Posted May 18


The Development Associate will work with the development and communications team to assist in raising funds and awareness of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). This writer’s position supports CCH’s work with foundations and individual donors. This includes but is not limited to writing grant proposals and progress reports to private foundations, writing letters and other materials for individual donor cultivation and retention, and supporting communications activities, such as writing articles about CCH work and its community leaders.

This position reports to the Director of Foundation Relations and Media, and works with other members of the development team and the organization to advance CCH’s mission.

Job Responsibilities

Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Foundations
    • Develop, write and submit grant requests, including letters of inquiry and proposals, with assigned responsibility for part of the organization’s grant portfolio.
    • Track, research, and write required grant reports.
    • Collaborate with relevant staff to develop proposals and grant reports.
    • Research prospective new funders.
    • Coordinate site visits with foundation officials.
  • Individual Donors
    • Support direct mail campaigns by writing solicitation letters and other relevant materials.
    • Write letters to individual major donors, sharing updates on issue areas of interest to the donor.
    • Write content for thank you letters sent to select individual donors, and those sent to donor groups.
    • Provide support as needed for donor research and analysis.
  • Communications
    • Write and edit content, including blog articles and profiles, for the CCH website.
    • Assist in editing other communications by CCH, including Action Alerts, social media posts, and occasional reports.
    • Manage social media channels, as needed.
    • Work with staff to develop and implement strategies to improve organizational visibility.
  • General
    • Assist with the creation of the annual development strategy.
    • Provide support to CCH’s special events, as needed.
    • Fulfill other duties as required.

Must-have job qualifications & requirements (minimums)

We are seeking a candidate who excels at writing and project management. You must have:

  • Strong writing skills, with the ability to write detailed program information accurately and succinctly, as well as an ability to write persuasively.
  • A proven ability to manage overlapping deadlines and be self-organized.
  • An ability to write collaboratively on deadline and accepting of editorial feedback.
  • A minimum of three years’ writing experience. This must include experience writing proposals that secured grant funding and/or donor solicitation letters. Work experience can include volunteer/intern work focused on written communications, writing content or social media for a non-profit, philanthropic group or activist group, and writing for the mainstream media.
  • A demonstrated ability to message and tell a brief, compelling story about the people and community leaders with whom CCH works.
  • An understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data to assess and write about progress for grant reports.
  • Ability to interview staff and community leaders in preparing grant proposals, profiles, and other communications.
  • Ability to handle periodic flexibility in scheduling, including evening meetings or working late if needed to meet a deadline.

Desirable personal qualifications

  • An interest in social justice and issues related to poverty
  • Interest in following mainstream media coverage on issues related to poverty and homelessness, education, politics, and governance
  • Keen interest, as shown by practice, in various forms of writing and communication
  • An interest in charitable fundraising

To Apply

  • Submit a writing portfolio of two or three pieces, including a proposal or solicitation letter, that show an ability to write for a variety of audiences. Interviewed candidates will take a short writing test.
  • Listed references from two to three employers or supervisors who can speak to the applicant’s writing, editing, and collaborative skills.

Compensation depends on experience. The salary range is $40,000 to $50,000, with a competitive benefits package.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, gender, or age. People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications to must be received by June 13.

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Unpaid Internships

If interested in an unpaid internship at CCH, please contact the appropriate person:

CCH places more than 20 interns a year with its public policy, community organizing, legal and development staffs.

Most interns are college and graduate students earning academic credit. Most internships run through the academic year or during the summer.