Director of Development & Communications
The Village Family Services is looking for a passionate, innovative, collaborative professional with strong relationship management skills to join our Development & Communications team and help lead the organization’s corporate, individual & foundation fundraising.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director of Development & Communications is responsible for all external agency communications (print and website) for the purpose of program outreach and community relations; ensuring the effective building and maintenance of financial, community and public support for the agency; managing all aspects of the Agency’s development activities with respect to individual and corporate donations and sponsorship for our annual events; and implementing the strategic goals and plans outlined by the agency’s Board.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
All of the responsibilities listed below are considered essential functions of this position. Additionally, this position is expected to ensure that the core operating values and the strategic direction of the agency are adhered to.
Strategic Initiatives, Board Development and Leadership
- Plan and implement strategic initiatives relative to communications, program outreach and resource/fund development.
- Implement improved/efficient systems, policies and materials for all communications and development efforts.
- Ensure interaction between programs within the organization.
- Forge new business opportunities (TAY, housing, etc.)
- Assist the CEO with operational and Board projects as requested.
- Staff the Board Development Committee and activities as assigned.
- Attend Board meetings as assigned by the CEO.
- Prepare and submit regular reports to the CEO, Board and Executive team as required.
- Ability to supervise 3 + employees and consultants.
- Accountable for measureable outcomes for the Agency’s budget
- Maintain awareness of public policy issues that affect the agency and advocate for issues that further the agency mission.
- Forge and maintain relationships with city, county, state and federal elected officials.
- Forge and maintain relationships with city, county, state and federal agencies such as DMH, DCFS, SAMSHA, HHS, etc.
- Advocate for legislative issues that are important to the agency to affect change.
- Promote the Agency and programs within the community and online to improve program outreach and awareness.
- Produce effective written communications and program materials.
- Responsible for annual report and organizational communication to external stakeholders.
- Oversee donor and corporate relations sections of the website including special campaigns and donation pages.
- Oversee online communications initiatives including website, Google Adwords, facebook, twitter, etc.
- Serve as agency liaison community events & community association meetings including VICA.
- Oversee all aspects of resource development including major gifts, foundations and corporate giving.
- Bring new development opportunities to the Agency including individuals and corporations.
- Track development trends and innovations, and maintain donor acknowledgement program and database.
- Coordinate agency applications for new contracts and grants.
- Cultivate relationships with prospective donors and Board members.
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Non-profit experience in a management role.
- BA Degree preferred, however, commensurate years of experience and proven development track record may exempt degree.
- Demonstrated expertise in fundraising, general development and events, 6 years minimum experience.
- Demonstrated expertise in communications & marketing, 5 years minimum experience.
- Proven raising record from 1.5 million to 2.0 million dollars annually.
- Experience with Government and Private Foundations
- Ability to think strategically and “out of the box” to create effective communications and fundraising campaigns.
- Ability to work closely with a wide range of people including senior business professionals and philanthropic donors, policy leaders, nonprofit and government professionals;
- The Director must be particularly adept at collaborating with various subject matter experts and leaders of the highest caliber, and in leveraging the abilities and knowledge of such leaders for fundraising purposes
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to listen effectively.
- Strong time management and organizational skills.
- High level of emotional intelligence to build and maintain relationships.
- Strong customer service skills and results oriented.
- Tenacious and optimistic.
The physical activity of this position
Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time.
Walking. Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The physical requirements of this position
Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception, and field vision.
The worker is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned (i.e., custodial, food services, general laborer, etc.) or to make general observations of facilities or structures (i.e., security guard, inspection, etc.).
The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position
None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work.)