Resource Development Manager

Company: IFF

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Function: Project Management


Title: Resource Development Manager

Employee Status: Full Time-Exempt

Salary: Salary Grade 3. This salary grade starts at $61,600.

Reports to: Vice President of Resource Development

Department: External Affairs – Resource Development

Location: Chicago, IL

Hybrid:  In office: T/W | Remote: M/Th/F


Department Function

The Department of External Affairs engages with the stakeholders that make  IFF’s community development work possible. It oversees grant fundraising  efforts through philanthropic, corporate, and government sources; leads a  communications program directed to our clients, partners, funders, and  investors; and connects with government decision-makers on public policy  that impact IFF’s work.


The Organization

IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive. Key to  our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving  positive results. Across the Midwest we help clients from every sector, including human service agencies,  health centers, schools, affordable housing developers, and healthy food grocery operators. Staff contribute  extensive business experience and an unrivaled connection to the mission of IFF to the clients we serve.

IFF is looking for candidates with a commitment to the work we do who can demonstrate their creativity,  diligence, enthusiasm, growth-mindset, thoughtfulness, and passion to make meaningful change in the areas  of economic and racial justice.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Partnering to create thriving communities is at the heart of everything we do. We leverage knowledge,  capital, and resources to advance equitable and transformational outcomes in under-resourced  communities, guided by our commitment to be an inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppressive institution that  honors communities as asset-rich and as experts in their own stories.


Basic Job Function 

The Resource Development Manager leads prospect research, writing grant and funding requests, and leads grants management for IFF’s department and sector initiatives for funding in the Eastern, Southern, and  Indianapolis regions and others as assigned.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads writing, development, and submittal of assigned department and sector initiative  philanthropic and corporate grants. Coordinates with staff across departments to gather program  narrative, financial budgets, impact data and grant externalities.
  • Manages active grant portfolio for assigned core business and program and initiative grants. Leads  on proposal development and submittal. Ensures assigned grants are documented through grant life  cycle (i.e. recorded in CRM tracking system, contracts reviewed and executed, thank you  correspondence sent, reporting and renewal dates entered into work plan). Leads relevant grant  kick-off meetings and regularly meets with department staff to document progress on grant  deliverables. Gathers content, financial and impact data from relevant departments to prepare  funding reports for assigned grants and leads submission
  • Assists with the preparation of assigned federal and multi-state government funding requests  through content development, proposal coordination, research, writing, and editing large  government grant proposals as scheduled, including CDFI Fund and others as determined. Works  with relevant departments to coordinate content and financial and impact data for the proposals.
  • Assists with developing, recommending, and implementing new policies, tools, and structures to  improve the grants management process. Assists with the implementation and continued refinement  of Resource Development’s broader suite of tools.
  • Assists with Program Related Investments and annual narrative report requirements.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Promotes an environment of empathy and respect, ensures the inclusion of all team members, and will actively engage in EDI events and learning opportunities.
  •  Performs other duties as assigned.

Performance Measures

  • Timely and effective performance of daily internal and external communication with IFF staff and  clients.
  • Meets all assigned proposal and reporting deadlines.
  • Maintains clear and effective paper and electronic proposals, reporting and fiscal fundraising files.
  • Works in collaboration with other staff to complete assigned grant proposals and reports.
  • Efficient use of time and ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Maintenance of all files, contacts, reports, and systems in a timely and accurate manner to assure  ready retrieval of information.
  • High level of initiative on projects and day-to-day work.
  • Recommends solutions to identified issues and problems.
  • Cultivates a culture of openness in information sharing. Encourages open communication,  cooperation, and the sharing of knowledge.
  • Models personal accountability that promotes ownership and engagement.
  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues, peers, and team members.
  • Values and supports differences in others, contributing to an inclusive work  environment. Demonstrates the ability and willingness to communicate effectively with people of  diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a collaborative, collegial, and caring community.
  • High level of satisfaction with both internal colleagues and external contacts.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferred, or equivalent experience in a relevant position.


Previous Experience:  Minimum of 5 years of experience with grant writing, fund research and reporting required. Experience in and knowledge of nonprofit sector, community development, or early childhood  education is strongly preferred.


Additional Requirements:  Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize among them. Ability to understand  and manage complex information and projects. Strong oral and written communication skills. High level of  experience with database systems, Adobe Acrobat, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the ability to manage  integration between various computer programs. Occasional evening and weekend work.


IFF does not offer the following:

  • Relocation package
  • 100% remote
  • Sponsorship to applicants who require or will require a work permit.

Check off only some boxes in the requirements listed above. Studies have shown that marginalized communities – such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color – are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every qualification. So, if you’re excited about this role, we encourage you to apply.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: Grade 3. This salary grade starts at $61,600.

How to Apply

Application Instructions: Please visit the Careers section of our website to apply online. A resume is required, a cover letter is greatly appreciated.