Development Manager
Communities In Schools of Chicago - Chicago, IL

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Communities In Schools of Chicago (CISC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2010-2011 school year, CISC connected more than 1,400 services and programs to 68,000 students and families. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention and arts and academic enrichment programs. CISC links existing health, human and other support services to 159 Chicago public schools. CISC also partners with more than 150 community organizations and agencies across the city that provide their programming in the schools at no cost to the student or school. CISC is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in 200 different cities and communities.

The development manager will have responsibility for managing the development database, individual donor solicitation, the development calendar and funder prospect research. The development manager will be an integral member of the fundraising and communication team, contributing to event planning, proposal and report development and team scheduling. S/he will work closely with the director of development and communications and the associate director of development in implementing CISC’s fundraising strategy.

  • Supporting the implementation of the organizational fundraising plan through individual responsibilities and ongoing support of the director of development and communication and the associate director of development, and the executive director as appropriate.
  • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of donor database (E-tapestry) and strategize best uses of database to support development functions.
  • Research giving histories and associations of prospective donors (foundation, corporate, and individuals).
  • Participate in planning and implementing development events.
  • Developing the plan and tools, including paper and electronic mailings and support materials, for small gift individual prospects.
  • Supporting the strategy development and implementation for cultivating major donor individuals.
  • Manage gift management, donor plans and acknowledgement systems.
  • Identify potential major donors from individual prospect lists.
  • Ensure accuracy and timeliness of donor entries and histories.
  • Identify sources of lists of potential donor.
  • Support development of standard grant proposals and reports as necessary.
  • Other organizational projects as assigned.
Desired skills and attributes:
  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work
  • A strong interest in quality education and social services for urban youth.
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines with flexibility
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • Detail-orientation and commitment to follow-up and follow-through
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Excellent team player Mandatory Job Qualifications
  • A bachelor's degree and three to five years experience with a track record of success in nonprofit development.
  • Familiarity with Chicago funders is helpful
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive donor information.
  • Familiarity with donor databases, ideally E-tapestry, and Microsoft Office is essential.
Reports to: Director of Development and Communications

Start date: June 30, 2012 (negotiable)

Starting Salary: Dependent upon qualifications - 2 years ago - save job