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Title: Institutional Giving Coordinator

Department: Development

Reports to: Director of Institutional Giving


About Chicago Children’s Museum: Chicago Children’s Museum is committed to improving children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. We embrace creativity and collaboration, we never stop learning, and we remember to stop and play along the way. Chicago Children’s Museum staff is a dedicated group of curious individuals who embrace the playful spirit of childhood. Every employee is empowered to reach their potential and be recognized for the impact they have on our organization, visitors, and the community we serve.

General Job Function:

The Institutional Giving Coordinator will assist the Director of Institutional Giving in the attainment of all corporate, foundation and government revenue goals for annual operating needs, restricted projects, and special campaigns.


Principle Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides support in the attainment of all corporate, foundation and government revenue goals for annual operating needs, restricted projects, and special campaigns.
  • Development and writing of clear and compelling institutional grant proposals, reports and sponsorship requests that are customized to meet funding organizations’ giving guidelines and recognition goals.
  • This work will often include working collaboratively with program and exhibit staff as well as with the finance office.
  • Management of the Corporate Connections program, assisting the Director in accelerating the growth of the program overall.
  • Development of stewardship and cultivation materials/proposals for all institutional giving prospects and partners, with a particular emphasis on reporting out to government agencies through written correspondence, drafting reports and other collateral material.
  • Draft informational materials on Chicago Children’s Museum, including annual appeal templates for development department use.
  • Write proposals and develop supporting materials for sponsorship and contributed opportunities by working with program and exhibit staff.
  • Steward institutional donors, including drafting personalized acknowledgements and completing regular reports as required by granting body.
  • Provide on-site support with all cultivation and stewardship events in collaboration with other development team members (may require some night and weekend work.)
  • Assist the Director of Institutional Giving in overall development and management of Corporate, Foundation and Government Revenue and Expense Projections.
  • Coordinate with development staff and other museum departments to fund program/exhibit priorities.
  • Contribute to annual planning, strategy and goal setting.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of department systems, including Raiser’s Edge reports, lists and data.
  • As appropriate, participate in institution-wide discussions and inter-departmental teams.
  • Supports the museum’s work in diversity, equity, access and inclusion and actively ensures that DEAI principles are upheld in all work with fellow staff, visitors, community and other external partners.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and mastering new skills on an ongoing basis; willingness to be informed/certified/trained through institution-offered courses and to work within Diversity, Equity, Access, Inclusion (DEAI) frameworks and actively engage in learning about these frameworks.
  • Demonstrate the museum’s mission and vision as outlined in our foundational documents and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Complete special projects and other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of philanthropic writing experience, or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent writing skills and willingness to take a writing test.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines and keep manager informed of progress.
  • Ability to work and manage programs independently.
  • High degree of discretion and the ability to provide outstanding customer service.
  • High degree of initiative, confidence, and energy to achieve goals and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge, NXT.
  • Possess an equity mindset and cultural humility.


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in experience

Hours/Physical Requirements of the Position:

Full-time position, Monday through Friday, including some weekday evenings and with occasional early morning, late evening and weekend hours related to meeting or events. Hybrid work location.

Salary Range:

$52,000 – $56,000 plus an excellent benefit package including healthcare, dental, vision, 401k, PTO and Sick time.

Chicago Children’s Museum aims to recruit and advance qualified

BIPOC/ALAANA, women, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities, and veterans—

we welcome and encourage all applicants.


Our goal is for our team and culture to reflect the Chicagoland community.

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