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Development Coordinator – Individual Giving

Internship Opportunities

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Development Coordinator – Individual Giving

Accountability: Reports to the Director of Development. Works closely with CNT management, senior staff, project managers, and the Board of Directors on development activities.

The purpose of this position is to: 1) coordinate individual and family foundation development efforts towards agency goals; 2) plan and coordinate donor events to support these goals; and 3) manage related data and reports on efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement annual individual donor operating plan and track progress of gifts against goals.
  • Manage donor/prospect tracking .
  • Assist senior staff and board with major gifts donor and prospect cultivation and stewardship.
  • Conduct and compile prospect research on major donors and prospects.
  • Provide solicitor support, including creation of materials, meeting planning and follow-up.
  • With CNT’s Communications Department, implement donor/prospect communications strategy.
  • Establish and maintain a donor cultivation cycle and gift stewardship program to ensure that new major donors are developed and have opportunities to increase their support level.
  • Prepare and distribute pertinent reports for External Affairs Committee meetings.
  • Devise strategy, coordinate, and execute individual cultivation and fundraising event logistics.
  • Implement post-event tasks; including sending follow-up letters, making phone calls, and debriefing with staff.
  • Execute individual direct mail campaign efforts.
  • Assist with grants as needed.
  • Other duties as necessary.

Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. degree in fund development, communications, marketing, or related field highly desirable.
  • Minimum 2 years relevant fundraising, marketing/public relations, or other experience working with non-profit organizations.  Relevant donor cultivation and stewardship experience, preferred.
  • Solid organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate with others
  • Strong computer skills
  • Familiarity with fund raising databases. Experience in Salesforce a plus.
  • Superior writing, skills and attention to detail and accuracy. Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work successfully under tight deadlines, details, and shifting priorities.
  • Dependability in meeting regular working hours.  Ability to work a morning, evening or week-end on occasion for donor activities.
  • A desire to work collaboratively. Willingness and ability to be persistent, to work under deadlines and maintain a cooperative spirit in a pressured work environment.
  • Knowledge and experience in community development, urban planning, housing, water policy, environmental studies, and marketing a plus.
  • Integrity and a sense of humor.

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history by April 10, 2015 to:

Human Resources – DC
Center for Neighborhood Technology
2125 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Fax to 773-278-4877 or email to careers@cnt.org

No phone calls please.


Internship Opportunities

CNT welcomes interns as an expression of our educational mission.  Internships are designed to expose students to various aspects of urban sustainability:

  • Public policy, research, and advocacy
  • Data and information access
  • Demonstration projects

Internships are individually crafted to reflect the interests of the student.  Prospective interns should get to know CNT in depth through our website prior to contacting us so that you know what programs and/or roles meet your current educational and experiential needs.

CNT works closely with interns to ensure that they receive academic credit for internships, whenever possible. Interns should not expect a job at CNT at the end of their internship.

CNT offers periodic brown bag seminars for interns which focus on different aspects of urban sustainability.   Some seminars may include recommended reading materials. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged.

Specific internship opportunities are posted below; internships in other areas of CNT’s work are also possible.

Unless specified below, please contact Stephen Perkins at steve@cnt.org to discuss opportunities.

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Communications and Development Intern

CNT seeks an intern to support the communications and development team.  Working with both the Communications and Development Directors on projects that span both departments, the Communications and Development Intern will directly support CNT’s outreach and funding efforts and contribute to CNT’s expansion of its influence and donor base.

Responsibilities:

As a Communications and Development Intern, you will help CNT market its message, and help turn those interested into supporters of the organization.

  • Creating materials for outreach events and for online communications
  • Editing documents for funders and for media outlets
  • Supporting special events activities
  • Adding value to all our efforts based on your experience, desires, and skills

We are looking for a confident self-starter, with the ability to take direction, complete projects—and challenge our own assumptions and goals with bigger, better, brighter ideas. Interns should be comfortable working in a fast-moving, innovative, fun environment.  As a member of a small team, you will have the chance to experience and learn more about CNT’s efforts to create resilient cities and communities. You’ll be exposed to senior leadership, and exciting ideas. You will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.  This is a chance for you to learn, and to begin creating your career path.

Internships are unpaid.  We look for a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week – ideally longer.  Caffeine available in steady high doses as needed.

Contact Steve Perkins, Senior Vice President, CNT, at steve@cnt.org with inquiries.

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Rain Ready Community Support Intern

CNT seeks an intern to support our national Rain Ready initiative. Rain Ready helps individuals and communities work together to find solutions to the problems of too much or too little water. We help people who find their lives disrupted by flooding or water shortages to come together to develop a Rain Ready Plan of action.

Responsibilities:

As a Community Support Intern, you will help us help communities seeking to get Rain Ready. Activities will be wide-ranging, including:

  • creating online guidance and materials (such as factsheets, videos and photos)
  • preparing presentations
  • conducting online and telephone property surveys and analysis
  • preparing community maps and other outreach materials
  • expanding our social media outreach

The work will involve working alongside the Rain Ready staff, our partners, and the communities of Midlothian, IL and Chatham (Chicago) to help them prepare Rain Ready Plans.

Qualifications/Skills:

We are looking for a confident self-starter, with the ability to undertake research and outreach. We particularly welcome skills in:

  • Communications, including writing/photography/film
  • IT, including PowerPoint, Excel, photo editing, GIS etc.
  • Community engagement and planning processes
  • Project management
  • Public engagement and outreach
  • Stormwater management

Requirements:

Internships are unpaid and you would need to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week – ideally longer. We are looking for someone who is available to start work immediately.

Benefits:

The work environment is fast-moving, innovative, and fun. As a member of a small and diverse team, you will have the chance to experience and learn more about our innovative approach to promoting change – from legislation, to tools and support, and demonstration. You will be provided with a desk and computer and will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to Harriet Festing, Director of CNT’s Water Program, at hfesting@cnt.org

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Transit Future Campaign Interns

CNT is looking for interns for its Transit Future Campaign aimed at dramatically expanding rail transit in the Chicago Region.  A description of the campaign can be found at transitfuture.org.

Responsibilities:

    • Research
    • Communications
    • Outreach to constituencies

Qualifications/Skills:

    • Interest in sustainability and transit issues
    • Proactive nature
    • Skill at reaching out and enrolling diverse communities
    • Work well in a collaborative context

Terms of Service:

Start Date – ASAP. Internships at CNT are unpaid. The usual time commitment is 15 hours/week for 10 weeks, at a minimum.  CNT will assist the intern in acquiring course credit if possible.

How to Apply:

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to Stephen Perkins, Senior Vice President, at steve@cnt.org.

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Urban Sustainability Apps Competition Intern

CNT is seeking interns for the 2015 Urban Sustainability Apps Competition aimed at making Chicago’s neighborhoods smarter, greener, and more affordable.  A description of the event can be found at http://www.cnt.org/2014-urban-sustainability-apps-competition.

Responsibilities:

  • Research
  • Communications
  • Outreach to constituencies

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Interest in sustainability and community development
  • Proactive nature
  • Skilled at reaching out and enrolling diverse communities
  • Work well in a collaborative context

Terms of Service:

Start Date – ASAP. Internships at CNT are unpaid. The usual time commitment is 15 hours/week for 10 weeks, at a minimum. CNT will assist the intern in acquiring course credit if possible.

How to Apply:

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to Stephen Perkins, Senior Vice President, at steve@cnt.org

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