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Development Officer, Foundation & Government Relations

Requisition Number: 
Foundation and 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 local and national corporate, foundation, and government prospects for programs and projects in the areas of education, science research, visitor programs, 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 director of foundation and government relations. 
  • Assist with institutional fundraising events as necessary. 

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. 

Please send a cover letter, resume, two-page writing sample, and, if available, a portfolio of select gifts and grants secured. Resumes without accompanying cover letter or writing sample will not be considered. 

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.