Survivor Development Position

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Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) aims to honor and to seek justice for the survivors of Chicago police torture, their family members and the Black communities affected by the torture.

CTJM began in 2010 when a group of artists, educators, social justice activists, and an attorney put out a call for speculative memorials to recall and honor the two-decades long struggle for justice waged by torture survivors and their families, attorneys, community organizers, and people from every neighborhood and walk of life in Chicago.

CTJM led the effort to introduce a reparations ordinance into Chicago’s City Council. On May 6, 2015, after decades of grassroots struggle, the Chicago City Council passed the reparations package for the Burge torture survivors and their family members. Since then, CTJM has turned its attention to making sure the reparations package is properly implemented and its main focus today is on creating a public memorial to honor the torture survivors.


The Part-Time Development Coordinator will be part of the CTJM team and CTJM’s fundraising committee, which is dedicated to raising funds to build the memorial to honor torture survivors. This position is intended to be an opportunity for an individual to learn fundraising skills and it is not expected that someone would begin the position with all of the experience or knowledge about the responsibilities listed below. The position will be responsible for advancing strategies to generate on-going funding through supporting donor development and fundraising. 

Duties include:

  • Attend monthly meetings with CTJM collective (currently online)
  • Attend monthly CTJM Fundraising Committee meetings (currently online)
  • Work directly with CTJM members to fundraise
    • participating in site visits, meetings /events with major donors, foundations, and grassroots donors
  • Maintain and facilitate the growth of CTJM’s donor base by
    • Helping facilitate meetings with new donors
    • Helping create and archive supporting documents in response to solicitations from donors
  • Helping organize and facilitate any fundraisers led by CTJM members
  • Helping steward current donors 
    • Helping coordinate communications with Social Justice Pollinators, a network of CTJM grassroots donors 
    • Sending thank you notes or making thank you calls 
    • Meeting with donors 
  • Helping research available grants and funding opportunities 


The Development Coordinator will have an understanding and commitment to develop the relationships and resources necessary to create the Reparations Memorial. Further, we seek a coordinator with:

  • Ability to meet with CTJM staff and members at meetings throughout the city of Chicago. 
  • Ability to attend regular monthly CTJM meetings which occur in the evening.
  • Interest in supporting fundraising efforts, including participating in meetings or phone calls with donors 


  • Access to internet 
  • Knowledge of how to draft/send an email 
  • Storytelling 

Time Commitment, Work Location and Compensation:

CTJM member meetings currently occur on zoom. Other meetings happen throughout the city with funders, alderpeople, and city hall.

Pay: $30/hour 

Deadline to apply: May 1, 2022

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