Career Opportunities

Communications and Development Associate

 About the position

The Communications and Development Associate is responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy and for playing a lead role in fundraising for a small nonprofit based in Chicago. Title and salary will be commensurate with education, experience, and portfolio breadth and Woodstock’s payscale. Estimated salary range is $35,000 to $42,000.

Responsibilities include:

  • Construct and drive a communications strategy that promotes the organization’s mission and reputation to key stakeholders (funders, community partners, policymakers, media)
  • Produce online newsletters and alerts, annual reports, and presentations
  • Build relationships with the media, construct press releases, and pitch stories
  • Draft, edit, and timely submit grant proposals and reports
  • Identify new fundraising opportunities from philanthropic and corporate foundations, events, and individual giving
  • Take a lead role in planning, promoting, and executing 1-3 events per year
  • Work with staff on managing overall feel and brand of organization’s website
  • Manage organization’s social media presence on Twitter and Facebook daily
  • Improve the accessibility and impact of Woodstock's research and data through creation of interactive infographics, graphic design, photos, and videos
  • Update and ensure the quality of Woodstock’s contact relationship management system
  • Track institutional success metrics for fundraising and institutional development purposes

This is a full-time position located in Chicago with competitive nonprofit salary, professional development opportunities, and generous benefits, including: paid holiday, vacation, and sick days; healthcare insurance, dental insurance, and flexible spending account for healthcare and childcare; pre-tax public transit option; short-term and long-term disability insurance and life insurance; and, an employee retirement plan and an employer contribution to a retirement account after first year. The Associate reports to the President for development work and to the Senior Vice President for Policy on communications work.


Applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, nonprofit management, or related field, and at least three years’ experience in communications and development, including developing and implementing an organizational communications strategy, maintaining relationships with the press, representing an organizational identity online, writing grant reports and proposals, developing and implementing fundraising strategies and events, and conducting prospect research.

Excellent written and spoken English language communications skills, very detail-oriented.

Highly organized, self-motivated, punctual, and able to work independently and collaboratively with a wide range of people at all levels in a fast-paced environment.

Experience creating online newsletters, alerts, annual reports, social media, and other nonprofit communications.

Demonstrated ability to raise funds from a variety of sources, including foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

Basic understanding of content management/contact relationship management systems.

Experience creating graphic design and interactive technology or in working with graphic designers and interactive technology vendors, ability to interpret and communicate key lessons from data.

Ability to shoot and edit photos and video a plus.

Strong commitment to economic and social justice issues, as evidenced by previous professional and/or personal work.

Willingness to travel occasionally to attend work-related events outside regular work hours in evenings and on weekends.

Ability to sit for long periods of time, ability to travel to meetings and events outside of the office and occasionally out of town, ability to use telephones, computers, and smart phones, ability to take notes, and ability to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds in moving items for events.

Woodstock Institute is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and protected classes to apply.

Deadline to apply is midnight Central time on Tuesday, June 12, 2017. Applicants must be available for first-round interviews (preferably in person, but by phone for out-of-town applicants) on June 15-16 and for second-round, in-person interviews on June 19-20. Start date would be between July 3 and July 17.

No phone inquiries, please. Send cover letter, resume, one sample of communications and one sample of development work that you personally created, and a list of two references and their phone and email contact information, to: Patricia Woods-Hessing, Administrative Director,