Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager is responsible for all aspects of Gads Hill Center’s solicitation of philanthropic support from corporations and foundations, as well as government sources. This individual will develop and implement a solicitation strategy that includes prospect identification, cultivation, proposal and stewardship. The Manager must have excellent communication and presentation skills, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and demonstrate commitment to excellence, innovation, teamwork, and sustainable growth.
Achieves the annual fund raising goal for corporate and foundation giving, as agreed upon in strategy planning with the COO and CEO.
Develops strategy and implements a comprehensive fundraising plan for corporate and foundation giving that includes: prospect identification, cultivation, proposal writing and development, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
Develops proposals and reports for select government agencies.
Builds the corporate and foundation solicitation program to achieve on-going growth in both cash and future commitments of support. This includes developing both long-term solicitation strategies and an effective stewardship effort to maintain support from existing donors.
Works closely with program staff to conceptualize, write and/or edit requests for funding and carry out the documentation required by prospective funders. Reviews all proposal budgets with CFO. Works with program evaluation staff to produce quantitative and qualitative data required for grant reporting. Provides timely reports and financial tracking of grants to funding sources.
Develops and maintains professional relationships with corporate and foundation program officers before, during and after grant cycles. Manages the timely reporting of progress and evaluation of all grant-funded programs.
Arranges and coordinates cultivation, stewardship and recognition activities such as on-site signage, recognition in publications and on-site visits for corporate sponsors and donors.
Maintains current demographic data as well as information on issues and trends of the communities Gads Hill Center serves.
Writes corporate sponsorship packages, assisting in the solicitation of corporate sponsors for special events.
Assists with the development of the annual report and completes other writing projects as assigned.
Serves as staff support for the Board Development and Communications Committee in coordination with the COO.
Represents Gads Hill Center in a variety of internal and external conversations and meetings with foundation and corporate officers.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university plus three years of experience in development.
Proven grant writing experience and success in obtaining grants.
Knowledge of donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques.
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
Track record of exhibiting strong initiative and ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve goals.
Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
Highly organized and exceptional attention to details and deadlines.
Excellent computer fluency, effectively utilize Microsoft Office
Ability to pass a criminal background check and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Schedule: Full time
Location: 1919 W. Cullerton Street, Chicago IL 60608
To apply, send resume, cover letter and writing sample by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.