Development and Special Projects Assistant

Submitted by mdeyoe on Mon, 08/06/2018 - 11:38am

Development and Special Projects Assistant

Open Position: Development & Special Projects Assistant
Internship Term: September 2018 – June 2019

The Chicago Artists Coalition seeks a Development & Special Projects Assistant. The Development & Special Projects Assistant works closely with the Director of Development & External Relations and will be responsible for assisting with communications, research, and event logistics relating to development/fundraising activities. These include individual giving and membership programs, CAC’s annual benefit, “Work in Progress,” as well as for other special projects which include private art commissions, and special exhibitions. Through this position, the Development & Special Projects Assistant will gain experience in fundraising, development-related communications, event-planning, facilitation, and assessment, as well as project management.

This is an unpaid internship for a non-profit arts organization. College credit can be arranged for undergraduate or graduate students. This position is for 10-15 hours per week (including some nights and weekends for events). Some hours may be fulfilled partially off-site.


  • Coordinate communications for donors, sponsors, and others as necessary
  • Coordinate event logistics for annual benefit (spring 2019) and special exhibition (September 2018)
  • Help to maintain sponsor and donor records in database
  • Work with social media manager to coordinate content and schedule event promotions
  • Edit and proofread marketing materials
  • Assist with fundraising research
  • Assist with development of proposals for special commissions
  • Attend events, including assist with monthly exhibition openings
  • Other tasks as necessary
    Possible other responsibilities based on experience and interests may include:
  • Design & production of graphic design assets
  • Photograph events and maintain photo archive
Skills & Qualifications: 
  • Event planning experience
  • Strong research, communication, and data entry skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and able to meet deadlines
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and individually
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office & Adobe InDesign (preferred, but not required)
  • Interest in learning about and gaining experience in non-profit fundraising/development
To Apply: 

Email a cover letter and resume to Mary DeYoe, Director of Development & External Relations:


CAC is a non-profit organization that supports contemporary Chicago artists and curators by offering residency programsexhibitionsprofessional development and resources that enable them to live, work and thrive in the city. CAC is deeply committed to advancing the cause of art and its importance to Chicago’s culture and economy by cultivating a wide-reaching civic, philanthropic and public support network.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Mary DeYoe
Contact Phone Number: