Must build and be responsible for the agency’s grant funding portfolio.
Lead efforts to secure funding from foundations by managing reporting and relationships with existing funders.
Identify/vetting and soliciting new funding sources; and assuring that grant compliance requirements are met.
Cultivate, solicit and steward Foundation partners- manage prospect lists to identify, cultivate and solicit grants and sponsorships.
Manage major donor program focused on raising and increasing gifts.
Collaborate with SGA’s leadership to achieve strategic goals to ensure progress towards organizations objectives.
Schedule, manage and attend regular donor meetings.
Assist in managing and cultivating relationships with external funders.
Write letters of inquiry, grant proposals and supporting materials (quarterly and final reports).
Must meet deadlines and internal process requirements, including efficient, timely prospecting, vetting, decision-making, submission, cultivating, coordinating and reporting/stewardship.
Identify and research (including private and family), and other funding opportunities that align with the strategic goals and vision of SGA and ensures a continued pipeline of grant prospects to achieve a continuous and growing revenue stream from these sources.
Build and maintain relationships in the community that will lead to the development of new revenue streams and greater exposure for the agency.
Collaborate with organization staff to develop new fundraising ideas, program development and implementation of other program support activities for the organization.
Develop an annual outreach plan along with a calendar of applications, estimated revenues, reporting, and other key dates to ensure timely completion and submission of applications and reports.
Work with SGA marketing staff to ensure appropriate PR and recognition are provided to corporate and foundation partners.
Attend meetings of funders/potential funders and partnering organizations as necessary.
Assist with other SGA fundraising and outreach projects.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
A minimum of three years’ experience in grant writing/grant management or business writing; understands “the customer”, principles of targeted marketing and donor engagement; experience in the nonprofit sector highly valued.
3-5 years of non-profit administrative, development, and major gifts experience.
Current Chicago corporate and foundation relationships and proven track record of grant writing success preferred.
Experience with Salesforce fundraising program preferred but not required; experience with technology, online platforms, marketing programs or other specialized programs preferred.
Knowledge of targeted fundraising techniques/donor software for foundations and corporations, with track record of successfully seeking and helping to close major gifts.
Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic community and understanding of current funding trends.
Knowledge of grant application processes as well as the principles and practices of grant preparation and administration; familiarity with community-based social services programs a plus.
Entrepreneurial problem solver; a “closer” willing to do what it takes to secure the funding.
Highly organized and detail-oriented, with strong project management skills; able to successfully manage a large portfolio in advance of multiple deadlines.
Exceptional writing and editing skills, including the ability to convey seemingly complex projects in a compelling, succinct, and persuasive manner. Ability to identify and articulate specific organizational needs, which can be expressed as funding priorities.
Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a fast changing, deadline-driven environment, with ability to plan, take initiative, prioritize tasks independently, and manage multiple projects and deadlines without losing attention to detail.
Relationship-oriented; team player with high levels of enthusiasm and personal and professional integrity.
Display sensitivity to the cultural diversity of SGA’s service populations.
Must demonstrate the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Competent in Microsoft Office tools and inputting services in an online database.
Must be able to remain stationary 50% of the time.
Must be able to frequently move inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
Occasionally ascends/descends stairs.
At times may be required to lift up to 25 lbs. for various classrooms and events needs.
Frequently moves in outdoor weather conditions.
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time; this description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description is subject to change at any time.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
About SGA Youth and Family Services
SGA Youth & Family Services leads positive change for children and families in Chicago's most challenged and underserved neighborhoods. The non-profit has provided free, comprehensive services since its founding in 1911. SGA believes that sustainable community change results from a focus on early childhood, education supports, parenting, and workforce development. Collaborative partnerships, innovative programs, and measurable outcomes fuel SGA’s efforts to replace the cycle of poverty with the Cycle of Opportunity.