Cradles to Crayons (C2C) was founded in 2002, with a mission of providing children, from birth to age 12 living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need in order to grow and thrive – at home, at school, and at play. The Associate Director of Corporate Relations & Foundations will ensure that Cradles to Crayons meets the goals for strategic engagement by building and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships with corporations that advance the goals of both Cradles to Crayons and the partnering organizations.
Cradles to Crayons is at the cutting edge of volunteer management, serving as one of the most attractive organizations to volunteer at in its headquartered city of Boston, providing unique, hands-on opportunities to help others in need. Cradles to Crayons meets a critical need – many children of age 12 and younger live in poverty-stricken situations. Consider that more than 305,000 Massachusetts children, 12 years old and younger, live in low-income or poverty-stricken households. In any given year, more than 100,000 of them will experience homelessness. Their living conditions can have negative effects on their self-esteem as poverty can lead to behavioral, social, and emotional problems affecting education and safety. Half of these children start 1st grade up to 2 years later than their peers and many live in more hazardous environments that can increase the risk of injury and crime.
The Associate Director of Corporate Relations & Foundations (ADCRF) reports to the Director of Development in the Boston market. He/she is responsible for the execution of Cradles to Crayons’ expanding corporate fundraising and engagement activities including program and event sponsorships and revenue-generating service events. Also, the ADCRF oversees Cradles to Crayons’ day-to-day corporate engagement programs and leads a cross-functional team to maximize corporate relationships for volunteer shifts, collection drives and other strategic relationship building opportunities. Additionally, the ADCRF will help to ensure that C2C meets their foundation engagement objective by working closely with the Grants Writer to build and maintain relationships that advance the goals of C2C and the partnering organization. The ADCRF works well in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced and team-based environment to support the management of existing partnerships as well as the cultivation of new ones.
The ideal Associate Director of Corporate Relations & Foundations will have:
- Five plus years of professional experience in development; experience in Greater Boston philanthropic community preferred.
- Management experience; at least one year in a supervisory role preferred.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, proficiency in SalesForce or a CRM system such as Raiser’s Edge and research tools such as Foundation Directory or GrantStation.
- Passionate team player; demonstrate a positive and supportive attitude and willingness to work closely with C2C team at all levels.
- Bachelor’s degree