Manager, Development

Start Early
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 22, 2021
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) is an energized, future-focused organization devoted to providing quality early learning and care across the country. 

Our desire to close the opportunity gap and create more equitable early learning experiences for our youngest learners guides everything we do. As a leader in early learning and care, we scale our deep expertise across program, policy and research through partnerships across the country. 

Become part of our rewarding, mission-driven culture! We want our employees to feel empowered, motivated, energized, and passionate about the work they do. 

Working on the Development team, you will build strong donor management and relations, including acquisition, cultivation and stewardship strategies, in order to secure private revenue to resource Start Early’s strategic priorities.

Reporting to the Director, Development you will:

  • Develop and execute Start Early’s annual fund program of mailed appeals to donors and prospects.
  • Partner with Communications team on design and mail house, message testing, and reporting/analysis on outcomes metrics.
  • Segment and engage in regular, direct outreach to a priority list of annual fund donors to promote year-over-year growth, minimize attrition, and carry out a sales-oriented approach to qualifying prospects.
  • Based on weekly outreach results, develop and maintain an active portfolio of 20-30 mid-level ($5k-$25k) prospects in the pipeline for upgraded giving and manage for results against goals.
  • Manage for data integrity to promote team-wide workflow, donor strategy, and pipeline development, serving as liaison to the Development Operations team. 
  • Manage a portfolio of up to 10 family foundations, partnering with various departments across the organization to develop annual proposal and reporting content templates for Educare Chicago and General Operations grants, and working with the finance team on program budgets and reports and submitting by donor-determined deadlines.
  • Partner closely with senior staff on the Individual Giving team for up to 20 principal and major gift prospects including data management, assistance with meeting preparation, drafting donor communications, including proposals.
  • Support Events Team on the Annual Luncheon and Start Early Bash by providing individual donor list management and outreach assistance, providing outstanding customer service to individuals who sponsor and register for Start Early events (capturing recognition preferences, table guests, following up to collect pledged payments). 
  • Partner in the design, launch and fulfillment of deliverables for a new donor society for mid-level individual donors and/or planned gift donors; and complete other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Journalism, Social Science, Business Administration or a related field.
  • At least three years of experience in non-profit fundraising and event management, with familiarity in Chicago philanthropic community. 
  • At least one year of supervisory experience preferred with ability to mentor and delegate responsibilities to staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and organizing mail, phone and personal gift solicitations.
  • Experience managing volunteers for engagement and fundraising success.
  • Advanced writing and editing skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Sophisticated project management skills, with the ability to balance multiple large-scale projects and results.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and maintain positive relationships within a highly collaborative work environment.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products, fundraising databases (Salesforce preferred), and ability to learn new technology and software programs as needed.
  • Ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
  • Deep commitment to and experience with advancing diversity, racial equity, and inclusion into organizational routines and practice is required.
  • Effectively establish and maintain effective relationships with customers and gain their trust and respect.
  • Comfort and experience in handling risk and uncertainty to move work forward.
  • Our generous benefit plan includes: 

    Comprehensive Health Plans, Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Holistic Wellness Program, Professional Development Program, 401k Contribution, Paid Volunteer Days, 6 months paid parental leave and much more. 

    Start Early is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to our core values by creating an inclusive environment for all staff.