Senior Director, Foundation & Government Relations
Chicago Botanic Garden
May 9, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
To identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts to the Chicago Botanic Garden from foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
Develop and manage annual and long-term comprehensive fundraising plan for foundation, corporate foundation, and government support. Team delivered $8.6 million in public and private funds in 2017.
Identify, analyze, and develop strategies to pursue new foundation, corporate foundation, and government prospects to grow donor base in concert with development leadership, senior staff, and board of directors.
Work with Garden senior staff and program staff to establish fundraising priorities and develop strategies to support existing programs as well as strategic growth.
Develop and oversee an active schedule of solicitations and reports (225-plus annually), cultivation visits, donor communication, and cultivation activities.
Review and edit letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and thank you letters.
Develop strategic alliances with aligned nonprofits and agencies in pursuit of funding.
Write letters, proposals, and reports as needed.
Direct, develop, and mentor foundation and government relations staff and manage team budget and resources.
Prepare board and financial reports and other information as requested.
Provide support to executive vice president of external affairs.
Have regular interaction with the following departments: Learning & Engagement, Science Career Continuum, Windy City Harvest, Horticultural Therapy, Project Budburst, Education, Library, and Finance.
Key Garden Compentencies/Behaviors Desired
Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
Effective Communication; Communicate in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Ability to build alliances; Work effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style;
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view
Strives for collaboration. Work cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team;
Demonstrate a positive attitude and show kindness in all workplace interactions;
Ability to make decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; Be flexible, and embrace change with a “can-do” attitude.
Is self-aware—knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Welcoming of new hires.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Bachelor’s degree and minimum of five to seven years of experience in grant fundraising or managing grant fundraising
At least two years of experience in leading a high-performing team
Impeccable internal and external communications and writing/editing skills, as well as strong organizational and analytical abilities
Good understanding of finance and management of restricted funds
Excellent ability to multi-task to manage multiple projects and deadlines
Ability to be pro-active, work independently, manage cross-departmental relationships, and also function as a member of the larger development team
Thorough understanding of federal cost principles and compliance requirements related to government funding (BLM, NSF, USDA, USFS, IMLS, NPS, NFWF, USFWS, City of Chicago, etc.)
Comfort with budget and expense report development
Passion for the environment, education, science, or community programs preferred