Established in late 2012, Skills was launched as a demand-driven organization that focuses on the hiring demand of employers, creating a paradigm shift in the traditional supply-driven approach to workforce development. With its origins rooted in Chicago, the model has directly impacted the lives of 13,000+ job seekers across two markets – Chicago and Rhode Island.
Skills’ mission is to increase economic mobility of under and unemployed talent. They achieve this by connecting the underemployed and unemployed to quality jobs through its deep partnership and understanding of the unique human capital needs of its network of engaged employers. Skills bridges the “last mile” gap for job seekers by operating as the “first mile” for employers who are seeking connections with under-resourced communities to find talent.
Today, Skills is a national thought leader with a growth trajectory to expand as a business intermediary locally and nationally. The organization has a national expansion plan for the next ten years, calling for adding 25 locations across the U.S.
The Senior Manager of Development, National Expansion, will be reporting to the Senior Vice President of Development & Sustainability. They will be responsible for execution of a substantial piece of Skills’ national expansion fundraising and philanthropy strategy. This will include working collaboratively with the SVP of Development, the National Expansion team, and Skills’ CEO and executive leadership team to build on the success of our fundraising efforts.
This position will provide primary support to the national expansion $10m campaign that is currently underway ($2.6m raised to date), with a goal of securing $10m by 2025 from foundation, corporate and individual sources. This is to fund both the national expansion team, its operations, and seed funding for local partner sites.
The ideal candidate will be highly organized and a self-starter with great communication skills and experience in developing funder and individual donor relationships. They will be responsible for: