Part Time Development Director for Small Org.

Chicago, Illinois
Contract Position to start. $25 - $32/hour, commensurate with skills and experience.
Apr 27, 2021
May 27, 2021
Position Type
Contract / Freelance
Degree Level
Experience Level

Acts Of Kindness Cabaret is currently seeking a Development Director to oversee our donor relations and manage our fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing our non-profit's fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a stronger development program for our organization. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as annual giving campaigns.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the right candidate to take a small, but established, organization and grow the job with it, making the position truly their own. If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development, we encourage you to apply. 


  1. Cultivate relationships with donors and potential donors to expand donor base and increase donations. (35%)
  2. In conjunction with the Artistic director, lead fundraising efforts and campaigns. This includes creation of fundraising materials (annual appeal, newsletter, and newsy letters); social media campaigns; and an annual fundraising event. (35%)
  3. Research grant opportunities, write grant proposals, and submit follow-up reports, when applicable. (25%)
  4. Board of Directors (5%)
  • Participate in quarterly Board meetings.
  • Present a Development Director’s Report at each quarterly Bd. Meeting.
  • Work with the Board and the Artistic Director to ensure AOKC meets its annual service and fundraising goals, as well as our long-term goals.
  • Work with Treasurer to create annual budget.

The ideal candidate should:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Communications or related field

  • Have 3+ years' experience as an effective development professional

  • Have Foundation relationship and grant writing experience

  • Be a self-starter, able to organize and maintain an independent work schedule and workflow on a daily basis;

  • Exhibit strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to champion this organization in an enthusiastic and appealing manner;

  • Be highly organized, able to keep track of people, organizations, and tasks with ease;

  • Understand the non-profit world, how it works, and how to help build the capacity of a smaller organization; and

  • Be a creative thinker and resourceful problem solver.

The Development Director will answer to the Board of Directors and will work closely with the Artistic Director. Ideally, the job will begin between 7/1/21 and 8/1/21.

This is a work-from-home position, with commutes to meet with the Artistic Director, Board, potential donors, and other key players as necessary. Thus, candidate must live in Chicago or surrounding suburbs.

This position begins as quarter time (10 hours per week), contract position but could grow into a part- or full-time salaried position as the organization grows. Compensation $25-$32/hour, commensurate with skills and experience. If you are currently a graduate student in non-profit management working toward a second career, compensation may be a combination of university credit and stipend.

Candidates should submit a resume and introductory letter to Acts Of Kindness Cabaret at:
Please put “DD Submission” in the subject line. Questions may be directed to Hilary Feldman at