Development Manager – Communities In Schools of Chicago – Chicago

Position Description
– Development Manager
The Development Manager is a member of our Development Team, which centers its work on raising funds in support of our mission and programming. The Development Manager is focused on growing an institutional giving portfolio (comprised of foundation, corporation, and public funding supporters), as well as stewarding existing partnerships from our loyal donor community.

Manage and Grow a Portfolio of 40–60 Institutional Funders (Foundation, Corporate, Government):
Identify, qualify, and cultivate connections with prospective supporters whose grant-making priories are aligned with our areas of focus.
Engage in all aspects of the proposal-writing process, including conducting research and analysis and developing letters of intent, proposal applications, and reports.
Project-Manage highly complex applications that require cross-team collaborations and high-level research and analysis.
Provide targeted and engaging funder stewardship that is donor centered.
Meet or exceed annual fundraising goals, with a primary focus on achieving six-figure grants.
Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive donor information.
Manage the Development Team’s Institutional Grants Calendar, working in collaboration with the Team to ensure grant application, reporting, and compliance materials are submitted, as scheduled.
Support organizational leaders as needed in their major gift solicitations, as well as mentor and coach development staff, as needed.
Represent CIS of Chicago at external industry, community-based, and networking events.
Support the Team in the planning and execution of donor cultivation and fundraising events.
Complete other duties as assigned, as part of a collaborative team.

Candidate Qualifications and Desired Skills:
Fundraising and Professional Experience: demonstrated success with achieving six-figure grants (institutional giving) and being directly responsible for successful management and submission of highly complex requests; demonstrated progressive responsibilities; bachelor’s degree required.
Communications: excellent writing skills, be comfortable communicating professionally with diverse audiences, and have strong presentation skills.
Project Management: demonstrated success with setting and achieving goals, multi-tasking and balancing competing project demands, adapting to changing dynamics, and meeting deadlines.
Critical Thinking: strong observation, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
Technical Skills: advanced ability to use Microsoft Office, Public Funding Grant Tools, and donor management systems; be comfortable using virtual meeting tools, such as Zoom.
Commitment to our Organizational Values.
Reports to: The Associate Director of Development.

Work Environment:
The position is full-time. Currently, the work environment is hybrid (20 hours at CIS of Chicago headquarters/20 hours remote), which may be adjusted at the discretion of CIS of Chicago leadership. Candidate must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends.

How to Apply
Send Email
To apply or for further information, please write or email (no faxes or phone calls):
Associate Director of Development
Communities In Schools of Chicago
815 West Van Buren Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607 – Please write “Development Manager 2022” in the subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately
Submit a cover letter and resume to the addresses above to be considered.