 60%
1. Assist in the implementation of special events operations and production, including those with a fundraising and donor development focus.
In conjunction with the Director of Development and Communications (DODC), support the Advisory Board in event planning.
Assist the DODC and President in event sponsorship solicitations by keeping accurate solicitation records.
Work closely with event consultants/staff and a variety of vendors and venues necessary for event execution.
Assist in the solicitation, marketing, management and implementation of auctions.
Manage event logistics coordination with the Facilities Department including set-up, take-down, pick-ups and deliveries, etc.
Cultivate relationships and effectively engage volunteers.
Work with the Development team to cultivate event attendees.
Assist in post-event thank you calls and communications to event attendees and supporters.
2. Assist the Corporate and Foundation Officer with coordination of prospect and donor site visits.
3. Insure proper financial coding and tracking, work with the Donor Information Administrator and Finance to balance expenses and revenues generated from events, including appropriate donor financial tracking and acknowledgment procedures.
4. Maintain knowledge of event module in Raiser’s Edge as they relate to specific events.
5. Complete special projects as assigned by the Director of Development and Communications.
Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination – 40%
Manage all individual and corporate volunteer inquiries and recruit, screen, interview and train all types of volunteers.
Work with the Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer to identify interests in corporate volunteers.
Establish effective policies and procedures, including an updated volunteer handbook, to ensure a high quality experience for CASL volunteers.
Conduct outreach to and engage potential Chicagoland area volunteers.
Organize and conduct volunteer orientation.
Create and execute volunteer appreciation events and other volunteer related events.
Track volunteers in Raiser’s Edge to ensure appropriate moves management from volunteer to organizational donor.
Conduct, at minimum, an annual needs assessment with each program to determine individual and corporate volunteer needs.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
One year experience in event management and/or volunteer recruitment and management preferred.
Must have a strong personal commitment to the mission, vision and values of CASL
Demonstrated success in planning and managing fundraising events.
Demonstrated success in external relationship management and securing volunteer targets.
Able to communicate (verbal and written) and work effectively with volunteers and staff.
Able to manage details and follow through with a minimum amount of direct supervision.
Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
Experience in relationship cultivation.
Teamwork- Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Attention to Detail & Adaptability- Manages competing demands; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully and can efficiently execute on multiple priorities/plans/ideas; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; Asks for and offers help when needed; Ability to work in a complex organization, work with all agency team members, flexibility, and willingness to negotiate and compromise.
Communication & Interpersonal Skills- Speaks clearly, remains calm and focused, negotiates and makes effective presentations to diverse groups and professionally engages colleagues and co-workers. Edits work for correct data, spelling, and grammar. Reads and comprehends simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
Ethics & Judgment- Treats people with respect; tactfully approaches others, works with integrity, and exhibits sound judgment; Willingness and ability to seek-out, share and adopt ideas and best practices in and outside the institution and embraces change introduced by others. Usage of discretion with confidential materials is required.
The Chinese American Service League (CASL) is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit social service agency in the Midwest. Since its inception in 1978, the agency has been serving the needs of Chinese Americans of all ages. The purpose of the agency is to strengthen the physical, economic, and mental health of all ages and backgrounds of the Chinese community in the greater Chicago area.