About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.

We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together. 

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. 

But that approach extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us. 

For more information, please visit www.obama.org.

Purpose of the Role

As a member of the Development team, the Associate, Corporate and Foundation Grant Management will play a critical role in the sustainability, function, and growth of the Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) fundraising team. Their primary focus will be supporting the creation and implementation of CFR stewardship benefits and the execution of deliverables for a portfolio of current donors held by the CFR team, currently estimated at $140 million. The Associate is responsible for supporting the Frontline fundraisers in benefit execution for current donors, including marketing, program execution, employee engagement, and annual and financial reporting in coordination with Foundation teams, including Finance, Legal, Creative & Communications, and Global Programs. This role will enable the CFR team to maximize its time on fundraising activities.

The Associate will report to the Manager, Corporate & Foundation Grants Management.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Strategy Creation: Create and implement a suite of CFR benefits to include marketing tools, employee engagement initiatives, programmatic engagement, and additional stewardship practices.
  • Donor Management: In partnership with the Senior Director and the Deputy Director, Corporate & Foundation Grants Management, coordinate with Donor contacts on specific deliverables, supporting most day-to-day communication with partnerships and deliverables execution.
  • Stewardship Planning: Assist in planning and executing the stewardship cycle and strategy of CFR donors, focusing on engaging in overall Development Stewardship activities and supporting the CFR team in the regular stewardship calendar and renewal of the current portfolio.
  • Project Management: Work with the Deputy Director, Corporate & Foundation Grants Management to ensure all benefits for CFR donors are delivered promptly and efficiently in partnership with Creative & Communications, Global Programs, and Donor Relations teams. Key categories of deliverables include recognition, stakeholder engagement, events, and amplification.
  • Relationship Management: Maintain productive relationships with all intra-organizational Departments, including Legal, Financial, Creative & Communications, Global Programs, and Donor Relations.
  • Stakeholder Event Management: In coordination with the Senior Director and the Stewardship and Events team, strategizes and coordinates stakeholder engagement events.
  • Program Coordination: Serve as a point person for CFR team to Program teams with regular communication on partner needs, deliverables, and support
  • Reporting: Support financial reporting for grant management implementation in partnership with Development Operations and Finance and Annual Grant Reporting in collaboration with Donor Relations.

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

  • Strategy creation and execution
  • Stewardship management
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy and deliverables
  • Amplification strategy and deliverables
  • Program engagement and deliverables
  • Renewal of current donors

Required Qualifications

  • Has a track record of project management with multiple stakeholders involved in the planning and execution process.
  • Highly detail-oriented with a focus on timely follow-through.
  • Problem-solving and solutions-oriented, take the initiative to resolve conflict productively.
  • Strong relationship management skills.
  • Adept at navigating the intricacies of tactical fundraising systems/processes (e.g., prospect tracking and scheduling, project management software, CRM maintenance, etc.).

The salary range for this role is between $59,755 and $74,670.

Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities - such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color - are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. The Obama Foundation is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging – so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings!

In the interest of employee health and safety during the pendency of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Obama Foundation is requiring that all prospective employees present proof that they are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, or seek a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons, prior to their first day of employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at careers@obama.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

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