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Development Manager

Chicago, IL
Full-time, exempt position with salary of $64,600, Flex PTO, Benefits and 3% company 401k match.
Closing date
Oct 21, 2022

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Focus Areas
Youth Development
Job Function
Development / Fundraising
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
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ABOUT PLAYWORKS, at Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. We are changing the school climate by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills by partnering with schools, districts, and after-school programs through services including digital engagement, on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support play, and consultative partnerships.

ABOUT THE POSITION, in the role of the Development Manager, you will report to the Illinois Executive Director with a dotted line to the Wisconsin Director to support the Illinois and Wisconsin Regions of Playworks. You will serve on a Hub-wide development team as the proposal writing expert for the Hub. (The Hub includes Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin). This position is located in the Chicagoland area. 

Using a community centric fundraising lens, you will be responsible for a portion of two regional development goals through identifying and attracting various funding sources including Foundation and Corporate Partnerships, Public Funding and individual donors. You will plan, coordinate and implement annual fund development plans in order to meet regional fund development and budgetary goals.  Specifically you will:

  • Together with the Illinois Executive Director and Wisconsin Director, design and implement an annual development plan for the two regions.
  • Attend national development calls and meetings as a representative of  Illinois and Wisconsin.
  • Research, prepare, write, and submit foundation grants and corporate requests and manage two development pipelines.
  • Collaborate with the hub development team to design a corporate sponsorship strategy customized for regional prospects, implement that strategy, and share best practices with the organization.
  • Co-manage and execute the region's development activities including developing foundation relationships, corporate sponsorships and individual donor solicitation activities.
  • Serve as a contact for local funders while building and maintaining lasting regional and community relationships through prospect research in addition to hosting program visits and seeking new relationships in the philanthropic community.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of regional related special events by securing corporate sponsorships and individual gifts.
  • Conduct fundraising and brand awareness campaigns within a specified geographic region.
  • Promote the staffing of the regional Board of Directors by implementing and coordinating Board fundraising activities including house parties, happy hour events, mail solicitations, and donor outreach.
  • Prepare and submit reports to funders. Coordinate individual donor solicitations. Manage corporate relationships including designing and executing corporate volunteer activities.
  • Manage and expand the corporate volunteer program to bring additional volunteers to the Playworks community, with a recognition that volunteers lead to additional resources, including potential corporate partnerships, individual donors, etc.
  • Soliciting government grants as needed. Prepare regular reports on development progress against targets. Attend, assist and represent Playworks at various key fundraising events/functions, speaking engagements, tours, and other programs.
  • Demonstrate skill in applying and modifying knowledge of practical problem solving, recommending solutions, and implementing and evaluating changes.
  • Collaborate on regional communications plans and social media with the Hub-based development team.

If you're a good fit for this position, you already know most of what this job entails. However, to be sure we're providing a complete picture, here are some details:

  • Success in this position will require strong knowledge of effective fundraising strategies especially grant writing but also grant seeking, individual donor cultivation, corporate employee volunteer programs and event production.
  • 3-5 years of development, account management, program management, and/or marketing experience. 
  • You will be successful if you possess excellent organizational and analytical skills and the ability to multitask and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • More successful candidates will have an existing network of regional individuals that can be leveraged for the region’s benefit.
  • The strongest candidate will have the demonstrated ability to maintain poise and demeanor appropriate to portray an image of professionalism as defined by Playworks and possess a documented history of successful fundraising development and nonprofit management. 

Required Skills & Experience

  • Proficiency in Google suite and knowledge of Salesforce.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills for effective communication and the ability to facilitate small and large group presentations.
  • Ability to conceptualize the regional philosophy and to communicate the concept to others effectively, and with desired results is key.
  • Requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment. Minimum of 3 years of experience preferred.

Compensation & Benefits:

Playworks offers the full package - great benefits, a fun place to work and an opportunity to grow professionally. We offer:

  • Competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, exempt position with the expected salary of $64,60.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(k) with employer match, life insurance, employee funded pre-tax health and childcare spending accounts.
  • Generous paid time off with paid vacation, sick and holiday leave.

If working and playing and working while playing sounds like your ideal place to work, then apply online to join our team:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Playworks and how your experience has prepared you for this role.
  • Resume.
  • References will be requested.

Other things you need to know:

This position may require travel to various locations. If a Playworks employee is required to drive a vehicle for work related purposes (not commuting purposes) the employee must complete an authorization form and provide us with evidence of valid, current driver's license and proof of liability/collision/property damage insurance with minimum coverage of $50,000/ $100,000 each occurrence.

Playworks is changing the way children experience school every day by leveraging the power of safe and healthy play. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Our ambitions demand that we invest in recruiting, developing and managing a team that reflects the broad diversity of our communities. 

Our core values of inclusion, respect, healthy community and healthy play are the foundation of our organization and are infused in all aspects of our work, including recruiting and retaining the best talent we can. While diversity is often used in reference to visual characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, sex and physical appearance, we embrace a broader definition of diversity that also includes less visible factors,  We also recognize that individuals can affiliate with multiple identities.

As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of national origin, religion, gender, differing abilities (physical, mental, learning), sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, political affiliation, military experience, and any other legally protected basis. Playworks evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

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