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Corporate Relations Manager - Full-time position

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida seeks an experienced manager with a proven track record to manage its Corporate Relations. The Corporate Relations Manager must have experience in building and cultivating strategic relations, donor relations and management skills.
The Corporate Relations Manager will be responsible for building Make-A-Wish’s presence through local and national relationships. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: • Prospects for and researches new sponsors/donors for partnerships (examples).
• Works closely with Special Event Manager/Coordinators to coordinate “asks” of new prospects.
• Solicits new and existing corporations for their interest in developing a partnership with Make-A-Wish (fundraising, volunteering, sponsorship and awareness)
• Follows up on external requests for information about Make-A-Wish
• Conducts follow up calls to potential cash sponsors and in-kind donors
• Attends networking functions to develop relationships with potential donors
• Responsible for proper recognition and cultivation of corporate donors
• Establishes and maintains productive relationships with internal/external contacts (Make-A-Wish Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish America and our West Coast field office)
• Makes presentations and/or meets with corporations, organizations and committees about their possible involvement with Make-A-Wish
• Manages the “ask” process for internal events, from creating the sponsorship packages and mailing lists to the sale of a sponsorship, table or seat
• Prepares proposals and secures sponsorships for our internal and some external events
• Makes oral presentations on behalf of Make-A-Wish
• Fulfills specific responsibilities for all internal events, including, but not limited to, liaison with external event sponsors and event planning and production
• Manages the overall performance and involvement of three development staff
• Works closely with the Board of Directors (engaging their corporations as well as those of their colleagues)
• Identifies local companies for potential national partnerships
• Processes all donations from corporations (including matching gifts) including thank you letters and recognition
• Attends after hours events relating to networking and cultivation of existing and new relationships
• Keeps current development trends through continuing education and community involvement
• Works on any other projects and/or events deemed important by the President/CEO or the VP of Development

The following requirements represent the knowledge, skill and ability necessary to perform this job successfully: Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of work experience, ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments from a variety of staff and vendors, ability to accomplish projects with little supervision,  successful experience creating and executing market plans and strategies, ability to visit with corporate sponsors or other related opportunities throughout the chapter’s territory and proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. Raiser’s Edge experiences a plus.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jgebhon@fsynjvfu.bet



Internship Requirements

Internships are available during the Fall, Spring & Summer semesters and applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Interns are expected to work between 15 to 20 hours a week during an 12 to 16 week period. Internships are also available for course credit (contingent upon university approval). All internships are non-paid. We have openings in our Ft. Lauderdale and Bonita Springs offices.

Qualified applicants will possess strong written and oral communication skills, working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite which includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and demonstrate maturity and responsibility. Ability to handle multiple tasks and possess strong organizational skills is also encouraged.

To apply for an internship in the Ft. Lauderdale office, potential candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Melanie Holley at zubyyrl@fsynjvfu.bet or fax (954) 967-2468. No phone calls please.

To apply for an internship in the Bonita Springs office, potential candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Lesley Colantonio at ypbynagbavb@fsynjvfu.bet or fax (239) 992-2833. No phone calls please.

 

Internship - Brand Advancement

This intern will support the Brand Advancement Team in a variety of areas including story writing/researching, social media, and public relations. During this internship you will learn to work within a team, develop oral and written communication skills, improve problem solving skills through task management, and gain knowledge of a career in the non-profit field.

Applicants should be self-motivated and have strong communication skills and attention to detail. Experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+), web research, and story writing is strongly encouraged. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Communications, Journalism, or other fields with an emphasis on writing skills. You may be asked to submit a writing sample for further consideration.

Internship - Program Services

This individual will assist the Program Services Department in planning and follow-up of wishes for eligible children. This intern will maintain communication with wish families, communicate with medical professionals, assist with referral calls, complete file close-outs, and update the wish database. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Life or related fields. All majors are welcome. Applicants that are bilingual in Spanish or Creole are needed and encouraged to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Development/Fundraising

The Development - Fundraising Intern will assist in all areas related to fundraising and will support major fundraising programs. General responsibilities include strategic planning to grow programs such as Kids For Wish Kids, Wishes in Flight, Corporate partners, and Workplace giving; research and solicit local companies, schools, clubs and civic organization etc.; cultivate new donors; set up speaking engagements for new donors; form and manage a youth advisory board to grow our Kids for Wish Kids program; and help update and maintain files for donors and events. Ideal for applicants with ease and comfort speaking with others, organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, working knowledge of social media, excellent writing and communications skills and a positive attitude. Bonita Springs office only.

