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The Garfield Park Community Council is seeking a Development Manager to oversee its fundraising and communications efforts. The Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC)is a community-based organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Garfield Park neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. In 2022, we celebrated 10 years of providing service to and advocating for the Garfield Park community.


GPCC’s programming encompasses three primary areas: business development (revitalization of the community’s retail corridors); wellness (management of the Garfield Park Garden Network and signature Neighborhood Market);and housing (housing stabilization and outreach to tenants, landlords, and homeowners). GPCC also has a strong resident organizing and advocacy initiative that is integrated into all its program areas.


Job Description

The Development Manager will support the organization’sBoard of Directors and Leadership Team in identifying and securing funding to support program efforts and work with staff and contractors to help manage the organization’s public communications efforts. TheDevelopment Manager is a hybrid position that includes mostly remote work, with in-person attendance at staff and funder meetings and occasional weekend and evening events. This position will report directly to the ExecutiveDirector.

Responsibilities include:


· Develop and submit grant proposals seeking private and public-sector support for all GPCC programming.

· With Executive Director, maintain relationships and communication with current funders and partners; serve as the organization’s main point of contact with funders.

· Conduct prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for proposals.

· Develop and submit accurate grant reports, tracking program deliverables and sharing program stories and photos and financial reports, working with ExecutiveDirector, Manager of Business Administration, and relevant program staff.

· Lead a year-end annual giving campaign for Individual Donors via social media

· Develop sponsorship materials and solicit corporate sponsors for fundraising events and the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market season.



· Supervise AmeriCorps VISTA Communications Associate position and any contractors assisting with communications efforts

· Ensure that GPCC brand and visual identity is being used correctly in all program sand in collaborative initiatives, sharing logos, style guide, and branded materials

· Help administer organization’s client database, managing roles and permissions for GPCC team.



· Bachelor’s Degree required

· A minimum of 2-3 years of successful fundraising experience, preferably with a social service/community development organization

· Excellent analytical, writing, and editing skills

· Good verbal and organizational skills with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines

· Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word,Excel and CRM platforms; familiarity with SMS texting platforms and all major social media.

· Ability to work on a team, collaborate internally and with external partners, and professionally represent the Garfield Park Community Council as needed.



Salary range is high 50s to 60s commensurate with experience Free employee-only healthcare coverage

401k plan


To Apply

To apply please send resume and cover letter to admin@gpcommunitycouncil.org with the subject line: Development Manager. Please provide detail of previous fundraising experience as well as a writing sample. GPCC encourages applicants from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and genders.

Communications Associate, AmeriCorps VISTA

This full-year position will build the capacity of the organization’s housing and communications programs, through an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to mike@gpcommunitycouncil.org. Learn more about AmeriCorps and the job description on the AmeriCorps portal:


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