POSITION SUMMARY: Our client is a flourishing St. Louis-based not-for-profit that provides rehabilitative community services. They are seeking a Director of Development/Philanthropy to assume responsibility for the revenue streams that facilitate the organization’s mission and enhance its opportunity for positive community impact.
Core responsibilities include fundraising campaigns, donor communication, and team development. In addition, managing gifting, annual campaigns, and grant support will be among this role’s primary duties.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop a deep understanding of the organization’s mission and strategic plan to promote a culture of philanthropy and develop funding in keeping with the organization’s objectives.
- Collaborate with senior management on development and execution of fundraising initiatives.
- Institute a balanced portfolio of funding sources including grants and programs to engage and maintain both donors and volunteers.
- Research grant opportunities, write grant proposals, and coordinate required application content across the organization.
- Develop and manage donor communication including acknowledgements.
- Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including fundraising ethics.
- Create performance measurements to gauge results and evaluate fund development effectiveness.
- Provide periodic updates to senior management and board members regarding progress toward established goals.
- Manage data entry, tracking and maintenance of donor database.
- Support recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers who contribute to the organization’s efforts.
- Manage and execute approximately 2 special events each year.
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Communications, or related field, master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum 5 years professional experience in project management required, minimum of 2-4 years of relevant nonprofit experience preferred.
- Demonstrated fundraising success required, grant writing experience a plus.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with strong leadership and decision-making.
- Excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills; comfortable with ambiguity.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and in a collaborative environment.
- Ability to effectively research, analyze and solve problems.
- Highly focused and self-motivated with strong organization and attention to detail.
- Ability to manage multiple assignments, setting and adjusting priorities as needed for the organization’s changing requirements.
- Strong computer skills including Word (mail merges), Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Docs, donor database platform and various biographical and financial information source experience preferred.