General Description: Builds awareness of the Food Depository and manages cause-related marketing relationships in addition to engaging and developing donors and partners in the Chicago business community. This individual will be charged with developing cause marketing strategies and new relationships and must be able to interact with senior-level executives at partner companies. This individual must establish and maintain strong working relationships with Food Depository team members and foster a collaborative work environment. This position has revenue and expense responsibilities, and the incumbent must participate in weekend and evening events to advance the organization's philanthropic objectives.
Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
Develop strategy and annual plan for joint marketing and fundraising that meets partners’ corporate social responsibility goals and supports the Food Depository’s fundraising, marketing, and volunteer engagement initiatives. Focus of engagement activities is on small and medium sized companies in the Food Depository’s service area of Chicago and Cook County
Maintain Existing Cause Marketing Partnerships
Serve as main contact, as appropriate, and manage all aspects of existing cause marketing programs.
Promote cause partnerships and corporate brands.
Deepen Food Depository involvement with current partners
Ensure interdepartmental coordination in donor development and stewardship through regular communication and management of several databases.
Support national Feeding America cause marketing programs at the local level to maximize donation and engagement opportunities.
Other duties as assigned.
Develop and Execute New Cause Marketing and Engagement Partnerships
Develop new cause marketing programs with new or existing corporate partners to meet revenue goals.
Identify and build a pipeline of new institutional relationships that result in meaningful engagements.
Partner with MAVEN and Development colleagues as well as colleagues across the organization to identify additional engagement opportunities for key relationships, such as volunteering, food drives, food donations, and other support.
Research potential partners and help generate ideas and cause marketing programs that would appeal to these prospects.
Create proposals, presentations and follow up materials to sell ideas to prospective partners.
Respond to all inbound cause marketing requests and expand partnerships, as appropriate.
Give tours of facility to engage current and potential partners.
Manage Cause Marketing Events
Manage relationships with partners, including proposals for new events, expansion of current events, event planning, post-event follow-up and formal evaluation.
Procure and manage Food Depository resources including volunteers, transportation, production and staff for all cause marketing events.
Provide excellent customer service to corporate partners by sending prompt acknowledgements and receipts.
Update and create new materials, as needed, for all cause marketing events.
Plan and manage cause marketing budget.
Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years’ experience in sales, promotional marketing or event management; cause marketing and revenue/expense forecasting experience desired.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong presentation and negotiation skills
Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and effectively
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple relationships
Demonstrated ability to work in diverse communities
Excellent public speaking skills and ability to guide tours with a wide range of partners
Proficiency in Microsoft Office - Power Point, Excel, Word, Outlook
Raiser’s Edge knowledge desirable
Requires evening and weekend hours to attend cause marketing events.
Normal office environment; exposure to warehouse environment.
Interacts with Food Depository staff, potential and existing partners, donors, suppliers, volunteers.
About Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 700 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 70 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 159,000 meals every day.