Development Director

BEST Kids, Inc.
Washington, DC
Aug 17, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Full Time
BEST Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures, one child at a time. BEST Kids Mentoring Program is guided by the belief that all children are talented. Through our one-on-one volunteer mentoring, our extensive training, staff support and our experiential-learning-based peer group, we encourage our youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities. Beginning with children as young as six and continuing, as needed, until adulthood, BEST Kids Mentoring Program works to enable youth to develop a positive sense of self, to acquire teamwork and group social skills, and to become productive members of society. POSITION PURPOSEThe Development Director is responsible for leading development functions of the agency in close cooperation with the Executive Director, including: donor and grant prospect research and grant writing, building community partnerships with corporations and other organizations, planning and executing annual fundraising events, and creating and maintaining and organized approach to fundraising and donor stewardship. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Fundraising Plan Development and Execution. Prepare a development strategy annually with input from BEST Kids' leadership team and Board of Directors and lead the execution and analysis of fundraising strategy.. Create statistical analysis and reports related to giving and all development efforts in order to assess progress in reaching annual funding goals and provide regular updates to agency's leadership and Board of Directors.. Connect with the Board of Directors to provide fundraising updates, attending board meetings, enlisting board member participation in fundraising efforts, and tracking board member financial contributions.. Schedule and participate in Fundraising Committee meetings, including preparation, taking minutes and follow-up.. Collaborate with Program Staff regularly to collect and maintain evaluative/anecdotal data for development purposes. Individual & Corporate Giving. Optimize the implementation of a plan for obtaining new donors and retaining existing donors.. Recruit in-kind donations and coordinate in-kind drives with individual supporters as needed.. Develop and lead the execution of at least one annual giving campaign.. Maintain donor database including inputting, tracking, updating all donor and prospect records, and upholding database integrity with regular clean-up, on a monthly basis at minimum.. Research and connect with individual, corporate, foundation and government funders including prospect research, meeting preparation and scheduling.. Coordinate direct mail appeals in cooperation with other staff, including managing timeline, mail merges, and production. Stewardship. Lead donor/funder recognition and stewardship by implementing a system of segmented outreach efforts in collaboration with Recruitment & Communications Specialist, Fundraising Committee and the Executive Director Foundation & Government Funding. Identify grant opportunities and evaluate them for funding potential, including connecting directly with funders to ensure appropriate fit and managing an up-to-date grant application calendar.. Assist the Executive Director in the development and submission of grant applications.. Assist the Executive Director in ensuring that grant deliverables, such as donor reporting, are completed and submitted in a timely manner. Fundraising Events. Plan and lead the execution of 2 major fundraising events annually including the solicitation of sponsors and in-kind donors, coordination of logistics, volunteer recruitment and supervision, event promotion, and after-event stewardship.. Develop fundraising event goals and track progress toward reaching those goals specific to participation, revenue, expenses, and retention.. Follow local and national fundraising event trends to identify best practices and effective strategies and technologies, including attending other events as appropriate.. Research other potential fundraising events with corporations, community partners, and individual supporters that align with agency goals and resources. Communications and Outreach. Work closely with the Recruitment & Communications Specialist and Executive Director to deliver all daily communications including email marketing, social media, and press coverage.. Develop and disseminate email marketing materials on a regular basis related to stewardship and giving campaigns.. Help to maintain BEST Kids' online presence by ensuring a regular content schedule for social media and that the website is regularly updated with fundraising related content.. Assist in developing promotional materials, such as an annual report, brochures, and other items as needed.. Contribute to the preparation of press releases, as needed, to publicize initiatives and notable developments.. Coordinate with BEST Kids' leadership and staff to recruit and steward volunteers and conduct and highlight fundraising events. Staff Recruitment and Supervision. Recruit and supervise Development intern(s)/staff to ensure adequate oversight of all day-to-day resource development and communications activities.. Develop an appropriate work plan for each intern/staff member and perform intern/staff performance evaluation. Other Duties. Promote BEST Kids and present program options to corporations, community groups, schools, and other groups of potential volunteers, participants, and donors.. Attend and participate in all agency and department staff meetings.. Assist in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.. Attend and assist in planning and preparing for agency events.. Other duties as assigned. EDUCATION & RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE. Minimum Bachelor's degree in communications, business, nonprofit management, marketing, public relations or related field required. Experience with direct solicitation/sales required. Two or more years of working with youth serving organizations preferred. Experience supervising staff or volunteers preferred. Comfort working with diverse stakeholders SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE. Proficiency in technical areas such as Microsoft Office and graphic design software. Strong organizational, planning, and facilitation skills . Ability to relate well in cross-cultural environments . Ability to effectively collaborate with other staff, board members, agency partners, and advisors . Ability to communicate effectively and interactively through presentations and trainings . Ability to use time effectively and focus on details . Ability to adapt to shifting priorities . Ability to form and sustain appropriate employee and stakeholder relationships . Ability to effectively utilize supervisory skills including guiding, supporting, confronting, advising, negotiating, and coaching . Ability to critically collect and analyze data and problem solve . Ability to maintain confidentiality throughout daily operations . Ability to accurately document donor interactions WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS. Routine office environment . Work hours and work location flexible to meet customer and agency needs. Access to reliable car and a valid driver's license preferred. Must pass criminal, child protection, and sexual registry background checks including a health and TB screening