Youth Guidance is hiring a
Originating in Chicago, Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education, and ultimately succeed in school and life. Our organization is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs and capacity-building initiatives, directly serving more than 13,000 youth.
At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they can do anything with the proper support. Our professional staff are trained to work with schools, parents, and families to meet kids where they are, so they stay on the right path toward a bright future.
We are looking for a Senior Accountant who will be responsible for applying accounting principles and procedures to analyze financial information and to prepare accurate and timely financial reports. This is a very exciting role that will help you grow whether you are beginning or are advanced in your career.
When you join our Development Team, you will:
Maintain a portfolio of 40-50 mid-level corporate and foundation donors and prospects; build and maintain relationships with new and existing donors
Conduct extensive and ongoing prospect research (online, databases, clearinghouses, professional literature, and donor prospecting directories) of current and prospective corporate and foundation donors to identify viable funding opportunities that align with Youth Guidance’s programs
Complete all stages of funding proposal development including confirming project/program objectives, contacting the funding partner for clarification of guidelines, writing letters of inquiry, online applications, and formal proposals and organizing site visits
Proofread and edit text for correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and concise and easy to understand language that effectively presents the agency’s mission and communicates a compelling case for support
Track deliverable action dates and progress toward opportunities in the submission pipeline utilizing Raiser’s Edge
Provide support to Senior Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Director of External Affairs in meeting and proposal preparation and follow-through
Work with internal stakeholders in the development of proposals and budgets
Monitor progress of funding proposals after submission to ensure that all required procedures and requirements are being met per the grant agreement
Serve as liaison/point of contact with current and prospective funding partners through emails, personal visits, phone calls, and personalized acknowledgements to achieve continued donor engagement
Strengthen corporate volunteer engagement through coordination with Youth Guidance programs and corporate partners, event planning, and stewardship activities
Cultivate new private sector champions by arranging site visits and other engagement opportunities with corporate leaders and community affairs staff
Perform other duties as assigned
You've Been Prepared for Greatness:
Your Greatness Will Shine Through:
Highly organized, strategic thinker, with proven ability to handle multiple tasks, handle pressure and meet deadlines
Skilled in writing and managing projects, submitting proposals and reports, following up and tracking information to a successful finish.
Skilled at building lasting relationships with potential donors and volunteers.
Experience working in a team environment
Ability to manage a wide variety of responsibilities and projects
Ability and experience to research donor prospects
Ability to present a positive image and communicate effectively via telephone, email, and in person
Ability to work with minimal supervision, manage multiple priorities and work in a deadline-driven environment.
Ability to interpret guidelines and procedures and analyze the proper response if faced with a problem.
Ability to demonstrate a high level of professional demeanor and work successfully with a wide variety of constituents including donors, board members, volunteers and consultants.
Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity, trustworthiness, flexibility, compassion and humor necessary to address the practicalities of a growing nonprofit, along with the creativity and persistence required to elicit new thinking and change.
Ability to demonstrate professional ethics which include approaching others in a tactful manner; reacting well under pressure; treating others with respect and consideration; accepting responsibility for own actions; following through on commitments.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, SharePoint and database management systems, Raiser’s Edge preferred)
Communication: Uses effective written and oral communication with internal staff, teams, and community served; demonstrates empathy and listening.
Client Orientation: Recognizes needs of diverse stakeholders and approaches relationships with a service orientation to ultimately maximize impact.
Equity Mindset: Understands and is committed to goals of equity; consistently brings an equity mindset to the organization’s work and workplace.
Growth Mindset: Views growth as important for personal and professional development; seeks out opportunities to expand skills, even if change is required; demonstrates curiosity and eagerness to learn.
Ownership and Quality of Work: Effectively manages own work, and work of teams when relevant, ensuring delivery of high-quality work.
Mission Driven: Demonstrates commitment to the mission of the organization as a whole and alignment with organizational values.
What You’ll Love About Us:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
At Youth Guidance, we understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are fundamental to realizing our vision of bright and successful futures for all young people. We celebrate the diversity of youth and recognize them as empowered leaders, problem-solvers, and experts of their own experiences. At the same time, we acknowledge that many systems and institutions meant to support youth are inequitable and unjust.
As such, we are committed to advancing DE&I through our words and our actions, both internally and externally, by:
***Please submit a cover letter along with your resume.***
Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Youth Guidance does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law and is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity along all of these lines. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.