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Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy

Year Up
Job Title: Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy
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December 17th, 2020
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Year Up is seeking a Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy to secure financial resources from major corporations nationwide in support of the Year Up mission, ongoing operations, and strategic initiatives. Reporting to the Senior Director of National Foundation & Corporate Partnerships, the Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy is responsible for meeting annual cash goals through engagement with corporations (corporate foundations, CSR divisions, and other vehicles) and other potential national sponsors. This role is responsible for leveraging Year Up’s existing corporate partnerships to maximize engagement, and sourcing new relationships that align with the organization’s strategic priorities.  This individual is responsible for effective pipeline management including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts for regional, and national corporate sponsors in the six-figure and above range to help fuel the organization’s growth.

The Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy will lead and iterate on our recently launched Corporate Changemakers sponsorship program to engage major companies as internship, hiring, volunteer engagement, and philanthropic partners. They will take a holistic approach to partnership creation using a shared value framework to maximize resources and engagement. This individual will also serve as a strategy consultant for all levels of corporate philanthropy across the Year Up network.

In keeping with Year Up’s values, the Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy will also have the opportunity to interact with students as coach, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in creating and sustaining a positive educational environment, with trust among students, faculty, and site leaders.




Year Up is seeking candidates who excel particularly in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong communication skills. Candidates should also demonstrate the following:



Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 30,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up has a presence in 27 U.S. cities, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity: http://www.yearup.org/about-us/careers/commitment-to-diversity/

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward existing and new corporate donors in the 6-7 figure and above range

  • Achieve cash and revenue goals, including multi-year sponsorship agreement targets, to help secure the organization’s annual operating need

  • Manage and evolve national sponsorship program and other related initiatives

  • Cultivate relationships with corporate foundation leadership and staff to successfully secure investments at significant level

  • Design and execute national and local sponsorship strategy in partnership with local fundraisers

  • Work collaboratively across functional teams including Corporate Engagement, Marketing, and with other relevant stakeholders

  • Represent Year Up by attending and participating in external meetings and events; and

  • Other duties as assigned

  • At least 7 years of fundraising success with an emphasis on major gifts

  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong partnerships with a diverse set of corporate philanthropy partners

  • A demonstrated commitment to achieving results: specifically securing 6+ figure sponsorships, meeting individual cash goals, and increasing corporate philanthropy commitments over time

  • Experience managing multiple projects

  • Demonstrated leadership and collaboration skills in a dynamic organizational environment

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

  • An understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers, as well as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • A passion for working with young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential, and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up

  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion

  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with relevant experience and skills.
  • Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare options and dental coverage; 401(k) match for eligible participants.
  • Vacation: Earn three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year.
  • Professional Development: Support available to all staff in achieving career objectives.

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