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Development Officer

Requisition Number: 
Foundation & Government Relations
Job Status: 
To raise program and project grants from foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies, including through proposals, prospecting, and cultivation/stewardship.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Develop, research, and write letters of inquiry and proposals to solicit corporate, foundation, and government prospects for programs and projects in the areas of education, science research, visitor programs, urban agriculture, workforce development, and horticulture
  • Collaborate with Chicago Botanic Garden education, community, science, visitor, and horticulture staff to develop proposals and budgets, evaluate programs, and report to donors
  • Research and identify new prospects and develop strategies to approach them
  • Implement communications and cultivation/stewardship strategies, including letters of inquiry, phone/email inquiries with program officers, donor visits, and reports to engage prospective or existing funders
  • Develop grant budgets and prepare grant expense reports
  • Assist with other aspects of fundraising as assigned by the senior director of foundation and government relations
  • Assist with institutional fundraising events, as necessary

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum three years of experience in grant fundraising
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, as well as strong organizational and analytical abilities
  • Comfort with simple math and Excel spreadsheets for budget and expense report development
  • Passion for the environment or environmental education is preferred
  • Ability to be proactive, work independently, and also function as a member of a team
Physical Demands: 
Office setting. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 pounds.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.