Background and Position Description The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) is a national nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the future STEM workforce through K-12 science education programming. The Manager will design and execute annual funding plans to meet organizational goals, including developing and implementing short- and long-range strategies necessary to fund CEF’s programmatic and operational priorities. The Manager is also responsible for partnering with the Executive Director to develop and execute strategies to proactively engage CEF’s Board of Trustees. Fund Development • Formulate and execute strategic and operating plans for development to secure annual commitments and multi-year strategic partnerships to meet CEF’s revenue requirements. Priorities include fully funding CEF’s fund development plan; diversifying funding sources; and enabling CEF to achieve its programmatic and operational priorities. • Solidify, expand and diversify existing strong donor base and network of supporters to secure ongoing funding from corporate, foundation and individual donors through direct solicitation and by staffing the Executive Director and Board of Trustees as required. Identify and relationship build new donors in the corporate, foundation and individual giving arenas. • Co-develop and oversee production of proposals and other development collateral with program and communications staff. Provide information on specific donor requirements; share models of success; consulting on partner /grant scopes of work; and provide editorial assistance on all development material preparations (partnership agreements, grants, proposals, etc.). • Oversee and manage stewardship activities; meet all compliance requirements (grant, partnership, etc.) through timely, accurate and regular reporting (both narrative and financial); recommend and execute best practice relationship management processes; and support Board of Trustee and staff in cultivating and nurturing relationships with donors. • Manage and oversee donor database (Associations Anywhere preferred), donor mailing lists, online giving vehicles and state fundraising registrations; track and analyze monthly contributions reports to assure budget adherence; and work with Executive Director and Senior staff to develop and manage annual budget (revenues and expenses). • Plan, organize and manage events and recognition strategies to cultivate new prospects or support the goals of existing funders. Board of Trustees Relations • Manage board member inclusion in strategically supporting CEF fund development activities. Provide support, appropriate training and guidance for board member engagement. • Support the Board of Trustees / board committees by presenting on development activities, preparing development collateral, staffing development meetings and other events.
Qualifications • Contacts and knowledge of major donors, grant-makers and philanthropic trends in science, STEM and/or education spaces; demonstratable ability to effectively prospect potential donors and grant-makers across categories. Knowledge of the chemical industry is preferred. • Deep experience leading, developing and implementing fundraising strategies that build donor loyalty and engage corporate, philanthropic and individual donors. • Ability to digest program and content knowledge in CEF’s space; analyze and determine opportunities and threats; and capability to translate/align them to interests of funders. • Capacity to be a trusted advisor/partner to the Executive Director and full CEF team; ability to coach and mentor program staff to build an understanding of operating in a nonprofit (contribution-based, grant funded, etc.) environment. • Demonstrated excellent oral communication skills: highly-developed listening, speaking and presentation skills; ability to comfortably present program and development material to donors, prospects, board members and staff. Sensitivity to other points of view to influence behavior, change an opinion or turn a situation around. • Strong writing skills are critical with the ability to easily change writing style and voice to fit audience; ability to produce professional, persuasive development material, concise reporting and grant writing. • Entrepreneurial and creative mindset with the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment; passionate about nonprofit service; and works well under pressure. • Strong experience managing and developing budgets; strong computer and donor development software knowledge (Associations Anywhere preferred). • Ability to travel 25% (required). Required Qualifications • Bachelor’s degree • 3-5 years of 501(c)(3) fund development or related experience
Telecommuting is allowed.
The Chemical Educational Foundation's (CEF) work inspires students, engages educators, and strengthens communities to build a better world through the science of chemistry. When it comes to preparing the STEM workforce – those industries relying on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – often the focus is on students in high school and post-secondary education.
But the truth is, if students aren’t inspired by science when they are young – as early as five years old – it gets increasingly harder to engage them in learning and ultimately, enter careers in STEM industries.
CEF’s You Be The Chemist programs uniquely connect business and education in local communities to reach students early in life and ignite a passion for chemistry and science-related careers.
Companies and individuals in the science and chemistry industries have invested in You Be The Chemist since 1989, to inspire young students into a lifelong passion for these fields. Programs are implemented in partnership with schools and education programs so activities align with local workforce and learning needs.
You Be The Chemist continues helping businesses and education providers show young stude...nts the potential to build a better world through the science of chemistry.
To build the excitement and value of chemistry and STEM careers with K-8 students through accessible science programs and hands-on experiences.
We inspire today’s students to be tomorrow’s thinkers, innovators & STEM leaders, building a better world through the science of chemistry.