GPEC/ICHV Employment

The Position

Gun Violence Prevention Education Center and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (501-C3) (GPEC-ICHV) seeks a Development Associate to join a team that is expanding networks of, and deepening relationships with, individual, corporate, law firm, and foundation donors. This is a high responsibility position that provides full administrative support to a fast-moving team focused on educating the public about how they can reduce Illinois’ gun violence crisis.

The Organization

The Gun Violence Prevention Education Center/Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (GPEC/ICHV) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of death and injury caused by firearms. This mission is achieved by:

  • Educating the public about the facts regarding firearm violence and misuse;
  • Producing and publishing educational materials to inform the public about the problem of
    firearm violence;
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for information on the issue of firearm violence;
  • Reviewing and making recommendations regarding the fairness, enforceability, and effectiveness of regulations and criminal sanctions related to firearms;
  • Working with special interest groups including health care professionals, law enforcements officials, and community groups to bring special perspectives to the issue;
  • Advocating for legislative goals which would reduce the easy access to firearms; and
  • Establishing a strong statewide organization with the numerical strength to translate public opinion into effective public policy.

Although GPEC/ICHV is predominantly a statewide organization, at times it conducts projects consistent with its mission on a national or regional level.


  • Provides administrative and logistical support for the Executive Director, including proactive calendar management; coordination of calls/emails, travel, and meeting logistics; processing of invoices and expense reports; and entering data in our donor management system.
  • Works on grant proposals and updates in coordination with the Executive Director.
  • Prepares donor acknowledgments
  • Maintains current, comprehensive, and reliable data, including in Salsa labs;
  • Assists with the planning and execution of special events and opportunities for donor engagement
  • Coordinates development team meetings and schedules internal and external meetings;
  • Maintains department calendar and serves as the team lead in scheduling
  • Assists with direct mail appeals and other department mailings/correspondences;
  • Responds to organizational inquiries and requests for information;
  • Maintains team supplies;
  • Engages in proofreading, formatting, information gathering, filing, and other administrative tasks as needed across the development department;
  • Provides organization-wide assistance as needed, e.g. limited back-up for receptionist and for the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO;
  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong experience with grant writing and reporting;
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and complete work independently, and with discretion;
  • Strong organization skills;
  • Must be self-starter with an eye for detail, flexibility, good judgment as well as the ability to learn quickly and handle multiple, concurrent tasks and assignments in an effective manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced, diverse and inclusive team setting, remaining flexible, resourceful and proactive
  • Commitment to ending gun violence through equitable, data based solutions Additional preferred skills and knowledge:
  • Experience in an administrative capacity for a senior executive, preferably at a non-profit organization or related field;
  • Experience working in Salsa Labs is a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.
  • Work experience within a law firm, major company, leading nonprofit, or government agency.


This is a contract position, with pay commensurate to experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, one brief writing sample, and three references to Resumes should include exact start and end dates of employment specifically month and year. Electronic applications preferred. Applications accepted until position is filled.

The GPEC-ICHV is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities, women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

Reasonable Accommodations

As noted above, GPEC-ICHV welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at

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The Gun Violence Prevention Education Center (GPEC) and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) are combining forces to be a preeminent leader in the fight to reduce death and injury caused by gun violence in Illinois through education, research, organizing and enforcement around public policy. We are preparing to maximize impact by organizing operations, identifying strengths, and strategically expanding the gun violence prevention (GVP) efforts already in progress. Using proven digital and grassroots strategies, GPEC and ICHV will come together to build a powerful network that holds institutions accountable for passing and enforcing common sense gun policies.


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