Marketing & Development Manager


About WorldChicago:

For more than half-a-century, WorldChicago has been Chicago’s official host for government-sponsored visitors. A nonprofit organization, WorldChicago coordinates professional, cultural, educational and youth leadership exchange programs for 1,000 international emerging leaders from more than 130 countries each year, encouraging Chicagoans to become involved through professional and social hosting opportunities. At the heart of its mission, WorldChicago promotes mutual understanding and appreciation amongst cultures through citizen diplomacy, one handshake at a time.

Position Details

Marketing & Development Manager
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL



  • Manage all donor communication and outreach including sending out annual appeals, donor tax letters, and email campaigns 
  • Monitor fundraising progress and report results with recommendations to the Board Income Development Committee 
  • Work to develop a long-term donor engagement strategy that includes diverse funding sources 
  • Research and prepare foundation and corporate grant proposals 
  • Develop membership and individual giving campaigns 
  • Assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling their funding goals 
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations & IT to manage all giving through the Blackbaud eTapestry system

Event Planning

  • Coordinate, promote, and execute all of WorldChicago’s fundraising events, including the Spring Diplomacy Luncheon and Fall Cultural Fundraiser 
  • Work with the President and Income Development committee to develop the theme, location, and funding goals for events 
  • Design programs, invitations, signage and all other event marketing pieces 
  • Manage registration and payment for events using Blackbaud software 
  • Coordinate live, silent, and online auctions; 
  • Procure auction item donations 
  • Generate and mail thank you letters for all sponsors, speakers, and donors

Outreach & Communication

  • Communicate with program management staff to stay updated on visiting international delegates’ activities and identify which to highlight in external communications 
  • Write and design weekly newsletters and e-blasts; 
  • Maintain distribution list 
  • Develop and oversee strategy for WorldChicago’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram 
  • Post original content to social media channels about visiting delegates’ activities and/or WorldChicago events 
  • Update WorldChicago website regularly with original content on events and visitor stories 
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Marketing and PR Board Committee 
  • Lead public relations initiatives, write press releases, and cultivate media relationships 
  • Recommend the annual fundraising goal providing supporting details to the President and Income Development Committee 
  • Ensure all donors receive appreciation for their donation within 48 hours of receipt of a gift

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 3 to 5 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, or related field 
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Strong organizational skills, flexibility, self-motivation, and comfort working in a small team 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 
  • Experience with WordPress, Constant Contact, and Blackbaud 
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs 
  • Familiar with nonprofit work 
  • Graphic Design a plus

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