Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Senior Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations will be responsible for the development, execution, and oversight of the SCF corporate and foundation fundraising strategy. This will include working collaboratively with the Vice President of Development and executive leadership team to build on the success of our fundraising efforts. This position will implement the strategic development plan that will provide the financial foundation for the organization to continue to grow and expand into new areas.
SCF is seeking a Senior Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations to develop a top tier department that exceeds its fundraising targets and delivers high customer service. The Senior Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of all corporate and foundation fundraising activities directly aligned with the strategic plan. This individual will be an ambassador for the organization and will represent the organization with multiple partners. The Senior Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations’ functions include:
Work closely with the Vice President of Development and President & CEO to establish and achieve fundraising goals that reflect and support an aggressive strategic growth initiative.
Supervise a Grants Manager and the timely submission of grant proposals, as well as updates and reports to corporate, foundation, and/or government funders.
Create grant proposals that effectively articulate and promote the organization’s vision and case for support to potential funding partners with the goal of expanding support.
Identify, research, and evaluate potential corporate and foundation prospects for solicitation and partnership.
Meet and exceed annual fundraising goals from corporate and foundation partners, through effective stewardship and cultivation of accounts.
Execute an annual corporate and foundation fundraising plan.
In partnership with the VP of Marketing and Communications, help to secure sponsorships for our annual fundraising breakfast.
Direct all day-to-day department activities including utilizing technology to track funders and prospects, implementing processes, and managing report and proposal writing process.
Travel to donor meetings in Cook County, collar counties, and nationally as needed. Access to a car is required for meetings with business clients throughout Chicagoland and the collar counties.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following experience, skills, and personal attributes:
6+ years’ experience with fundraising or business development responsibilities and proven management experience.
Exceptional writing skills that can effectively tell our story through grant proposals that persuade and compel potential funders to invest in our organization.
Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
Strong interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with a broad range of constituents, including corporate giving staff, foundation program officers, Board members, executive leaders, and volunteers.
Proven track record of raising funds from diverse sources.
Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Familiarity and use of Microsoft Office and donor/fundraising software. Knowledge of salesforce.com is a plus.
Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker.
Commitment and passion for SCF’s mission.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF) is a nonprofit organization that creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. We work to improve the trajectory and economic mobility of the under and unemployed by meeting the talent needs of employers.
Launched in 2012, SCF has placed more than 3,400 unemployed and underemployed job seekers into empl...oyment through strong partnerships with nearly 50 local employers. SCF is chaired by Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola Solutions, and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 22 chief executive and human resources officers from Chicago-area corporations. The public-private partnership is funded by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as well as a wide range of foundations and corporations.
For more information, please visit www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.com.