Working at Communities In Schools of Chicago
is more than just a job. You will interact with a broad range
of community-minded professionals in our schools and with our community
partners, and impact Chicago public school children who need help
the most. We are a close-knit team that collaborates and thrives when
faced with big challenges. And we are looking for like-minded people
to join us.
Communities In Schools of Chicago currently has one job opening: Development Manager.
Communities In Schools of Chicago (CISC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2012-2013 school year, CISC connected more than 1,400 services and programs to 72,000 students. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention and arts and academic enrichment programs. CISC links existing health, human and other support services to 159 Chicago public schools. CISC also partners with more than 170 community organizations and agencies across the city that provide their programming in the schools at no cost to the student or school. CISC is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in 200 different cities and communities.
The Development Manager will be responsible for implementing fundraising strategies with foundation, corporate and individual donors. Through a portfolio approach, the Development Manager will have the shared responsibility for managing foundation and corporate deadlines, optimizing and maintaining the development database, identifying and researching institutional and individual prospects, managing the maintenance and activities of the development calendar (including development events) and designing, conducting and analyzing the annual solicitation. S/he will be an integral member of the fundraising team and work closely with the Director of Development to support the work of the Executive Director and the Board.
The Development Manager will:
- Write and prepare letters of intent, proposals, grant budgets, final reports and funding reports while maintaining strategic relationships in the corporate and foundation philanthropic community.
- Maintain the accuracy and integrity of the donor database (E-Tapestry) and strategize best uses of the database to support development functions.
- Identify and research institutional and individual prospects, including giving histories, associations and alignment with CISC.
- Ensure an ongoing pipeline of potential new funders at all stages of cultivation and solicitation, suggesting strategies to move donors through the pipeline.
- Lead and participate in the planning/implementation of development events.
- Manage individual giving solicitations and communications for donors up to $1,000 including the development and coordination of the annual appeal, and support the acknowledgement and stewardship for donors over $1,000.
- Support the strategy development and implementation for cultivating major donor individuals as CISC embarks on a five-year major giving campaign.
Desired Skills and Attributes:
- Enthusiasm for mission-driven work;
- An interest in education and human service issues;
- Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals;
- Excellence in communicating professionally with diverse audiences;
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently; and
- Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in a fundraising position with a proven record of success in fundraising and nonprofit development.
- Superior writing, organization and communication skills and function with ease around donors and Board members.
- Be able to effectively communicate the mission, goals, strengths and potential of CISC.
- Knowledge of and familiarity with the local funding community.
- Skilled in donor databases and proficiency with excel and Microsoft Office.
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive donor information.
Reports to: Director of Development
Start Date: November/December 2013
Starting Salary: Dependent on qualifications.
To apply please email your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please write “Development Manager” in the subject line to ensure that your materials are directed in a timely manner.
No faxes or phone calls please.