Development Officer

Kiwanis International, Inc.
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 9, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time

Be part of Kiwanis Children's Fund and transform the goodwill and vision of Kiwanis members into programs that serve the children of the world. The development officer is a highly professional fundraising position that will work as a part of the Kiwanis Children's Fund fundraising team and support designated areas and their volunteers in the U.S. and abroad. He or she will work closely with the director of development and other Children's Fund staff in the development of fundraising strategies and activities, in securing annual and major gifts, and in strengthening and supporting all active campaigns.

As a member of the Kiwanis Children's Fund team, the development officer will:

  • Support the goals, strategies and plans of all active fundraising campaigns, which reflect the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of Kiwanis International and the Kiwanis Children's Fund.
  • Maintain donor confidentiality.
  • Participate fully in staff meetings and gatherings.


  • Develop regional fundraising strategy and support district fundraising volunteers in a designated area in the U.S. and abroad to secure gifts from districts, clubs, and individuals. (45%)
  • Identify, recruit, train district fundraising volunteers.
  • Communicate regularly with district fundraising volunteers to address problems and concerns, provide support and inspiration, and determine best fundraising strategies.
  • Prepare informational presentations and represent the Kiwanis Children's Fund at club, division, district, regional, and international meetings, and events.
  • Identify, qualify, and cultivate a portfolio of 100 lead, major, and planned gift prospects. (45%)
  • Develop individualized fundraising and communication plans and philanthropic goals for each prospect.
  • Execute annual stewardship events and activities to enhance long-term donor relationships and increase retention and giving.
  • Monitor and analyze portfolio performance.
  • Produce contact reports, briefing reports, and talking points for the fundraising team, executive staff leadership, Trustees, and other volunteer leaders, as needed.
  • Participate in the creation and execution of the fund development plan and budget for all Kiwanis Children's Fund fundraising priorities and lead a project team related to at least one specific fundraising priority. (10%)

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree or higher in business, communications or philanthropy preferred.

Experiential Requirements:

  • Demonstrated fundraising success.
  • History of success working both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to speak effectively in front of groups.
  • Experience in strategic planning and data analysis; high attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and organize and prioritize work.
  • Excellent project management experience and multitasking skills.
  • Volunteer management experience in a not-for-profit or service organization highly desired.

Required Skills:

  • Writing proficiency
  • Microsoft Office products, with proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Internet proficiency including social media
  • Raiser's Edge or Salesforce knowledge preferred

Other Requirements:

  • Kiwanis Family experience a plus
  • Multilingual a plus (reading, writing and speaking skills)
  • Experience working in a non-profit or membership-based organization a plus

Working Conditions (in accordance with CDC guidelines)

  • Some travel required (approximately 25% of time)
  • Flexibility to work some evenings or weekends
  • Available to work remotely and in office when required


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