Join Our Team!

Thank you for your interest in joining the Big Shoulders Fund Team. Below is a listing of open positions.

Why Big Shoulders Fund

For more than thirty-five years, Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children achieve their dreams through access to high quality education. We accomplish this by investing more than $30 million annually in scholarship support and enrichment programming for students; operational improvements for schools; cultivation of talent pipelines for school personnel from new teachers through veteran principals; and professional development and support for educators and leaders – all with the goal of not just strengthening schools, but whole communities, while preparing students for life-long success.

How To Apply

Please submit a resume and a brief cover letter expressing your interest in a role to Laura Nalley at Please include the position name in the subject line of your email.

Managing Director, Development Operations and Donor Services

The Managing Director, Development Operations and Donor Services is a systems-oriented fundraising strategist. A leader who likes to lead from behind the scenes, the Managing Director optimizes the tools that empower external fundraisers to meet ambitious fundraising goals, while improving the donor experience, serving in a sense as the “chief operating officer” of the Development Team. The ideal candidate is a creative problem-solver who is energized by organizing and optimizing processes; possesses a mindset oriented toward continuous improvement; thrives in a fast-paced environment; and can work collaboratively within and across teams, managing people at a variety of levels within the organization.

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Director, Donor Stewardship, Cultivation, and Major Gifts

The Director, Donor Stewardship, Cultivation, and Major Gifts is an integral part of the Development team who works in close collaboration with the Chief Advancement and Development Officer to create and execute an annual development plan for donor cultivation and stewardship. The Director serves as the lead solicitor for major individual supporter gift commitments, helping donors accomplish philanthropic goals and ambitions through a long-term relationship with our organization.

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Donor Engagement and Events Coordinator

The Donor Engagement and Events Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Engagement Team’s efforts in engaging supporters with Big Shoulders Fund’s mission as well as the smooth execution of a wide range of events hosted annually by Big Shoulders Fund. These events include Big Shoulders Fund Ball, Golf Classic, Lend a Shoulder Day, Bowl for Big Shoulders, Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team, board meetings of all four boards, a holiday reception, networking events, and more.

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