Employment with the YWCA

Marketing & Development Specialist

Position: Full time, Hybrid, Exempt  

Salary Range: $45,000 - $47,000 

Reports to: Executive Director  

Supervises: Potential interns 

Open: Until filled

The YWCA of the University of Illinois strives to harness the inherent power of people to work towards racial justice and women’s empowerment. Our goal is to develop leaders who are fully aware of their power to affect positive change.  If you are passionate about helping women succeed, driven to address racism here and now, enjoy working on small teams that have a huge impact, and want to create content so everyone knows about it, then we have the perfect opportunity for you.   We welcome you to join us to envision and work towards a world that values everyone’s contribution regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

The YWCA of the U of I is hiring a Marketing and Development Specialist to bring our life-changing work to life for community members, donors, and funders.

Job Summary

The Marketing and Development Specialist is responsible for managing all aspects of our marketing strategy.  This role will focus on implementing a successful, multi-layered, fundraising and communications strategy, to elevate the YW's community presence and engage stakeholders. This position requires strong communication skills and strong attention to detail.

Key Duties 

  • Implement the FY23 fundraising plan

  • Establishing an annual communications plan

  • Create a year-end appeal and annual report

  • Propose, oversee, and implement external communications and fundraising campaigns 

  • Track, evaluate, and report on the effectiveness of campaigns 

  • Support programmatic growth   

  • Supervision of a communications intern

Required Qualifications  

  • Demonstrated success in overseeing a range of development activities 

  • Experience setting and implementing marketing strategy and plans

  • Excellent organizational, project management and relationship building capabilities 

  • Familiarity with Google Workspace or related software 

  • Familiarity with Little Green Light or similar nonprofit CRMs 

  • Commitment to intersectional, feminist, anti-racist ideals and realities 

  • Professional, collaborative, consistent, and reliable work 

  • A sense of humor, a creative outlook, and the drive to help improve lives

We’d love to see knowledge and experience in any of these areas   

  • Social media marketing 

  • Website management and SEO 

  • Visual marketing/design 

  • Events management 

  • Grant writing and management


  • BA in communications/marketing /fundraising OR substantial related experience

  • CFRE/AFP certification preferred

Schedule has flexibility, with occasional evenings and weekends required. Employees are expected to be in the office three times a week. 

Located in the Kenwood Neighborhood of Champaign, we meet our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through workforce and economic development programs, and advocacy, engaging individuals and organizations from all over the area. All of our staff members are expected to have the cultural competency skills necessary to be an effective part of a diverse, mission-focused, action-oriented, social justice organization, committed to eliminating racism and empowering women. 

The YWCA does not discriminate on the on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status, political belief or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

For more information, or to apply, please see our Indeed posting