College Possible Leadership Team
  • 10-Dec-2020 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Development Manager - Omaha Office
  • Omaha, NE, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Donor Relations Manager

College Possible Omaha




Full-Time Exempt





Omaha, NE



Development Director


About College Possible

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of $25 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2019-20 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at more than 350 colleges. 

College Possible is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve.  We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.  For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education. To learn more, Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; and has Catalyze partnerships in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students. 

To learn more, visit


Donor Relations Manager

 The Donor Relations Manager is responsible for executing a variety of development activities for College Possible Omaha including working closely with our individual and institutional giving teams. This position will also work with national site support as needed. This role is an integral part of the Advancement team that raises revenue we need to run our program and communicate with the community and our supporters about the outcomes we achieve. This position is responsible for growing the annual individual support base, renewing and upgrading donor support and strengthening relationships with current donors below the major donor level. They will be responsible for meeting annual donation goals for donors who contribute less than $10,000 annually. Vital to this position is the ability to work with a high degree of independence, and juggle various projects at once, while keeping a clear view of how each project supports College Possible's mission.


Essential Job Functions

 Individual Giving: Work with a portfolio of base-level individual donors to identify new prospects, build on existing relationships and improve donor retention through meaningful stewardship and multiple appeal strategies to increase interest in supporting College Possible. Leverage Omaha Advancement team and Board Members in these efforts.

 Prospecting and Cultivation: Conduct prospect research for institutions and individuals. Work with the Advancement team to strategize and implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters and to increase the number of donors to the College Possible Omaha.

Communications - Support the development of a compelling story that resonates with different audiences and donors; strong persuasive writing and strategic planning skills are needed to utilize solicitations that maximize giving opportunities. Assist with the acknowledgement of gifts through thank you letters, calls and other strategies. Responsible for ensuring acknowledgement letters are customized and mailed within established time deadlines. Assist National Office with maintaining database integrity.

 Institutional Giving: Prepare, write and submit grant proposals for a portfolio of corporate and foundation partners at a designated giving level. Research, create proposals and manage community fundraising partnerships (Restaurant Dine to Donate, Grocery Store Round Up Programs).

 Event Planning: Assist with the development, planning, and management of donor cultivation and fundraising events, volunteer opportunities, monthly giving programs, direct mailings, etc.; assist with campaigns such as Giving Tuesday, Do Good Week and End of Year giving.

 AmeriCorps/Student Alumni Program: Assist in establishing a strategic plan to engage/re-engage AmeriCorps Service Members and College Possible Student Alumni with the College Possible mission.

 Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned:  Work with the Development Director on projects as assigned.  Work closely with External Relations national team on various projects such as the Annual Report, donor reports and newsletters.


  • Bachelor's degree required

 Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience in nonprofit development or communications work preferred

 Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and donor database software; Raiser's Edge experience preferred.

 Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously;
  • Problem solver, flexible and adapt easily to change;
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through;
  • Some evening and weekend work, as well as occasional travel, is required.


What We Offer

In addition to joining a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:

  • An opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact both internally and in the broader country
  • a competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • excellent benefits including complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Encouraged sustainability through a generous paid time off program
  • Personalized professional development and growth opportunities


To Apply Please apply at:  Include a resume and cover letter and 3 professional references. 


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