Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Headquarters: 32 Laight Street, Floor 2, New York, NY 10013

The Mission and Vision

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of the 1 in 5 of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization and more.  Our mission is to empower parents and young adults, transform schools and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for the 1 in 5. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

NCLD’s flagship program, Understood.org, began with a vision of giving all parents access to deep expert resources usually available to few. Through a collective of 15 nonprofits, with diverse strengths and capabilities, we were able to significantly increase our impact in a field where resources are scarce. As an innovative digital resource and community for parents of children with learning and attention issues, Understood.org has reached more than 34 million people since October 2014.

The Position

NCLD is currently looking to add capacity to a growing Development team. We are seeking a senior corporate partnerships officer to cultivate and steward NCLD’s corporate partnerships, with goals to bring in significant revenue and expand our brand visibility to audiences of corporate employees and customers. The officer will collaborate closely with NCLD’s development, program, and marketing teams to improve the positioning of NCLD and the broader cause of learning and attention issues among corporations and their employees. With responsibilities related to cause marketing, corporate employee engagement, and fundraising, the ideal candidate will be well versed in creating and delivering compelling pitches to partners and have strength in relationship management.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 75-125 prospective and active corporate partners.
  • Lead the development of new corporate partnerships for NCLD, including the identification, cultivation, and stewardship of partners. Seek to engage both corporations and their employees in NCLD’s mission and charitable cause.
  • Determine a process and criteria for vetting new corporate prospects, along with a menu of engagement opportunities aligned to NCLD’s strategic priorities.
  • Integrate and manage corporate partner relationships across internal teams to assure a coordinated approach and maximized value.
  • Create cultivation strategies and pitches for new and existing corporate partners that are appropriately customized to each partner’s interests.
  • Lead and/or attend pitch meetings with new corporate prospects.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment, strategic thinking, and savvy in managing these important relationships for the organization. Leverage NCLD leadership, program leads, and board members in the cultivation process, as appropriate.
  • Work across internal teams to drive strategies relevant to corporate partners, and skillfully gather the input and commitments necessary to achieve mission-driven deliverables.
  • Develop a stewardship and renewal strategy to engage corporate partners in each pillar of NCLD’s corporate strategy, and keep the partner engaged long-term.
  • Partner with development team to build relationships with individuals that may own or have leadership roles in corporations, to help support NCLD’s fundraising priorities.
  • Provide oversight for best practices in corporate donor record management and reporting.
  • Establish and regularly report out to senior leadership on Key Performance Indicators including: revenue goals; donor growth and retention; number of gifts secured; average gift size; and conversion rate from cause marketing or employee assistance to grants and vice versa.
  • Lead corporate engagement strategies including:
    • Grants & Sponsorships.
      • Develop cultivation strategies for grants ($25,000+) that fund program areas and general operating support for NCLD. Lead the creation of proposals, reports, and related budgets, in partnership with development, program, and finance teams.
      • Negotiate corporate sponsorship opportunities for events and programming to ensure mutually beneficial partnerships.
    • Cause Marketing.
      • Lead the development of cause marketing campaigns, in collaboration with NCLD internal teams and corporate partners.
      • Provide reporting and analysis on success of each campaign, with recommendations for further improvement or evolution.
    • Employee Assistance, Volunteerism, & Giving.
      • Engage corporate employers in the distribution of Understood.org resources to their employee networks.
      • Collaborate with internal departments to design and execute volunteer opportunities for corporate employees.
      • Establish NCLD presence in corporate employee giving programs, and develop relevant marketing materials. Identify employee “champions” to advocate for our cause.
    • Other Duties.
      • Manage any messaging, marketing, and events related to corporate partners.
      • Lead the development and production of all partnership materials, marketing materials, slide decks, and web content.
      • Maintain clear and thorough records on corporate relationships and interactions.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree a plus.
  • 7-10 years of corporate philanthropy/fundraising experience. Relevant for-profit experience in marketing and brand management is a plus.
  • Keen understanding of marketing, branding, public relations, and special event needs of corporations.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in securing corporate sponsorships and funding from corporations.
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and oral communication skills. Attention to detail and high standards for presentation of written material. Experience creating presentations to secure corporate funding.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, with individuals and cross-disciplinary teams, both internal and external to NCLD.
  • Positive attitude and commitment to teamwork.
  • Strong work ethic and high standards for personal and professional excellence.
  • Acute attention to detail, and dedication to quality assurance and follow-through.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Passion and commitment to NCLD’s mission. Prior knowledge of learning and attention issues is not required, but a willingness to learn is essential.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as needed.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

For additional information on the organization, please visit their website at www.ncld.org.

For additional information on learning and attention issues, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, executive functioning issues, nonverbal learning disabilities, processing issues and more, please visit www.understood.org.

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@ncld.org with the subject title “Job Application: First Name Last Name, Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer”

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