Wilmington Alliance:

  Funding and Business Development Manager Position Profile

Wilmington Alliance, Wilmington DE

Wilmington Alliance was founded in 2019 by the merger of two long-standing Wilmington nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to partner with community and civic leaders to prioritize the City’s highest needs. By connecting with neighborhoods, the business community, nonprofits, and local, state and regional development entities, the Alliance works to drive economic opportunity and social vitality through the lens of equity and inclusion. Nurturing a network of catalysts, we focus on economic and workforce development, revitalization through community engagement, and creative placemaking. We are passionate about our work, our partners, and our citywide mission.


About Wilmington, DE

Wilmington – the largest city in Delaware – has long been a regional corporate and business center, but recently it’s taken its place as a burgeoning East-Coast center for technology and innovation. The city is frequently cited as a new tech hub and one of America’s most attractive small cities for living and amenities, with attractive downtown living and dining. And it’s the home of our 46th President!


About Our Work

The Alliance contributes to the City’s increased vibrancy by convening partners and programs that drive place-based strategies and urban reclamation. The Alliance has brought new community parks and programs to the forefront, and most recently, we have added major and far-reaching programs in workforce development and entrepreneurship to our portfolio, moving swiftly to accelerate initiatives that address pandemic closures and calls for equity and justice, through economic mobility.


The Position

To help create and maintain the necessary fiscal resources that drive our work, the Alliance has created the new position of Funding and Business Development Manager.

The employee in this position will work with Wilmington Alliance staff, consultants, and stakeholders to meet Alliance revenue goals. They will be responsible to identify, formulate, direct, and coordinate activities that will secure funding resources to drive Alliance projects and initiatives. The position reports to Alliance CEO Renata B. Kowalczyk.


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about working in an urban setting. They must be both forward- and inward-facing, able to communicate effectively with the funding and business communities, as well as work closely with Alliance staff. They will identify and support funding efforts and steward funding relationships, as well as be responsible for timely administrative and fiscal reporting.


This position works collegially in a dynamic, small-staff organization, and the candidate will demonstrate an appetite for and an ability to shepherd existing relationships with funders – from the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors and the Alliance’s Institutional Investors (members) – as well as to cultivate new sources of support for our work.


Above all, because of the Alliance’s commitment to the principles of equity and social justice, the successful candidate will possess the capacity to deal with the wide variety of our stakeholders and funders, communicating and working effectively across lines of race, class, education, generation, and sexual orientation.


Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Make and/or maintain funding contacts to generate contributed/earned income from Institutional Investors, Board members, corporate/foundation/government funders, and Alliance events.


  • Craft and maintain an annual fundraising plan (with appropriate reporting pathways) to ensure Alliance budgetary funding goals are met.


  • Research, identify, and report on prospective funders.


  • Write (or cause to be written) grant proposals or applications to prospective funders; track funding received/denied and all reporting requirements; write and submit all required reports.


  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive records management/information system and funding database. In the first year, this will entail the creation, installation, and oversight of a comprehensive database in Little Green Light, a data management program to coordinate Alliance stakeholder information, income, and relationships.


  • Working with Alliance staff and/or comptroller, prepare and generate necessary activity, administrative, or funding reports as required by the CEO.


  • Other duties as assigned.


Candidate Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Education/Experience. The successful candidate must have a minimum of five years demonstrated experience in fundraising, corporate/business development relations, database management, and/or grant writing.


Language Ability. Candidate must have excellent written and verbal skills, attention to detail, ability to conduct appropriate research.


Grant Writing. Experience in research, writing, and submitting funding proposals and grant applications (as well required funding reports) is essential.


Computer Skills. Candidate must have strong knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite components and be comfortable using (or learning to use) other web-based programs. Knowledge of customer service programs, database management, and/or fundraising software is highly desirable.


Organizational Skills. Position requires strong organizational skills: effective time management; ability to set/meet deadlines; multi-tasking; ability to work both collegially and independently in a fast-paced environment; and management/coordination of work of Alliance consultants.



