Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Grants
4 Year Degree
At Share Our Spare our mission is to ensure every child in Chicago has the essentials they need to thrive in the first five years of life. We do this by collecting new and gently used infant and toddler items from those with “extras” to spare and distributing them to families living in poverty through a sustainable network of volunteers, community stakeholders, and social service agencies. With a distribution network of more than 35 agency partners, we are supporting families across Lake, Cook and DuPage counties and providing essential items to more than 10,000 children annually.
Share Our Spare (SOS) seeks a highly-motivated, versatile and socially conscious Development Manager to join our team. In this role, the Development Manager will work alongside our Executive Director and Board of Directors in support of Share Our Spare’s fundraising and development efforts.
The Development Manager is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive, diversified, and sustainable fundraising program to support the general operations and core programs of Share Our Spare. The Development Manager has overall responsibility for the day-to-day planning, coordination, and management of all aspects of fundraising for the organization. This role will develop and steward a portfolio of corporate and individual relationships, along with institutional funders, working to drive growth and reach revenue goals.The Development Manager will work in partnership with the Executive Director and Program Manager to meet program revenue needs and will collaborate with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors on the organization's annual Gala. A strong candidate will be a highly-motivated self-starter, able to work independently, creative, energetic, collaborative, and a detail-oriented multitasker with a strong work ethic.
Provide leadership to create and execute a robust strategic development program to advance Share Our Spare’s mission by significantly growing all funding sources for long-term organizational sustainability
Solicit and cultivate new relationships with individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors in partnership with the Executive Director
Develop fundraising events, programs, and campaigns to meet annual goals
Plan and manage the organization's annual Gala, in partnership with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Event Chairs, and other team members
Direct and grow the organization’s membership program, including ongoing donor engagement and acknowledgment communications
Develop foundation database, execute grant submissions, and maintain a database of gifts and grants
College degree required. 5-7 years of development experience preferred.
Experienced in creating a comprehensive development program covering all sources of revenue
Proven success in raising funds, growing and retaining a donor base. This includes demonstrating a successful track record of identifying, cultivating, and stewarding individual, corporate, and institutional / foundation donors. Particular experience in sourcing public (city and state) and private desired.
Strong grant-writing experience a must
Social media-savvy; experience using marketing campaign tools a plus
A poised leadership acumen, comfortable serving as the face of the organization with a variety of constituents
Exceptional organizational, written, and verbal communication skills
A goal-oriented self-starter and a team player with a proven aptitude for strategic and creative planning, working collaboratively with team and board members on common goals
Ability to excel in an agile, dynamic, growing organization, remaining open to taking on its challenges and opportunities
Commitment to quality, deadline accountability, and managing multiple tasks simultaneously
Knowledge of and established network in the local philanthropic community highly desired
Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed for special events
Strong knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office and Google Drive programs; experience with NeonCRM and Salesforce preferred
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time position. Flexibility to work remote along with 2-3 days per week in the warehouse. This position may require flexibility to work outside normal business hours and possibly the occasional weekend depending on donor events and fundraisers. Salary commensurate with experience.
Share our Spare is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Applicants and employees who require a reasonable accommodation due to disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related or common medical conditions should contact Share our Spare’s Executive Director. As provided by applicable law, reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified applicants and employees, unless an undue hardship would result.
About Share Our Spare
Our mission is to ensure every child in Chicago has the essentials they need to thrive in the first five years of life. We do this by collecting new and gently used baby items from those with “extras” to spare and distributing them to families living in poverty through a sustainable network of volunteers, community stakeholders, and social service agencies.