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MTO is currently accepting applications for the following positions:



Position Title:             Development Manager

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

Classification:             Fulltime, exempt

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.


Position Title:              Healthy Homes Organizer

Salary Range:              $ 35,000 – $ 40,000, Excellent Benefits, including health and dental

Classification:             Full-time, Exempt

Supervisor:                  Associate Director


Educate tenants, partner agencies and community organizations about asthma triggers, integrated pest management (IPM), lead poisoning; lead safe work practices and tenants rights. Works directly with tenants to get rid of asthma triggers, lead hazards and ensure that they are not retaliated against.  The organizer will answer the hotline calls.  The person will encourage collective tenant actions in buildings in the  City.  The person will reach out to organization to promote MTO and it policy agenda.


Healthy Homes Organizing

  • Engage and educate parents residing in older buildings of the dangers of lead hazards as well as other health hazards such as asthma triggers through direct counseling and workshops.
  • Perform follow-up phone calls to households with children under 2 or with pregnant women (8/week), calls from hotline, workshops and other outreach effort as calls are available. 
  • Field provider generated phone calls regarding healthy homes and renters rights.
  • Inspect homes for lead hazards and asthma triggers for severely asthmatic children and tenants housing rights (6-10/month),
  • Teach tenants how to document hazards and inform landlord using Squared Away and other written documentation methods.
  • Encourage household with known lead hazards to contact City to request a lead inspection and to get children tested for lead. 
  • Manage MTO’s relationship with SUHI, CDPH, EPA and other grant partners to ensure grant requirements are fulfilled. Represent MTO at appropriate healthy homes related meetings.
  • Win concrete victories for tenants
  • Identify tenants to participate in MTO campaign including meeting with aldermen and attending campaign meetings.(2 participants per year)
  • Write and submit stories or photos for MTO social media (monthly) on average and includes event announcements.
  • Recruit and retain new volunteers 6 from healthy homes work
  • Oversee the maintenance of thorough records including use of squared away app.
  • Research and coordinate healthy homes training curriculum and outreach materials. Facilitate train the trainer curriculum for Community Health Workers.

Coordinate MTO’s Healthy Homes Organizing Campaigns

  • Coordinate CHHIP meetings – set agendas and reach out to organizations and tenants, perform follow-up tasks.
  • Work with MTO Communications team to promote CHHIP and to recruit tenants into the campaign.
  • Meet with community organizations to inform organizations about CHHIP, get endorsements and recruit organizations to participate in the coalition.

General MTO Expectations

  • Mobilize tenants to MTO events
  • Participate in staff meeting including facilitating meetings and note taking
  • Prepare reports as needed
  • Answer hotline 2 hours/ week and enter calls into Squared Away
  • Meet individual staff fundraising requirements.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate healthy homes, RLTO workshops in the community.


  • Knowledge of Chicago’s social, political and housing issues including lead poisoning, lead laws, asthma, and other home based health issues.
  • Experience working with community residents and 3-5 years direct organizing experience, preferably in housing or health issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently as well as in teams.
  • Must have experience, ability, and desire to work with racially and culturally diverse communities.
  • Must have strong organizational skills and an ability to work days and some evenings and weekends.
  • Have excellent communications skills both public speaking and written.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and car.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to Anita Lewis – anital@tenants-rights.org

Metropolitan Tenants Organization, 1727 S. Indiana G3, Chicago, IL 60616