Development Director

Kids First Child Advocacy Center
Job Description
This is a professional position which coordinates and implements fundraising activities of the Child Advocacy Center and Iva’s Place. This includes but is not limited to special events, direct mail-outs, newsletters, social media, news releases, corporate giving and estate planning. This position aids the Executive Director in positioning the Child Advocacy Center and Iva’s Place as a” charity of choice” for donors and for meeting an annual revenue target to help advance the mission of the Child Advocacy Center and Iva’s Place. Key initiatives include volunteer development and retention, volunteer training, solicitation of donors and coordination of staff member’s roles in fundraising efforts. Responsibilities include the design of a well-rounded major gifts development plan that includes donor research, prospect identification, annual appeals, capital campaigns, endowment and planned estate giving. This position works collaboratively with and through the Executive Director, and Fundraising Committee.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Non-profit Management, Business, Sales, Marketing or Project Management. A Certified Fundraising Executive is preferred but not required.
  • Must have a minimum of five or more years of successful experience in grant management, financial development, fundraising, public relations, human services or equivalent.
  • Successful track record in applying proven practices related to developing successful grant proposals, capital campaigns, fundraising events, working with institutional donors and the management of all grant compliance.
  • Knowledge and clear understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly the ability to read, analyze and write, edit reports according to prescribed style/format and correspond with external business and community members.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, as well as the ability to collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, reason, and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Publisher, and Excel; and other applicable fundraising programs, needs proficient typing skills
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks and projects in a fast pace dynamic atmosphere.
  • Must be goal-oriented and achieve results. Entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to make cold calls.
  • This position requires a good driving record.
?Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist the Executive Director and fundraising committee both planning and coordinating annual fundraising events, special events, newsletters, social media, and all Marketing activities, to include planning, logistics, public relations, vendor relations research and acquisitions
  • Assist in facilitation of endowment campaign, Planned Giving, estate planning and Capital Campaigns, to include creating and managing event timelines, promotion, volunteers/staff placement, and scheduling and over-seeing any and all event post-mortems.
  • Develops strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of financial development
  • Develops processes and is actively involved in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects. Maintains database resource file on top community leaders, current and past donors
  • Assist in updating and/or developing appropriate fundraising policies and procedures applicable to both agencies.
  • Assist Executive Director with calls on major donors, prospects, and public speaking engagements
  • Provides training in fundraising to board members and volunteers. Educates, motivates, and provides feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process
  • Develops a Marketing Campaign to ensure supporters and the communities, we serve, have a  better understanding of our mission statements.
  • Participate in Strategic Planning, while overseeing the fundraising and marketing plans for both agencies.
  • Directs the year-end campaign, implements year-round communication strategies to keep volunteers and donors informed
  •  Assist Executive Director in developing an annual budget for fundraising projects
  • Assist the Executive Director with the printing and publication process of the annual report, in-house publications, and newsletters
  • Consistently update and develop the organization’s websites
  • Attend staff meetings, gatherings, and events- program and development
  • Informs Executive Director, Board of Directors and appropriate committees about progress and/or problems in the fundraising process or Marketing plans
  • Adhere to agency Policies and Procedures
  • Perform other responsibilities as determined by the Executive Director
Supervisory Relationship:
The Development Director will be supervised by the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District and Iva’s Place.
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