Corporate Partnerships Manager
Company: After School Matters
Posted on: January 16, 2022
After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with
high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and
develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work,
college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 350,000 teens have
participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer
programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take
place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public
high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library
locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37
Center for the Arts, in Belmont Cragin at our Michael and Karyn
Lutz Center for After School Matters, and in the Pullman community
at the new Gately Center for After School Matters. For more
information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.
Summary of Position:
The Corporate Partnerships Manager supports the overall fundraising
strategy for After School Matters by planning, overseeing, and
executing a strategy to obtain funding from corporations. This
position is responsible for the coordination, solicitation, and
stewardship of a portfolio of current and prospective corporate
donors. The position will also manage and oversee the
administrative aspects of securing support within this portfolio,
to ensure the organization's financial and programmatic obligations
are met. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to
proposal writing, mid-term and final reporting, deliverables
management, as well as high-profile solicitation and
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- In collaboration with the Chief Advancement Officer, provide
vision and leadership for all aspects of After School Matters'
corporate funding, including a comprehensive strategy for meeting
long- and short-term corporate funding goals.
- Manage, implement, and steward all corporate proposals that
align and support the After School Matters operational budget and
future growth strategies. Manage the organization's corporate
funding strategy as a component of After School Matters income
goals. Maintain regular contact with existing and prospective
donors for cultivation and stewardship purposes. Plan, organize,
and steward site visits.
- In coordination with the Chief Advancement Officer, enlist the
support of Board members in building corporate relationships.
- Direct strategy for all corporate engagement opportunities and
workshops and oversee internal systems related to corporate funder
deliverables. Provide guidance for the Corporate Partnership
Coordinator to implement and maintain these systems.
- Lead implementation and execution of portfolio management.
Create all tracking materials and team resources.
- Solicit corporate prospects of various giving capacities and
secure annual and multi-year gifts in support of After School
- Work with development staff, program staff, finance staff, and
executive leadership to create narrative, evaluation expectations,
and budget components of proposals and report in a timely and
- Conduct research, compile data, and prepare reports as needed
- Design and maintain internal team processes for systems
management including Box and Asana. Provide continual support to
team members as needed.
- Work closely with events team and provide assistance for
fundraising events including the Annual Gala and Summer Teen
- Assist with other projects, as necessary.
- Development and Events Coordinator
- Corporate Partnership Coordinator
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions
of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
- Must be able to work at a computer for long periods of
The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not
exposed to weather conditions.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually
- The Manager will be required to work nights and weekends when
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience in successfully cultivating and closing major gifts,
developing donor strategies and stewarding corporations and
- Considerable experience grant writing, crafting clear
narrative, and creating donor acknowledgement communications.
- Ability to work and communicate with a wide range of internal
constituents including development staff, program staff, finance
staff, and executive leadership.
- Outstanding written and presentation skills to persuasively
convey the mission of After School Matters to diverse external
- Ability to function independently in a fast-paced, high volume,
multi-faceted, results-oriented work environment.
- Ability to analyze issues, identify priorities, manage projects
and make decisions expeditiously while maintaining a close
attention to detail, especially foundation specifications,
expectations and deadlines.
- Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to
synthesize large amounts of detailed information and to focus
quickly on the essence of an issue. Strong commitment to producing
- B.A. or equivalent degree required.
- Minimum of 4-6 years of experience working with local, regional
and national foundations and shepherding proposals through to
- Two years of supervisory experience preferred.
- Excellent Microsoft Office skills required. Raiser's Edge
Staff are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have
an approved medical or sincerely held religious beliefs exemption
prior to starting employment. If a medical or sincerely held
religious belief exemption is approved, weekly Polymerase Chain
Reaction (PCR) testing is required as part of any reasonable
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume at
After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national
origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status,
age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.
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