Office Location: Hybrid; Applicants must be located within the Chicago, IL or Washington, DC area.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, this position will be hybrid, working both in the office as well as remotely, engaging with staff and stakeholders through virtual platforms. This position is not eligible for paid relocation.
Reports to: Director of Leadership Giving
Schedule: Part Time – over the course of a year this position will work approximately 20 hours per week, with the exact number of hours fluctuating dependent on the event schedule. One fundraising event is held in the Fall (October) and two in the Spring (April and May/June).
Travel: This position requires local and out of state overnight travel up to 20-25% of the time.
Mikva Challenge is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to develop youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens and community members who will promote a just and equitable society. We do this by engaging youth in Action Civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. Youth in Mikva’s programming experience unique civic learning opportunities in political campaigns, public policy advocacy, government internships, and youth activism programs. Our approaches include direct youth work, teacher support, and liaising with civic leaders and institutions. We believe strongly in the potential of youth and are committed to youth power and voice.
Mikva Challenge evaluations show the lasting impact of its programs.
- 82% of students reported an increase in their civic knowledge.
- 77% of students developed their sense of civic agency and increased their future commitment to civic action.
- 83% of students took on new civic leadership.
- 79% of students reported gains in their socio-emotional skills — many of which have direct academic outcomes.
About the Position
Mikva Challenge is seeking a detail-oriented Fundraising Events Manager who will be responsible for the oversight and overall management of three critical fundraising events that happen each fiscal year: the DC Fall Fundraiser, Chicago Spring Benefit and National Labor fundraiser in DC. This position will coordinate closely with the communications and development teams to ensure all details and logistics are executed on time.
- Coordinate meetings with the Communication and Development teams to begin planning and finalizing details such as setting date, setting a fundraising goal in coordination with the wider development team, building an event structure, etc.
- Develop a detailed project timeline to ensure all key functions of the event are planned in advance and tasks are delegated as appropriate. Share timeline with appropriate people.
- Project manage and ensure deadlines are met for outreach to host committee members, donors and overall communication to support the event.
- Secure and maintain relationships with vendors to include venue, caterer, AV, photographer, valet, speakers, etc.
- Oversee event budget.
- Recruit, train and manage volunteers to support and help with the event the day of the event.
- Manage all logistics the week of and day-of coordination for the event including guest lists/nametags, printed materials, program coordination, etc.
- Coordinate with the communications team to help draft communications including invitations, save the dates, sponsorship materials, speaking points, etc.
- Liaise with development team on key fundraising activities.
- Other duties as assigned
Education: Associate’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
Experience: A minimum of 4 years of fundraising, event or project management experience.
- Strong attention to details and ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously while remaining calm under pressure.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills that are effective with a diverse range of audiences including board members, internal staff, volunteers, donors, executives, and potential funding partners.
- Interest in all aspects of youth development and a dedication to promoting the organization’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with the executive team, Board members, and volunteers.
- Adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors.
- Action-oriented and entrepreneurial self-starter who works well independently and collaboratively
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors.
- Strategic thinker, highly organized, demonstrated hands-on experience with proven ability to multitask, demonstrate poise and professionalism under pressure and consistently meet deadlines.
- Willingness to travel as necessary to engage and solicit prospects, as well as attend weekend and evening donor functions.
- Strong computer skills with both Mac and PC environments and proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Salsa or a similar CRM database.
- Experienced user of Google Workspaces, Zoom, social media platforms, and Microsoft Office products (Excel and Word)
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation range for this position is $25.00 – $33.00 per hour commensurate with experience and physical location. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, and vision coverage.
Additionally, we offer an additional two weeks of paid time off for scheduled organization downtime.
How to Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com with “Fundraising Events Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately. Candidates should be prepared to provide three professional references upon request.
Please note that due to the number of applications we receive, we will only respond to those candidates whom we would like to invite to interview for the position.
Mikva Challenge is an equal opportunity employer and we highly value diversity in our workplace. Mikva Challenge provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
Applicants from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities, including people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.