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We are hiring a Development and Communications Manager!

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Development and Communications Manager will oversee the execution of Plant Chicago’s development and communication plans. The Manager will play a critical role in the long term growth and sustainability of the organization by providing fundraising support for operations and upcoming capital costs for renovations. 2024 will be a pivotal year as the much anticipated capital project to renovate our base of operations (The Firehouse)  will come to fruition. As a small organization, the Manager will be highly collaborative and have a passion for Plant Chicago’s mission to cultivate local circular economies. 

The full job description and application can be found on our "Get Involved" webpage.

Roles & Responsibilities 

  • Leadership & Collaboration (10% or ~ 4 hrs/week)

  • Provide thought leadership on how the organization can effectively communicate program impact and advance local circular economies;

  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders including donors, volunteers, foundations, small businesses, residents, and community organizations;

  • Design methods to evaluate the effectiveness of development and communication activities;

  • Support food access, education and other programming as necessary;

  • Development (60% or ~ 24 hrs/week)

  • Work with the Executive Director to meet budgetary goals for philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations (this represents approximately 85% of the organizations 2024 budget); 

  • Cultivate, steward, and solicit a portfolio of over 150 individuals and institutions for financial support;

  • Provide written and editorial support on grant applications, reports, and tracking;

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors on the planning and execution of select fundraising events;

  • Communications (30% or ~ 12 hrs/week) 

  • Prepare monthly newsletters;

  • Manage Plant Chicago’s social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn);

  • Collaborate with Program Managers to reach appropriate audiences and stakeholders;

  • Co-create annual communication plans and calendars;

  • Ensure that Plant Chicago’s website is up to date;

Work Environment

The Development & Communications Manager will work in a variety of settings; however the majority of work is completed in an office. Our operations are essential and are conducted in-person! Due to Plant Chicago’s small staff size, this role will participate in event operations on occasion, such as markets, intercambios, and other special events. Please note that most Plant Chicago staff work Tue-Sat schedules and that many events take place on Saturdays. The Manager should expect to have a regular presence at events and programs.


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