The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. Inspired by Pat Tillman, who proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country, family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Over the last 18 years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has supported over 750 Tillman Scholars as they’ve furthered their education and increased their professional impact in the world.
PTF seeks a highly motivated, team-oriented Development Manager to join the two existing Development Managers and the Director of Development in managing all aspects of the Foundation’s investor program. In addition to shared responsibilities, and subject to the discretion of the Director of Development, the incoming Development Manager will specifically: organize and steward a portfolio of major gift investors and prospects on the east coast; direct PTF’s Foundation giving portfolio; contribute to the effectiveness of annual giving campaigns; grow the ‘Pints for Pat’ initiative regionally, and add a corporate ‘plug and play’ element; interface with regional organizers of third party fundraising events including Pat’s Run Honor Runs, and; manage the PTF Regional Council.
We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. If you believe you have the skills to succeed in this role, regardless of industry, we encourage you to apply.
Who You Are
Detail-oriented and highly organized. An effective systems thinker who can manage multiple projects and prioritize appropriately to produce high-quality results quickly and on time. You are a natural forward planner who critically assesses your own performance.
Relationship-builder. You love working with diverse audiences and partners to elevate the voices and impact of the Tillman Scholars as the next generation of public and private sector leaders. You know how to excite people about opportunities to connect with our mission and invest in the impact of the scholar community. You have solid relationship management skills and are an effective networker motivated to strengthen relations with supporters, investors and partners.
Clear communicator. You understand the power that small, daily, consistent actions have to create trust and build lasting relationships. Clear and effective written and verbal communicator, experienced in presenting to senior and/or strategic leadership. You have an entrepreneurial spirit and a communication style that inspires others and extinguishes conflict.
Entrepreneurial spirit. You are a lifelong learner who is passionate about intellectual growth and committed to continuous improvement. You’re driven by innovation, creativity, and breakthrough thinking that challenges the conventional and fosters new ideas. As a self-motivated leader and teammate, you love brainstorming to come up with big, inspiring ideas. You are a bold thinker with innovative ideas and creative problem-solving approaches.
Change Agent: Leader that is agile, courageous, and pushes through conflict for speed to action. A leader that thrives under pressure, takes big risks, delivers solutions, and leads the change. You are a self-motivated leader that drives the agenda and thrives in a competitive, fast-paced environment. Relentless focus on delivering results and tenacity to get it done with urgency.
Passionate. You care about making a difference in the world, and want to support veterans and their families working at an impactful level across sectors including health, law, business, policy, academia, government, and defense. You want to come to work and feel inspired every day. You want to change the world.
What You’ll Do
In addition to participating in regularly-scheduled team meetings, brainstorms, prep and planning sessions, and events; assisting with the daily documentation of stewardship and engagement efforts in the pursuit of revenues; imagining and blueprinting new ways to engage investors through sponsorship opportunities and mutually-beneficial interactions; supporting the Director of Development, the Office of the CEO, and the Board of Directors, and; planning and executing a yearlong calendar of PTF events in collaboration with all other functional teams, you will own the specific duties bulleted below.
Additionally, you will be asked to operate from a ‘learn and contribute’ mindset, to be curious about our entire investment community, and to operate with a sense of optimism as we work to grow into a $10M organization over the next phase of growth.
Major Gifts and Annual Fund Giving, East Coast
Be the internal voice and external liaison, in partnership with the Board, CEO, and the Director of Development, for existing investors (major gifts, prioritized annual fund) residing primarily on the eastern seaboard of the United States
Source, research, qualify, and engage prospective investors in the same geographic area
Grow momentum for investor events, both large (Sua Sponte) and intimate (Board member-driven cocktail “friendraisers”) in the same geographic area
Be on-the-ground point of contact for investors and events
Travel to meet investors face-to-face when appropriate
Support Program team efforts and scholar-investor interactions in NY, Boston, Washington D.C. and other eastern locations
Collaborate with Development team and support Marketing efforts to create effective annual giving campaigns
Foundation Giving, National
Own PTF’s portfolio of non-corporate, application-driven, institutional supporters
Oversee schedule of reporting and renewal application deadlines
Build and maintain a ‘language bank’ of boilerplate and grant-specific content to be used in multiple inquiries; provide draft proposals and reports as assigned
Solicit scholar stories and other anecdotal evidence of impact to pair with correlated quantifiable data
Research additional foundational support to pursue and win invitations to apply
Regional Pints for Pat -AND- Third Party Fundraisers
Own and bring new life to regional ‘Pints for Pat’ initiatives
Add a corporate ‘plug and play’ element to encourage micro-fundraisers in office happy hour settings
Interface with organizers of third party fundraising events, including Pat’s Run Honor Runs, with an eye for simplification that empowers local organizers to execute with minimal PTF staff intervention
Partner with the Marketing team on procurement and fulfillment of materials required by the above
PTF Regional Council
Establish one or more Regional Councils in the East and explore all ideas for engagement and PTF advancement
Using the Regional Council in Chicago as a model, solicit, evaluate, onboard and manage new members in new locations to create a Regional Council body, with particular emphasis on New York and Washington, D.C.
Manage regular meeting cadence and individual roles and responsibilities
Embrace mission of the Regional Council to be ambassadors for PTF and share responsibilities associated with fundraising events large and small
This position will report to the Director of Development, based in Chicago. Remote candidates will be considered. Peer Development Managers are based in Chicago and Southern California, respectively. Travel is estimated at 25% of total work time in a given year. The position is available immediately.
If interested, please apply online at or direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.