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Corporate Partnerships Manager

Company: After School Matters
Location: Chicago
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

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

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 acknowledgement.

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 Matters.
  • 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 effective manner.
  • Conduct research, compile data, and prepare reports as needed on prospects.
  • 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 Cuisine.
  • Assist with other projects, as necessary.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:
    • Development and Events Coordinator
    • Corporate Partnership Coordinator

      Physical Demands:

      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 functions.
      • Must be able to work at a computer for long periods of time.

        Work Environment:

        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 essential functions.
        • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.
        • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
        • The Manager will be required to work nights and weekends when necessary.

          Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
          • Experience in successfully cultivating and closing major gifts, developing donor strategies and stewarding corporations and foundations.
          • 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 constituencies.
          • 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 measurable results.

            • 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 completion required.
            • Two years of supervisory experience preferred.
            • Excellent Microsoft Office skills required. Raiser's Edge experience preferred.

              Additional Requirements:

              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 accommodation.

              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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Keywords: After School Matters, Chicago , Corporate Partnerships Manager, Executive , Chicago, Illinois

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