Careers

Join the Let It Be Us Staff

Everyone who works at Let It Be Us has a passion for helping the children in foster care and for finding solutions to problems.

Let It Be Us is determined to help children in foster care who are waiting for a stable home. We are proud to do that by transforming child welfare with the help of passionate people, experienced in how child welfare works today but with a bold new vision of how child welfare could look tomorrow.

If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Please email a cover letter expressing your interest and a resume to Ms. Alex Montgomery, Deputy Director, alexmontgomery@letitbeus.org

We mainly work remotely but need people with the ability to meet in person in the Chicagoland area at times. We are open to full or part-time employees, let’s talk!

We are a self-starting, collaborative team where we expect everyone to be a leader.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and equity in all ways.

All roles require significant experience with the child welfare system in Illinois.

Position Summary:

This is a full-time position with a hybrid in-person/remote schedule.  We meet weekly in Chicago and/or the suburbs. The Director of Development and Communications reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the coordination and execution of the organization’s fundraising strategy, including grant prospecting, grant applications, and grant reporting; ensuring smooth and accurate donor stewardship and acknowledgment of donations; updating and maintaining donor collateral; and ensuring the Executive Director, Board Members and other stakeholders have the information they need to fundraise for the organization. This position will be filled by an Illinois resident.

 

Responsibilities

Board Communication:

  • Represent agency development needs and goals
  • Work alongside board of directors to raise money and friends
  • Create Development calendar and merge with marketing/editorial calendars

 

Year End Giving and Reports:

  • Write content for the year end appeal letter, coordinating with other team members as appropriate
  • Write content for annual report, coordinating with other team members as appropriate
  • Write content for periodic donor reporting (large private donors) 

 

Donations:

  • Oversee Administrative Coordinator entering data into Donor Perfect and the weekly donation sheet 
  • Draft acknowledgment letter, work with Administrative Coordinator to ensure timely and accurate acknowledgment of donations
  • Develop a major gifts initiative. 

 

Event Management:

  • Schedule and attend event planning committee meetings 
  • Create the agenda for meetings  in coordination with Event planner
  • Oversee event planner – supervision meeting weekly for invitations, sponsorship packets, donor letter, (non-event: appeal letter, and annual report)
  • Manage acknowledgment process for events alongside Event planner
  • Be a host at the event, thank sponsors and attendees, and oversee event planner

 

Grants Management:

  • Research prospective grants
  • Write grant applications, LOIs
  • Submit monthly and annual fiscal and program reports in compliance with grant requirements
  • Attend Notice of Funding meetings for potential funding awards
  • Attend fiscal and program-related grant meetings with funders

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 3 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising
  • Experience in communications and writing preferred
  • Experience working with Boards of Directors preferred
  • Able to attend periodic staff meetings – Barrington, Illinois

 

Competencies

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork mentality
  • Able to create structure within an entrepreneurial environment
  • Comfortable with technology, google, zoom, etc. 

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest along with a resume to:

Susan McConnell, Executive Director | susanmcconnell@letitbeus.org

How to Apply

To express your interest in any of these positions, please email a cover letter and a resume to Ms. Alex Montgomery, Deputy Director, alexmontgomery@letitbeus.org.

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