Chicago Artists Coalition helps people connect with opportunities including calls for artists, jobs, grants, and art advising


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Carlos Flores

Development Manager


Chicago Art Department (CAD) seeks a creative and goal-oriented Development Manager to work closely with the Program Manager and Board of Directors to plan and lead existing and new fundraising strategies. This is a new position and department, for the organization during a time when CAD is building momentum towards a new chapter of work.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter, has related experience or an adaptable skill set to help the organization develop new fundraising efforts and an identity for the development department. The Development Manager will work with the Managing Director to shape organization-wide funding strategy.

About CAD

Chicago Art Department (CAD) provides space and resources for artists to grow and question the city we live in. CAD began in 2004 as a small group of artists and educators with a mission to experiment with learning, providing simple programing while asking artists to Try It, Make It and Share It. Built around ideas of Intermedia growth and topical programs, over the years CAD artists from all backgrounds pushed to look at social topics, connect with peers, create new works, participate in exhibitions, and lead events for public audiences. CAD’s program work stems from a Studio Residency Program based in our great Pilsen neighborhood, for 20+ artists per year, focused on civically engaged work, while engaging with our neighborhood, the larger art community, and the city we live in. CAD’s physical space features 11,000 square feet of gallery, individual studios, and community event areas.


● Work with Program Manager, CAD Board, and Development Committee to system-build, develop and carry out new and realizable fundraising plans ● Lead implementation of some fundraising plans and strategy

● With support from staff, board chair, volunteers, and Development Committee, this position will support, inform, plan, and engage board members

● Research prospects, serve as the point of contact with prospective individual, corporate, and in-kind donors

● Update and maintain donor database

● Lead 1 annual fundraising event with support from staff, board, and community ● Administrative oversight, writing grants, reporting as needed, and managing CAD’s emerging development strategies and initiatives

● Quarterly presentations for board; lead Development Committee (meets quarterly)


● 1-3 years experience. Development experience (grant writing, campaigns, cultivating relationships) is preferred - but other areas such as sales, marketing, and event management are valuable as well.

● Interpersonal skills that support cultivating relationships which are at the heart of our community and the CAD mission

● Proficiency with Google Suite

● Fluency in English required, Spanish fluency a plus!

● Independent worker based-in Chicago, comfortable with activating people, while implementing, and driving work, and nudging people too!

Job Type: Full-time

● Job Compensation: High 30s to mid 40s depending on experience, with medical benefits

● Schedule: Flexible schedule for full time/35 hours per week

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (such as a grant, report, or creative/critical text), to Executive Director Mike Nourse, at Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Chicago Art Department is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Pilsen, Chicago