Manager of Foundation and Corporate Giving

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience




910 West Van Buren Street
Suite 710
United States


Job Title: Manager of Foundation and Corporate Giving

Reports To: Director of Development & Communications

Organization Overview

Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja) is a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools and districts focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and life success. Umoja’s core competencies include college & career readiness, social & emotional learning and restorative justice–each of which Umoja believes is essential to students and schools reaching their academic and postsecondary goals. Through our Seminar and Peace Room models and professional development, Umoja currently partners with more than 20 public high schools across the city of Chicago. For more information, please visit

Position Summary

The Manager of Foundation and Corporate Giving is a member of the four-person development team of a growing Chicago-based nonprofit with an annual budget of $3.3M. The position is primarily responsible for Umoja’s grants and cultivating and managing relationships with all of Umoja’s institutional donors. This includes managing the entire grants process from prospecting to proposal writing to reporting to funder visits, in addition to capturing Umoja’s impact quantitatively and qualitatively, in collaboration with the Evaluation Director and program teams. This position is also responsible for prospecting and cultivating foundation relationships. This position must handle multiple projects and requests simultaneously in an ever-changing nonprofit environment. Additionally, this position partners directly with the other development team members to foster a culture of philanthropy across Umoja as a whole by meaningfully engaging program staff in development efforts. This position reports to the Development & Communications Director. 


Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage foundation, corporate and government grants calendar and deadlines
  • Write and edit grant proposals, in collaboration with Development & Communications Director and Development & Communications Associate
  • Write and edit all grant reports, including the financial reporting, in coordination with the Finance & Administration Director.
  • Identify and research prospective new institutional donors and collaborate with Development & Communications Director to select appropriate prospective funders and cultivation strategies for each
  • Collect, analyze and maintain evaluative and anecdotal data from outside sources, evaluators, other professionals, policy makers, etc. to assist with solicitation
  • Develop and implement strategies for engaging program staff in stewardship of institutions that are giving to Umoja
  • Coordinate and attend funder site visits and represent Umoja at other funder meetings, as needed
  • Serve as a liaison to the Evaluation Team, ensuring that Umoja’s impact is being captured and communicated effectively
  • Develop short- and long-term growth strategies for institutional giving in collaboration with Development & Communications Director
  • Monitor institutional giving revenue projections and track relevant goals and outcomes. Report progress to leadership and the board
  • Oversee the Development & Communications Associate’s acknowledgement of funders and the management of the institutional funder database.
  • Other duties as needed to ensure effective running of the development team


  • Bachelor's degree (BA) or equivalent experience
  • 2-3 years of fundraising experience including some grant writing.
  • Demonstrated writing, communication and analytical skills.
  • Ability to analyze and organize program evaluation data (quantitative and qualitative) for external audiences
  • Experience in education and/or youth development strongly preferred and willingness to learn about Umoja’s specific program areas (College and Career Readiness, Social-Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice).
  • Ability to multi-task to work on multiple projects with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrated skill in time management and project management. 
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to develop relationships and work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of local funders preferred.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, database spreadsheets and Internet research; donor database experience a plus (Umoja uses Salesforce and GiftWorks).
  • Access to reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance preferred.



Benefits of working at Umoja include:

  • Being part of a team and organization that is results-driven, mission focused, and committed to work life balance.
  • Opportunities for growth, leadership, and professional learning.
  • Health and dental insurance 
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401K
  • Generous paid and sick time off package
  • Parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child

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This is a full time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive staff. To do this, we not only recognize each individual’s diverse identity but also actively create and maintain a culture of inclusion where all Umoja employees feel involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities. Candidates from communities that traditionally experience discrimination are encouraged to apply.

Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to Apply

Send a relevant writing sample, cover letter, resume, and salary range requirements to Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please write “Manager of Foundation and Corporate Giving” then your name (Last, First) in the subject line of your e-mail