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Development Associate Vista

Illinois Legal Aid Online

July 2, 2018, 1 a.m. - July 1, 2019, 1 a.m.

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE VISTA Employer Illinois Legal Aid OnlineThe Development Associate VISTA will help Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) build its capacity to engage, solicit, and steward donors in order to raise the necessary funds to support the organization’s work. ILAO’s services educate people about their legal rights and responsibilities, and provide tools to act on those rights when a lawyer is out of reach. This VISTA position is critical for ILAO to help secure adequate funding to meet the growing demand for its 24/7/365, free, online legal services. Through its services, ILAO simplifies the law so that all people can resolve their legal problems, especially those who are unable to find or afford a lawyer.Year of Service: Primary ResponsibilitiesLearn how ILAO impacts the lives of the people it serves through analyzing user feedback, surveys, and other quantitative and qualitative dataHelp plan and initiate new efforts to research and learn more about current and prospective individual donorsConduct ongoing research to identify new foundation prospects for ILAO’s workBased on research, help plan and initiate strategies to update current and prospective donors about ILAO’s impact via channels such as social media, email marketing and moreHelp write and edit proposals, reports and other grant and donor related documentsHelp update and maintain ILAO's constituent relationship management database with accurate donor and prospect informationHelp plan and execute fundraising eventsWork with ILAO’s Young Professionals Board to provide support and increase member engagementHelp review and continually improve development processes, systems and knowledge management guidesCollaborate with ILAO staff to develop and execute coordinated communications and marketing strategiesEvaluate the success of the program and suggest ways to expand and improve the programOther ResponsibilitiesFulfill AmeriCorps VISTA requirements for training and service (see in developing and maintaining fundraising materialsProvide necessary reports, data, and documentation to funding entitiesParticipate in staff meetings and other administrative meetingsOther responsibilities as assignedBachelor’s Degree requiredDemonstrated experience in conducting research and using data to make decisionsDemonstrated experience in writing persuasively and writing for different audiencesExcellent computer skills, including proficiency in using the Internet, Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps for Office; experience with Salesforce or other constituent relationship management systems a plusAbility to effectively manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet all deadlinesSuperior organizational skills and attention to detailWorks well on a team and willing to pitch in however needed to accomplish the goals of the organizationDemonstrated commitment to public service and interest in Illinois Legal Aid Online’s mission and goalsThis is an Americorps VISTA position. VISTAs are volunteers but receive the following benefits: a living allowance ($1,084/mo.), choice of Education Award ($5,815) or End of Service Stipend ($1,500) and Non-Competitive Eligibility status upon successful completion of service, housing supplement ($200/mo., payable directly to landlord), transit pass ($100/mo., payable directly to transit authority), healthcare allowance, life insurance, relocation payment if eligible ($550), and professional development opportunities.VISTA applications must be submitted via the My Americorp VISTA website ( The posting can be found in the Americorp VISTA listings.Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) puts the law within reach for all, regardless of income or location. As the statewide legal services technology center, ILAO streamlines the delivery of free and pro bono legal services to lower-income Illinois residents, and delivers easy-to-understand legal information and help to those who can't afford a lawyer.ILAO's mission is: to increase access to justice for lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents through the innovative use of technology to assist and educate the public and to train and support legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys.Illinois Legal Aid Online's programs provide essential legal services and support 24/7 to legal aid and pro bono attorneys, pro se litigants and lower-income individuals and families through its website.

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120 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Assistant Teacher For Award-winning After-school Program

Cool Classics!

Oct. 22, 2018, 4:15 p.m. - Oct. 8, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Cool Classics!, an award-winning nationally recognized program, is seeking individuals interested in transforming children's lives through teaching. Cool Classics! uses book-based, arts-integrated curricula to improve literacy, develop critical-thinking skills and introduce children to the arts and humanities. Since 2006 we have been introducing elementary school children in under-served communities to the world of ideas.By focusing on close reading, rigorous discussion and deep analysis, we create a rich learning experience for our children that develops core competencies and enriches their understanding of literature, humanities, arts and culture while expanding their vocabulary in an engaging program. We hold our students to the highest academic standards and provide them with the tools for success.Position Responsibilities:The assistant teacher will work under the direction of the Lead Teacher serving as their assistant for a group of 20-25 K through 3rd grade students.Use the Cool Classics! curricula to help Lead Teacher with lively sessions as designed by the Lead Teacher to include:Daily reading of classic booksDirecting drama, dance and music activitiesDirecting art and writing projectsTeaching vocabulary and literary conceptsMaintaining lending libraryChaperoning field tripsWork with student helpers to ensure they understand their roles in the process of the day, and to help them growWork with students and their parents/legal guardians to improve academic performance, as well as social behaviorHelp administer, collect and analyze data from pre- and post-program testsHelp administer any and all surveysHelp with administrative work for field trips and other program needsEvaluate sessions to ensure student involvement and learningUse evaluation tools to determine students' achievementsDeveloped by an award-winning journalist and educator for small groups of public elementary school students in an after-school setting, Cool Classics! focuses on one classic book over a span of some 25 sessions. Each session begins with reading, followed by activities that relate back to the book’s themes and create the multi-faceted Cool Classics! experience.Various measures indicate that the majority of children who participate in Cool Classics! achieve:Increased enthusiasm for reading and improved reading skillsBetter reading comprehension and analysisMastery of vocabulary and literary termsImproved critical-thinking skillsExpanded understanding of: Literature, Humanities, Art, Dance, Drama, Music and PoetryAbility to link the arts and ideas to their own livesImproved social-emotional skills and behavior at school and at homeImproved scores on standardized testsThe video at briefly describes our work. Our website at offers more information, galleries of our children's art and photos of their activities, as well as an archive of our enewsletters.

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3712 N. Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60613

Serve On The Step Up Chicago Chapter Board

Step Up

Jan. 1, 2019, 1 a.m. - Dec. 31, 2020, 1 a.m.

Are you passionate about helping teen girls break barriers and take their seat at the table? Step Up is currently seeking board members to serve on the Chicago Chapter board, beginning in the 2019 term.Step Up Chapter boards are fundraising boards, working under the strategic direction of the Step Up National Board. As a board member, you will help us amplify our message, expand our network, and raise resources to help sustain and grow our programming. Our goal is to have served 8,000 teen girls by 2020--and you can be a part of that impact through board leadership!Board candidates do not need to be experts in mentoring or fundraising--we train you! Successful board members are passionate about propelling teen girls to fulfill their potential and gain access to college and careers, excited to make connections for Step Up to corporate and individual supporters, and eager to engage in the programs you’re helping support. Board terms begin in January 2019, and initial terms are 2 years.WHAT TO DO NEXT:Interested in learning more? Sign up for one of our upcoming Board Info Session webinars, which will overview the board position, outline next steps, and allow time for questions. May 14, 8-9am. Info and RSVP here: 1, 8-9am. Info and RSVP here: see Step Up in action, consider mentoring at our Career Connections Conference on April 28. Details and RSVP here: note that Step Up chapter boards are fundraising boards. Board members commit to an annual minimum give/get of $10,000, which includes an annual personal donation of $1000. Remaining funds are raised through corporate and grant dollars, event sponsorships and tickets, and individual donations. Prior fundraising experience or expertise is not required; Step Up's experienced board members and staff train and assist board members at each step in fundraising.

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20 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60606