Position and Benefits

Salary (commensurate with qualifications and experience) falls in the range of $75,000 - $80,000. The position affords 100% company-paid health, dental, vision and supplemental benefit coverage as well as a generous company-matched retirement plan up to $2,500. Free parking in Downtown Wilmington is provided, and there are 13 paid holidays plus an end-of-the-year holiday break. Vacation days, sick days and personal days are calculated according to the calendar year and will prorated based upon date of hire. There is no relocation allowance, and interviews will be conducted virtually.



Work Environment

The Alliance office is located at 100 West 10th Street in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, in a fully accessible elevator building. Restaurants and amenities are located within walking distance. At present, due to COVID-related restrictions, employees regularly work remotely. The Alliance is a highly functioning small-staff organization. The successful candidate will be able to work vertically (with minimal staff support) to fulfill position responsibilities. While the candidate need not be a current Delaware or Wilmington resident, knowledge of the First State and the City of Wilmington (or enthusiasm to learn) is highly desired.



Application and Selection Process

Qualified candidates should send a 1-page cover letter, resume, and applicable writing sample – with “Funding and Business Development Manager" in the subject line – via email to


Emailed applications will be accepted through April 1, 2021, and preliminary interviews will begin as qualified applicants are identified. No applications will be accepted by mail or phone.


Cover letter should be addressed to Renata B. Kowalczyk, CEO, Wilmington Alliance.


Candidates will be notified of application receipt and status in a timely fashion.


Finalist candidates will be expected to provide references and will be subject to a background check and verifications.


Further Information

Questions or requests for further information may be sent to


Before applying, it is recommended that candidates study the Alliance website ( and read materials published there, including the infographic that depicts the systemic approach and interlocking of all initiatives.


An overview of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley can be found on the website of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau at

  Kitchen Manager for the Wilmington Kitchen Collective




The partnership of Riverfront Church, Wilmington Alliance and Grace Church seek a Kitchen Manager for the Wilmington Kitchen Collective, a kitchen incubator space in West Center City, Wilmington.

The Wilmington Kitchen Collective is a community- based project dedicated to serving food industry entrepreneurs from marginalized local communities.

Our mission is to empower holistic transformation by providing affordable, high-quality commercial kitchen facilities in an effort to usher in human flourishing.

The Kitchen Incubator will serve as a center of activity for entrepreneurs seeking a career in Wilmington’s culinary arena. The goals of the facility are to provide lower-cost and higher quality kitchen facilities for food entrepreneurs. In addition to providing a creative space for culinary entrepreneurs to grow their business, the facility will also foster the gathering of professionals and pre-professionals who can share contacts and knowledge, creating a more cohesive culinary (entrepreneurial) community. Additionally, the incubator will provide, through partners, The Food Bank of Delaware and the Small Business Development Center at UD a curriculum of business services and training to assist entrepreneurs in their business growth.

Our partners in this project include:

Riverfront Church, Wilmington DE

Riverfront Church owns and operates the Wilmington Kitchen Collective. Riverfront Church is committed to the work of justice in our particular location in the City of Wilmington, and lives this out through worship, small groups, community engagement, and investing in our city through projects such as this. They gather for worship outside on the Riverfront, and partner with churches like Grace for space to live out community projects.


Grace United Methodist Church, Wilmington DE

Grace UMC is located at 900 N Washington St., and is the site for the Wilmington Kitchen Collective. Grace Church seeks to be an urban faith center for sending and receiving mission in Christ’s name. They are excited to expand the use of their building in a way that is mission and vision aligned.


Wilmington Alliance, Wilmington DE

Wilmington Alliance was founded in 2019 by the merger of two long-standing Wilmington nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to partner with community and civic leaders to prioritize the City’s highest needs. By connecting with neighborhoods, the business community, nonprofits, and local, state and regional development entities, the Alliance works to drive economic opportunity and social vitality through the lens of equity and inclusion. Nurturing a network of catalysts, we focus on economic and workforce development, revitalization through community engagement, and creative placemaking. We are passionate about our work, our partners, and our citywide mission.


