Illinois Stewardship Alliance is Growing! Join Our Team

We are a small but mighty nonprofit organization with members across the state who love good, local food and care deeply about the folks that raise and produce it.  We’re looking for a new member of our team who can work behind the scenes to support the day-to-day operations of our organization and help us grow our power to make a healthier, more just food system.


  • Part Time
  • Based in Springfield, IL
  • Start ASAP



As Operations Coordinator, working under the direction of the Executive Director, you will handle our incoming communication, welcome visitors, help us manage our finances and internal operations, keep track of members in our database, support our ability to grow our membership, and help keep our office a great place to work and make a difference.  We are searching for candidates with some Quickbooks or accounting experience but we are willing to train the right candidate. This position requires juggling, organization, professionalism, patience, and positivity.


Headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance is a statewide, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports stewards of the land and their efforts to cultivate sustainable, vibrant, and just local food systems. We envision a food system where soils are treated as a precious resource; local food producers earn a fair, living wage; local food education is integrated into all levels of education; infrastructure is rebuilt to accommodate local food systems and good food is available for all.


Support accurate bookkeeping in partnership with the Accountant. 25%

  • Enter bills, payroll, contributions, and memberships into QuickBooks
  • Enter income and expenses into appropriate accounts and classes
  • Reconcile bank, savings, and business credit card accounts
  • Run financial reports for board of directors
  • Update bookkeeping procedures and chart of accounts
  • Maintain year to date budget
  • Prepare and record bank deposits
  • Mail bills, prepare mailing labels and envelopes
  • Handle human resources related functions, ie. timesheets, health insurance, retirement
  • Work closely with accountant for accounts payable/ receivable

Track and manage grant income. 15%

  • Track grant information including due dates, budgets, and reporting
  • Track grant expenditures by utilizing and improving internal budget sheets
  • Utilize spreadsheets to track all grant funds and allocations according to project budgets
  • Prepare financial reports

Manage membership database 25%

  • Maintain membership and contact database (Giftworks, Constant Contact), enter new contacts, update address changes, record membership payments and donations, add new members, monitor credit card donations on website and through online payment sources
  • Manage recruitment and retention tracking and reports
  • Support and train other staff on best practices in the database
  • Prepare thank you letters, renewal letters to membership monthly and year-end appeal letters
  • Prepare membership lists for phone banks

Facilitate efficient daily office operations. 25%

  • Answer phones, check voicemail and take messages
  • Open, distribute and process daily mail
  • Order and pickup office supplies
  • Organize and file membership cards, invoices, board minutes, bank statements, etc.
  • Prepare board packets, label and mail
  • Participate in meetings and staff Illinois Stewardship Alliance events
  • Assist in planning and executing events/meetings
  • Share responsibility for general office maintenance and cleaning

Support program work and ISA events. 10%

  • Prepare mailings and assist in proof-reading of text as-needed
  • Assist in registration, tracking and confirming RSVPs to Alliance events
  • Support staff in promoting the Alliance’s programs, mission and vision
  • Assist with bulk mailings, copying, and other duties as requested


A minimum of two years of experience in a nonprofit organization with an emphasis on database entry and donor management systems. Must be adept at Microsoft Suite including Word and Excel, experience with Quickbooks, detail-oriented, organized, reliable; interest in local food, sustainable farming and social change.

Top candidates will have these skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and phone skills
  • Specialized computer/database training, including at least two years database experience in a non-profit setting or demonstrated willingness and ability to learn quickly.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy as well as ability to manage multiple objectives.
  • Proficiency in all MS Office applications, business e-mail systems and database management and excellent command of the Internet.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Experience with standard office procedures.


This is a part-time, salaried position. Hours are 24 – 30 hours/week, weekdays, beginning at 8:30am. Salary range is $20-25,000, commensurate with experience and skills. 10 days of vacation, paid holidays, and retirement benefits are included.


  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling phone interviews on July 17th.
  • We will conduct short phone interviews in July and begin in-person one-hour interviews in late July, early August.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter.

We would like to have the selected candidate start as soon as possible, in July or August. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.


Email a resume and a cover letter explaining why you want to work with Illinois Stewardship Alliance with “OPERATIONS COORDINATOR” in the subject line to  You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission.  Please, no phone calls.