• Development Associate (Chicago)

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/27/2018 12:19 PM)
    Development / Fundraising
    Work Hours
    9:00am - 5:00pm, additional hours as needed
    Regular Full-Time
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Application Deadline
    Salary Range
    High $30K to Mid $40K, commensurate with experience
  • Overview & Benefits

    Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate from college, and go far in life.  Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.


    As one of the first college support organizations to focus on college completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class college graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between first generation students from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, where we were founded in 1997, New York City and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,000 students. We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and increase our footprint to over 10,000 students by 2020.


    Bottom Line focuses on students who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, but lack the support structures necessary to navigate the college application process, make a responsible school choice, succeed in college, and prepare for a meaningful career.


    Over the last 20 years, Bottom Line has developed a proven and proactive long-term, high-touch, high impact model.  Full-time, trained and specialized advisors leverage our DEAL model which addresses the four key areas that are most likely to lead to college success: Degree, Employability, Affordability, and Life.  Our relationship and results focused approach helps our students change their lives by gaining economic mobility through college selection, graduation, and career-readiness.


    At Bottom Line, we also have a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  We aim to attract qualified candidates who hold these same values, and help us further recognize and celebrate the diversity among us. 


    When you join Bottom Line, you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. We build strong relationships with our students and with each other. We take our work seriously, and we know that a focus on data and metrics is integral to our continued success. Experts in our field, we are driven by our mission and motivated by the impact we’re achieving.


    Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package.



    For more information, please visit www.bottomline.org and



    As Bottom Line grows its impact and student services in the Chicago region, we are adding a new position to the Development & External Affairs team.  In this exciting time of growth for the organization, the Development Associate will support Bottom Line’s local efforts to engage stakeholders across Chicago in raising the funding and resources needed to help students get into college, graduate and go far.  In Fiscal Year (FY)19, Bottom Line Chicago’s fundraising goal is $2.6M and seeks to grow the revenue budget every year to meet the demand for our programs across our community. 


    Reporting directly to the Director of Development & External Affairs, the Development Associate will be an integral member of a small, tight-knit team.  As a National organization, Bottom Line’s overall Development strategy is developed and implemented collaboratively, providing a foundation from which local teams, under the leadership of the Executive Director and Head of Development, can build to adapt to local needs, opportunities and strengths.   The Development Associate provides critical administrative and operational support to a lean team.


    A successful Development Associate has excellent time- and project-management skills and can not only balance a fast-paced workload schedule, but also supports the Head of Development and Executive Director with their workload.  They are quick to help others complete projects and can learn new skills quickly.  They are high attention to detail.  They are excited to engage community members in our work and learn about the field of Development.


    Database Management & Gift Processing

    • Ensure that all donations are accurately entered into Salesforce (donor database) and that donors are acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt; facilitate check deposits
    • Work with portfolio managers to update records and information in our databases, as needed
    • Work with National Finance Team to reconcile monthly and quarterly financials
    • Work with National office to coordinate pulling and updating donor lists to facilitate donor communications, donor stewardship and reporting


    Marketing, Communications, & Event Support

    • Provide logistical support for all fundraising and cultivation events throughout the year
    • Attend events, and provide night-of logistics
    • Support solicitation of sponsorships, ticket sales, auction items, etc.
    • Draft content and collateral for event materials and email newsletters
    • Prepare donor folders
    • Edit communication materials for grammar, spelling, voice and style, and to ensure adherence to brand and style guidelines
    • Assist National Manager of Communications in drafting content for social media  
    • Work with national office to evaluate Chicago’s donor communications to track open rates, click thru rates, feedback and more and make recommendations for improvement

    Development Operations Support

    • Coordinate grant application process for proposals and reports, including drafting and copy-editing content, creating and updating templates, gathering supporting materials, submitting proposals and reports, and managing the grant calendar
    • Actively research and identify new grant opportunities that meet funding needs of the organization
    • Organize, prepare and execute mass mailings
    • Perform prospect research on prospective individual and institutional donors
    • Data-entry of new prospects into Salesforce


    Organizational Support

    • Represent the Bottom Line brand in a positive light, and take actions to increase brand awareness throughout the community
    • Support other Development Team and/or Chicago Leadership Team projects as needed
    • Support planning and execution of Access and Success Program events, including outreach to and management of volunteers 


    Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.



    • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission, vision, and core values
    • Demonstrated proficiency and/or growth potential in our core competencies (please see below)
    • 1 - 2 years of related work experience
    • Experience with databases; Salesforce preferred
    • Strong writing, proofreading, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to speak clearly and persuasively to a variety of stakeholders
    • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization required



    All employees are expected to demonstrate continued growth within our seven core competencies.


    Competencies provide Bottom Line with a way to define, in behavioral terms, what it is that people need to do to produce the results that the organization desires, in a way that is in keeping with its culture.  Bottom Line defines a competency as a cluster of related knowledge, skills and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development. 


    • Relationships: Identifies opportunities and takes action to build and maintain meaningful and collaborative connections with various stakeholders
    • Results: Produces quality outcomes; compiles and analyzes data to drive future plans; uses creative solutions
    • Communication: Effectively articulates information in a clear, concise and timely manner to a wide range of stakeholders
    • Inclusiveness: Helps to create an environment that respects and values the identities and cultures of all colleagues and students we serve
    • Talent Development: Effectively assesses one’s own, and others’, strengths and areas for improvement
    • Agility: Demonstrates adaptability and openness to shifting priorities, needs of stakeholders, and organizational changes
    • Planning: Effectively and efficiently uses resources (time, materials, technology) in order to create, meet, and assess goals


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