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2020-2021 Communications and Development Coordinator VISTA
NeighborScapes provides housing to people seeking to transform neighborhoods by participating in community change through our Innovation Houses program. Innovation Houses are repurposed vacant houses occupied by Community-Building Fellows (CBFs), and CBFs can be from any source, and they must commit to working 10+ hours per month in volunteer community or civic service. Currently, our Innovation Houses program redevelops vacant houses and gathers CBFs in service to the Englewood community.  The Communications & Development Coordinator VISTA will report to the Executive Director. They will work to secure funding and sponsorships by creating a communication and development strategy to support NeighborScapes’ Innovation Houses program. They will support the executive director and the board president in developing fundraising plans, maintaining donor relationships and securing new ones, and advances NeighborScapes’ initiatives through actively seeking partners. Additionally, the Communications & Development Coordinator VISTA will work with our program coordinator to organize events and plans ways to increase brand awareness and funding. Successful development coordinators are proactive, self-motivated employees who perform well in a team setting. They consistently work to accomplish goals and increase their organization's resources. This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network, which is an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website.
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Member Duties : 1. Determine communications and development objectives and manage the development of communication and fundraising goals. 2. Research and identify prospective new donors and key stakeholders and proactively initiate sponsorship and funding. 3. Design and implement a Development Plan that incorporates a range of strategies including annual appeal campaigns, major donors, grants, corporate and individual appeals, and special events. 4. Design and implement a Communications Plan that incorporates a range of strategies including social media outreach, key messaging, and other media. 5. In collaboration with the ED, Write grant proposals and develop event opportunities. 6. Attend networking events to increase professional network, refine relationship management skills, and enhance NeighborScapes outreach and capacity. 7. Record donations on an ongoing basis in Salesforce and generate acknowledgments and thank you letters. Design and run reports with Salesforce.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Unlimited Ventra or Metra Pass ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Technology ,  Homelessness ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Ex-Offender Reentry . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Computers/Technology . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2020-2021 Communications and Development Coordinator VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/17/2020  -   08/16/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  04/20/2020  To  08/15/2020 

Contact VISTA Leader
815 W 63rd St
Chicago   IL   60621
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 94532