Thursday, September 4, 2014

Development Team Intern Position at One Goal

Positions: Development Team Intern 
Location: Chicago, IL 
Start Dates: September 2014 

About OneGoal: 

Nationally, only 9% of ninth graders in low-income communities are expected to graduate from college by age 25. That statistic stands in stark contrast to the 82% college completion rate for students in America who grow up in the top income quartile. Founded in 2007, OneGoal is a rapidly expanding movement dedicated to systemically changing this reality. 
As the nation's only teacher-led college persistence organization, OneGoal strives to empower low-income high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. OneGoal accomplishes this by providing teachers with training and support to teach the OneGoal course to low-income high school students and stay with those students through their first year of college. The OneGoal course – as featured in Paul Tough’s bestselling book How Children Succeed – is grounded in a 1400-page curriculum that focuses on developing non-cognitive skills, improving academic performance in core high school classes and standardized tests, enrolling in a match college, and succeeding during the critical first year of college. To date, 87 percent of OneGoal's high school graduates have enrolled in college (more than double the local average) and of the OneGoal students who enroll, 85 percent are persisting in college or have graduated with a college degree. 
We envision a day when every student has the opportunity to graduate from college. 


OneGoal is at an exciting and critical juncture. Due to the success of our model and the recent national attention on college opportunity, OneGoal has made a commitment to the White House to take historic steps to increase access and college completion rates for low-income students. OneGoal commits to doing this through both growing and innovating upon our existing program. This spring we will serve 2,500+ students in Chicago and Houston, and by the spring of 2017, we will serve 5,000 students annually across five regions. We have selected New York City, New York as our third region for expansion. 

Job Description: 

The Chicago Development Team Intern (CDTI) will be a critical addition to our 
four-member Chicago Development Team and will play a primarily role in coordinating and executing on a variety of projects in support of our team’s work to raise $2.84M dollars by June 30, 2015. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, conducting comprehensive prospective donor and board candidate research, preparing Chicago Development Team members and our Executive Director for meetings with OneGoal stakeholders, supporting the team to maintain immaculate gift records for all donors and create accurate gift acknowledgement letters, supporting the creation of inspiring organizational collateral for donors, offering event support (pre-, night-of, and post-event) including at the 7th Annual Graduation Gala in May 2015, our largest fundraising event of the year, and writing/editing grant proposals to our foundation supporters in collaboration with the Senior Director of Development. This role is ideal for a candidate who has strong organizational skills, consistently executes and follows through on all assigned projects, approaches his/her work with a commitment to learning and growing, is interested in education reform, non-profit management and fundraising, and is eager to learn about OneGoal’s mission and vision. 
Possible Projects Include: 
 Donor prospect research and support with meeting preparation (background research, materials preparation/collation) 
 Gift processing and tax acknowledgement letter creation, including gift data entry and record-keeping 
 Small and large event support, with a key focus on the annual Graduation Gala 
 Support of our Ambassador program, including collecting and synthesizing written materials from students and assisting with donor mailings 
 Grant writing support and editing 

If you’re interested in the Chicago Development Team Intern role, please email Michelle Bess ( with a tailored cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered.