Development Coordinator, Chicago

Concern Worldwide US Inc.
  • Location
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 06

Position description

We are Concern Worldwide. Maybe you’ve heard of us? If not: We have been working in some of the world’s poorest communities since 1968. That’s right – we’re 50. We’re celebrating that milestone a bit this year, but remaining laser-focused on our work. We’re needed now more than ever. And we are focused on making even greater impact, delivering more assistance faster, and helping change millions more lives.


Since its founding in 1968, Concern Worldwide has saved countless lives, relieved suffering and provided opportunities for a sustained better living standard for millions of people. We work primarily in the world’s poorest countries, and within those countries, we seek out the most vulnerable and overlooked. Concern implements emergency response programs, has been a leader in health and nutrition issues, and has been in the forefront of helping communities develop resilience to high-impact climate extremes. We also work in education, livelihoods and water and sanitation. Every day we are inspired by the legacy of Father Aengus Finucane, one of Concern’s founders, who called upon each of us to do as much as we can, as well as we can, for as long as we can, for as many as we can.


About Concern U.S., Concern Chicago Office and the Role

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York and Chicago. Our mission is to support the work of Concern Worldwide by financially supporting programs, representing Concern with national/international co-funders and organizations, and raising the organization’s profile.

Concern Worldwide US Chicago’s office has been engaged primarily in donor development for nearly 20 years. In addition to enhancing the individual, corporate, and foundation giving activities across Concern Worldwide US, the Chicago office has supported three local events: the annual Thanks for Giving Gala, Women of Concern Awards luncheon, a charity golf event.

Concern Worldwide is hiring a Development Coordinator to join our small, but mighty Chicago team. The Development Coordinator will be responsible for supporting a diverse range of fundraising activities including: assisting in the execution of special events and major donor cultivation events; donation tracking and processing; donor correspondence and donor relations; researching a variety of topics including donor profiles and event venues; processing invoices; and other administrative and operational activities as needed. 

Reporting to the Regional Development Manager and working closely with the Public Engagement and Program Officer, this new role is critical to ensuring the continued growth of Concern’s fundraising initiatives and high standards of excellence in donor relations. 

The ideal candidate is poised for growth, highly organized, detail oriented, analytical, proactive, and a strong communicator. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is looking to learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit fundraising. The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for Concern’s mission, is interested in a career in development/fundraising and has a demonstrated ability to execute administrative responsibilities while keeping an eye toward building operations that sustain fundraising and revenue growth.

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, growing organization at a pivotal time. The work you will do will help to change lives in the places where change is most needed.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the Chicago team and event committees to successfully produce well run events for Concern Worldwide.
  • Assist the Regional Development Manager with logistical execution and sponsorship strategy for fundraising events occurring throughout the year.
  • Oversee donation collection activities, including processing donations, tracking commitments, sending pledge reminders and gift transaction follow ups.
  • Assist the New York Public Engagement Team with Chicago activities around the Concern Leadership Network including outreach, venue research, and catering.
  • Assist with event week and day-of-event operations including set-up and execution.
  • Enter all donations into the database which includes copying checks, tracking batches, reconciling deposits and filing all donation paperwork.
  • Work collaboratively with the NY based Finance team and Donor Care to ensure timely reconciliation of all donations and paperwork.
  • Update and maintain donor constituent records in the Salesforce database.
  • Conduct monthly credit card reconciliation for Chicago office expenses.
  • Work with the NY Based Finance Team to process credit card contributions.
  • Assist with development correspondence, communications materials, donor packets, and other written materials as needed.
  • Assist in creation of reports and other donor communications.
  • Conduct prospect research and identify new potential donors.
  • Input event records, including sponsorship and ticket sales, and RSVP tracking.
  • Support the Regional Development Manager with follow up on outstanding pledges and donor invoicing
  • Assist with donor mailings including donor acknowledgments and holiday cards. 
  • Represent Concern as needed at external networking opportunities and events.
  • General administrative duties and other special projects as needed.


Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.

  • Prior experience (1 year) in an administrative position, preferably in a non-profit development office.
  • High energy and an aptitude for taking initiative.
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize work, meet deadlines, and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
  • Accuracy, efficiency, organization and attention to details are vital.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong customer service skills.
  • Familiarity with fundraising.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, a plus.
  • Database Management experience preferred – Salesforce, a plus.
  • Ability to carry out physical demands of job including: squatting, pushing, pulling and light lifting (up to 25lbs) for event set up.
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends, as needed.
  • Must have eligibility to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

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