The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. We envision a world in which people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. Our work focuses on improving health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, and being a bold voice for change.
We are seeking for an individual to serve as our Development and Communications Specialist. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago's (AFC) fundraising events provide a platform to raise awareness about HIV and secure funds to advance programs and services in our community. The Development and Communications Specialist plays an integral role on the fundraising events team to advance our event brands in the community, communicate with and engage our constituents, and cultivate new donors/participants. The role supports all activities related to events, providing a seamless and professional experience for all of our event donors and guests.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Cultivate and retain a portfolio of teams and fundraisers for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago (ARWC);
Assist ARWC participants with recruitment and fundraising efforts, report weekly outcomes via Blackbaud TeamRaiser;
Report weekly event ticket sales/registrations using Convio and Raiser's Edge;
Identify and assist in cultivation of event donations, sponsors, and partners;
Assist in preparation and execution of fundraising events’ timelines and projects;
Attend and assist with agency-wide events & activities as directed;
Coordinates event logistics;
Aid in management of event budgets, including placing supply orders and check requests;
Maintain database of donations and contacts.
Develop timelines, strategies and content for websites, e-communications and social media;
Monitor and maintain events' web sites and social media accounts;
Create strategies to optimize social media content to improve audience engagement;
Respond to all e-communications inquiries in a timely and professional manner;
Manage email database and segment distribution lists with targeted messaging;
Analyze data, create spreadsheets, charts and graphs, and deliver marketing presentations/reports in a professional manner;
Brainstorm and facilitate creative contest ideas for our events;
Manage vendor and contract relationships.
Serve as staff liaison to AFC’s Associate Board through goal setting, strategic planning, processing, reporting and communicating opportunities for professional development;
Serve as an AFC ambassador at external events and functions;
Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
Perform other duties as assigned.
2 years of experience in fundraising, customer service, marketing, public relations, event planning, graphic design, corporate communication, telemarketing and/or sales
Experience in managing social media platforms
Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (for example, Word, Excel spreadsheets, and database entry)
Valid driver’s license and ability to work weekends as needed
Experience using Google Analytics management, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Raiser’s Edge, Convio, Luminate and TeamRaiser fundraising programs
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines.
Outstandingly customer services with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals.
Ability to effectively and accurately represent AFC information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and the general public.
Solid planning and organizing skills to ensure work objectives are accomplished efficiently.
Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
Internal Number: EXTREL DCS 403
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident