Fundraising and Communications Manager


Job Title: Fundraising and Communications Manager

Organization: Dare2tri


Job Description

Fundraising and Communications Manager
Dare2tri positively impacts the health, quality of life and community integration of athletes with physical disabilities or visual impairments by providing opportunities in the sports of swimming, cycling, running and triathlon.

Dare2tri is looking for an excellent writer who can engage the public in the work of the organization for purposes of fundraising and awareness. The Fundraising and Communications Manager will combine a variety of skill sets and work across several different fronts to assist Dare2tri in raising funds and awareness. Fundraising and development responsibilities will include identification, cultivation, solicitation and acknowledgement of prospects, donors, sponsors and grantors. The manager will also help increase awareness of the organization by managing the website, all social media channels and attending community events. As a member of a small team, the Fundraising and Communications Manager will support all efforts to sustain and grow the mission and financial stability of the organization.

The Fundraising and Communications Manager will report to Dare2tri’s Executive Director. This is a full-time position.

Job Responsibilities:
• Lead fundraising efforts including identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship of prospects, donors and sponsors
• Manage Dare2tri’s Race2Raise Fundraising program including promotion, campaign set up, follow up, engagement, coordination and evaluation
• Oversee and coordinate Sponsor an Athlete program including promotion, solicitation, tracking, communication and follow up
• Create sponsorship opportunities and benefits for various events and campaigns
• Conduct prospect research as needed with a focus on generating new potential donors and sponsors
• Coordinate all aspects of Dare2tri’s annual gala, Evening2Inspire including vendors, invitations, donor solicitation and coordination etc.
• Write and research grants for the organization including grant reporting
• Track, schedule and prepare materials for cultivation visits with potential donors or supporters
• Manage the donor database (Neon Z2 System CRM) including data entry, gift processing, acknowledgement generating and reporting
• Develop and implement a communications plan including all avenues of social media and website, email blasts, flyers and other communication
• Respond promptly to incoming inquiries (email, phone) and follow-up on next steps
• Write articles for various publications (i.e. Disabled Sports USA’s Challenge Magazine, USA Triathlon magazine etc.)
• Coordinate Dare2tri athletes for speaking engagements
• Attend community health fairs and represent Dare2tri to expand the reach of the organization

Work Environment:
Dare2tri is a small non-profit that recently experienced rapid growth. Currently, employees work out of their homes with a minimum of one weekly staff meeting. This position is ideal for a self-starter who can thrive in an entrepreneurial, start-up setting. Candidates must live in the Chicago-land area.

Location: Chicago

Job Type: Full Time

Key Qualifications:
• Minimum BA/BS in a related field required
• 3-5 years of relevant work experience
• Excellent written/verbal communication and grammar skills, understanding of AP Stylebook guidelines
• Experience managing various aspects fundraising events and campaigns
• Excellent prioritization skills, follow-through and a keen attention to detail
• The ability to be organized, self-motivated and wear multiple hats
• Be a team player
• Skilled in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Social Media, Google Drive, Dropbox, Adobe Suite, MailChip and Square Space

Education Requirement: Bachelors

How to Apply
To Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to Keri Serota ( with Fundraising and Communications Manager in the subject line. Feel free to let your creativity shine in your application! Applications received will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so early submission is recommended

Last Day to Apply: 04/01/2017

Posted by: Keri Serota,