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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4316 - Foundation Coordinator

Job Description

GRADE: 312

Under direction; performs work to increase grant funding and other revenues for the Convalescent Center by supporting the activities of DuPage County foundations/nonprofit endeavors; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class serves as a liaison between members of the Foundation Board of Directors, sponsors, donors, staff, the professional community and the public in supporting the operations of the foundations and nonprofit activities which benefit the County. Direction is received from the Manager of Resident and Volunteer Services and, if approved by the Administrator, from the Foundation Chairman.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Provides support, coordinates, leads, oversees, and acts as a liaison for Foundation Board activities, fundraising, events and capital fundraising initiatives
• Coordinates and monitors committee activities & special fundraising events including pre-event & on-site event management and sponsor stewardship
• Develops working relationships with community groups, professional associations and other like agencies and identifies potential networking and/or joint marketing opportunities
• Coordinates all donor stewardship and communications
• Manages, solicits and acknowledges in kind and monetary donations
• Maintains donor database and donor records
• Identifies available sources of grant funding, develops and prepares grant applications, and facilitates foundation and departmental personnel participation in the process
• Interprets policies and recommends programs/projects to be funded
• Promotes awareness and understanding of the foundation’s existence and mission by performing various public relations activities through the media, public relations, marketing, press releases, direct mail etc.
• Updates/maintains foundation website and public announcement boards
• Participates in annual foundation operations budget planning
• Identifies and pursues funding sources and assists with submitting grants on behalf of the Foundation

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within the job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Planning, organizing and implementing strategies related to foundation management and development
• Accounting practices including budgets, expenses and income statements
• Annual giving, planned giving, grants, corporate partnerships, and special events
• DuPage County programs, services and resources
• Local community organizations and service groups
• Preparation of budgets
• Illinois nonprofit principles and best practices

Skill in:
• Enlisting support and cooperation of funding organizations
• Dealing effectively with others
• Verbal and/or written communications
• Exercising sound judgment
• Problem solving

Ability to:
• Operate a personal computer
• Build relationships with donors, community groups and service providers
• Maintain a variety of records and logs
• Maintain confidentiality
• Manage multiple priorities simultaneously
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, staff, supervisor, donors, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction


Completion of a Bachelors degree in Nonprofit Management, Communications, Public or Business Administration, or Human Services, and three years of professional experience in not-for-profit fundraising; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may have to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Must possess and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license when travel is part of the position