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Development Associate

Action Center on Race and the Economy
Chicago, Illinois
Closing date
Sep 25, 2021
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Development Associate


The Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) drives campaigns that seek to win structural change by directly taking on the corporations responsible for pillaging communities of color and working-class communities and harming our environment. Through partnerships with organizations involved in local racial, economic, environmental, and educational justice campaigns, we provide strategic campaign coordination and campaign infrastructure with an explicit racial justice analysis. 



Job Description Overview 


This position is part of a growing two-person team responsible for the full range of fund development activities for the organization. These activities include grant writing and reporting with foundations and other funding sources, with room to explore and innovate in a range of other development activities. This staff member is responsible for prospecting for new grant opportunities; writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects; and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects. Additionally, this staff member is also responsible for assisting with the organization’s individual giving program and other fundraising activities.


Primary Job Responsibilities


  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals 


    Perform prospect research on foundations to evaluate prospects for grants


    Work with Operations/Finance to gather information necessary to report to foundation funders on current grant programs 


     Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundations 


    Provide stewardship to current donors, including work with other development staff members to provide regular written updates (newsletters, etc.) to foundation donors 


    Update and maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting


    Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship 




  • Help identify and create operational procedures to streamline fundraising activities


    Develop an understanding of the organization’s pillars, lobbying work, campaigns and fundraising activities


    Ensure individual donor acknowledgements are automated or manually sent


    Support individual fundraising communications


    Support other fundraising activities and planning, when necessary



  • A strong commitment to progressive social change and racial justice and a familiarity with the issues that are central to ACRE’s work and a passion for ACRE’s vision and mission;


    At least two (2) years of experience in a non-profit or social justice organization, with a focus on proposal/grant writing and fundraising. Enthusiasm for or experience with fundraising operations is appreciated, but not required. An interest in ACRE's work and ability to learn the ropes, combined with strong writing skills, is more important than relevant experience -- if you are a strong writer and this is an organization and role that interests you, we still strongly encourage you to apply, regardless of experience level; 


    Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals; 


     Strong editing skills; 


    Attention to detail; 


    Ability to meet deadlines; 


    Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies;


    Demonstrated proficiency and experience in managing competing priorities while maintaining high standards of quality and responsiveness;


    Willingness to work long and irregular hours;


    Willingness to travel occasionally, once it is safe to do so, and;


    A good sense of humor.


LGBTQ, women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary range for this position is $52,000-$64,000. Location is flexible, but we prefer for this position to be based out of either Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, or Washington, DC. There is a 10% cost of living adjustment for people working out of the New York City, Los Angeles, Bay Area, and DC metro areas. Position includes excellent benefits. 


To apply please submit your application here. Please apply no later than September 20, 2021. If you have any trouble with the form, please email with “Development Associate” in the subject line.



The Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE) is a campaign hub for organizations working at the intersection of racial justice and Wall Street accountability. We provide research and communications infrastructure and strategic support for organizations working on campaigns to win structural change by directly taking on the financial elite that are responsible for pillaging communities of color, devastating working-class communities, and harming our environment. We partner with local organizations from across the United States that are working on racial, economic, environmental, and educational justice campaigns and help them connect the dots between their issues and Wall Street so that each of the local efforts feeds into a broad national movement to hold the financial sector accountable.

We approach all of our work through an explicit racial lens. We believe that race and class are intrinsically linked and that it is not possible to fix the structural problems in our economy in a race-neutral way. The financial and corporate elite use structural racism, targeting Black and Latino communities in particular, to divide us and pit us against each other while they destroy our livelihoods. We cannot achieve economic, environmental, or educational justice until we confront structural racism and take our demands directly to the financial elite profiting off the crises in our communities. At ACRE, we dedicate ourselves to doing just that.

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