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Mary's Path Director of Individual Giving and Special Events, Foster Care Agency

Mary's Path
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Nov 18, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Managing Volunteers, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
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Full Time
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Mary’s Path Director of Individual Giving and Special Events

Mary’s Path is the only program in Orange County and one of only three residences in California serving pregnant and parenting teen mothers from the foster care system. Mary’s Path is nationally accredited and fully licensed as a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) facility for pregnant and parenting youth ages 12 to 21. The newly created position of Director of Individual Giving and Special Events offers an opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of some of the community’s most vulnerable members.

Our Mission: Believing that every life is a gift from God, Mary’s Path empowers and equips vulnerable teen mothers and their babies for lives of dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.

Our Vision: Graduates of Mary’s Path will break the negative cycle typical of teen pregnancy and succeed as nurturing parents and values-centered independent citizens.

Our North Star: The moms and babies we serve come first and all decisions are guided by what serves them best.
Our mission, vision and philosophy acknowledge the organization’s origins as a faith-based initiative as well as its evolution to providing services regardless of residents’ religious beliefs.

Our work is facilitated through healing and love, instilling hope for the future. Saving two lives at a time, we are here to accompany a new family on the journey to a hopeful future. Honoring the whole life experience of our residents, Mary’s Path is a loving home of holistic care for teenage mothers and their babies.

Summary of Position: The Director of Individual Giving and Special Events reports directly to the Executive Director and will develop and maintain individual giving and philanthropic efforts supporting the mission of Mary’s Path, and oversee all fundraising focused special events. This position will be the primary point of contact for donors and prospects at all levels, will plan and execute development activities, and external relations efforts while deepening the donor experience with Mary’s Path. This position serves as a liaison to the donors and high net worth individuals through the Executive Director. This position is a leadership role at Mary’s Path helping to develop a new base of donors and maintain the existing donors in the community.

The Director of Individual Giving and Special Events must enjoy working with a non-profit organization that is mission-driven, results-driven, and community orientated. This individual will have extensive experience with donor solicitation, stewardship, and communication; the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, organizational skills; and the ability to maintain a balance among multiple priorities. Must be able to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion. This is a full-time exempt position with flexible hours.

• Bachelor's Degree with significant writing skills required. Advanced degree and CFRE certification are assets.
• Preferred experience - 7 years’ work in Development, with 3-5 years in a leadership role (Director, Assistant Director), in a non-profit organization, internal and external communications, community relations, fundraising, event planning
• Experience with donor cultivation and planned giving
• Experience working with industry leaders preferred
• Experience with Network for Good and/or similar donor management system is preferred
• Experience and proficiency in writing and managing fundraising communications – including solicitation, acknowledgement, and written and oral proposals and presentations for individuals, associations, and churches.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) including analytic and tracking KPI’s
• Proficient on social media and virtual fundraising skills
• Proficient in email marketing platforms (mail chimp, constant contact, emma etc.)
• Proficient in graphic design for all social media platforms

Position Responsibilities:
The Director of Individual Giving and Special Events works with the Executive Director and Board to support Mary’s Path’s vision and help attain the organization’s goals. She/he will guide ongoing individual giving activities including the annual fund, major gifts, special events and partner with the Executive Director and Board on community relationship building and maintenance. Other essential duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Provide leadership for planning, creating and executing all individual annual fundraising activities including individual donor solicitation, cultivation, tracking and acknowledgement, major gifts, planned giving and special events.
• Guide the implementation of the individual giving plan with Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff.
• Manage donor and prospective donor relationships through a comprehensive program of identification, introduction, cultivation, and benefit fulfillment activities.
• Assist Board members in planning and meeting their individual development goals.
• Represent Mary’s Path to the community at events and conferences as appropriate.
• Establish development policies, systems, and procedures, with a special emphasis on professionalism and ethical standards for soliciting, tracking and reporting gifts and for exceeding the expectations of individual, corporate, foundation and government donors.
• Advise the Executive Director and Board of Directors in service of the organization’s major donors and prospects and support good stewardship strategies for these donors.
• Assist Executive Director with donor introduction events, endowment presentation events, anniversary celebrations. This includes managing and coordinating invitations, reservations, food and beverage, handout materials, souvenirs, video projection, and working with vendors and consultants, etc.
• Oversee the planning and execution of Mary’s Path’s annual gala with the Gala Committee, Board, and Executive Director.
• Accurately maintain Network for Good or current donor management system donor data base for Mary’s Path, ensuring donor privacy, data accuracy and timeliness of reporting.
• Query data and create reports and mailing lists for the Executive Director from Network for Good’s or current donor management system.
• Prepare timely, personalized thank you letters and tax-receipts for donors.
• Supervise the appropriate use of donor software and reporting, ensuring donor privacy, data accuracy and timeliness of reporting.
• Help represent Mary' s Path in the community by attending events and staffing information tables as assigned.
• Participate as a member of the senior management team.
• Manage development volunteers, and interns, as appropriate.
• Assist with donor correspondence and telephone contact, including, inviting donors to increase their gift amount or frequency.
• Prepare impact reports for all grant and donor funded programs.

• Maintain inventory and distribute marketing materials (i.e. stationery, brochures, video, donor package, press kit, display boards).
• Assist with content and proofreading, plus coordinate production and mailing of newsletters, special appeals and other printed marketing materials.
• Assist with electronic marketing media, including recommending updates to the Mary’s Path Website and sending email-blasts.
• Maintain the Mary’s Path social media pages, maintaining resident confidentiality.

Mary’s Path offers a competitive salary as well as generous medical, dental and vision insurance and an employer matched retirement plan. This position also offers the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of young parents and their children.
Salary Range $55,000-$65,000
*will consider part time work for very qualified individual

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