Manager, Development & Stewardship

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Location: Chicago (IL) (preferred), Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC) 

Employment Type: Full-time

Start Date: August 2021

Application Deadline: July 23, 2021

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to (applications submitted via email will not be accepted).


The Challenge

In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Before COVID-19, an African American with a BA was twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart, and a Bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background started their career earning only two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds. While education has the potential to be the great equalizer, only 25% of our country’s 1.2 million first-generation or low-income college enrollees are predicted to land a strong job after graduation and be on a path to the American Dream. And with the COVID-19 crisis upon us, now more than ever, college students from humble beginnings need to be prepared to compete for strong jobs.

Our Vision

We believe that our country’s next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere, but they need a talent strategy that matches them in strength and diversity. We envision an American Dream Team—100,000 diverse leaders-in-the-making—prepared to access and thrive in strong first jobs after college graduation.

Theory of Action

Braven supports untapped students from college to career by partnering with universities, employers, and college success organizations to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Fellows emerge from Braven with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven has worked with more than 2,300 students at four campuses at Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, and National Louis University to date.


Braven Fellows across the country are persisting in college and achieving exciting levels of internship and job attainment. 

  • 95% of our Fellows are persisting in or have graduated from college. 
  • 73% of Braven college graduates have at least one internship during college, compared with 49% of first-generation seniors at large state universities, and Braven Fellows outpace the national average for strong job attainment. 
  • Within six months of graduation, 71% of Fellows secured quality full-time jobs worthy of their Bachelor’s degree or enrolled in graduate school, compared to 56% of all students and 49% of students from similar backgrounds.

We believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream.

The Role:

Braven is seeking a Development and Stewardship Manager to play a key role in the organization’s growing body of philanthropic fundraising and donor stewardship. The Manager of Development and Stewardship will be responsible for collaboratively building a deeper understanding of the philanthropic communities in which Braven works, crafting Braven’s story to inspire action within those communities, and creating and managing effective stewardship processes that fuel ongoing commitment among our donors. 

You’ll be a fit for the role if you love crafting the right narrative to drive action, are a strategic thinker, enjoy making complex tasks simple, and operate with a strong customer service orientation. If you have career aspirations to lead a development team or take on other leadership roles where fundraising is a key skill, this position will be a great opportunity to learn and build your muscle in grants management, donor stewardship, and fundraising strategy, while cross-collaborating to meet ambitious goals. 

In partnership with Braven’s Director of Development and regional Executive Directors as we seek to raise ~$14M annually, you’ll have the following responsibilities: 

  • Tell the Braven story through writing inspiring grant proposals, grant reports, and external collateral. 
    • Research and synthesize donor data using a variety of sources to develop excellent donor briefs and proposals. 
    • Synthesize program outcomes data in a clear and compelling way. 
  • Collaborate with Executive Directors and the Data, Finance, and External Affairs teams to gather data and key information required in grant proposals and reports. 
    • Provide excellent customer service by troubleshooting grant and donor needs as they arise. 
    • Manage efficient and smart systems through maintaining up to date activities, campaigns, opportunities and account information in Salesforce and Asana. 
    • Implement stewardship strategies and processes to acknowledge donations in a timely and thoughtful manner, as well as support holiday and Giving Tuesday campaigns that increase giving and build loyalty to Braven. 
  • Manage Development Intern 

To be successful at Braven during this phase of growth, on the External Affairs team, and in this role, you must demonstrate Braven’s core values, skillfully navigate ambiguity and ongoing change, approach problems with curiosity and agency, and welcome constant feedback and learning. You will thrive if you can quickly jump into the Braven context and adapt to unexpected changes, love taking on new challenges, and can get yourself unstuck. You will need to take initiative and find a way when clear structures, systems, processes, and expectations may not be well-defined. You must have a high degree of self-ownership, a team and mission-driven orientation, a low degree of ego, and a high degree of grace. Come join us in shaping the next generation of leaders!

Experiences, Skills, and Traits:

  • At least 2-3 years of relevant work experience 
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with proven storytelling ability
  • Strong analytical skills; ability to research and synthesize outcomes data or donor data  in a compelling way
  • Experience with complex project management including stakeholders from various teams (e.g., program, finance, data) that led to results
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Highly-developed attention to detail 
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, results-oriented, data-driven, and curious
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Customer-service orientation
  • Learns quickly and manages large volumes of feedback on a regular basis

Total Rewards Philosophy:

Braven is committed to attracting and retaining extraordinary, diverse leaders who believe deeply in our mission and uphold our core values as organizational leaders and stewards within and outside of the organization. Braven provides a “total rewards package” that encompasses comprehensive and competitive benefits, compensation, recognition, and career development. Current benefits include: 85% of health care costs covered, unlimited vacation time, up to 5% of your salary matched in 401K contributions starting your first full month after you enroll, paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff, and competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization and take internal equity seriously. Staff who are meeting expectations generally receive an annual 3% increase. Braven conducts benchmarking every other year; based on this external data, some salaries may also receive market adjustments to keep pace with relevant competition in similar roles. Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time.

The salary for this position depends on your prior work experience and the starting range for this position will likely be between $51,500-$61,000. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

In typical times where social distancing is not in place, Braven teammates gather in the office four days a week. Each teammate can use one flex day of their choosing per week to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves one commute per week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of one of our hubs. For this position, we are seeking applicants in Chicago (preferred), New York City, and Newark.

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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