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Marketing & Development Manager


Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $40,000 - $45,000

Schedule: Full Time

Classification: Exempt

Location: Remote, with preference given to candidates living in Illinois


About Literacy Works
Literacy Works’ mission is to advance equity by promoting literacy education and the use of clear language. Our Community Literacy services provide a multitude of professional development, training and networking opportunities to foster a strong network of adult literacy programs, connect learners and tutors to opportunities, and empower diverse organizations to effectively serve adults. Our Clear Language Lab consulting and training services provide expertise in clear communication practices to mission-based organizations in such fields as healthcare, legal aid, and social services. We work to make communication more accessible and push back against white dominant, patriarchal, and heteronormative standards that are too often the status quo of government and nonprofit communication.

About the Position
Literacy Works is seeking a creative and self-directed marketing/communications and development professional to lead and implement a well-coordinated fundraising plan to cultivate and solicit support from individuals. The Marketing and Development Manager will manage and oversee fundraising events, corporate sponsorship, and the cultivation and solicitation of individual donors. The Marketing and Development Manager will also serve as the primary marketing professional for the organization. We are seeking a digitally-focused creator to communicate the mission of Literacy Works across multiple platforms. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and grow individual giving by cultivating and stewarding relationships with donors and prospective donors, including individuals, major donors, and corporations

  • Lead and implement key individual giving campaigns (year-end appeal, spring appeal, online campaigns, etc.)

  • Maintain the donor database: track requests and donations, create queries and reports that inform individual giving strategies, enter donations as necessary and execute the donor acknowledgements process

  • Work with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Associate Board to develop and implement fundraising events and activities

  • Manage all print and electronic communications from concept to completion, including social media, mail appeals, email campaigns, annual reports, videos, press releases, brochures, event invitations, fundraising appeals, and updating website content for all programs and fundraising events

  • Recruit and supervise in-kind professionals who assist with photography, graphic design, and other branding/communications initiatives

  • Report to the board of directors on fundraising-related matters and serve as the staff liaison on the board fundraising and marketing committees

  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Associate Board, oversee their fundraising activities, and actively work to recruit new members

  • Participate in organizational budgeting


  • Three years of nonprofit development experience, including knowledge of various fundraising strategies and techniques

  • Outstanding writing, creative communication, and organizational abilities

  • Strong skills in project management and excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to think critically and strategically about the tracking and management of data

  • Proven ability to work under deadlines with little supervision and to maintain close adherence to schedules

  • A pro-active, visionary, and independent work style

  • Willingness to take on new projects as they arise

  • Understanding of and experience with budgeting best practices

  • Proficiency with MS Office, Google apps, and social media, experience with Constant Contact and Wix a plus

  • Experience with Canva and/or graphic design software is a plus

  • Knowledge of CRM databases, experience with NeonCRM a plus

  • Positive outgoing personality; ability to work closely with small staff and board

  • Eagerness to network on behalf of Literacy Works and the field of adult education


Literacy Works promotes a strong work/life balance for our employees and we are proud to offer a team-oriented and supportive workplace culture. Some of the benefits we offer full-time employees include: generous paid time off, an employer-funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to cover the cost of health insurance and other medical needs, and a company sponsored retirement plan with 3% salary match. The Marketing and Development Manager will work from home with the ability to work flexible hours. Occasional weekends and evenings may be required.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to There is no deadline to apply; submissions will be accepted until the position is filled. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption will be required of any final applicants before their first day of work.


Literacy Works values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. Literacy Works is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws. Literacy Works will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.