Chicago, IL

Development Manager of Grants and Foundation Relations, Cabrini Green Legal Aid

The Organization

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) was established in 1973 to serve the legal needs arising from the lack of opportunity, criminalization of poverty, and racial inequity experienced within Chicago’s Cabrini Green public housing community. Since then, CGLA has grown beyond a single neighborhood to become a citywide, countywide, and statewide leader in proactively filling the void of legal representation, wraparound services, legal information and resources, and advocacy exclusively for low-income individuals negatively impacted by the criminal legal system. Any engagement with the criminal legal system can greatly disrupt an individual, family, and community’s quality of life.

CGLA is distinguished among legal aid service providers locally, throughout Illinois, and nationally as having expertise in legal matters related to the direct and collateral consequences of the criminal legal system. Since 2014, we have been the sole legal aid services provider serving Cook County with the distinction of focusing exclusively on individuals and families who have been adversely impacted by the criminal legal system in all legal program areas: criminal records, emerging adults, criminal defense, housing law, and family law. We provide direct legal services, advocate for policy reforms, and provide legal information and resources to other legal aid organizations, pro bono attorneys, and the general public. We also support our clients holistically with wraparound social services from our social workers. Our policy and advocacy work is not performed as a separate entity; rather it is informed by our legal services and the lived experiences of our Leadership Council, an Advisory Group made up of former CGLA clients and community members directly impacted by the criminal legal system.

CGLA’s Mission, Purpose and Vision

  • Mission: We provide holistic legal services that include social support services and advocacy for individuals and communities negatively impacted by the criminal legal system.
  • Purpose: CGLA exists to remove barriers to equity in the criminal legal system.
  • Vision: A more just and equitable criminal legal system.

Position Overview

Essential Duties

  • Demonstrated ability to research revenue opportunities, write compelling and effective letters of inquiry, respond to RFP’s, and develop proposals for private foundations, corporations and government grants and fee-for-service arrangements.
  • Prepare applications, proposals, correspondences, reports and other documents for submission to new and existing funders.
  • Ensure all grant and fee-for-service funder expectations are met.
  • Work with program/legal staff to obtain data and information necessary to complete renewals with existing funders within the deadlines.
  • Work with Program staff to develop and maintain all grant and fee-for-service agreements and MOUs pertaining to revenue awards.
  • Research new opportunities with foundations & corporations based upon CGLA’s priorities for all programs and operational support services.
  • Organize regular meetings to discuss updates, issues and recommendations regarding existing and future revenue sources involving foundations and corporations.
  • Work directly with Finance and program staff to prepare budgets for grant and fee-for-service applications.
  • Maintain database of all revenue sources involving foundations and corporations.
  • Monitor and track submitted, pending and on-going proposals.
  • Assist in developing annual reports, newsletters, and brochures.
  • Interact with funding organizations regarding status of applications.
  • Build positive relationships with existing and potential funding sources.
  • Maintain complete records of past and current proposals.

Other Duties

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree from accredited college or university


  • Have 5 years of nonprofit experience;
  • Advanced grant writing experience;
  • Have a strong track record of success;
  • Have excellent attendance; flexibility to attend meetings/events outside regular business hours;
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Word & Excel (basic to intermediate knowledge required)
  • Knowledge of Salesforce Development Software

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Management and planning experience;
  • Able to work well under pressure;
  • Experience developing and monitoring budgets;
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results;
  • Superior interpersonal skills; comfortable working with a diverse population;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both written and verbal;
  • Exemplary organizational skills and keen attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic sector

Supervisory Responsibility:


Required Hours

Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, 40 hours per week.

NOTE: Non-traditional hours – occasional weekends and evenings – are required.

Physical Requirements

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Must be able to work in a stressful work environment.
  • The employee is regularly required to sit, walk, talk, read, see and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to type, handle, or feel and reach. The employee is regularly required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Travel Requirements


Working Conditions

CGLA has implemented a telecommuter and flexible work policy that allows employees to perform work remotely at the employee’s home or at an approved offsite location.  Employees must have adequate internet access to work from home.  If working in the office, you must be able to work in an open office setting with moderate noise levels and follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. Employee must have reliable internet access to work remotely.  The candidate selected for this position will be required to work 2-3 days onsite per week. The physical office is closed every Friday and employees work remotely from home.

How To Apply

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