Manager, Development & Stewardship

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time

Job Title: Manager, Development & Stewardship 

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

Employment Type: Full-time

Start Date: October 2022 (or earlier if possible)

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

About Braven

We believe that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. We empower promising college students with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.  

Learn more about Braven’s impact:

Braven was named one of America’s Best Startup Employers 2022 by Forbes! We’re proud to be a nonprofit organization that values its employees and has always been committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that mirrors our country.

About the Role

In order to achieve its ambition of serving 40,000 Fellows over the next decade, 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. 

What You’ll Do: In partnership with Braven’s Director of Development and regional Executive Directors as we seek to raise ~$21M 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!

Qualifications & Skills: Braven is looking for a data-driven storyteller and project manager. You are bringing experiences and strengths like these:

  • 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

Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in Chicago (IL) preferred, Atlanta (GA),  Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC)
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and have received the Booster vaccination against COVID-19 and provide proof of such by the date of hire. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exempted individuals will be subject to weekly testing if they engage in any in-person work activities.   

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your demonstrated fit for the role, will likely be between $49,000 - $61,200 for Atlanta, $51,500 - $64,400 for Chicago, and $55,700 - $69,600 for New York or Newark. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. 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 and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide, week-long shutdowns in July and the end of the calendar year 
  • Match of your 401K contribution up to 5% of your base annual salary, starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium 
  • A one month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff


When social distancing is not in place, we gather in the office three days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of one of our hubs: Chicago, New York City, Newark, and Atlanta. Each teammate can use two flex days per week of their choosing 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 two commutes per week. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  

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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