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Senior Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations

After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago public high school teens high quality, out-of-school-time opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college, and beyond. Our hands-on, project-based arts, science, sports, technology, and communications programs are delivered at Chicago public high schools, at community locations throughout the city, and downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.   

 

After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago public high school teens high quality, out-of-school-time opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college, and beyond. Our hands-on, project-based arts, science, sports, technology, and communications programs are delivered at Chicago public high schools, at community locations throughout the city, and downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.   

 

Summary of Position:

The Senior Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations will work directly with the Chief Development Officer to manage all aspects of the Corporate, Foundation, and Government grant fundraising process, including identification of opportunities, advancing of relationships with prospective and current funders, and coordinating proposal development, writing, submission, and reporting.  The position will oversee internal systems related to proposals and gifts, including coordination of funder deliverables and expenditure tracking across departments to support funder compliance, reporting, and stewardship. This position will also participate in internal revenue projections and budgeting meetings based on known opportunities. The Senior Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations is also responsible for oversight of the Team After School Matters Program, which includes, but is not limited to, the Bank of America Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle events. The ideal candidate will provide strategic guidance, develop resources and implement new approaches to support and strengthen the overall Corporate and Foundation philanthropy program. Direct reports include the Manager of Grants, Foundations & External Relations, Manager of Corporate Giving and an intermittent intern.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the lead in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting corporations, foundations, and appropriate government entities for operating and program support, volunteer programs, special projects, and event sponsorships including the annual Gala.
  • Lead all aspects of applications and proposals, including writing, preparation of supporting documentation, drafting and collection of required MOUs and letters of support, etc.
  • Coordinate site visits, tours and one-on-one communications with donors. Build relationships with corporate and foundation giving/marketing staff and program officers through email, phone, and face-to-face meetings.
  • Work with the Manager of Grants, Foundations & External Relations and Manager of Corporate Giving to accelerate the proposal writing and submission process. Identify suitable program support alignment for current and potential donors. Coordinate timely preparation and composition of funding applications, proposals, reports and ensure that internal and external deadlines are effectively met. Oversee budget development for proposals.
  • Monitor expenditures and oversee coordination of grant expenditure reports relating to all restricted funded programs. Work with Finance Department to gather data related to program progress and stay aware of new developments to prepare timely, robust and accurate reports to funders.
  • Develop and gain approval for an annual revenue and expenditure budget for the Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations program.
  • Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditures related to the management of corporate, foundation, and government grants/giving activities.
  • Ensure an effective reporting and stewardship plan for donors that is functional, systematically implemented and employs After School Matters’ best practices.
  • Oversee preparation of proposal summary reports to executive staff, board members, and other individuals assisting in obtaining proposal support on behalf of the organization.
  • In consultation with the Senior Director of Development, Chief Development Officer, and Chief Executive Officer, assist in the planning and execution of board level meetings as needed; including preparing reports on corporate, foundation, and government funding.
  • Work with Manager of Grants, Foundations & External Relations and the Manager of Corporate Giving to actively solicit specific data and anecdotal information from the Program Quality division to capture the successes of programs and incorporate findings into funding-related documents. Manage projects across departments as necessary for grant submission or requirements.
  • Provide support to the Manager of Grants, Foundations & External Relations to ensure growth of the Team After School Matters program.
  • Ensure information related to fundraising strategies and activities, as well as other appropriate information related to donors/potential donors, are entered into Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Lead research efforts related to industry trends and apply findings to plans and strategies.
  • Define goals, objectives, and metrics for the Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations program.
  • Work in alignment with the Senior Director of Development and the Campaign, Annual Programs, Events, and Communications teams to support an integrated fundraising plan.
  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization.
  • Assist with other special projects, as necessary.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manager of Grants, Foundations & External Relations
  • Manager of Corporate Giving
  • Intermittent Development Intern

 

Physical Demands:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time.

 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated success of private and public fundraising.
  • Experience cultivating and closing major gifts, developing donor strategies and stewarding donors.
  • Ability to work with and communicate with a wide range of internal constituents including Board Members, senior management, program staff, finance, and volunteers.
  • Outstanding written and presentation skills to persuasively convey the mission of After School Matters to diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced, high volume, multifaceted, results-oriented work environment and to analyze issues, identify priorities, manage projects, and make decisions expeditiously.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. Strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or another donor database preferred.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising and/or management of partnership portfolios at $500,000+ level.
  • A proven track record of success in soliciting and securing corporate and foundation gifts.
  • 4–6 years of experience with proposal writing, project-management, relationship-building, and fundraising experience; particularly with non-profit/community-based organizations or educational agencies.
  • Demonstrated success in a fast-paced environment where multi-tasking and priority-setting abilities are critical to success.
  • 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Cook County residency required 

 

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume at http://afterschoolmatters.applytojob.com/apply

 

EEO:

After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.

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