Providing free art programs to young people since 2001, SkyART is a permanent fixture in the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago's South Side, fulfilling and developing its mission in South Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods through a rich variety of programs, partnerships and initiatives. Informing and driving the work of the organization, is a deep understanding of the transformative power of art and its capacity to stimulate intellectual, emotional and social growth. At SkyART, participants are invited into a world of imaginative possibilities that go beyond the individual, to positively impact the larger community and the city as a whole. Now in our 16th year of operation, SkyART reaches over 3,000 participants annually.
The Development Manager is a self-directed worker, possessing strong planning and organizational skills, exceptional attention to detail, and the ability to balance multiple tasks and set priorities. With an annual operating budget of just over $900,000, SkyART is a highly active workspace, and development is a key aspect of organizational stability and growth. The Development Manager coordinates and/or assists in all aspects of fundraising, in collaboration with the Director of Development and Executive Director, to ensure the organization fulfills its mission and maximizes its impact in the communities where it operates. This position has responsibilities in multiple areas, including: grant writing and submission; database management; donor cultivation and stewardship; events coordination; fundraising communications; development strategy; and board support. The Development Manager reports directly to the Director of Development.
Grant Process Management (40%)
Manages the grant cycle calendar, ensuring timely execution of planning & preparation, LOI/application submission, gift acknowledgement, reporting, and any follow-up; and
Manages the submission process for corporate, foundation, and government programs, requests and opportunities, including assembling application components, grant writing, editing, review, and submission of final LOIs, applications and reports.
Donor/Database Management (30%)
Oversees the operational systems required to monitor grant deadlines, target prospects, track contributions, produce timely gift acknowledgements, and prepare reports; and
Manages the constituent database (and other operational systems) required to accomplish donor cultivation and stewardship:
records and keeps up-to-date all donor/gift information
produces timely gift acknowledgements
tracks individual giving activity and giving trends
prepares giving reports
Special Events & Fundraising Communications (15%)
Manages the planning and implementation of fundraising events, and helps secure revenue goals;
Develops communication materials and relationship management strategies for fundraising and development;
Develops and manages comprehensive schedule for dissemination of marketing, development, and programmatic materials; and
Creates and manages comprehensive fundraising and funder communications calendar, with oversight of all development marketing materials.
Development Strategy, Research and Reporting (10%)
Performs prospect research on institutional funding sources and identifies appropriate grant opportunities;
Performs research on individual major gift prospects;
Provides special giving reports and analysis as requested;
Works in partnership with Director of Development and Executive Director to create short and long-term development goals and strategies; and
Contributes to the development of a comprehensive and sustainable fundraising plan that includes individual and institutional giving.
Board & Development Staff Support (5%)
Coordinates Board meetings, schedules and events, and maintains Board contact list;
Assists board in donor research, cultivation and stewardship;
Develops and manages development timelines, ensuring that staff are aware of deadlines; and
Develops and manages procedures and protocols for various development activities.
Three to five years of professional work, experience gained in a non-profit, healthcare, social services or foundation environment preferred
Experience in grant writing & submission and/or donor database management a plus
Experience in event planning and execution a plus
Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to draft and edit persuasive solicitation letters, compelling grant applications and thoughtful gift acknowledgements, as well as website content
Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to deliver impactful presentations and effectively speak off-the-cuff about SkyART’s mission and programs
Strong project management, research and organizational capabilities
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
Working knowledge of fundraising software a plus
Send resume and cover letter via email with the subject line “Development Manager position” to Director of Development Billy McGuinness, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SkyART provides free, safe, creative spaces where young people are empowered and new connections are made.
Our work is guided by these core concepts:
Accessibility – SkyART removes barriers – promoting participation in our programs, connection with other institutions and communities, and access to the broader world.
Stability – SkyART is a consistent presence – the “third place” after hom...e and school, where participants develop meaningful relationships and experience a feeling of extended family.
Totality – SkyART is committed to reaching the whole person – recognizing that every participant has a unique life experience characterized by their own needs, assets and interests.
Responsiveness – SkyART innovates – adapting programs to the evolving context within which we work, fostering civic engagement, cultural democracy and social well-being.