The Director of Development will report to Read Alliance’s Executive Director and focus on fundraising via private philanthropy for READ’s $2.4M budget. The successful candidate will be highly committed to READ’s mission and will demonstrate initiative, leadership and strong organizational, writing, interpersonal and research skills. The Director will create and implement fundraising strategy and lead cultivation and stewardship of many high level external relationships. The ideal candidate is goal driven, proactive and prepared to bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm to ensure that Read Alliance raises the necessary revenue to achieve its mission.
A successful Director of Development will achieve the following outcomes in the first year:
Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to create, lead, and drive all revenue activities to meet annual fundraising goals
Continue to develop and execute and comprehensive corporate donor strategy, including appropriate calendars for communication, engagement, and cultivation
Increase the number of major, individual donors and develop a thoughtful stewardship plan to engage and retain existing donors
Develop and implement innovative strategies to increase individual and corporate giving, with emphasis on multi-year pledge commitments.
Conduct 6-8 high impact personal donor visits per month to cultivate positive and purposeful relationships and identify, cultivate, and secure major gifts at the $10,000 plus level.
Oversee the grants management process, in coordination with the Development and Communications Manager, including deadline tracking, research, writing and reporting to all corporate and foundation funders.
Manage the relationship with the special events consultant and lead the planning, fundraising, and execution of the annual Benefit raising at least $500,000 annually.
Develop donor cultivation and fundraising pieces, in coordination with Development and Communications Manager, including direct mail, online newsletters and brochures.
Oversee accurate and timely reporting to donors on the impact of their philanthropy through acknowledgement letters, regular communications and programmatic updates.
Serve as an ambassador for Read Alliance, quickly establishing credibility when promoting the organization to external audiences.
Build the organization’s relationship with press and media outlets (including social media), always seeking to raise READ’s profile and public presence.
Organizational Leadership and Management
Manage the development team to execute plans and ensure achievement of goals, while providing leadership, mentoring, and training.
Oversee the maintenance of READ’s donor database (i.e. Raiser’s Edge).
Foster collaboration between development and program staff to build and sustain a successful philanthropic culture.
Contribute to the strategic thinking and development of READ through involvement with senior staff and the Board of Directors and steer the Fund Development Committee of the Board of Directors to support the efforts of the full Board to raise money on behalf of the organization and to steward relationships.
As the incoming Director of Development
, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
Significant experience and demonstrated success with major gift fundraising (i.e. $10,000 ) in a nonprofit setting
Several years of leadership experience in a fundraising role, with a track record of increasing revenue from corporations, individual donors, and foundations and familiarity with all aspects of development including capital campaigns, event management, annual giving, online giving, and planned giving.
A proven track record of working closely with senior leadership, Board members and key stakeholders.
Experience leading a team, able to strategically delegate to and oversee various development functions in order to set and meet aggressive fundraising goals
Ability to leverage technology, marketing materials and social media to engage internal and external stakeholders.
A flexible attitude and willingness to re-prioritize workstreams as needed, with the ability to work well independently, as well as collaboratively, to maximize output.
Authentic presence, exceptional communications and interpersonal skills and a customer service attitude.
Experience working with Raiser’s Edge preferred
Bachelor’s degree required
Commensurate with Experience
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