About Our Organization
At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have caring adults in their lives. Our highly-trained staff guides kids to overcome the life and academic challenges facing Chicago’s youth. We meet kids where they are — physically and emotionally — to help them focus on their education, make positive choices, and remain on the right path toward life success.
Founded in 1924 today Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs serving more than 8,500 youth while touching the lives of more than 14,000 youth, parents, teachers, and community members.
The Director of External Affairs is responsible for building and managing relationships with public sector champions. The Director also leads the corporate and foundation relations team to secure resources to advance Youth Guidance’s mission to help youth overcome obstacles and focus on their education. The Director represents Youth Guidance as a member of the leadership team at external meetings with government, nonprofit, university, corporate and foundation partners. The Director is a key leader in facilitating cross-functional internal collaboration with program, finance, human resources and evaluation departments of the organization to achieve fundraising goals.
- Builds and manages relationships with Youth Guidance champions, including government, university, nonprofit, corporate and foundation partners
- Highly responsive to key public sector partners and facile in communicating with multiple stakeholders
- Prioritizes major opportunities and engages collaboratively with program, finance and evaluation departments to seize on funding opportunities.
- Leads Youth Guidance’s grant seeking efforts to achieve major growth goals.
- Coordinates fundraising activities with university partners. Completes all stages of funding proposal development including outreach to grant-makers; the development of letters of inquiry; online applications; and formal proposals with the appropriate organization approvals obtained Monitors progress of funding proposals after submission to ensure that all required procedures and requirements are being met
- Forecasts annual, quarterly and monthly successful proposal submissions; reporting on monthly and quarterly revenue growth, funding partner renewal, acquisition, growth and increase in contributed revenues and expense management
- Supervises the Managers of Corporate and Foundation Relations, overseeing the identification, research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate and foundation partners and ensuring timely submission of high quality grant proposals and reports.
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, or social work required
- Minimum of seven (7) years of experience and a demonstrated track record in human services
- Government relations experience required
- University or university partnership experience preferred
- Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, Publisher)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to present a positive image, develop relationships and communicate mission effectively with diverse stakeholders
- Highly organized, with proven ability to handle multiple tasks, handle pressure and meet deadlines
- Strategic approach to advancement of mission, with a keen eye for ensuring alignment of external activities with Youth Guidance’s mission and growth plan
- The ability to work well both independently and within a team
- Commitment to cultural sensitivity and respect for differences
- Commitment to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to frequently talk and hear.
- The employee frequently is required to sit and stand for sustained periods of time; walk; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
- The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Occasional local travel.
Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Youth Guidance does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law and is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity along all of these lines. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.