Jul 19, 2022

Partnership Development Manager

$58,000 - $75,000 yearly
  • NewRoot Learning Institute
  • Remote (Chicago, IL, USA)
Full-Time Education/Training Fundraising/Development Marketing/Communications

Job Description

Organization Overview

NewRoot is a national social impact organization that uplifts restorative mindsets in adults to
co-create thriving spaces for youth and communities through equity, wellness and radical love.
Through coaching and facilitation, NewRoot builds Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in adult
partners to nurture thriving spaces for young people, leading to elementary, secondary, and
post-secondary success and violence reduction. Our diverse and experienced team’s work is
grounded in our impact pillars: Relevance + Readiness, Culture + Climate, Leadership, and
Change + Transition. For more information, please visit www.newroot.org.

Position Summary

The Manager, Partnership Development will play an essential role in executing the organization’s
development and communication strategies. Working collaboratively with the Partnership
Development team, Chief Executive Officer, and Board of Directors, the Manager ensures that our
internal growth and evolution is effectively captured through our development and
communication efforts. Additionally, this role will require consistent, explicit and ongoing
collaboration with program teammates to ensure a united and clear connection between the work happening on the ground and communication with funders and partners. This role requires
someone with significant customer relationship management, nonprofit development, and/or
sales experience; clear communication skills, steadfast attention to detail and a relentless
commitment to our work.


This role follows typical Monday through Friday work hours and can be done 85% remotely at this
time. NewRoot’s West Loop office is where we gather for collaboration and culture-building, and
is available for deep focus work when needed. At least quarterly, travel to NewRoot events and/or partner sites throughout the Chicagoland Area will be required and regionally and/or nationally as the work expands. We are committed to a long-term flexible, hybrid work model.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Fundraising Development + Partnership Engagement

  • Manage all development and communication efforts to meet established revenue goals.
  • Oversee event planning and related fundraising campaigns.
  • Support grant applications, corporate engagement.
  • Cultivate relationships with new earned revenue partners; create proposals and contracts for all service requests.
  • Manage responses to all Requests for Proposals from district and municipal entities.
  • Support individual giving at all levels by coordinating fundraising campaigns.
  • Administer an effective prospect management system that ensures healthy donor
    pipelines, promotes donor-centered engagement strategies and maximizes overall giving.

Strategic Branding & Communications

  • Support the development and execution of a comprehensive communications strategy that advances the agency’s mission, strengthens internal identity and cohesion and
    furthers development priorities.
  • Manage the implementation of all marketing efforts, including website, newsletter and social media, as well as all fundraising communications related to events and donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • In collaboration with senior leadership, develop and manage external relationships with philanthropic partners, government entities, advocacy coalitions, civic organizations and professional associations.
  • Manage media relations, as needed, for purposes of promoting events or raising the
    profile of key policy issues related to NewRoot’s mission.

Organization Leadership

  • Center equity and inclusion in all work and in interactions with others
  • Actively work to engage, support, and develop a diverse and dynamic team
  • Uphold and model NewRoot’s shared agreements and participate as an active member of
    the NewRoot community
  • With the Leadership Team, support and implement organizational gatherings including
    All Hands Meetings, All Hands Retreat Days, and learning sessions
  • Help identify and address organizational issues that challenge and support health and


  • Protect organization by keeping proprietary information confidential
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional
    publications, and participating in professional organizations
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Direct Reports

  • None

Commitment to Equity

NewRoot Learning Institute is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse
and inclusive team. By centering equity in our practice, we work to actively nurture a culture of
inclusion where all NewRoot team members are involved, respected, and supported for their
diverse identities. Candidates from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.

Hiring Organization

NewRoot Learning Institute


Qualifications: Required

  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Recognizes the dignity of each individual, and demonstrates commitment to social justice
  • Strong self-/project-management skills; exceptional attention to detail and follow through
  • Ability to build trusting, impactful relationships with a diversity of stakeholders
  • Skilled at cross-team collaboration and communication
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate
    communicator with excellent written and public speaking skills
  • Flexible and skilled at navigating a fast-paced work environment
  • Strong analytical skills and experience utilizing a relational database (ie, Salesforce)
  • Expert-level skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Suite

Qualifications: Preferred

  • Development/External Affairs experience at a non-profit
  • Education sales/outreach experience
  • Knowledge of Chicago and national social impact fundraising landscape
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, sociology or a related field

Industry/Service Area

Education, Youth Development




Benefits of working at NewRoot include:

  • Being part of a team and organization that is results-driven, mission focused, and
    committed to work life balance
  • Opportunities for growth, leadership, and professional development
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 30+ paid days off per year
  • Paid parental leave

For more about NewRoot’s benefits, please visit: https://newroot.org/careers/.

Application Instructions

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@newroot.org. Attachments must be in Microsoft
Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email subject line.

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