The Winston Knolls Foundation, the supporting organization of The Winston Knolls School, is a State of Illinois 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the philanthropic entity of The School, the Knolls Center for Autism, and the Winston Knolls Education Group. The Winston Knolls School is a non-public special education school approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. We provide school-based services to children (ages 3-21.11) diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders such as emotional / behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities and other health impairments.
The Development (Fundraiser) Coordinator supports all aspects of fundraising and volunteer management, including administrative duties; scheduling of meetings, travel, events and preparing solicitation materials. This candidate must process strong communication and planning, position reports to the President / CEO and indirectly to the Development Director.
This is a great opportunity for a self-starter who is passionate about the mission of Winston Knolls and can excite others about our mission.
Work in coordination with the Development Director to develop, manage and implement timely community appeals, along with relationship building with key stakeholders. Coordinate donations, gifts and sponsorships through mailings as well as relationships with school partners. Identify prospects and cultivate relationships with major and mid-level donors.
Coordinate, implement, and promote awareness: all aspects of school and community events; recruit, secure and support volunteers and interns for year-round school activities, programs and events while adhering to best practices for volunteer management. May include occasional evening or weekend.
Accurate and timely processing of gifts and donor acknowledgements. Maintain constituent records in donor database including reporting and contact history.
Research and write detailed written proposals and cases to support fundraising and sponsorship projects.
Build a network of community professionals who can act as resources for planned giving and corporate sponsorships.
Assist the Development Director in maintaining records and reporting outcomes of outreach activities; provide outcome reports and summaries of school events, community partners, contacts and donations.
Assist the Development Director with duties related the Annual Awards Dinner, Golf Outing and staff / student recognition events.
When called upon, participate on committees / teams and in collaboration efforts to develop new and maintain relationships with community and individual supporters and partners.
Other duties as assigned by the President / CEO or Development Director.
Bachelor's degree in community relations, communications or related field and one (1) to two (2) years’ work experience; or
Associate Degree in community relations, communications or related field and four (4) years’ work experience;
Progressive experience in community awareness, promotions, volunteer events and planning.
Knowledge of data base management and competence in using Microsoft Office Suite, website management and related programs;
Non-profit experience preferred;
Excellent communication, writing and problem-solving skills.
Frequent sitting, working at computer keyboard and desk, regular standing to file, perform other office functions, occasional bending, stooping and lifting up to 25 lbs.
Commensurate with experience
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience