Career and Volunteer Opportunities

Annual Giving Manager Cheryl talking with Hadley President Julie Tye across from each other at Julie's desk.

Hadley staff and volunteers are inspired by and dedicated to carrying out the organization's mission to empower those with vision loss to thrive.

At the same time, we focus considerable effort on the professional and personal development of our team. As an innovative and progressive non-profit, we embrace the following values:

  • We listen first. Everyone deserves to be heard and understood.
  • We aren't afraid to be ourselves and openly share our unique perspectives.
  • We do better together --- applying our diverse talents and experiences to a common goal.
  • Growth rarely happens when we're comfortable. We encourage each other to think big and take action.
  • Time together matters. We thrive when we trust in, learn from, and laugh with each other.

Hadley offers competitive salaries and a superior benefits package. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively support a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Hadley is committed to diversity and inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer.

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Grants Manager

This position is responsible for securing funding from foundations and corporations to support Hadley’s programs and campaign initiatives and communicate Hadley’s mission to various audiences.

Key responsibilities:

  • Seek funding for Hadley's annual and special campaigns from foundations, corporations, and other sources by submitting grant proposals and other funding requests. Research and devise approaches to solicit current and prospective funders, including calls and visits with funders.
  • Collaborate with program staff to gather information sufficient to draft persuasive grant proposals, letters of inquiry, and grant reports, and ensure timely submission to funders.
  • Manage profiles for foundations and corporations in Hadley’s CRM, Salesforce. Use Salesforce to monitor the status of solicitations and reports, including deadlines, proactive submissions, responses, renewals, and reporting requirements.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with current and prospective funders. Manage outreach efforts to Lions Clubs, in Illinois and beyond, including presentations and local site visits.
  • Consistently execute a variety of stewardship activities for foundation and corporate donors, including gift acknowledgment letters, phone calls, site visits, emails, and others as appropriate.
  • Manage grants-related administrative tasks, recordkeeping, and correspondence. Maintain physical and digital copies of letters, emails, and other relevant documents.
  • Maintain current data on and keep abreast of Hadley’s programs as background information for proposals and reports. Monitor the programmatic project management boards to identify new and emerging content (workshops and podcasts). Develop and analyze program activity reports in Salesforce.
  • Research funding opportunities using a variety of methods, including online databases like Foundation Center and Candid/GuideStar.
  • Maintain Hadley’s public profile on a variety of charity rating services such as Candid/GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills:

  • Exceptional writing skills. Exceptional command of English language, grammar, and style. Ability to write strategically, persuasively, and quickly.
  • Ability to clearly articulate complex information and funding priorities.
  • Demonstrated flexibility with writing styles and ability to quickly assimilate institutional knowledge.
  • In addition to excellent writing skills, excellent editing and proofreading skills are required.
  • Highly attentive to detail with excellent project management skills.
  • Ability to establish and meet production schedules, writing and submission deadlines.
  • Work effectively in a small shop that is team-oriented and collaborative; build positive, productive relationships with volunteers, donors, and staff.
  • Proven ability to set priorities, manage multiple assignments, and meet deadlines and fundraising goals.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite/Outlook 365 including Word, PowerPoint and Excel required. Experience with Salesforce or other CRM software required. Experience with Trello or other project management software preferred.

A Bachelor’s degree is required with three to five years’ experience writing (non-governmental) grant proposals for nonprofit organizations. This is a hybrid position with offices in the greater Chicago area.

Hadley offers competitive compensation and an exceptional benefits package. We are committed to diversity, inclusion and equity and are an equal opportunity employer.