• Development Manager (Chicago)

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 months ago(6/20/2018 12:34 PM)
    Development / Fundraising
    occasional (local)
    Work Hours
    9 - 5, with additional hours as needed
    Regular Full-Time
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Application Deadline
    Salary Range
    Mid $40K to Mid $50K, commensurate with experience
  • Overview & Benefits

    Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate from college, and go far in life.  Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.


    As one of the first college support organizations to focus on college completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class college graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between first generation students from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, where we were founded in 1997, New York City and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,000 students. We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and increase our footprint to over 10,000 students by 2020.


    Bottom Line focuses on students who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, but lack the support structures necessary to navigate the college application process, make a responsible school choice, succeed in college, and prepare for a meaningful career.


    Over the last 20 years, Bottom Line has developed a proven and proactive long-term, high-touch, high impact model.  Full-time, trained and specialized advisors leverage our DEAL model which addresses the four key areas that are most likely to lead to college success: Degree, Employability, Affordability, and Life.  Our relationship and results focused approach helps our students change their lives by gaining economic mobility through college selection, graduation, and career-readiness.


    At Bottom Line, we also have a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  We aim to attract qualified candidates who hold these same values, and help us further recognize and celebrate the diversity among us. 


    When you join Bottom Line, you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. We build strong relationships with our students and with each other. We take our work seriously, and we know that a focus on data and metrics is integral to our continued success. Experts in our field, we are driven by our mission and motivated by the impact we’re achieving.


    Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package.



    For more information, please visit www.bottomline.org and



    In this exciting time of growth for the organization, the Development Manager will support Bottom Line’s local efforts to engage stakeholders across Chicago to raise the funding and resources needed to help students get into college, graduate and go far.  In FY19, Bottom Line’s fundraising goal is $2.6M annually and seeks to grow every year to meet the demand for our programs across our community.  The Development Manager is a key part of the execution of the local strategy.


    Reporting directly to the Director of Development & External Affairs, a successful Development Manager will be able to balance one-on-one fundraising with an active events strategy.  The ideal candidate is a great relationship builder and understands how to motivate donors to give generously to Bottom Line and connect us to other prospects and opportunities.  They create a great donor experiences by planning both large and small fundraising events.  They are a persuasive and thorough communicator who is effective in written and verbal form, as well as in formal and informal settings.  They have strong time- and project-management skills and can not only balance a fast-paced workload schedule, but also supports the Head of Development and Executive Director with their workload.   They are extremely detail-oriented, reliable and accurate; they are a self-starter who possesses good judgment.  They are able to develop in and adapt to a growing and changing organization. 


    Portfolio Management

    • Manage a portfolio of 50 potential and existing foundation, individual and corporate donors, providing strong engagement opportunities and proper stewardship
    • Secure and execute strong face-to-face meetings
    • Coordinate outreach to small gift donors through specific campaigns throughout the year, including Giving Tuesday and the Marathon
    • Continue to replenish the pipeline by surfacing and researching qualified individual, corporate and foundation donor prospects
    • Maintain donor and opportunity information in Salesforce system


    Grants Management

    • Oversee the foundation and corporate grants program by managing and writing grant proposal opportunities that are $25,000 and higher, and mentoring the Development Coordinator to write and manage proposals less than $25,000
    • Oversee drafting and submitting accurate and timely reports, as determined by active grant requirements
    • Compile program and financial data related to each grant


    • In partnership with the Director of Development and External Affairs, plan and execute the Annual Spring Dinner. Responsibilities include:
      • Assist in monitoring a detailed 9-month event plan that includes goals, who needs to be involved and in what way, all event logistics, a communications plan, and a time-line for execution
      • Assist with managing Progress to Goal reporting for the event in terms of revenue, guest engagement and other critical metrics
      • Help manage relationships and coordinate the work of external event vendor(s)
      • Be involved with event programming, including determining key messages, identifying and coordinating speakers, and drafting content
    • Plan and execute additional key cultivation and fundraising events, including:                               
      • Chicago Marathon:  Oversee Bottom Line’s participation in the Chicago and support runners who are raising funds on behalf of Bottom Line Chicago.  Responsible for organizing Marathon Team activities and maximizing fundraising.
      • Emerging Leadership Council:  Support two Emerging Leadership Council fundraising events per year.
      • Cultivation Events:  Support additional events related to cultivating the corporate, foundation and individual community


    Marketing & External Relations

    • Oversee the Bottom Line Chicago Ambassadors Circle, which includes Bottom Line students who would like to participate in external-facing events and opportunities on behalf of Bottom Line
    • Attend external events on behalf of Bottom Line to recruit volunteers and Emerging Leadership Council members
    • In collaboration with the National Manager of Communications, write and distribute regular donor communications using Constant Contact
    • Help coordinate site visits and meetings for interested visitors
    • Working with the National Manager of Communications, assist in managing social media posts  and writing and creating marketing and event collateral

    Volunteer Management and Leadership Groups

    • Serve as staff liaison to the Emerging Leaders Council
    • Respond to Chicago contacts who have an interest in learning how to get involved with Bottom Line


    • Contribute to the overall goals of the Development department by working collaboratively with colleagues on the creation and execution of the annual fundraising plan
    • Advance Bottom Line’s mission and brand
    • Maintain a “students first” perspective, actively building connections with colleagues on the Program team to build understanding of each other’s work, and more importantly, serve as the best possible advocate for our students and mission
    • Work collaboratively with the National office and other regions on shared projects and opportunities relevant to events and donor communications
    • Support other Development Team and/or Chicago Leadership Team projects as needed
    • Support planning and execution of Access and Success Program events, including outreach to and management of volunteers


    Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.



    • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission, vision, and core values
    • Demonstrated proficiency and/or growth potential in our core competencies (please see below)
    • 4 - 5 years of prior development experience (in the Chicago metro area preferred)
    • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel, as well as with donor databases such as Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, or e-Tapestry
    • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization required



    All employees are expected to demonstrate continued growth within our seven core competencies.


    Competencies provide Bottom Line with a way to define, in behavioral terms, what it is that people need to do to produce the results that the organization desires, in a way that is in keeping with its culture.  Bottom Line defines a competency as a cluster of related knowledge, skills and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development. 


    • Relationships: Identifies opportunities and takes action to build and maintain meaningful and collaborative connections with various stakeholders
    • Results: Produces quality outcomes; compiles and analyzes data to drive future plans; uses creative solutions
    • Communication: Effectively articulates information in a clear, concise and timely manner to a wide range of stakeholders
    • Inclusiveness: Creates and maintains an environment that respects and values the identities and cultures of all colleagues and students we serve
    • Talent Development: Actively contributes to the hiring, development, retention, and promotion of a highly effective team
    • Agility: Demonstrates adaptability and openness to shifting priorities, needs of stakeholders, and organizational changes
    • Planning: Effectively and efficiently uses resources (people, time, materials, technology) in order to create, meet, and assess both strategic and task-oriented goals


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