Employment at the Garden

Manager, Corporate Relations

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Reports to:
Director, Corporate Relations
Assist in building long-term, multifaceted, collaborative partnerships in the corporate community that lead to success in raising operating funds for the Chicago Botanic Garden. During this time of transition back to in-person office settings, remote work opportunities are being offered for two days of the regular work week for this position.
Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Identify opportunities for sponsorship and corporate partnerships in conjunction with director of Corporate Relations through research and networking in the business community. Maintain a list of corporate/prospect information by keeping it relevant and up to date. Generate activity, evaluations, and reports as required.
  • Manage a portfolio of 25 – 30 key corporate accounts including coordinating a tracking system for solicitation, cultivation, stewardship, and benefit fulfillment for corporate partners.
  • Manage and coordinate the external and internal communications related to fulfillment of corporate sponsorships.
  • Manage the deliverables for all corporate sponsorship activity, including liaison with Marketing/Communications, Membership and Donor Services, and other Garden departments, as well as designated corporate sponsor contacts.
  • Provide administrative support such as screening incoming sponsorship inquiries, scheduling meetings, preparing sponsorship prospect packages, facilitating solicitation mailings, and creating customized sponsorship fulfillment recap reports.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in a development department within a nonprofit organization.
  • Must have excellent analytical, organizational, communication/customer service skills.
  • Must be IT-proficient, detail oriented, creative, energetic, flexible, and able to manage multiple priorities. Some weekend and evening work required.

*The Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires after this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption after an offer is extended.*


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Physical Demands:
Some requirements for lifting, pushing, pulling items less than 30 lbs. (placement of way-finding signs) distribution of partner materials, operating golf carts. Use of general office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, fax machines.
Why Apply?:

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a M/F, Disabled, and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, or basis of disability, or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.