Summer Search Boston is seeking a Corporate Relations Manager to join its 5-member development team. Taking ownership of approximately $500,000 of a $4.1 fundraising budget, this hire will manage an existing portfolio of supporters--such as State Street, Liberty Mutual, and Loomis-Sayles--as well as quality new prospects for cultivation. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled development professional to hit the ground running and make a significant impact on Summer Search's capacity to serve even more Boston youth.
WHAT YOU'LL DO:
Manage and grow an existing portfolio of approximately 40 corporate donors
Drive cultivation and stewardship strategies that are focused on building and maintaining meaningful, high-touch individual relationships
Oversee the planning of an annual Boston Business Leaders breakfast for 250 guests and raises upwards of $200,000. Responsibilities include developing the program, securing guest speakers, soliciting corporate partnerships and table sales, and managing a Board-led event committee.
Lead corporate sponsorship strategy and solicitations for the annual Leadership Dinner, Summer Search Boston's signature fundraising event.
Support corporate grant-writing and reporting in collaboration with the Foundation Relations Officer
Represent Summer Search at strategic outreach opportunities, including corporate partner annual meetings and volunteer events to cultivate and manage relationships with donors
Partner with and leverage key staff, including Boston Director of Development, Boston Executive Director, National Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, and Chief Development Officer in order to maximize donor cultivation and stewardship.
Play a lead role in identifying strategies to involve corporate donors and prospects into existing programming, including partnering with program colleagues to design donor engagement and volunteer opportunities.
Stay abreast of the corporate giving landscape, trends and opportunities in Boston, with a particular focus on funders that support youth development and college access/success.
Maintain upkeep of portfolio in Raiser's Edge database, tracking all touchpoints and moves.
WHO YOU ARE:
You have at least 5 years of professional experience in a fund development role at a nonprofit organization, ideally with a focus in corporate giving or partnerships.
You are a resourceful and results-oriented self-starter, with an ability to thrive in an authentic, feedback-driven culture and roll-up-your-sleeves environment.
You are equally comfortable playing external and internal roles, demonstrating a professional and warm demeanor in developing relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
You employ critical thinking and problem solving skills, with an ability to gather and use data to understand challenges and find solutions.
You possess an eagle-eye attention to detail and commitment to high quality work product.
You are knowledgeable about the Boston donor landscape, with an ability to understand how different relationships and networks connect.
You bring excellent research skills and experience leveraging all information at your disposal to qualify and track donor prospects.
You are experienced in moves management in Raiser’s Edge or a comparable fundraising database.
You have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
We are Summer Search, a $21M college success nonprofit in five regions around the country. Since 1990, we’ve worked to close the opportunity gap for students from low-income communities through professional mentoring, transformative summer experiences, and start-to-finish college support.
By making a long-term commitment to students – from sophomore year of high school through college graduati...on – we help them strengthen the critical skills they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities. Our approach isn’t quick or easy, but it works. 77% of Summer Search students are on track to get a college degree, in contrast with fewer than 10% of their peers.
Our energetic team draws inspiration from our students every day, and we derive great personal and professional gratification from being part of their journeys. With a values-driven culture that strives for excellence and celebrates our people, we are proud to have been recognized by the Nonprofit Times’ 50 Best Places to Work For in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.