Associate Director, Client Partnerships

Consulting Chicago, Illinois


Associate Director, Client Partnerships     
  • Team: Central US
  • Job Title: Associate Director, Client Partnerships
  • Position Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago,/Hybrid Work (2 Days in Office/Week)
  • Reports to: Vice President, Client Partnerships

Please note: You must submit a cover letter for this role in order to be considered  

CCS Fundraising is an international strategic fundraising firm that partners with nonprofits for transformational change. For seven decades, CCS has empowered many of the world’s greatest organizations across sectors to advance some of the most important causes in history. We plan, manage, and implement programs and initiatives that achieve fundraising goals and mission impact. CCS provides tailored support to more than 500 nonprofit organizations annually. Headquartered in New York, the firm has over 500 professionals and 18 offices around the world. Our people are our greatest strength. At CCS, you will join a diverse team of smart, passionate, and resourceful professionals who are driven by purpose and committed to performance.    
Our Chicago Office, located downtown on Randolph and Wacker, is current seeking an Associate Director, Client Partnerships to work collaboratively with our nonprofit partners to onboard new engagements, support directors in new assignments, and lead select client services on a part-time basis.  This is a new position with opportunities for growth. You will have direct access to leaders in the field and expert training, expanding your opportunities to learn and building your network for future success.    
As part of the CCS Central US team, you will support engagements with nonprofits of all shapes and sizes across our 20-state region. You will join a rapidly growing team of high-performing professionals that specialize in getting new projects off the ground, collaborating with clients on case messaging strategy, project sequencing, and initiative best practices, especially for feasibility studies and development assessments. This is a client-facing role.    
This role will report to the Vice President, Client Partnerships and will interact with senior level executives on the Central United States team.    
  • Serve as a project manager and strategic partner to nonprofit clients in the initial phases of project activity and for part-time projects, including but not limited to feasibility studies and development assessments
  • Be the central point of contact and consultative liaison between the client and the CCS team
  • Support relationship building and make a strong first impression on our client partners
  • Lead in the design, execution, and facilitation of all initial planning calls and meetings
  • Develop the foundational materials that will guide the engagement, including work plans and other operational tools
  • Partner with nonprofits in the development of preliminary case statements, including collecting key materials, gathering insights through conversations, and workshopping document drafts
  • Write and design donor-facing materials
  • Conduct high-level data analysis to review our clients’ past fundraising performance and support identification of new potential
  • Review and understand contracts, deliverables, and project timelines in order to kickstart partnership activity and meet deadlines in advance of primary director assignment
  • Support both client and internal team members in all aspects of project setup and implementation
  • Formulating strategies, producing deliverables, and serving as the key point of contact for clients and executives as the primary director overseeing part-time projects.
  • Facilitate the transition of each onboarding engagement to a full-time CCS team member
  • Assist with proofreading, data entry, and client and director training, as needed
The firm seeks talented professionals passionate about impacting the nonprofit sector. CCS values fundraising experience as well as transferable skills in project management, marketing, communications, and strategic planning. Other qualifications include:    
  • Philanthropic values and a commitment to service
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to build trust and work collaboratively with clients and CCS colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, timelines, and teams simultaneously
  • Outstanding organizational skills, time management skills, and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Significant self-motivation and a natural tendency to take ownership of tasks.
  • Skilled in Excel; additional data analytics experience a plus
  • Skilled in PowerPoint; additional graphic design skills a plus
  • Minimum two to three years’ experience in a related field
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field

Please note: You must submit a cover letter for this role in order to be considered