The Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations will serve as a vital connector for Finance, Development, and Program Staff, and must possess the ability to bring a collective approach to authoring fundraising material. This position will provide the overall planning, coordination of resources and execution of tasks and necessary steps to meet obligations pertaining to revenue sources from foundations and corporations, including grants and fee-for-service agreements. The Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations will work with Development and Program staff to manage CGLA’s funding portfolio, which includes writing grants and fee-for-service proposals – private, public and government – timely reporting and compliance.
Demonstrated ability to research revenue opportunities, write compelling and effective letters of inquiry, respond to RFP's, and develop proposals for private foundations, corporations and government grants and fee-for-service arrangements.
Prepare applications, proposals, correspondences, reports and other documents for submission to new and existing funders.
Ensure all grant and fee-for-service funder expectations are met.
Work with program/legal staff to obtain data and information necessary to complete renewals with existing funders within the deadlines.
Work with Program staff to develop and maintain all grant and fee-for-service agreements and MOUs pertaining to revenue awards.
Research new opportunities with foundations & corporations based upon CGLA’s priorities for all programs and operational support services.
Organize regular meetings to discuss updates, issues and recommendations regarding existing and future revenue sources involving foundations and corporations.
Work directly with Finance and program staff to prepare budgets for grant and fee-for-service applications.
Maintain database of all revenue sources involving foundations and corporations.
Monitor and track submitted, pending and on-going proposals.
Assist in developing annual reports, newsletters, and brochures.
Interact with funding organizations regarding status of applications.
Build positive relationships with existing and potential funding sources.
Maintain complete records of past and current proposals.
Undergraduate degree from accredited college or university.
Possess 5 years of nonprofit experience;
Advanced grant writing experience;
Possess a strong track record of success;
Flexibility to attend meetings/events outside regular business hours;
Be proficient in Microsoft Word & Excel (basic to intermediate knowledge required);
Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge Development Software.
Excellent writing skills;
Management and planning experience;
Able to work well under pressure;
Experience developing and monitoring budgets;
Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results;
Superior interpersonal skills; comfortable working with a diverse population;
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both written and verbal;
Exemplary organizational skills and keen attention to detail;
Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic sector.
Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, 40 hours per week.
Work is performed in a typical office environment. May require some weekend and evening work.
Compensation and Benefits
We offer a generous benefits plan that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield - Health insurance, Vision Service Plan – Vision insurance, Principal Dental insurance and 100% employer paid life insurance, (EAP) Employee Assistance Program, Dependent Care and Medical Flexible spending accounts, and 403(b) retirement account. Additionally, CGLA offers generous Paid Time-off, Floating Holidays and 14 paid holidays per year. During the summer months we recognize “Summer Fridays” by closing the office early. This is one of the many efforts displayed by Management’ to show its commitment to support employees having a good work/life balance.