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Senior Development Manager
Development and Fundraising

Organization Overview
Since 2004 Interise has been a national leader in business-led economic development. Our innovative approach to leveraging the growth potential of established small businesses in lower income communities was recognized in 2008 by the Smaller Business Association of New England when we received their New England Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations that have the potential to be a game changer. (Other past winners include Zipcar, E Ink, Hubspot, Genzyme, and VistaPrint.) After rigorous screening and proof of impact, Interise was chosen as a member of the Social Impact 100 (S&I 100 Index, signifying that it is one of America’s top-performing 100 organizations on this first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits. Since 2008 Interise has been the national instructional provider for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.

With revenues at $4.2M and a mixed income business model, we provide established small employers with the management education and business know-how needed to plan, achieve, and manage the long-term growth of their businesses. As a result, Interise businesses create jobs at 5x to 7x the rate of the private sector as a whole. 93% of Interise business owners are women, minorities, immigrants or located in a low- to moderate-income community.

Through a national network of partners, Interise currently works in 65 cities across the country – with new partners joining the network on a monthly basis. Almost 3000 small business owners have partnered with Interise to grow their existing small businesses. To learn more about our work, impact and growth visit: 

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Corporate Partnerships and External Affairs (Director), the Senior Development Manager (SDM) serves as a key External Affairs team member, and is responsible for ensuring effective implementation of fundraising and development activities. The SDM will assist in the design and implementation of a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating and stewarding philanthropic, government, and individual relationships.

The SDM will have responsibility for achieving the development target through responding to federal and state request for proposals, the stewardship of foundation and corporate donors, and organization of events. Our current annual fundraising target is $750,000. We expect this target to increase as the Director and the SDM systematically and effectively strengthen the organization's overall fundraising capacity and expand and diversify Interise’s donor pipeline. This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic development professional who wants to support a fast-paced, learning-oriented and growing organization.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist the Director of External Relations in development and execution of Interise’s annual fundraising plan.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with current funders and donors.
  • Proactively identify and research potential new donors and funders; determine the appropriate roles for staff and Board members to play in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and prospects.
  • Collaborate with the Program Manager (Continual Engagement) on the organization of special events, ensuring that sponsorship targets are achieved.
  • Identify opportunities to refine existing development processes and systems, or to introduce new ones, in order to ensure that this infrastructure supports the effective functioning of the development department.
  • Manage systems to ensure completion and delivery of reports to funders; maintain detailed records of proposal submission, stewardship, and reporting activities.
  • Ensure the implementation of the grants management process, liaising with the Director of Programs to ensure that all commitments are communicated internally and included in the planning of the program staff.
  • Develop and implement communication strategy for existing and potential donors and funders; work closely with Marketing Manager on annual appeal and other key initiatives.
  • Partner with the Marketing and Communications Manager to ensure the media coverage promised to corporate sponsors is obtained.
  • Plan and manage special events that support fundraising efforts.
  • Lead ad hoc special projects that support and respond to organizational growth and development.
  • At least 5 years of experience with progressive levels of responsibility serving in a development function; demonstrated experience stewarding corporate and foundation relationships.
  • Experience building internal and external relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational skills, with an ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of best practices for development infrastructure, including development information systems and planning.
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and high degree of initiative.
  • Comfortable in a growing and evolving organization, where proactive change in response to constituent needs and opportunity is part of our culture.
  • Previous experience with Salesforce, preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Demonstrated passion for economic, community or small business development in addition to supporting urban communities.
To Apply 
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Deirdre Coyle at will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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