Assist in building long-term, multifaceted, collaborative partnerships in the corporate community that lead to success in raising operating funds for the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
Identify opportunities for sponsorship and corporate partnerships in conjunction with the director of Corporate Relations through research and networking in the business community. Maintain a list of corporate/prospect information by keeping it relevant and up-to-date. Generate activity, evaluations, and reports as required.
Manage a portfolio of 25 to 30 key corporate accounts including coordinating a tracking system for solicitation, cultivation, stewardship, and benefit fulfillment for corporate partners.
Manage and coordinate the external and internal communications related to fulfillment of corporate sponsorships.
Manage the deliverables for all corporate sponsorship activity, including liaison with Marketing/Communications, Membership and Donor Services, and other Garden departments, as well as designated corporate sponsor contacts.
Provide administrative support such as screening incoming sponsorship inquiries, scheduling meetings, preparing sponsorship prospect packages, facilitating solicitation mailings, and creating customized sponsorship fulfillment recap reports.
Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in a development department within a nonprofit organization.
Must have excellent analytical, organizational, communications, and customer service skills.
Must be IT proficient, detail oriented, creative, energetic, flexible, and able to manage multiple priorities. Some weekend and evening work required.
Some requirements for lifting, pushing, pulling items less than 30 pounds (such as placement of way-finding signs), distribution of partner materials, and operating golf carts. Use of general office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, fax machines.
Internal Number: 716
About Chicago Botanic Garden
Mission and History
We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Every year, more than one million people visit the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden's Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 150,000 volumes—including one of the nation's best collections of rare botanical books.
The Chicago Botanic Garden traces its origins back t...o the Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890. Using the motto Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden," the Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows; its third was the World's Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world's fair held in October 1893.
After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, its modern history began when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The Garden today is an example of a successful public-private partnership. It is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
From its founding, the Garden has hired leading architects, beginning with John O. Simonds and Geoffrey Rausch, who created the master plan. Edward Larabee Barnes designed the Education Center in 1976, known today as the Regenstein Center. The Japanese Garden, Sansho-En, was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana in 1975 and dedicated in 1982 (today it is the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden). Dedicated in 1991, the English Walled Garden was designed by British landscape designer John Brookes. The Plant Science Center, which opened in 2009, was the work of designer/architect Booth Hansen. Throughout its existence, the Chicago Botanic Garden has developed gardens and educational facilities with a meticulous eye toward its original mission.