Resource Development Manager

Illinois, United States
$65,000.00 - $72,000.00
Oct 06, 2020
Nov 04, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description


Position Title: Resource Development Manager                       

Classification: salary, exempt

Reports to: Executive Director



Primary Function:

The Development Officer works with the Executive Director and the PLOWS Board to develop and maintain a successful corporate, foundation, and individual donor solicitation program and to develop and manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects and individual donors. This particular position will be tasked with assisting the Executive Director and other team members of PLOWS with creating a foundation from which to build a resource development department.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Build a successful giving program by identifying prospects, designing and implementing strategies, and producing materials, proposals, and applications as needed
  • Build a sustainable financial giving model for the organization
  • Meet annual fundraising goals per the development strategic operating plan
  • Develop and maintain a successful corporate, foundation, and individual solicitation program, including the developing a strategic operating plan, identifying priorities and prospects, and building resources and connections to implement the plan.
  • Create and manage a portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual prospects, communicate with current and prospective donors to build relationships and secure grants and donations
  • Develop strategic briefing and communication materials
  • Develop and track strategies for cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and recognizing donors
  • Maintain the integrity of donor relationships, including the understanding of the needs and interests of major donors
  • Produce and manage donor correspondence, including annual campaign appeals
  • Engage and support staff and board in the soliciting and stewarding donors
  • Work with Board and the Executive Director to secure sponsorship of special events
  • Work with the Community Relations Specialist and Marketing/Communications Manager to increase awareness of PLOWS in the greater community
  • Coordinate events required to interact with donors (conferences/symposiums, galas, etc.)
  • Oversee and maintain DonorPerfect; ensure the quality and timely submission of all grant applications, reports and data
  • Provide regular fundraising updates to Executive Director and Board  
  • Qualifications:
  • Track record in fund raising; past success with a capital campaign a plus
  • Bachelors degree preferred, along with 3+ years and a proven track record in raising money in a nonprofit environment, including direct mail campaigns, donor relations, and corporate and foundation relationship management
  • Results-driven with highly developed interpersonal skills, excellent oral/written presentation skills – especially correspondence with donors and prospects
  • Comfortable operating in a nonprofit, resource-limited environment
  • Proficient in MS Office products (Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Skill with databases and presentations; familiarity/experience with DonorPerfect software a plus
  • Ability to work both independently and on team projects with a diverse constituency of staff and donors
  • Maturity to work with highly visible civic, philanthropic, and business leaders
  • Uphold the Mission, Vision and Values of PLOWS
  • Maintain staff, volunteer, donor and guest confidentiality at all times
  • Upbeat, positive, and energetic approach to work and energized by the opportunity to build the resource development program for PLOWS 


  • All employees must successfully pass a criminal background check.


To apply, email your resume and cover letter, in pdf format, to and include the code Dev920 in the subject line of your email.