Assist in building long-term, multifaceted, collaborative partnerships in the corporate community that lead to success in raising operating funds for the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Identify opportunities for sponsorship and corporate partnerships in conjunction with the director of Corporate Relations through research and networking in the business community. Maintain a list of corporate/prospect information. Generate activity, evaluations, and reports as required.
Manage a portfolio of 25 to 30 key corporate accounts including coordinating a tracking system for solicitation, cultivation, stewardship, and benefit fulfillment for corporate partners.
Manage and coordinate the external and internal communications related to fulfillment of corporate sponsorships.
Manage the deliverables for all corporate sponsorship activity, including liaison with Marketing/Communications, Member and Donor Services, and other Garden departments, as well as designated corporate sponsor contacts.
Provide administrative support such as screening incoming sponsorship inquiries, scheduling meetings, preparing sponsorship prospect packages, facilitating solicitation mailings, and creating customized sponsorship fulfillment recap reports.
Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Is welcoming of new hires.
Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in a development department within a nonprofit organization.
Must have excellent analytical, organizational, communications, and customer service skills.
Must be IT-proficient, detail oriented, creative, energetic, flexible, and able to manage multiple priorities at any time. Some weekend and evening work required.