World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.
World Business Chicago (WBC) seeks a full-time Development Manager. The position reports to the Vice President of Development. The Development Manager will be responsible for supporting and advancing the overall development strategy with primary responsibility for funder partnership and engagement activities, stewardship, the WBC Fellowship Program and ongoing fundraising activities, including cross-departmental development support and WBC development-related events. The Development Manager will have the primary responsibility for growing institutional giving through the solicitation of federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support in excess of $4M.
Support WBC’s overall development efforts to help access and leverage resources for existing organizational budgets;
Manage the WBC Fellowship Program to expand staff capacity, advance organizational initiatives and support partner engagement;
Manage funder/partner portfolio including corporate, foundation and government funders as required;
Research foundations, corporations and government prospect to identify new partnership prospects;
Work with finance to gather and track information related to corporate/foundation funders;
Steward current funders and provide regular written updates (reports, correspondence etc.) to corporate and foundation contacts;
Maintain accurate and current records in database and in paper files, including partner/funder activity, financial tracking and reporting; track and analyze statistics to drive results;
Assist with other fundraising efforts as requested
Responsible for data entry, donor CRM database support, event support, and other development tasks as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of foundational fundraising best-practices and strategies
Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research
Ability to articulate and understand organization’s goals and needs
Ability to meet deadlines
Attention to detail; self-motivator and highly organized
Strong editing skills
Experience with client relationship management software; Raiser’s Edge experience a plus
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in fundraising and relationship management and a proven track record of donor cultivation and solicitation, sponsorship, marketing, and/or development.
Bachelor’s degree required; Communications or English major a plus
Proven track record of achieving revenue goals
Project leadership: experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers and colleagues
Proven management and leadership capabilities
Ability to manage multiple priorities, remaining focused and flexible
Experience working with cross-departmentally in a nonprofit environment
Positive attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail
High degree of initiative, integrity and professionalism
About World Business Chicago
World Business Chicago (WBC) is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.