POSITION: Assistant Director, Corporate Relations 
TEAM: Development
REPORTS TO: Director, Corporate Relations


Reporting to the Director, Corporate Relations, the Assistant Director is a corporate fundraising professional who works with the Director to ensure that corporate donors are contributing to and participating in the Council’s programmatic and studies offerings at the highest levels. 


  • Serve as the primary liaison and account manager for a portfolio of corporate partners and solicit gifts and multiyear investments in the range of $25,000 to $1,500,000.
  • Steward current corporate donors and encourage them to increase their annual support.
  • Work closely with the Director to Identify and solicit new corporate donors giving at the $25,000 level and above.
  • Become knowledgeable about the 5-10 industries within the portfolio and maintain strong relationships with company representatives to develop an understanding of their international business interests, goals, and areas of expertise.
  • Meet with corporate members regularly, conduct on-site orientations for employees at their offices, and work with company representatives to identify senior leaders.
  • Manage the planning and outreach for members-only quarterly Corporate Leadership Breakfasts and other private Council events.
  • Connect corporate constituents with Council experts, fellows, leadership, and other corporate members.
  • Develop sponsorship benefits, ask companies to sponsor annual Council program series, symposiums, forums, and studies research, task forces, and conferences.
  • Negotiate, coordinate the delivery of benefits, and shepherd corporate partnerships within the portfolio, including annual renewal conversations.
  • Collaborate with development staff about individuals within the corporate constituency who are members of the Board of Directors, major donors, and prospects for personal support.
  • Attend Council activities with strong corporate presence, approximately 3-4 per month, including some evening and early morning hours.
  • Perform other projects as assigned.


  • A bachelor’s degree and 5+ years directly relevant experience, preferably in fundraising with a nonprofit/membership organization 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills, including public speaking and presentation abilities
  • Keen attention to detail; well-honed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple relationships and projects concurrently
  • Ability to learn and utilize the Council’s database
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team/willingness to help out as needed on projects in the development team
  • Ability and willingness to work evening and early morning events and travel occasionally to corporate member offices beyond downtown Chicago

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. The Council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.


Please email a cover letter and résumé as Word documents to hr@thechicagocouncil.org. Other career opportunities can be found on the Council’s website at www.thechicagocouncil.org. EOE