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Corporate Partnerships and Events Manager

Wardrobe for Opportunity | Oakland CA 94612 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/14/2012

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Corporate Partnerships & Events Manager

About Wardrobe for Opportunity
Since 1995, Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) has worked in partnership with the community to assist low-income individuals to find jobs, keep jobs and build careers. With a strong focus on economic equity, we provide critical services that bridge the gap. WFO equips low-income job-seekers with the tools they need to secure employment, and empowers the working poor with skills to advance in the workplace. In partnership with hundreds of community agencies and volunteers from across the Bay Area, WFO has helped over 20,000 clients to achieve economic well-being and success for themselves, their families and their communities.

We have a small, fast-paced, high energy office--making great impact in the community! We operate many programs at once and highly value our interactions with volunteers, clients, nonprofit agencies, donors, and each other. We provide service at two boutiques in Oakland and in Concord, both accessible by public transportation. For more information, please visit

Role and Responsibilities
The Manager of Corporate Partnerships & Events builds and sustains relationships with local companies as well as plans and executes annual fundraising events. By developing new partnerships, the Manager will lead WFO in growing a pipeline that includes: corporate giving, cause marketing partnerships, volunteering, in-kind donations, and sponsorship revenue.

We are looking for a collaborative self-starter with a gift for increasing the agency's bottom line. This position is perfect for someone who excels at building relationships, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and contributes strategically to the overall mission. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator, skilled at public speaking, and able to interact with a wide variety of constituents, from our clients to CEOs at corporations. Pride in one's fundraising abilities, a "never take no for an answer" ethic, and passion for our mission are key. Graphic design skills are a plus.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Establish, maintain and develop new corporate partnerships, manage the budget, decision making with regard to all development activities
• Manage and serve as main contact for all WFO events, including management of budgets and all decision-making
• Ensure all leads/contacts/opportunities are documented in WFO's account management database (Salesforce)
• Create a corporate partnership pipeline in conjunction with the Executive Director to increase prospects for in-kind donations, corporate giving, volunteers, and event sponsorship
• Create a cultivation plan for corporate partners to deepen their engagement with WFO for increased funding and/or group volunteer participation
• Create and manage programs that build relationships with local businesses that support all WFO programs including special sales events, employee engagement activities, etc.
• Contribute corporate content to WFO newsletter
• Create and manage events that increase community engagement
• Actively identify and cultivate potential hosts for home-based fundraising events and WFO's community events
• Plan and hold at least two open house events each year which bring together WFO stakeholders
• Identify community event opportunities to benefit WFO (i.e. 10% of days proceeds go to WFO or entire proceeds of an event go to WFO)
• Act as main WFO contact for Studio WFO
• Work with Studio WFO to create fundraising, membership, in-kind donation, and event attendance goals
• Develop and maintain contacts within WFO's volunteer pool to recruit for Studio WFO and Events
• Train staff (as needed) in account management (including Salesforce)
• Act as staff contact to update the WFO website and regularly update events calendar
Manage WFO's Spring to Success Luncheon and serve as primary contact for volunteer planning committees

  • o Act as liaison between planning committee and staff
  • o Manage production of marketing materials
  • o Manage all logistics for the event

  • Desired Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree preferred, with minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated fundraising success with increasing responsibility
    • Excellent communication skills including public speaking, copy writing, and cultivation writing
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and relationship building skills; high integrity; ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
    • Strong time management, project management, event management and meeting management skills
    • Ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities in a positive focused manner and remain composed under stress
    • Self-directed with demonstrated ability to find creative solutions
    • Demonstrated active involvement and interest in community-based, non-profit organizations
    • Must be flexible as this position may require occasional nights and weekends
    • Knowledge of relational databases, preferably Salesforce
    • Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) are required.

    Compensation and Benefits
    • Salary is characteristic of a small nonprofit. Opportunity for salary growth commensurate with successful development activities.
    • Benefits include medical/dental insurance, paid vacation, office closure between Christmas and New Years.

    To Apply
    Submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Wardrobe for Opportunity via e-mail to Darice Jones at In the subject heading, please indicate the position you are applying for.

    Please do not call to follow-up -- we will carefully review all complete applications (those that include their resume and a thoughtful, customized cover letter). If you are a fit, we will be in touch to schedule a phone screen. All final candidates will be invited for an in-person interview with the Executive Director and the opportunity to meet the entire WFO team.

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    Location Oakland, CA, 94612, United States
    Categories Employment/Job-related
    Function Development/Fundraising
    Experience Years 3 yrs

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    Contact Name Darice Jones
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    Primary Fax 510-452-4502