Job Title: Kitchen Manager for the Wilmington Kitchen Collective

Reports to: Pastor Chelsea Spyres – Riverfront Church

Part-Time Contractor (Up to 20 hours per week)

The Kitchen Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the kitchen and its members. The Manager ensures that the commercial kitchen meets its mission of assisting food entrepreneurs in launching and managing successful businesses by providing: (1) a fully licensed and equipped commercial kitchen they can use for business development and ongoing preparation of their food products; and (2) assisting members to access professional technical assistance through partners


Position Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Facilitate community and partner interaction; identify potential community partners and build lasting and reciprocal relationships;

Ensure that the needs of culturally and economically diverse communities are met and identify and remove barriers to participation;

Position Characteristics

The Kitchen Manager needs to be highly organized and empathetic, eager to work in a collaborative environment with many project partners. Especially while working with kitchen entrepreneurs the Kitchen Manager needs to exhibit dignity and respect, creating a space of hospitality for all who enter the kitchen. An ideal candidate would have experience and a willingness to develop the following within themselves:

  • An ability to think and problem‐solve creatively;

  • Ability to engage with diverse populations and be outgoing and personable;

  • Ability to teach effectively and convey knowledge to a diverse audience;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Superior communication skills – verbal and interpersonal;

  • Strong interpersonal skills – listening, patience, empathy;

  • An ability to adapt communication skills to a variety of stakeholders;

  • Experience working with and serving stakeholders across line of race, class, education, generation and sexual orientation;

Job Qualifications

The successful candidate will be self‐motivated and is required to have:

  • Four year college degree and/or two years relevant experience in the culinary industry as a Chef, Sous Chef or culinary instructor

  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager certified 

  • Extensive knowledge of commercial kitchen management and small scale food production

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite & Google Drive

  • Working knowledge of faith based organizations to sustain relationships with project partners such as the New Castle Presbytery and Grace Church

  • Project management skills

  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule

  • The ability to prioritize tasks and follow consistent routines

  • Clean drug screening

  • Satisfactory State of Delaware Background fingerprint and background screening


To successfully and safely perform the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Stand primarily on a level surface for periods throughout the day

  • Walk primarily on a level surface for periods throughout the day

  • Reach above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required throughout the work day

  • Lift up to 25 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds on occasion

  • Ability to wear protective gear when/where required


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Oversees the operation and management of all equipment, facility, utilities and general kitchen use

  • Manages the scheduling system for the kitchen facility

  • Maintains the kitchen space as compliant with City/State codes

  • Ensures all equipment is properly working and schedules equipment repair and maintenance

  • Takes regular inventory of equipment and small wares

  • Assists and coordinates with Riverfront Church staff to ensure commercial kitchen facility is available for special events hosted by Grace Church staff, Trustees and congregants


  • Orients new members to rules and procedures pertaining to the use of the KI space according to the User Agreement and Policies and Procedures ManualTrains all users of the kitchen on operations, safety and maintenance according to the Policies and Procedures manual

  • Enforces sanitary food handling methods and kitchen use policies and procedures

  • Maintains records for members to remain in compliance with food safety regulations for the state of DE and City of Wilmington

  • Enforces organization of cold and dry storage

  • Ensures all users keep kitchen clean and organized

  • Assists members in accessing technical assistance provided by Small Business Development Center and other Wilmington Alliance partners 

  • Assist in recruiting users

Job Specifics

  • Hours: Up to 20 hours per week

  • Compensation: $20/hour 

  • Employee of: Riverfront Ministries  

This is a grant‐funded contract position that does not include benefits. There is no relocation allowance. All of the work will take place in the downtown Wilmington neighborhood of West Center City.


How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to and place “Kitchen Incubator Manager Application” in the subject line. Application by any other means will not be accepted.


100 W. 10th Street | Wilmington, DE 19801


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