Development Manager

  • Part Time
  • Chicago
  • October 14, 2022

Website A.B.L.E. - Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations

Theatre and film for, with, & by individuals with disabilities

A.B.L.E. – Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations is seeking a Development Manager to focus on building and maintaining relationships with the individual and institutional supporters who sustain A.B.L.E.’s mission. This position will start in December 2022.

A.B.L.E. was founded on the belief that everyone is A.B.L.E. to connect, to contribute, and to create. Our work centers on fostering communication, teamwork, and inclusivity, not just among our program participants, but for all who work with us. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourage applicants from all races, religions, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, ages, and disability statuses. A.B.L.E. is committed to including diverse voices and perspectives across our organization.

What will the Development Manager do?

The Development Manager shares compelling stories about the impact of A.B.L.E.’s work to gain support for our programs. The Development Manager will develop systems, research prospects, and ensure that all ambassadors for the organization have what they need to be successful in their efforts to increase financial resources. They will also work closely with the Executive Artistic Director and the Board Development committee to ensure the Board has the tools, training, and encouragement to raise needed funds. Their focus will shift throughout the year to support various initiatives, but they will spend time on:

Institutional Giving

  • Research prospective funders including local, regional, and national foundations, government organizations, and corporations
  • Draft proposals, reports, and renewal applications for approval by the Executive Artistic Director
  • Maintain internal grants calendar, tracking current and potential funders and deadlines
  • Collate supplemental materials for grant applications including marketing materials, work samples, and budgets
  • Cultivate relationships with with new and existing funders

Individual Giving 

  • Nurture meaningful relationships with donors at all levels
  • Liaise with the Board of Directors, key staff, and other A.B.L.E. community members to cultivate new relationships
  • Manage major gift program including prospecting for new gifts

Donor Communications

  • Maintain A.B.L.E.’s donor database through Little Green Light
  • Create constituent lists and regular reports
  • Draft communication to engage prospective and recurring individual donors through various formats, including e-mail, posted mail, and phone calls
  • Support A.B.L.E.’s volunteer development committee in planning for fundraising events and campaigns

How do I know if I am a good fit? 

You should be able to say “yes” to all or most of the following:

  • You are experienced – you have transferable experience or education in development, fundraising, or nonprofit management
  • You are an excellent communicator – you have a clear written voice, craft compelling stories, and can adjust your style to suit different audiences and mediums.
  • You are a people person – you enjoy networking, making connections, and nurturing relationships
  • You are goal-oriented – you are proactive, motivated to work independently, and excited to actively seek out new prospects and opportunities for the organization
  • You are organized – you meet deadlines, can juggle different projects and priorities at the same time, and pay careful attention to details
  • You are a researcher –  you like digging for information, looking for patterns, and designing clear systems to track this information
  • You are responsive – you can adapt to new information and changes, and communicate these changes with others.
  • You are reflective – you show willingness to grow and deepen your skills, you ask questions, and you are willing to ask for help when you need it
  • You are collaborative –  you share ideas that can make our work stronger, and enjoy building relationships with a diverse range of people from the A.B.L.E. community including our actors with disabilities, volunteers, staff, organizational partners, and supporters
  • You are open – you bring your authentic self to your work, and contribute to a positive, honest, and safe environment where people can connect and create

Other details


  • This is a part-time position that requires 20hrs/week.
  • The schedule is flexible, and you can work with the Executive Artistic Director to set mutually agreeable hours.
  • Occasional nights and weekends may be required for special events


  • This position is primarily remote/work from home. However, in-person attendance at several in-person events will be required, so we are seeking applicants based in the Chicagoland area.

Compensation & Benefits

  • $26,000/yr
  • Unlimited paid time off, including 4 weeks of organization-wide closures
  • $50/month tech & travel stipend
  • $250/year professional development reimbursement to attend conferences, workshops, or other sessions that can expand your skill sets.
  • $200/year treat yourself stipend

More about A.B.L.E.

A.B.L.E. – Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations is a Chicago based non-profit that creates theatre and film projects for, with, and by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through our core ensemble program, specialized workshops, and outreach efforts, A.B.L.E. creates platforms for individuals with disabilities to share who they are and all that they are A.B.L.E. to do. Whether in person or online, all programs strive to foster independence, deepen social skills, and celebrate creativity. By promoting practices that place participants with disabilities in the spotlight, A.B.L.E. strives to shift societal preconceptions about disability, and build more inclusive, empathetic communities.  You can see some of our past shows, read about our rehearsal process, meet our current team, and learn more about all of our programs online at

Instructions to Apply:

Fill out the application and requested materials online at by 5pm on Friday October 14th. In addition to narrative questions, you will be asked to upload a resume and work sample. You will be able to save your application to work on in multiple sittings. Late submissions will not be considered.

If you need any support or accommodations to complete your application, please contact us at

All applicants will be notified by October 20th. Select applicants will be invited for interviews via Zoom during the week of October 24th, with second round interviews the week of November 7th.

To apply for this job please visit

Pay Rate/Range*: $26,000/yr
Organization Address: PO Box 147069, Chicago IL 60614
Organization Contact Name: Katie Yohe
Organization Email Contact: