About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.

We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together. 

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. 

But that approach extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us. 

For more information, please visit www.obama.org.


Chicago; Washington, D.C.

Purpose of the Role

The Donor Relations Analyst will provide essential support in the creation and coordination of the Foundation’s donor communications materials and execution of our stewardship activities. Reporting to the Donor Relations Deputy Director, you will work closely with the current Donor Relations Senior Associate and Development Writer, as well as individuals across the Development operations and frontline teams. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with strong writing skills and attention to detail who is highly motivated to work collaboratively in pursuit of big goals.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Proposal and Report Development: Support in the drafting of fundraising proposals and reports; Coordinate with relevant teams across the Foundation to ensure all information in proposals and reports is up-to-date, relevant, and compelling.
  • Proposal and Report Tracking: Track and manage requests for development materials and stewardship activities, working with frontline fundraisers to ensure we deliver high-quality results on schedule.
  • Frontline Development Communications: Draft talking points, background materials, and pitch materials for frontline development staff.
  • Donor Collateral: Support the drafting of quarterly newsletters, decks, one-pagers, and other donor collateral used by frontline fundraisers; act as a thought partner with the Donor Relations team to offer fresh and creative ideas for future communications pieces.
  • Fundraising Updates: Support the drafting of fundraising updates for the Board of Directors and other principals; update these materials to reflect the latest information in salesforce and work with the Donor Relations team to tell the story of fundraising progress in a creative and exciting way.
  • Stewardship Support: Work with the Donor Relations Senior Associate to coordinate donor stewardship activities. Coordinate acknowledgment process, ensuring frontline staff are aware of recent gifts and recommended thank you follow-up.

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

  • Development communications materials (e.g., reports, proposals, discussion guides, talking points).
  • Maintain the team’s tracking system for development communications and stewardship activities.
  • Project management of select Donor Relations projects (e.g., Obama Presidential Center fly-through videos, major donor stewardship gifts, etc.).

Required Qualifications

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Donor orientation; experience supporting external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce is preferred.

The salary range for this role is between $51,965 and $64,980.

Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities - such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color - are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. The Obama Foundation is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging – so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings!

In the interest of employee health and safety during the pendency of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Obama Foundation is requiring that all prospective employees present proof that they are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, or seek a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons, prior to their first day of employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at careers@obama.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

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