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Job Opening: Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

About Horizons for Youth

Horizons for Youth enables kindergarten-college students from Chicago’s low-resource neighborhoods to persist to and through college. Since our founding in 1990, we have repeatedly demonstrated that with the proper support (scholarships, mentoring, tutoring, enrichment outings, etc.), every child – regardless of academic ability level, socio-economic status, or race – can achieve academic success. We currently serve 265 students, with plans to grow to serve 400 students by the 2020-2021 school year.

About the Role

The Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager will be responsible for implementing and managing a strategy focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation relationships and support. They will work closely with the development team to support the implementation of a diversified development strategy aimed at raising $2.8 million this fiscal year. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Prospect Research:
    • Research and identify potential corporate and foundation donors.
    • Build, create and foster relationships with potential corporate and foundation partners.
    • Represent Horizons for Youth at events focused on building relationships with corporate and foundation partners.
  • Grant Writing:
    • Develop highly competitive proposals for corporate and foundation donors.
    • Develop, track, and report key measures of progress in all areas of grant activity.
    • Work with appropriate internal staff to research, plan, outline, draft and /or edit grant proposals and reports.
  • Relationship Management
    • Develop, implement, and maintain stewardship strategies and systems for foundations and corporations who support Horizons for Youth.
    • Create personalized and thoughtful acknowledgement letters for corporate and foundation donors.
  • Corporate Volunteerism
    • Coordinate volunteer service events for corporate partners at Horizons for Youth’s headquarters and partner schools.
  • Other duties
    • Support development team as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Education/Experience/Training

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • One to three years of work experience in a development office
  • Grant experience required
  • Volunteer management experience preferred
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office)

Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a face-paced environment
  • The ability to work well both independently, and within a team
  • Commitment to cultural sensitivity and respect for differences
  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of the development team and the organization’s mission

Schedule: Located in the West Loop, this position is full-time with a flexible work schedule of 40 hours per week, with additional hours needed during peak periods. Some evenings and weekends are required.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Stephenie Lazarus at stephenie@horizons-for-youth.org.