Summary Statement -
Reporting to the President/CEO and being a member of the Senior Leadership Team, The Director of Fund Development creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising that may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, in-kind resources and ongoing cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors throughout the community and region.
Essential Functions and Description of Duties -
- Plan fund development activities and collaborate with the President/CEO to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization;
- Develop and implement the fund development plans in accordance with ethical fundraising practices and principles;
- Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved;
- Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary;
- Organize fund development activities and develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fund raising processes are carried out in a timely manner;
- Prepare and submit grant applications as outlined in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization;
- Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events with donors and potential donors as specified in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization;
- Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization's fundraising priorities;
- Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information;
- Coordinate in-kind donations and make decisions regarding the issuing of receipts;
- Engage volunteers for special fund development projects using volunteer management best practices;
- Manage fund development budget and develop and gain approval for an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development program;
- Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities. Monitor expenses and analyze budget reports on fund development and recommend changes as necessary;
- Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization while partnering and collaborating with internal constituents on fund development initiatives and activities;
- Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization;
- Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts;
- Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization.
A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a related field is required, and a certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will possess an extremely high comfort level asking for contributions and gifts from donors. Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written) along with ease and comfort presenting to large and small groups of individuals is essential.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Experience with fundraising software (such as Blackbaud or Raiser’s Edge) is required, along with proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook. The ideal candidate will possess 5 – 8 years of progressively-responsible fundraising experience and should demonstrate competence in the following areas -
- Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities.
- Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others are consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
- Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
- Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
- Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
- Foster Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
- Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
- Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
- Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, and monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
- Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
- Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions –
This is a full-time, forty-hour per week position, though additional hours and evenings may be necessary to attend events and functions. Work will include long periods of sitting and standing and driving, so reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license is required. Time will be spent on the phone and sitting in front of a computer. Some lifting up to 15 pounds may be required.
Directions for Applying for this Position
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Life Management is an equal opportunity employer.