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Resource Developer, Community Christian Alternative Academy

Resource Developer, Community Christian Alternative Academy

Resource Developer
Community Christian Alternative Academy
Chicago IL 60623

POSTED August 18, 2014
DEADLINE October 31, 2014


Community Christian Alternative Academy (CCA) and Community Services West Career Academy (CSWCA), sister schools co-located in Chicago’s North Lawndale Community Area, seek a Resource Developer to serve as the organizations’ chief fund raiser, and public relations and marketing administrator. 
Thirty-six year old CCA Academy was incorporated in 1978 and, for over 16 years, has been a campus of Chicago’s Youth Connection Charter Schools.  CCA Academy was founded to serve underachieving students, primarily retrieved high school dropouts.  CSW Career Academy is a six-year old culinary arts school that serves the same population.  Over 90% of the senior classes graduate; and, of that number, 90% go on to pursue higher education, the military, or become gainfully employed.  CSW students are trained in the culinary arts while CCA offers theme-based learning through the lens of urban agriculture and ecology.  Together, the schools promote academic achievement through rigorous classroom curriculums that are buttressed by “hands-on” learning experiences in healthy food preparation, urban gardening, and aquaponics—all of which promote healthy lifestyles, career development, and a sustainable environment.  As a result, students become more fully invested in their academic pursuits and become successful independent learners.


Reporting to the Chief Education Officer, the ideal candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing the schools’ fundraising strategies through foundation and corporate giving, special events, marketing and public relations.

  • Leveraging and maintaining effective key relationships and contacts, including members of the foundation and corporate giving community.  
  • Working collaboratively with the faculty and staff of the schools and engaging them in fundraising, marketing and public relations efforts.
  • Conducting prospect research.
  • Managing the fund development process and preparing requests for support as well as appropriate follow-up, including acknowledgements and reports.
  • Working closely with the organization’s auxiliary board on the annual benefit. 
  • Managing the donor base and organization mailing list.
  • Collecting data to support proposals and reports.
  • Working collaboratively with technology staff to update website and social media.
  • Producing quarterly newsletters, brochures, and annual reports.
  • Serving on relevant internal and external committees.
  • Insuring updates of grant licenses (DUNS, SAM, etc.)
  • Remaining updated on the schools’ accountability metrics and reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree preferred. Understanding of the grantsmanship process a plus.
  • Two or more years of successful experience in the development or a related field at a community based organization or small school.
  • Be a self-starter, possess a high degree of initiative and a positive, “can-do” attitude; be highly organized, a strategic thinker, flexible, a team player, and open to learning; pays attention to detail, is timely, creative, thinks “outside the box,” and is a problem-solver.   
  • Has a strong interest in the education of underserved and underachieving youth.  
  • Has strong verbal communications skills and a demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Has strong computer skills and knowledge of data base programs.
  • Is willing to be a lifelong learner by engaging in professional development and remaining abreast of trends in philanthropy. 
  • Knows how to build partnerships and plan events.
  • Has a strong appreciation for innovative programming.
  • Ability to function both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Have a strong passion for and commitment to the mission and goals of the schools.


Send cover letter and resume by e-mail to:
Myra J. Sampson, EdD
Chief Education Officer

CCA Academy and CSW Career Academy are Equal Opportunity Employers that value a culturally diverse workplace and welcome persons with disabilities. 
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