Job Opening - Development Manager and Internship Opportunities

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email only to

Application Deadline: November 20, 2022

Position Description: Development Manager

 The Development Manager at WorldChicago has primary responsibilities for communicating WorldChicago’s mission and programs to a diverse audience, grant writing, planning fundraisers and community events, and identifying and engaging prospective donors.

Responsibilities Include:


  • 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
  • Serve as key point of contact with current and prospective donors through letters, personal visits,

phone calls, and personalized acknowledgements to achieve continued donor engagement

  • Assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling their funding goals
  • Coordinate, promote, and execute all WorldChicago’s fundraising events
  • Oversee Grant Writer including development and manage project plans and timelines for reports; establish priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and submission.

Grant Writing

  • Write compelling and accurate grant proposals for both foundation and corporate donors
  • Develop and manage project plans and timelines for reports; establish priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and submission.
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of the organization’s history, programs, and forward-looking strategy
  • Work with program team to source new funding opportunities for programs

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 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

Skills & Qualifications

WorldChicago seeks candidates with:

  • 3 to 5 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, or related field OR at least 2

years of experience writing grants

  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, flexibility, self-motivation, and comfort working in a small team
  • Proven track record of creating strong relationships with the media
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs
  • Excellent project and workflow management skills, including the ability to clearly communicate roles and deliverables, and to effectively manage and prioritize multiple deadlines
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to manage uncertainty while still performing at a high level of excellence
  • Understands and is committed to goals of equity; consistently brings an equity mindset to the organization’s work and workplace
  • Ownership and quality of work - Effectively manage own work and the work of interns, internal and external stakeholders while ensuring delivery of high-quality work
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Salesforce knowledge is a plus

WorldChicago offers a competitive salary, based on experience, and a comprehensive benefits package, including excellent health and dental plan. WorldChicago provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, WorldChicago is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

The position is a role primarily filled during office hours of 9 am to 5 pm, with some weekend and evening events included. While still navigating the pandemic, this role may be a combination of in-person and remote work. WorldChicago staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email only to

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

Internships are open for January 2023

Submit your resume and cover letter to Michael Ma, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

WorldChicago offers a unique opportunity for college students, graduate students, and recent grads with an interest in international affairs to gain hands-on experience and insight into citizen and public diplomacy initiatives of the U.S. government. Interns are integral members of the WorldChicago team. Through a mix of short- and long-term projects, interns develop their communications, research, events, nonprofit, and public diplomacy skills. Volunteer internship roles on a full or part-time basis will last for 3 to 4 months. International Programs

Adult International Visitor Programming

Assist in the management of various U.S. Department of State and other federal government-sponsored international exchange programs, including the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, Professional Fellows Program, and Youth Exchange Programs; USAID’s Community Connections Program; Library of Congress-sponsored Open World Leadership; and other special projects. Day-to-day tasks to support the above exchange programs include:

· Research local resources and issues for programs

· Write proposals for upcoming programs

· Prepare local programs and welcome packets

· Coordinate professional appointments, roundtable discussions, field visits, and tours

· Accompanying international delegations to professional and cultural activities in Chicago

· Assist in contacting and confirming homestay hosts

· Database maintenance

· Research new program opportunities and funding sources

· Assist in the preparation of new grant initiatives

Internships are open for January 2023 - International Youth Programs

Assist in the planning and implementation of U.S. Department of State-sponsored Youth Leadership Exchange Programs for international high school and college students. Day-to-day tasks include:

· Research local resources for select program themes

· Coordinate youth-focused meetings, discussions, field visits, and tours around select program themes

· Assist with recruitment and screening of homestay hosts

· Prepare local program and orientation packets

· Assist with orientation, team-building activities, and program evaluation

· Accompany international youth to educational and cultural activities in Chicago

· Assist with program documentation, including photography and social media posts

Internships are open for January 2023 - Marketing, Events & Outreach

Assist in the management of events, community outreach, public relations, social media strategy, and WorldChicago fundraising initiatives. Day-to-day tasks include:

· Assist in developing outreach strategies, booking venues, event registration, and speaker correspondence for programs

· Research and propose new ideas for programs

· Support event planning of major fundraisers

· Assist with marketing and publicizing of events

· Research and follow up on new ways to market WorldChicago programs

· Update WorldChicago Facebook and Twitter pages

To apply for an internship, please submit a current resume and one-page cover letter (Word or PDF) that addresses why you are applying for the internship, your relevant experience, and the skills or experience you are most interested in gaining through the internship. Also, specify the semester you are applying for; your preferred start and end date; and the days and number of hours per week that you are available.

Applicants must possess excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Research, event planning, marketing, and social media experience a plus. Internships are unpaid, but WorldChicago can offer course credit.

Submit your resume and cover letter to Michael Ma, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to Donna Sadlicki at

Internships at WorldChicago

Virtual Internships are offered in the Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall terms and fall under three broad tracks: International Programs, Youth Programs, and Events & Outreach. Interns are expected to commit to one full semester with the possibility to extend. Internships are unpaid, but course credit is available.

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