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Published date: April 3, 2022
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States


For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.

Position Summary

Works directly with the Executive Director on all aspects of fundraising. Manages the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) membership program. Participates as a Gene Siskel Film Center team member to further the mission of the GSFC which may include working with other team members on special initiatives and events.

Development and Events

Assist the Executive Director with all aspects of fundraising including but not limited to sponsorships, individual giving, foundation support, donor and board relations, and fundraising event planning.
Support advisory board, including set up for meetings, note taking, and communication.
Assist with fundraising, donor, and stewardship special events; planning, execution, post event reports, and wrap up.
With the Executive Director manage the GSFC’s membership program
Work with staff and volunteer committees on raffles, auctions, and in-kind donations.
Working with the marketing team creates collateral for fundraising events such as program booklets, flyers, and posters.
Formulates emails to donors which includes appeals for the GSFC’s annual fund
Maintain the donor database using Raiser's Edge. Responsible for data management including maintaining database accuracy and completeness, and assisting the Associate Director of Development with reports.
As part of the Gene Siskel Film Center team, help manage logistics for events in conjunction with programming.


Other duties as assigned: This position is a team member of the GSFC staff. All staff members support GSFC at large. All personnel participate, as needed, in all GSFC functions.

Bachelor’s degree desired; development, business, or arts administration background preferred.
2-3 years of experience at a non-profits organization in fundraising is highly desirable.
Must have a high degree of professionalism, discretion, flexibility, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
Ability to multi-task with a strong sense of meeting deadlines.
Familiarity with Raiser's Edge or similar fundraising databases required.
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft and Google office applications; InDesign, Photoshop, and other design applications strongly preferred.
Flexible schedule; position may require some nights and weekends.

We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:
5+ weeks of paid time off
Paid holidays (up to 14 days)
Medical, dental, and vision insurance
Generous parental, caregiver, and medical leave benefits
Competitive retirement plan (up to 9% matching contribution)
Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
Great employee discounts
Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions

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Closing Statement

Vaccination Expectation

Becoming vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 is the most important contribution we as individuals can make to ensure our own safety and the safety of our museum and school community. All employees must complete an attestation and provide proof of their vaccination and booster status, or request a medical or religious exemption within the first week of employment.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Union Info

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Council 31

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