ART WORKS Projects (AWP) – a Chicago-based international organization that uses documentary film and photography to raise awareness and educate the public about significant human rights issues around the world – is seeking a part-time Manager for External Engagement to lead fundraising efforts to support and grow AWP’s mission.


AWP’s mission is to use design and the arts to raise awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights issues. The organization uses photography and documentary filmmaking to expose social justice issues, holding exhibitions worldwide to advocate for deeper understanding and awareness of human rights globally.  Since its founding in 2006, AWP has exhibited in more than 60 cities across nearly 30 countries. The organization’s agenda includes projects on genocide, extreme sexual violence, women’s rights, famine and food safety, access to clean water, gun violence, child labor and human trafficking, ethnic cleansing and other acts of tyranny.


AWP selects topics which are the most intractable, the least covered in the mainstream media, and often the most abusive for victims. We strive to bring into the public eye human rights abuses that are often widespread, but lesser understood by, or known to the global community.


The Manager for External Engagement will work with the Board of Directors and the Director of Exhibitions to design and implement AWP’s development strategy, focusing on individual donor engagement and foundation support. This highly creative, collaborative, and organized mid-career individual will lead and/or support AWP’s fundraising efforts, including 1) strategy development; 2) prospect research, cultivation, and solicitation; 3) stewardship and ongoing engagement of existing funders; 4) grants management and reporting; and 5) related administrative and budget tasks as directed by the Board. This role will work closely with the Director of Exhibitions to leverage AWP programming in Chicago and around the world to engage current supporters and attract new donors. The Manager for External Engagement will also be responsible for all facets of the Next Steps Campaign 2020, a fundraising initiative designed to increase AWP’s network of supporters and raise the funds necessary to grow the reach and capacity of AWP in 2020.




  • Lead the design and implementation of AWP’s annual development strategy
  • Lead AWP’s  Next Steps Campaign 2020 fundraising efforts, including
    • Prospect research to increase the pipeline of individual and institutional donors
    • Cultivating potential funders through existing donors’ and board members’ networks, including one-on-one outreach, invitations to AWP events, etc.
    • Identifying foundation grant opportunities and leading the application process, including proposal writing and submission
    • Monitoring grant progress, including writing interim and final reports, communicating regularly with funders/donors as needed, etc.
    • Maintaining and updating strategic materials, and managing the creation of collateral materials
  • Donor engagement and stewardship
    • Periodic personalized outreach to existing donors
    • Write and send acknowledgement letters
    • Update website donor list
  • Assist with organization budgets and other financial management needs
  • Plan and execute development events
    • Create and send invitations; manage guest list; and follow-up with guests as needed
    • Manage logistics with venue, caterer, etc. and coordinate event on-site




The ideal candidate is:

  • A proven fundraiser with experience engaging foundations and/or individual donors, and a demonstrated ability to secure funding for non-profit organizations
  • Knowledgeable about the Chicago funding landscape
  • Committed to supporting human rights and the mission, goals, and programming of AWP
  • A proactive self-starter who is comfortable working without direct supervision
  • Collaborative, detail-oriented, and extremely well-organized
  • An excellent communicator with strong writing and speaking skills
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Google Drive


Other Preferred Qualifications

  • Other language skills a plus
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks Online
  • Familiarity with nonprofit administration and management tools such as Sales Force
  • Experience with human rights advocacy




This position will work approximately 16 hours per week, with a salary commensurate with experiences and skills.


Please send all application materials in a single PDF with Manager of External Engagement in the subject line to Annalise Flynn-Taylor, director of exhibitions, at ataylor@artworksprojects.org


  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (2-3 pages, past grant writing preferable)