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Deputy Director Development

Company name
Best Buddies International


Wauwatosa, WI

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Job Description

Job Title:  Deputy Director, Development  

Department:  State Programs and Operations

Reports to:  State Director

# of direct reports:  varies

Revised date:  2/8/18

Position Overview:  The Deputy Director of Development will collaborate with the State Director to secure revenue for statewide programs and to promote the mission of Best Buddies.  Specifically, the DDOD is expected to ensure the success of state fundraising events and to work in partnership with the State Director to steward foundation and grant relationships.

Job Duties include, but are not limited to:

Manages Development initiatives and special events as assigned by State Director

Expands Development initiatives based on goals

Recruits and trains volunteers to form committees for all events

Serves as staff partner for the Advisory Board and event committees as appropriate

Oversees event planning and implementation logistics, including assuming responsibility for meeting or exceeding revenue goals for events and for complying with event best practices, benchmarks and timelines

Stewards donors and manages donor relations as appropriate

Works with State Director and committee volunteers to research, identify and secure event sponsors

Collaborates with State Director to create sponsorship proposals and event materials

Establishes and maintains effective relationships to develop new sponsorship and donor opportunities

Works with State Director to research opportunities and develop proposals to foundations, maintains accurate records, and submits reports as required by funders

Marketing / Public Relations

Creates strong presence for Best Buddies locally through public speaking, community involvement, special events and other media initiatives
Creates and distributes press releases to media for events or fundraising initiatives as appropriate
Submits monthly website updates, including event listings, promotions, sponsor listings and awareness article
Creates and maintains web pages for all state event


Serves as a resource to state Programs staff to support their fundraising efforts

Ensures that program participants, parents, and staff are appropriately integrated into statewide fundraising efforts

Ensures that all fundraising events and initiatives are in alignment with program objectives and integrates program awareness and education into all fundraising activities


Manages solicitation and stewardship processes for donors as assigned, including tracking relevant information, processing gifts, and sending thank you letters
Maintains and updates the donor tracking system.
Manages local matching gifts process and serves as relationship manager for partner corporations
Develops and maintains an efficient system for tracking information regarding event benchmarks, revenue/expenses to-date, task designation, and other logistics – provides regular progress reports to State Director and HQ Development Team
Ensures that each event maintains an appropriate revenue/expense ratio per Best Buddies standards


Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Two to five years of fundraising or related experience, including a record of success in expanding a donor base through cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, and/or event planning/implementation
Experience recruiting, managing, training, and motivating volunteers
Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, and familiarity/comfort with database and donor management systems (i.e. Raisers Edge)
Strong initiative, drive for results, and self-assessment skills, and ability to lead individuals and teams in setting and achieving challenging goals
Superior persuasive writing and presentation skills with the ability to exert influence, inspire others, and articulate the mission, goals, and activities of Best Buddies with passion and enthusiasm
Superior relationship building skills, and ability to work directly with senior level positions, high wealth donors, and corporate executives
Superior project management skills - including planning, analysis, decision making, and problem solving skills –with the willingness to multitask
Must be comfortable engaging with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)

Must be comfortable with frequent local/regional travel, use personal cell phone, and work evenings and weekends as necessary in order to accomplish job responsibilities

Access to an automobile with applicable insurance

Company info

Best Buddies International

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