Advancement & Communications Associate

Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership  | Chicago, IL

About Job

The Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership (CSPL) is seeking a full-time Advancement & Communications Associate to lead our communications and fund development activities primarily through building and maintaining strong relationships with grassroots members, funders and media members.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for engaging with coalition partners and grassroots members to build a sustainable people-funded movement and develop dynamic internal and external communications strategies for sharing and promoting our work. They will advance our fund development and communications work, with attention to the ambitious mission and vision of our organization. They will be committed to advancing these efforts within a collaborative, discerning and agile environment.

Who We Are

The Coalition for Spiritual & Public Leadership is a not-for-profit, multi-racial, multi-ethnic grassroots led coalition that organizes to address racial, social, economic, and environmental injustice by building grassroots power that is people and Spirit-rooted. CSPL co-trains and co-develops faith leaders and their respective organizations and institutions to enter into public life in a manner that is strategic, communal, and grounded in the liberative Catholic and Christian spiritual and theological traditions.

What You’ll Do

The Advancement and Communications Associate, who is based in Chicagoland and reports to the Executive Director, is responsible for the following:

  • Internal and External Communications Development & Implementation (30%): Coordinates international communications for organizational events, meetings and workshops and external communications for actions, campaigns, and other public facing activities.
  • Grant Proposal Development & Management (30%): Leads the research, drafting letters of inquiries, grant applications, grant reports and coordinates management tracking.
  • Grassroots Fundraising, Membership Development and Special Events (40%): Forms strong relationships with coalition members to coordinate and organize grassroots fund development activities through membership drives, fundraising events and more.

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you will excel in five areas:

  • Relationship-building: You develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of members and stakeholders contacts to advance our fundraising and communications goals.
  • Drive to achieve results: You have a track record of accomplishing ambitious goals and getting results even when there are obstacles. You set a high bar and meet it, because you think three (or 30) steps ahead to anticipate hurdles and come up with pragmatic solutions. You plan backwards and involve stakeholders appropriately.
  • Highly organized, creative and self-motivated: You have the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and to collaborate effectively with staff and members of the organization.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills: You possess strong interpersonal, relationship-building, writing and communication skills.
  • Commitment to racial equity, economic justice, and spirit-rooted action: You recognize the role of race, income, age, immigration status, and other identities in shaping disparities that dehumanize people and communities, and you are passionate about seeing community leaders organize from a relationship and moral center for more equitable policy and structural solutions.

If you were here right now, you would be:

  • Collaborating with staff and community members to organize a membership drive to grow our coalition of grassroots institutional and individual members.
  • Coordinating the media strategy and press outreach for a campaign action and working with grassroots members to prepare their remarks to the media.
  • Preparing for an important meeting with a key foundation partner where members and staff will share an ambitious 3-year vision for CSPL’s work on economic justice and the solidarity economy.
  • Writing an op-ed with grassroots member leaders on the intersection of immigrant justice in Brown and Black communities.

What Else You Should Know

CSPL is an equal opportunity employer and we highly value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by the issues we address. We especially encourage people of color, women, LGBQTIA+ people, and people with disabilities to apply.

The position is full-time and is ideally based in Chicagoland (although we might have flexibility on location for the right candidate). The role requires working from our office 2-3 times a week on average. The salary for this position ranges from $40k to $55k, with exact salary depending on experience. We also offer an excellent benefits package of retirement 403(b), paid vacation, sick, holiday leave, spiritual retreat days, parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child, and generous paid time off during the summer and Christmas season. We offer 100% organization-covered PPO healthcare with vision and dental. After 5 years of employment, staff are eligible for a 90-day sabbatical for professional and spiritual development. The position also includes opportunities for extensive professional development and spiritual formation.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and two professional references to our staff at