Institutional Giving Manager- Minneapolis, MN

World Savvy seeks to hire an innovative, results-oriented Institutional Giving Manager with a growth and solution-oriented mindset who will identify, develop and engage with institutional, foundation and corporate partners to support significant and sustainable scaling of the Organization. World Savvy is in an inflection point to scale significantly based on the understanding that our students must be globally competent to succeed in our future world.

We are looking to hire an Institutional Giving Manager who is excited to build relationships with regional and national institutional funders to support our ambitious goals by identifying, cultivating, and maintaining relationships with foundations, corporations and grow the major funder portfolio to an average gift size above $25,000. The Institutional Giving Manager will be integral in growing our national partnerships while also working with regional Executive Director(s) to assist their place-based development portfolio. The Institutional Giving Manager will work under the general direction of the CEO/Co-Founder and will be directly supervised by the Chief Growth Officer (joining the team in Spring 2019).

Ideal Candidate:
The successful candidate will have at least 3-5 years of professional nonprofit fundraising experience. Strong writing, researching skills required. Must have demonstrated, applicable success raising funds. Familiarity with philanthropic giving. Work experience in the field of education is not required, but the successful candidate must have a strong personal belief in the power of education to change lives, a deep interest in international issues and a commitment to social justice.

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. Technology skills that meet today’s workforce demands (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Web conferencing, Customer Relationship Management etc.) and the aptitude for self-sufficiency are necessities. Must have the proven ability to use educational technology and virtual tools to solve problems and work with others across geographical locations. Must demonstrate organizational and time-management skills, with the agility to develop solutions in a fast-paced, iterative growth environment. A professional demeanor, executive presence, and strong written, verbal and presentation skills are essential for this role. Must have a successful track record navigating the inherent ambiguity of a growth environment and leading others through change.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Foundation/Corporate Grant Writing and Management
    • Draft thorough and relevant grant proposals.
    • Provide timely and thorough prospect research and tracking of supporters, gifts and initiatives.
    • Identify and prioritize grant opportunities that will support our aggressive 2030 Vision which includes organizational growth and expansion.
    • Integrate grant work into multi-year development plan.
    • Create and oversee an integrated marketing strategy that measurably raises awareness, builds and deepens relationships, increases programming engagement and supports the Organization’s growth and revenue initiatives.
    • Demonstrate compliance with grant writers’ conditions.
    • Draft and submit annual and other reports, including narratives and financials, for both private foundation and public/government grants.
    • Maintain meticulous records.
    • Partner with Director of Finance and Administration and Director of Professional Learning to receive program and finance updates as grants require.

  • Regional Support
    • Partner with regional Executive Directors to assist in place-based institutional fundraising.
    • Maintain and modify the place-based communication platform as required for regional foundations/corporations.
    • Provide regional EDs with ongoing prospects that align with regional fundraising goals.
    • Lead securing corporate and major sponsorships of our annual gala, World of Good.

  • Key Relationships:
    • Director of Finance and Administration
    • Director of Professional Learning
    • Chief Program Officer (Hiring Summer 2019)
    • Regional Executive Directors (Bay Area, and Midwest and East pending hire)

Annual Compensation:
Approximately in the $60,000 range commensurate with experience.

About Us:
Since 2002, World Savvy has impacted nearly 700,000 students and more than 5,000 teachers across 27 US states and 12 countries. Last year, nearly 70% of its students were people of color, and the majority of students identified as economically disadvantaged, English language learners or having special education needs. World Savvy’s work has been anchored in urban areas, with offices in San Francisco, the New York City/Tri-State Area and Minneapolis-St. Paul (its largest). In 2017, World Savvy expanded its reach to East Tennessee, as a springboard for future growth and expansion into rural communities. World Savvy’s Strategic Plan outlines its 2030 Vision to reach 10,000 schools in diverse geographies across the US and 5 million students by 2030, which represents approximately 10% of all US public middle and high schools.

World Savvy is an ambitious organization with big ideas, tenacious goals and a drive for continuous improvement. Its culture is one of optimism, authenticity, levity and learning. World Savvy believes that different voices and experiences contribute to stronger work and better outcomes and is deeply committed to inclusion and equity. As it strives to reflect the ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity of the communities it serves, World Savvy encourages people who identify within to apply.

Applying for the Position:

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter and recent writing sample to In your cover letter, please share why you are interested in the job and why your experiences and skills are a good fit.

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