Posted by: Communities In Schools of Chicago

Chicago, IL, US

As corporations expand their roles to include doing good in addition to doing well, savvy not-for-profits are working to engage them. Join Communities In Schools of Chicago in our efforts to work with the Chicago corporate community to support our work helping over 60,000 Chicago public school students stay in school. We have a powerful message that resonates well with corporate executives as well as corporate foundations: data that proves our impressive impact; a cost-effective model that reaches tens of thousands of children every year; and a focus on education and at risk youth – tomorrow’s employees and leaders.

Our board is actively engaged in making introductions for us at the highest levels in the corporate community. We need a charismatic “closer” to help us build on our strong existing corporate donor base.

Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful. During the 2016-2017 school year, CIS of Chicago is partnering with 135 Chicago public schools and expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 60,000 CPS students and their families. In addition, CIS of Chicago places full-time staff – Student Supports Managers – in seven Chicago public schools. Our staff in these schools work directly with students at risk of dropping out as well as helping connect services to the whole school.

The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.

CIS of Chicago is seeking a full-time Corporate Social Responsibility Engagement Manager. The position will be responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies with corporate donors. This position will be responsible for: managing a portfolio of corporate funders and prospects; working with the CIS of Chicago Board of Directors to leverage relationships in the corporate community; be external-facing in cultivation and development of corporate donors and prospects; write and submit grant applications; and help plan and execute cultivation and fundraising events.

CIS of Chicago seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional in this role. The preferred candidate will have a significant skill set in fundraising or sales, be capable of managing the process from qualification to close, then effectively stewarding the donors. Strong writing skills are also needed, and the ability to collaborate.

Following are key responsibilities and qualifications of the position.

Ongoing Responsibilities:

  • Manage portfolio of 75-100 corporate donors and prospects.
  • Take the lead in corporate funder strategy development and execution.
  • Work with the CIS of Chicago Board of Directors to leverage and manage corporate relationships.
  • Partner with the Chief Resource Officer to support the work of the Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Support the Executive Director and Chief Resource Officer in outreach and funding activities.
  • Write and prepare letters of intent, proposals, grant budgets, final reports, and funding reports.
  • Identify and research corporate prospects, including giving histories, associations, and alignment to ensure a robust pipeline of funders in all stages of cultivation and solicitation.
  • Lead and participate in the planning/implementation of development events, including sponsorships.
  • Track and report on success indicators using donor database.
  • Ensure sponsorship and donor fulfillment.
  • Other duties as assigned as part of a collaborative team.


  • Ability to qualify and rank donors and prospects according to highest gift potential.
  • Create financial goals for each donor and prospect based on giving and potential.
  • Create and implement a cultivation and solicitation plan that takes into account the corporation’s interest, motivations, giving patterns and ask preferences, in a timely and cost-effective manner, that retains and upgrades corporations.
  • Ability to secure project and organization information and create and write effective sponsorship, partnership, proposals and asks.
  • Ability to secure information that can be sent back to donors to report on how their money was used.
  • Ability to create timely reports that reflect caseload and portfolio performance.
  • Ability to manage processes and deadlines while adhering to the policies and procedures of the organization.

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work and an interest in education and human service issues.
  • Excellence in communicating professionally with diverse audiences, including written/verbal communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize on them.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with highly confidential information and protect the mission, goals and values of the organization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Skilled in donor databases and proficiency in e-Tapestry (preferred) as well as Excel and Microsoft Office.
  • Strong problem-solving ability and strategic thinking.
  • Superb follow through


  • Minimum of five years of experience in a fundraising or sales position with a proven track record of success.
  • Superior writing, organization and communication skills, and function with ease around donors and Board Directors.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major donors in order to develop relationships between them and CIS of Chicago.

Reports to: Executive Director

Start Date: Immediate

Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience

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