Development Associate

  • Part Time
  • Chicago

Website collaboraction Collaboraction

Powerful Stories. Crucial Conversations. Transforming Chicago.

Position Overview

The Development Associate will assist leadership in all grant writing and fundraising programs to provide for the short- and long-term needs of the organization, and will be paid $19.25 per hour with an estimated 25 hours per week (but paid on actual hours worked).

Reports To

Managing Director  and Artistic Director


Collaboraction is a 26 year old non-profit arts organization located in Chicago that creates original theatre and digital media that inspire change around Chicago’s critical social issues. Examples of such work include Emmy-award winning The Lost Story of Emmett Till: Trial in the Delta, Moonset Sunrise, Crime Scene: a Chicago Anthology, A Blue Island In the Red Sea, The Light youth ensemble and the annual Peacebook Festival.

Development Associate Job Responsibilities

• Works with the Managing Director and Artistic Director to determine the mission, purpose, and priorities of the organization.

• Has full knowledge of  annual monetary goals and budgets according to short- and long-term goals.

• Adheres to  fundraising objectives for the organization, setting one year, five year, and longer-term goals.

• Maintains a list of potential financial donors including corporations, foundations, and individuals.

• Produces relevant and informative fundraising literature for distribution to previous donors and the public.

• Oversee, cultivate and grow the CollaborActvist Membership program.

• Researches potential sources of, and applies for, grants and public funding.

• Oversees the fundraising process and maintains records of receipts and disbursements of funds.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities

• Extensive knowledge of fundraising strategies and principles.

• Excellent management and supervisory skills.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Excellent interpersonal skills.

• Knowledge of tax planning principles and techniques that favor charitable giving.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.


• At least three years of experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization is highly preferred.

Physical Requirements

• Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

• Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Instructions to Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to No phone calls, please.

To apply for this job email your details to

Pay Rate/Range*: $19.25 per hour
Organization Contact Name: Carla Stillwell
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