Since 1992, CAPE has engaged students, inspired teachers, transformed schools, and demonstrated impact by weaving the arts into academic classrooms across Chicago. CAPE is a fiscally sound organization that has a successful history of receiving support from private and public sources.

To further the reach and impact of CAPE’s work, we seek a trustworthy, dedicated, and experienced professional to support our individual giving efforts as a consultant or part-time staff member.  A successful candidate will enjoy collaborative work and will be excited to learn about, train in, and undertake a significant role in CAPE’s approach to individual giving.

Working at CAPE, the Development Officer will have the opportunity to support and to build upon a growing network of individual donors by contributing to individual giving efforts, organizing special events, collaborating with CAPE’s Board of Directors and Associate Board, and supporting marketing and communications strategies. The Development Officer will report to the Executive Director and will coordinate her/his work with CAPE’s Communications & Marketing Manager and the Grant Writer.

Position Details

    • Compensation: $27 to $33 per hour, depending on experience
    • Status: Part time employee or consultant, depending on candidate preference
    • Hours:  20 hours per week; some evenings and weekends required for meetings and special events
    • Benefits:  Part-time employees are eligible for 401k participation, paid sick leave, and paid holidays.  
    • Location: Based at the CAPE Offices at 228 S. Wabash, partial work from home arrangements are possible.  
    • Reports to: Executive Director
    • Starting Date: As soon as possible based on availability


Donor Acquisition

  • Lead semi-monthly information sessions on CAPE’s mission designed to educate and inspire prospective donors
  • Engage potential donors to determine interest and set next steps for further engagement
  • Support volunteers and board members in identifying and cultivating potential new donors

Donor Cultivation and Retention

  • Schedule and attend meetings, phone calls and small group events with annual fund donors
  • Meet with program staff and visit classrooms to collect information and stories to share with potential and current donors

Donor Solicitation

  • Support the Executive Director in scheduling meetings and calls with the members of CAPE’s Creative Learning Society  
  • Develop and organize mission-driven small-scale special events for Creative Learning Society Members
  • Develop, and when appropriate present, solicitation materials and proposals for leadership gifts


  • Work with Communications & Marketing Manager to create and distribute fundraising mailings (physical and digital), including calendar maintenance, printing, and mailing
  • Meet quarterly with the Office Manager to reconcile accounting and fundraising records
  • Contribute to foundation and corporate prospect research, and contribute to grant proposals if needed
  • Maintain and update information in CAPE’s donor management database and create reports as needed by CAPE board and staff
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the development team consisting of board members, volunteers and staff members

Special Events

  • Lead the planning, execution, and follow up related to CAPE’s annual fundraiser, smaller donor events, discussion panels, and art exhibitions throughout the year
  • Support the CAPE Associate Board in developing and executing 2 or 3 special events each year

Board Relations

  • Participate in the CAPE Board of Directors Development and Marketing Committees
  • Work with the Executive Director to schedule committee meetings and confirm attendance
  • Attend and take minutes at board and committee meetings as needed

Staff Meetings

  • Participate in weekly Advancement Team meetings and quarterly staff meetings


  • Ability to articulate a passion for the arts and arts education
  • Strong understanding of donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies
  • Bachelor’s degree required in a related field
  • Previous experience in fundraising for small or mid-sized non-profits
  • Passion for engaging with potential and current donors, both one-on-one and in group settings
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Apps, and at least one donor management database (Bloomerang a plus)
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to schools located all across Chicago and to occasional conferences and workshops nationally
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills that can be adapted for different audiences
  • Understand and abide by generally accepted fundraising ethics and privacy standards and policies
  • Experience with Benevon a plus

To Apply

1.  Click here and complete the Google form.

2.  At the end of the form, you’ll be asked to upload a single pdf that should include your resume and a brief cover letter that highlights anything not covered elsewhere or any special work requirements you have. Please use the following file naming format for your PDF: CAPE_Dev_LastName_FirstName.pdf.

Thank you for your interest in this position. We look forward to hearing from you!