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Communications & Development Associate 🔥

The Communications & Development Associate reports to PILI’s Senior Manager of Operations & Administration and is responsible for managing all aspects of PILI’s communications efforts as well as supporting the organization’s fund development efforts and special events. This is a full-time exempt position based in the Chicago office.

Primary Responsibilities (80%):


  • Execute content design, production and distribution for PILI’s website, social media, and print and electronic communications
  • Implement social media strategy and research trends in social media with an eye to improving PILI’s presence and effectiveness
  • Monitor and evaluate success of different modes of communication, using tools such as Google Analytics, and implement changes, as needed
  • Ensure a consistent voice and visual brand throughout all materials
  • Develop and nurture relationships with local and statewide media
  • Develop and disseminate communications donor communications, including annual appeal mailings
  • Produce and manage PILI’s communications calendar
  • Ensure information on PILI’s website is accurate and up to date with attention to best practices for SEO
  • Enhance the website’s visual appeal by managing and updating text, pages, banner images and photos
  • Develop communications collateral for PILI programming such as flyers, postcards and emails
  • Develop PILI’s monthly newsletter and all other email communication
  • Maintain donor management database
  • Contribute to PILI’s grant applications and reports as well as conduct prospecting for new funding sources
  • Gather statistics and data to create various reports related to fundraising
  • Coordinate annual mailings to individual and institutional donors
  • Assist in special event preparation, planning, promotion and execution
  • Provide staff support to PILI’s Young Professionals Board
  • Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary
  • Assist in developing and executing of donor recognition initiatives
  • Support event management and planning from concept to execution including facilitating the creation of event concept to developing a project/event plan with timeline, ensuring the plan is implemented on time and within budget for annual special events
  • Develop all visual elements and printed materials for the events
  • Conduct pre- and post-event evaluations and report on outcomes, making adjustments for future events
  • Coordinate, supervise and train event volunteers
  • Coordinate and oversee distribution of event invitations, and manage mailing lists
  • Support communications and events related projects including any team members supporting those projects
  • Attend team meetings, other administrative meetings and events
  • Represent PILI at community meetings and events as needed
  • Participate in and contribute to board-related meetings as needed
  • Seek out educational opportunities to further knowledge in job functions and for the benefit of PILI
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Manager for Operations & Administration or Executive Director
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and minimum of 1-3 years of relevant experience
  • Nonprofit experience preferred but not required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram) and willingness to learn new applications
  • Experience with Salesforce, WordPress, Canva or other desktop publishing is desirable, but not required
  • Technical expertise with graphic design
  • Availability to attend programs and events during the evening or on weekends on a limited basis and with advance notice, typically not more than 1-2 times per month
  • Understanding of PILI’s work, mission and commitment to racial justice

About PILI: PILI engages, inspires and empowers those advancing equal access to justice. We envision making equal access to justice a reality through a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where pro bono and public interest law engagement is optimized to best serve people, families and communities in need. The PILI team consists of eight team members (including this position) with most team members based in Chicago and one in Champaign. PILI prioritizes the health, safety and wellbeing of the team, therefore we offer a hybrid solution of working in the office and virtually from home.

Salary: This is a full-time position with a salary commensurate with experience within the range of $40,000 to $55,000, including a generous benefits package with employer-paid health insurance and retirement plan.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample of at least 500 words, and three references to employment@pili.org. Please put “Communications & Development Associate” in the subject line. Please do not send application materials by mail, and no phone or email inquiries. Applicants will be contacted in the event that we wish to further discuss your qualifications.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: At PILI we believe that diversity and inclusion are fundamentally important objectives that make organizations more effective. In our hiring and our work, we support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation.

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