Internship - Development/National Alliances

The Development/National Alliances Intern will work directly with the Development staff to provide assistance and support to annual fundraising campaigns that include, but are not limited to, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual and corporate donors to help build relationships with our local and national alliances. Intern will play a role in the coordination and implementation of fundraising initiatives including promotions with national corporate partners to streamline outreach and chapter support for each external partnership. Intern will learn how for-profit corporations partner with nonprofits like Make-A-Wish to further their initiatives. Additionally, there will be some event planning assistance, including an opportunity to participate in and organize logistics for wish celebrations and donor cultivation events. This role will directly participate in the coordination of key national partnership campaigns including Subaru’s Share The Love & Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaigns. Applicants should have strong organizational and time management skills, excellent customer service skills and be passionate about learning non-profit work. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations, the intern will gain an understanding of nonprofit fundraising, community outreach and marketing. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business, Public Relations or Non-profit Management. All majors are welcome to apply.

Internship - Development/Major & Planned Gifts

The Development - Major & Planned Gifts Intern will work directly with the Director of Major and Planned Gifts to provide assistance and support with all aspects of the development process.  During this internship you will help conduct prospect research, draft correspondence, interact with the constituent database, help with scheduling, and work on specific, development related assignments.  At the conclusion of this internship you will have a fundamental knowledge of the major and planned gift fundraising process as well as understand the various methods utilized within the not-for-profit fundraising sector.  Applicants should be curious, engaging, detail-oriented, and motivated to learn about this aspect of non-profit work by becoming intimately involved in the many facets related to identifying, cultivating, and securing major and planned gifts.  Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business or Non-profit Management.  All majors are welcome to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Medical and Community Outreach

The Medical and Community Outreach Intern will support the Medical and Community Outreach Manager with all aspects of the medical and community outreach program. During this internship you will research and identify referral resources, schedule in-service appointments, assist with preparation for outreach appointments, and follow-up with medical professionals on referral forms and required documentation.  Applicants should be self-motivated and have strong communication skills and attention to detail. Knowledge of Word, Excel, Access and internet search helpful. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Life or related fields. All majors are welcome to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Development/Stewardship

The Development/Stewardship Intern will provide assistance and support to the Development department with annual fundraising efforts that include, but are not limited to, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, corporate and foundation donors. Responsibilities will include cause-related marketing projects, community outreach, grant research, help in coordinating donor stewardship that includes, but is not limited to, gathering wish story information to share with donors, coordinating donor mailings  etc. - all in an effort to raise funds needed to grant wishes.

Applicants should have strong organizational and time management skills, excellent customer service skills and be passionate to learn about  this aspect of non-profit work . Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations, the intern will gain an understanding of nonprofit fundraising, community outreach and marketing. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business, Public Relations or Non-profit Management.  All majors are welcome to apply.

Internship - Special Events

The Special Events Intern supports Make-A-Wish's major special events. The primary responsibilities include assisting with marketing of events, facilitating the donation of high-end auction items and designing and implementing the visual aspects of silent auction displays. The Special Events Intern will also provide general assistance and office support to Development Team, and interact with donors and vendors relating to the events. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Business or related fields. All majors are welcome.

Internship - Volunteer Relations

The Volunteer Relations Intern will assist the Volunteer Coordinator in all aspects of the Volunteer Program including but not limited to recruitment and training volunteers, managing volunteer files, processing applications, and communicating with volunteers. Must be comfortable and confident communicating over the phone. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, or other related fields. All majors are welcome. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Inc.
4491 S State Road 7
Suite 201
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 967-9474
Toll Free (888) 773-9474
Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Southwest Florida Regional Office
3655 Bonita Beach Road
Suite 3
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 992-9474

Make-A-Wish® U.S. Virgin Islands
PMB 547
8168 Crown Bay Marina Ste 505
St Thomas, VI 00802-5819
(340) 474-0798

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Tampa Bay Regional Office
324 North Dale Mabry Hwy
Suite 203
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 288-2600

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Suncoast Regional Office
3430 Magic Oak Lane
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 378-9474