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 $55,000 - $60,000. The position affords 100% company paid health, dental, vision and supplemental benefit coverage as well as a generous company-matched retirement plan. Free parking 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 February 15th, 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

100 W. 10th Street | Wilmington, DE 19801


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