HOPE Chicago is a new, Chicago-based non-profit organization with a bold vision – to dramatically increase the number of Chicago Public School (CPS) students who successfully complete post-secondary college or vocational programs. It is a new “Promise” program - a second generation model that will provide a paid post-secondary education and customized wrap-around supports for students and one of his/her parents. The mission of HOPE Chicago is to ignite pathways out of poverty for multiple generations of Chicagoans by providing free, equitable and supported access to post-secondary educational opportunities. Secondary impacts include an increase in household income, lower unemployment, and a reduction in violence in targeted neighborhoods.
Founded by a serial entrepreneur, with a Board of Directors with deep roots in the Chicago community and national Promise programs, the HOPE Chicago team seeks to improve educational outcomes for underserved youth for decades to come. The CEO will work to develop this start-up organization into a large and thoughtfully designed educational initiative.
For this initiative to be successful, we are focusing on more than scholarships – we are defining the supports that families need to maximize the likelihood of post-secondary success. We want to build HOPE Chicago as a new organization that respects and leverages existing resources, and is an asset to the existing post-secondary ecosystem. In addition, we are looking to be revolutionary – we want to develop a model that can change the trajectory of students, families and communities through access to post-secondary opportunities.
The Board of HOPE Chicago seeks a dynamic leader to join the HOPE Chicago senior leadership team – one who sees an exciting challenge in taking a big idea and moving it along the design process and through to implementation. The ideal Chief of Strategic Partnerships candidate cares deeply about playing a role in leveling the playing field for students and their parents in underserved communities in Chicago, is comfortable playing a variety of critical roles as needed while the organization grows and is a skilled at developing and maintaining relationships with a varied group of stakeholders.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
a) Provide strategic advice and direction as a member of the senior leadership team.
a) Create and manage the execution of an annual fundraising plan.
b) Assist the board development committee with setting and achieving board fundraising goals.
c) Oversee the management of timely gift processing.
d) Support the development, implementation and evaluation of all activities related to individual and major giving.
e) Enhance cultivation and stewardship of current donors while seeking creative ways to secure new donors.
f) Administer an effective prospect management system that ensures healthy donor pipelines, promotes donor-centered engagement strategies and maximizes overall giving.
3. Strategic Branding & Communications
a) Drive development of and manage execution of a comprehensive branding strategy that advances the agency’s mission, strengthens internal identity and cohesion, and furthers development priorities.
b) Manage the implementation of all marketing efforts, including website, newsletter and social media.
c) Manage all fundraising communications related to events and donor cultivation and stewardship.
d) Manage media relations, as needed, for purposes of promoting events or raising the profile of key policy issues related to HOPE Chicago’s mission.
4. External relations
a) In collaboration with senior leadership, develop and manage external relationships with philanthropic partners, government entities, advocacy coalitions, college access and success programs, civic organizations and professional associations.
b) Oversee special events.
The ideal candidate will have the following personal and professional skills, qualities, and competencies:
• Passion for the mission and programs of HOPE Chicago.
• Proven ability to support the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual and institutional donors.
• Broad knowledge of all functional areas of fundraising (major, planned, and annual giving; corporate and foundation giving; annual giving/membership; stewardship).
• Ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about program design, donor strategy and process.
• Demonstrated ability to build collaborations with community and across multiple sectors.
• A high level of personal skills to develop and maintain relationships and make formal, persuasive presentations to groups.
• Development/external affairs experience at a non-profit.
• Knowledge of Chicago and national social impact fundraising landscape.
• Familiarity with the education sector/college access and success space.
• Positive energy and enthusiasm and an ability inspire and motivate individuals and teams.
• A Bachelor’s Degree is required with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in fundraising.
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Stephanie Towers at: firstname.lastname@example.org