Organization: The Blue BenchTitle: Development Director
Categories: Nonprofit Jobs
Region: Denver Metro Area
Org Type: 501(c)(3)
At The Blue Bench, our mission is to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community through comprehensive issue advocacy, prevention and care. Our hope is to one day live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists; where there are no more victims, friends and families suffering in its wake. This is our hope. This is what inspires our efforts. And until that day comes, our work is not complete.
Inspired by the courage of one another – as survivors, activists, advocates and community leaders – The Blue Bench has helped hundreds of thousands of Denver-area women and men find the courage to move from victim to survivor.
The Blue Bench seeks a Development Director to manage relationships with major donors, including government and foundation grant makers, in new and innovative ways. This is an exciting time in the organization’s history and the Development Director will play a key role in creating a sustainable organization as The Blue Bench restructures its fundraising program, builds awareness for its new brand and leverages the power of a new donor management system (Bloomerang).
Of primary importance is the creation and execution of successful donor engagement practices, including research and qualifying prospective new funders, and strategic cultivation and solicitation through relationship building, understanding of mutual priorities and design of partnerships.
Also essential is a strong grants management plan (both government and foundation grants). The Development Director is responsible for managing the entire life cycle of grants, which includes research, relationship building, writing proposals, submitting grant materials, and interim and final reports. This position ensures that the organization complies with all grant conditions and grant funds are spent and tracked in the way the grantor intended.
The Development Director supervises 1.5 staff members to lead The Blue Bench’s overall donor relationship management, including individual gifts, special events and corporate sponsorship. The Development Director is committed to helping to eliminate sexual assault and is comfortable discussing this issue with potential donors.
The successful candidate will bring passion, creativity and energy to their work, and an established record of securing major gifts from diverse sources and leadership experience in a growing organization.
Overview of Specific Responsibilities
- Fully manage all aspects of government and foundation grants for The Blue Bench.
- Maintain a comprehensive grants calendar to track proposal/report due dates, reporting criteria, communications history and other relevant information
- Refresh and maintain strong and compelling grant materials, reporting language, budgets and other required attachments for grant applications and reports
- Steward funders by sending acknowledgement letters, project updates, reports and other communications
- Work with program staff to collect and report on outcomes and achievements to ensure proposal and reporting language accurately reflects activities of The Blue Bench
- Ensure compliance with funder requirements, policies and procedures
- Research, qualify and initiate new funding opportunities
Individual Giving and Major Gifts
- Lead donor-relations initiatives and lead The Blue Bench stakeholders (including Executive Director and Board of Directors) to build relationships with individual donors.
- Create and implement an annual calendar of donor touch-points with a goal of keeping donors engaged with The Blue Bench
- Proactively connect with major donors monthly to share program updates, news items, community impact stories and other donor-related communications opportunities
- Creatively and proactively engage the Executive Director and Board of Directors to optimize long-term relationships with donors and to explore new major gift prospects
- Oversee the acknowledgement and correspondence for all gifts and maintain complete and accurate records
- Lead Colorado Gives Day initiatives, including drafting and distributing solicitation materials, encouraging the Board of Directors to solicit their networks, and following up with timely acknowledgments and donor-relations materials
Special Events and Corporate Partnerships
- Oversee planning, execution and follow-up for special events, including sponsor solicitation.
- Support staff to produce three (3) annual fundraising events
- Support volunteer event committees for events
- Solicit event sponsorshipe as needed to meet fundraising goals
- Explore “The Blue Bench Campaign” with corporate and community partners
Other Development Activities
- Update fund development plan and results monthly for development/Board meetings
- Lead volunteer development committee & Executive Director to explore new ways of increasing donor awareness and financial support
- Attend staff meetings
- Attend Board meetings and serve as staff liaison to development committee meetings
- Supervise staff, intern or volunteer to whom you delegate any of the above duties
- Develop annual and long-range goals and strategies for meeting the fund development need of the agency
- Contribute to the maintenance and accuracy of the donor management system
- Other development and programmatic duties as assigned
- 3-5 years’ experience in development, strategic communications and/or marketing for nonprofit organizations
- Well organized and detail-oriented with ability to see the big picture
- Experience building relationships with foundation, individual and corporate donors
- A positive and authentic approach to relationship building that is motivated by the organization’s mission and a genuine investment in working to end sexual assault
- Demonstrated ability to write persuasively to motivate and influence a wide audience of potential donors
- Knowledge of best practices of grant preparation and administration and of fundraising information resources
- Self-starter with ability to initiate and produce high-quality work in a timely manner with minimum supervision
- Flexible, calm under pressure, and able to work well both independently and as part of a team
- Facility with word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in nonprofit management, marketing, business, communications or a related field
- Experience with Bloomerang software a plus
Please send resume, salary requirements and two writing samples to Kcarter@thebluebench.org by December 14, 2015. Application packages received by December 14 will be given priority status but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This is a posting on Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Career Center.