Job Description


Development Manager – Illinois Chapter

Reports to: Sr. Manager of Donor Strategy and Relationships

Location: Chicago, IL 

Grade: 304


Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,700 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last eleven years in a row.  

Position Summary:

The Illinois Development Manager plays a supportive role to achieve recruitment and revenue goals for all signature and major events for the Illinois Chapter Development team including the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Illinois Development Manager works closely with the Development Team to provide exceptional service internally with our staff and volunteers, and externally with our committees, volunteers, walkers, team captains and donors. 

Measurable outcomes for this position include: achieving designated financial and participant goals through team and individual fundraising, corporate solicitation, community partnerships, as well as increasing brand awareness and visibility in the community. 

The Illinois Development Manager is expected to fulfill event related functions as needed. This position is based in Chicago and will support all Development events and activity across the Chapter. 


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Development team to exceed revenue goals
  • Work with the Development team to support team recruitment, logistics, marketing, retention, and wrap around events as needed.
  • Organize outreach activities that promote the Alzheimer’s Association mission, including community presentations and corporate engagement opportunities
  • Represent Chapter at public events where there is recruitment and fundraising potential
  • Support development team with securing in-kind donations for challenges, incentive prizes and event needs
  • Coordinate vendor contracts (i.e event companies, event security, etc…)
  • Support the Development Team with Convio/Luminate based e-communications and reports as needed
  • Coordinate with Development Team for website updates and additions
  • Manages donor platforms including GiveSmart, Luminate, TeamRaiser etc.
  • Works closely with Communications team on social media, hustle texts and event collateral
  • Works closely with Operations team and donor services ensuring donations are tracked and allocated correctly
  • Tracking contributions and generating quarterly reports of board members' contribution to meet their give/get expectations 
  • Must be able to work weekend hours during Walk to End Alzheimer’s season (September and October); and a limited amount throughout the year 
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 2-5 years of proven experience in recruiting and mobilizing volunteers to achieve goals preferred 
  • 2-5 years of proven experience in event planning or event management
  • Peer-to-peer fundraising experience or equivalent sales background preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate in person, by phone and electronically with internal and external constituents
  • Detail-oriented, efficient and ability to multitask
  • Confident, goal-oriented, positive self-starter able to work independently with limited supervision and collaboratively with internal and external partners
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and demonstrate inclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including verbal and written
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% within the assigned territory by car. Travel in this case, is considered time spent away from the office, in the community, to fulfill the job goals
  • While most such travel is same day, occasional overnight travel or air travel may be required. Must have valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle, good driving record and proof of automobile insurance
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required for the job, including most weekends in September and October 
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift and transport up to 50 lbs. of materials
  • Strong computer skills are a must, proficient with Microsoft Office products and social media; experience with, or ability to rapidly learn, Luminate/Convio software
  • Ability to approach a project with creative and original thinking

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan. 

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing, plus Caregiver Leave.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other chara


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