The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations of Lake County will be externally facing and have responsibility for identifying corporate, foundation and public prospects, cultivating relationships with them, developing funding proposals, soliciting, and following up in securing philanthropic support. The Director will be responsible for both identifying work of Aspire that might attract external support as well as responding to external opportunities for support (RFPs, foundation guidelines, etc).
As a collaborator with the philanthropy team share responsibility for advancing strategic partnerships and alliances that increase awareness and visibility of Aspire and drive corporate social responsibility partnerships with companies that have a belief that Together We’re Better. The Director will work strategically with the Chief Mission Officer (CMO) to set goals, priorities and direction for the corporate and foundation program. Corporate and public prospects will be based primarily in Lake County, Illinois and foundation work will be without geographic boundary.
Cultivate and sustain external relationships with a wide variety of constituencies including current and potential donors, foundations and government sources, local businesses and community partners, and individual donors through visits, correspondence, and regular communication.
Strengthen and evolve existing relationships to ensure commitment and viability, and responsible for building a new pipeline of new partnerships with corporations that result in engagement and philanthropic support.
Conduct research to identify corporate and foundation prospects, for both the organization as a whole and for specific programs, projects and exhibits that align with Aspire’s strategic direction and develop individualized strategies for corporate, foundation, and donor prospects.
Maintain a rigorous schedule of contacts with corporate and foundation representatives, delivering the story of Aspire through compelling presentations, engagement opportunities, and philanthropic giving options that align with their interests.
Work collaboratively with Aspire colleagues and partners to identify, develop and frame aspects of existing Aspire programs and plans that have the potential to attract grant and sponsorship funding.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent record of professional achievement and qualifications with a demonstrated track record of success.
Preferably a minimum of 5 years of a proven track record of success in corporate relations and negotiation.
Demonstrated experience securing gift commitments and developing relationships with corporations and/or foundations.
Experience preparing timely, accurate, and comprehensive written reports and presentations.
A valid driver’s license.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills –written and verbal – with internal and external audiences.
Advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills.
Proven ability to effectively articulate clear and compelling messages.
Strong organizational and time management skills; must meet deadlines.
About Aspire Chiacgo
Teamwork. Integrity. Excellence. We are Aspire. Voted as one of the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the nation, in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, we know that Together, We’re Better!
Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community. We are one of the most innovative human service non-profits in the Midwest with an incredibly talented and dedicated team of more than 200 and growing.