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. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications, science, sports and leadership, STEM and sports. Programs take place at community locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community-based organizations, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood and Gallery 37 Center for the Arts downtown.
Summary of Position:
The Senior Manager of Foundation & Corporations supports the overall fundraising strategy for After School Matters by planning, overseeing, and executing a strategy to obtain grants from foundations and corporations. This position is responsible for the coordination, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of current and prospective foundation and corporate donors. The position will also manage and oversee the administrative aspects of securing support within this portfolio, to ensure the organization’s financial and programmatic obligations are met. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to grant and proposal writing, mid-term and final reporting, deliverables management, as well as high-profile solicitation and acknowledgement.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
In collaboration with the Senior Director of Development, provide vision and leadership for all aspects of After School Matters’ grant funding, including a comprehensive strategy for meeting long- and short-term grant funding goals.
Manage, implement, and steward all grants that align and support the After School Matters operational budget and future growth strategies. Manage the organization’s grant foundation and corporate funding strategy as a component of After School Matters income goals. Maintain regular contact with existing and prospective donors for cultivation and stewardship purposes. Plan, organize, and steward site visits.
Create, update, revise, and manage organizational proposal and reporting language. Develop, edit and submit appropriate, clear and targeted proposals and reports within funder specifications and deadlines. Create and develop high-profile, customized acknowledgment letters.
Manage and maintain grants and foundation stewardship to ensure high-quality deliverables and relationships. Build relationships with program officers and donors by conducting phone conversation and in-person interviews; establish close working relationships with funding contacts;
In coordination with the Senior Director of Development enlist the support of Board members in building corporate and foundation relationships.
Oversee internal systems related to grants, including a calendar of deadlines, proposal development timelines, and funder deliverables and the expenditure tracking process. Provide guidance for the Coordinator of Grants & Foundation Giving to implement and maintain these systems.
Solicit corporate and foundation prospects of various giving capacities, and assist the Senior Director of Development on securing annual and multi-year gifts in support of After School Matters.
Research and develop targeted sponsorship for specific programmatic opportunities. Cultivate new funding opportunities from local, regional and national foundations and corporations.
Work with development staff, program staff, finance staff, and executive leadership to create narrative, evaluation expectations, and budget components of proposals and report in a timely and effective manner. Coordinate with Manager of Development Services to ensure accurate reporting and funder deliverables are met.
Advise the Senior Director of Development on revenue projection based on known and potential opportunities. Work closely with Finance Department to prepare and edit budgets for submissions and reports.
Conduct research, compile data, and prepare reports as needed on prospects.
Coordinate timely preparation and composition of corporate funding applications and proposals (including those relating to the development of new program concepts and those related to events) and ensure that internal and external deadlines are effectively met.
Oversee materials and preparation for meetings/site visits with funders.
Assist with collection, input, and maintenance of donor information into Raiser’s Edge database, including working with the Manager, Development Services, to ensure records are current and accurate.
Work closely with events team and provide assistance for fundraising events including the Annual Gala and Summer Teen Cuisine.
Assist with other projects, as necessary.
Coordinator of Grants and Foundation Giving
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 work at a computer for long periods of time.
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 not exposed to weather conditions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The Senior Manager of Foundations and Corporations will be required to work nights and weekends when necessary.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience in successfully cultivating and closing major gifts, developing donor strategies and stewarding corporations and foundations.
Considerable experience grant writing, crafting clear narrative, and creating donor acknowledgement communications.
Ability to work and communicate with a wide range of internal constituents including development staff, program staff, finance staff, and executive leadership.
Outstanding written and presentation skills to persuasively convey the mission of After School Matters to diverse external constituencies.
Ability to function independently in a fast-paced, high volume, multi-faceted, results-oriented work environment.
Ability to analyze issues, identify priorities, manage projects and make decisions expeditiously while maintaining a close attention to detail, especially foundation specifications, expectations and deadlines.
Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of detailed information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. Strong commitment to producing measurable results.
B.A. or equivalent degree required. Master’s degree or equivalent Professional Certification preferred.
Minimum of 4–6 years of experience working with local, regional and national foundations and shepherding proposals through to completion required.
Two years of supervisory experience preferred.
Excellent Microsoft Office skills required. Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
Cook County residency required.
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume at http://afterschoolmatters.applytojob.com/apply
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.
About After School Matters
After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, out-of-school time opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, STEM and sports. Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community-based organizations, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood and Gallery 37 Center for the Arts downtown.