Summary: The Development Manger position will report to the Board of Directors and be responsible for guiding all fundraising for Erie Elementary Charter School and its associated foundation.The Development Manger will work with the Board, Principal, and other key staff and volunteers to ensure the financial resources needed to provide a high quality education for our students.
Donor Engagement – 40% of Time
Maintain a portfolio of 50 to 75 high value prospects (individual, corporations, foundations), including cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding these key donors
Execute all donor communications, including e-mail/social media, thank you letters, acknowledgement letters, bespoke communication for high-level donors, and required grant reporting
Serve as an external ambassador for the school
Managing the Board – 25% of Time
Support the board by:
Providing advice, insight, and training on fundraising trends and best practices
Supporting board members as fundraisers by conducting prospecting sessions, providing letters to be signed, providing prep and talking points for donor-facing meetings, assisting with follow-up, and tracking activity and progress
Creating individual board engagement plans to help board members identify and formalize how they’d like to be involved in fundraising each year
Preparing materials for board meetings
Providing timely and accurate reports to the board on fundraising
Planning and Goalsetting – 20% of Time
Create and implement a fundraising plan that includes direct mail, online giving, event, corporations/foundations, and individual major gifts – and goals for each of these methods
Draft the case for support and refresh it annually
Develop fundraising goals and budgets
Maintain the donor database, record gifts, and track activity
Event Planning and Management – 15% of Time
Assist volunteers in managing Opening Doors and any associated vendors
Relationships & Organizational Hierarchy
This position reports directly to the Erie Board of Directors but will also have to work closely with and receive assignments from the Principal and Director of Operations.
Salary & Benefits
Erie offers a competitive salary based on experience and offers a standard benefits package to all full-time employees.
***Please submit a cover letter and resume.
ERIE ELEMENTARY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Skills & Competencies
Bachelor’s degree required; bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in public policy, nonprofit administration, or fundraising a plus
Three to five years of development experience with direct contact with donorsand/or board members
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet concurrent deadlines, organize time and priorities, and to do so in collaboration with diverse stakeholders
Strong written and verbal communication skills, ideally in English and Spanish
An entrepreneurial spirit and the proven ability to build new systems and processes
Proficiency with Microsoft Office; familiarity with fundraising CRMs a plus
Passion for education and the mission of Erie Elementary Charter School
High degree of integrity, initiative, and resilience
Must pass a background check and TB test
About Erie Elementary Charter School
Erie Elementary Charter School (EECS) is built on the strong foundation of the nationally accredited Childcare program at Erie Neighborhood House, a progressive social service agency in Chicago's West Town community. Erie Elementary Charter School responds to the urgent need providing Chicago's low-income children with a high-quality education. Located in Chicago.