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MTO is currently accepting applications for the following position:


Position Title:             Development Manager

Salary Range:              $ 40,000 – $55,000, Excellent Benefits, including health and dental

Supervisor:                  Executive Director

ORGANIZATION: The Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) is a 30+ year grassroots organization working to empower tenants to have a voice in decisions that impact the availability and affordability of safe, decent and accessible housing. MTO’s programs form a all-inclusive continuum to help tenants improve their housing and their lives. Programs support tenants with information, organizing assistance and a means to work towards broader social change.

RESPONSIBIITIES: Under direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Development Manager is responsible for implementing a fundraising plan to sustain and increase the agency’s funding. This work includes grant writing, individual solicitations, organizing fundraising events, and communication with members and potential members through newsletters and social media. The development manager works with the communication team to develop and implement a communication strategy to promote the organization’s achievements and work. This position has great potential for a candidate with a commitment to the organization’s mission, creative ideas, and willingness to learn and grow through disciplined work.


Grant Writing:

  • Research private and public grant sources and develop new proposals for submission;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with grantors;
  • Develop a monitor and tracking system for all grantors, including requirements and dates for letters of intent, proposals, and reports;
  • Ensure that grant solicitations to funders are submitted and reported in a timely manner;
  • Write reports for foundation grants.

Data Entry and Donor Processing:

  • Update and maintain individual giving data on Little Green Light;
  • Create Monthly fundraising reports;
  • Work with the Executive Director to make short term as well as long term goals for funds.

Individual Donor Relations

  • Research Individual prospects;
  • Coordinates and maintains key relations with individual donors;
  • Coordinate productions and mailing of year-end appeal letters.

Special Project Coordination

  • Maintain an accurate and up to date calendar of all fundraising activities, with corresponding goals and achievements;
  • Develops marketing materials to promote fundraising initiatives;
  • Coordinate, implement and grow fundraising activities and events, including Spring fundraiser and bowl-a-thon.

Membership and grassroots fundraising:

  • Coordinate, implement and grow individual giving and Individual major donor giving campaigns including semi-annual member solicitations;
  • Participate in coordination of annual member events;
  • Database and record management for donors and members;
  • Process donations and send acknowledgement letters and other correspondence;
  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.


  • Oversee production of MTO online newsletter;
  • Work with Executive Director to develop media strategies and respond to media inquiries;
  • Participate in Communication Team, which is responsible for developing and implementing an integrated communications plan focused on members, general public, media and donors including newsletters, social media, press releases, etc. 


  • Other duties as assigned which support the overall mission of MTO such as assisting in the planning of annual events, campaigns, open house events, etc.


  • Minimum of BA/BS with 2-5 years experience working with grassroots organizations, preferably in housing issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated competency and experience in fundraising;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to exercise good judgment;
  • Strong initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to work well individually as well as in a team environment;
  • Commitment to social justice issues and knowledge of Chicago’s social, political and housing issues;
  • Experience, ability, and desire to work with racially and culturally diverse communities;
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft applications, donor database systems, Internet and social media;
  • Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends;
  • Understanding of consumer-oriented work environment, and excellent customer service skills;
  • Bilingual (English / Spanish) a plus;
  • Drivers License and car preferred.

Send Resume and cover letter to John Bartlett, johnb@tenants-rights.org.