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Kennon Reinard

Manager of Development Communications and Grants

Overview of Position:

Marwen seeks a passionate and innovative fundraiser who believes in the power of young people, community, and the arts to lead efforts for social change. The Manager of Development Communications serves as the guiding voice for all development communications, as well as leading the identification, cultivation and solicitation of grants from foundation, corporate, and government sources to meet Marwen’s growing funding needs. Corporate, Foundation, and Government revenue currently accounts for approximately 25% of the organization’s annual operating budget, with ample opportunity to grow through prospecting and innovative work with Marwen education staff. The Manager of Development Communications will work in partnership with the Senior Manager of Communications to develop impactful messaging for all other fundraising pieces including Annual Fund campaigns, major gift proposals, and stewardship reports in collaboration with the Director of Development and relevant members of the Marwen team. Finally, the role will support major department initiatives and complete other correspondence projects as assigned, and will maintain accurate and organized corporate, foundation, and government fundraising records and reports for use by Marwen’s directors and trustees.

Corporate, Foundation and Government Fundraising

Manage the preparation, review and timely submission of grant proposals, reports, budgets, and other grant requirements.Collaborate with Marwen’s education department to ensure accurate and compelling descriptions of programming efforts, goals, and impact.Collaborate with Marwen’s finance department to create accurate financial reports, projections and budgets.Plan and execute funder visits for the Executive Director, Director of Development, and engage other staff and Board members as necessary.Prepare annual income budgets for grants revenue and track progress toward goals; report to Marwen directors and trustees as required.Monitor local and national trends in philanthropy and impact messaging, particularly in the arts and culture, education, and youth development space. Conduct ongoing prospect research, and in partnership with the Director of Development, identify and implement thoughtful strategies to attract new and increased funding from government and foundation grant makers.Maintain accurate electronic and paper records related to grants, as well as deadline calendars using Raiser’s Edge.Annual Fund and Major Gift Support

Work in collaboration with Senior Manager of Communications to develop a suite of impactful messages communicating Marwen’s mission, vision, and key objectives that can be used across the department for various projects. Develop and author Marwen’s annual fund campaign strategy and messaging in collaboration with other development department members and the Senior Manager of Communications, including expansion into the digital sphere.In collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Development, oversee the creation of innovative major gift proposals and stewardship reports. Research and identify trends in development communications industry-wide, but specifically as it relates to the work of creative youth development. The ideal candidate will have:

Bachelor’s degree required 
3-5 years of experience in institutional fundraising or annual fund communication, strongly desirable that the candidate possesses a working knowledge of the Chicago and national philanthropic communityExcellent written and verbal communicator with the ability to appropriately align Marwen’s programs with funders’ areas of interestStrong organizational skills and the ability to work autonomously and collaboratively to set goals, establish priorities, and achieve objectives Experience with or interest in the visual arts or creative youth development programGoal-oriented with a proven ability to prioritize and move projects forwardHigh level of initiative, energy, flexibility and resilience, as well as a willingness and excitement to work in a highly collaborative environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge, or related fundraising databaseMarwen is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace. We strongly encourage those who reflect our communities to apply, including bilingual individuals, LGBTQI and/or people of color.

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Manager of Development Communications.” The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2019. No phone calls, please. Marwen is committed to offering a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and includes full health benefits, generous PTO and 401k. The starting salary for this position is $45,000, commensurate with experience.

About Marwen:

Marwen educates and inspires young people. We provide year-round, out-of-school visual arts, college planning, and career development programs to students from nearly every neighborhood in Chicago. The tuition-free programs engage nearly 900 6th- 12th graders annually.

Teaching artists and education staff utilize the tools of creative youth development to facilitate courses in a wide range of disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, animation, fashion design, and mixed media. For more information, visit

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago