Are you a passionate, strategic,
creative, and driven professional? Would you like to join an
organization where your professional expertise and insights are
valued, trusted, and heard?
Texas 4000 is seeking a purpose driven
professional to join their dedicated team who will help further
build and strengthen their culture of philanthropy and generosity
in support of the organization’s mission. The mission
of Texas 4000 is to cultivate high achieving college student
leaders and engage communities in the fight against
Texas 4000 for Cancer (Texas 4000) is
committed to cultivating student leaders and engaging communities
in the fight against cancer. Annually, a group of more than 80
students from diverse backgrounds from The University of Texas at
Austin are competitively selected to participate in the
organization’s 18-month leadership development program. Texas 4000
empowers each student to raise $4,500, ride 2,000 training miles
with his/her team, volunteer more than 50 hours in the community,
and play an active role in planning every aspect of the ride by
attending weekly meetings and taking leadership positions within
the team. The program culminates in a 70-day summer bike ride from
Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, to spread hope, knowledge, and
charity in the fight against cancer.
This is an exciting time for Texas
4000 as the team seeks to increase and expand its fundraising to
support the fight against cancer.
Texas 4000 is looking for a dynamic
and engaging Development Director who is eager to lead and grow the
organization’s annual fundraising work, expand its donor and
prospective donor portfolio through relationship building, donor
retention, stewardship, and thoughtful fundraising strategies, and
actively collaborate with leadership, Texas 4000’s devoted Board of
Directors, committees, and student riders to achieve financial
goals to support the fight against cancer.
The Development Director is
responsible for leading the development and execution of strategies
to help the organization achieve its annual fundraising goals.
Currently, the organization’s annual revenue is approximately
$1.4MM, including in-kind gifts. Texas 4000 aspires to continue
growing its revenues to further impact the fight against cancer.
With this increase, the organization envisions opportunities to
improve its leadership development program and cancer awareness +
prevention programs to engage communities, as well as increase
grants to cancer research and support service organizations for
people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. To that end, Texas
4000 seeks a Development Director who is eager to help bring this
vision to life as a core member of the Executive Team.
Annually, the Development
Director is directly responsible for 51 percent of the fundraising
goal and supervises the fundraising work of Texas 4000’s student
riders to achieve 49 percent of the overall fundraising goal
(percentages subject to change annually with input from
organization and volunteer leadership).
The ideal Development Director
candidate is enthusiastic, optimistic, and passionate about
developing young leaders and inspiring others to join the fight
against cancer. The ideal candidate is also excited to take on
challenges while collaborating and working in a fast-paced
environment with a small but mighty team. This position encompasses
ample opportunity for advancement and a fertile environment for
If you are a self-motivated individual
with strong experience in individual and corporate giving,
experience working with and supervising volunteers, and have a
proven track record in meeting fundraising goals, we would love to
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND
- Serve as the chief steward and champion of Texas 4000’s Culture
- Set annual fundraising goals and budgets based on short- and
long-term organizational goals.
- Ensure alignment between development activities and Texas
4000’s strategic plan.
- Oversee and execute the annual development, communications, and
stewardship plans and help ensuregoals are met and accountability
processes are in place for all team members. Lead efforts to
evaluate and update plans and activities annually.
- Oversee the donor relationship journey – from research to
prospecting, cultivation, asking, thanking, and stewarding – and
ensure that relationship-building and transparency are core to the
- Supervise student riders in their fundraising and
communications as they participate in Texas 4000’s 18-month
leadership development program and during the summer ride. This can
include mentoring and coaching students, supplying fundraising and
communications tools such as letters, social posts, and sample
strategies to support their work on behalf of Texas 4000.
- Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects (including local and
national individuals and corporations).
- Support the Executive Director, Board Members, and volunteer
board committees in their work to cultivate and manage their
respective donors and prospects.
- Manage the development budget, including event budgets, and
create appropriate reports for the Executive Director, Board
Members, and respective committees.
- Supervise Development Manager and contract event planner(s),
- Travel to meet donors required approximately 20 percent of the
- The ideal candidate for this role will be:
- A Strategic Visionary who sees the “big
picture” and how philanthropy is vital to the success of the
- A Strong Communicator who knows that listening
is more important than talking and who has the capacity to convey
Texas 4000’s case for support in a compelling manner to a variety
- A Highly Organized individual who can manage
multiple projects at one time and can prioritize tasks, delegate
actions, and manage ‘up’ by collaborating with other professional
colleagues and volunteer leaders.
- A Servant Leader who is eager to align their
personal and professional values by joining the Texas 4000
- A Relationship Builder who understands that
ethical and effective fundraising cannot be achieved without
attention and care to fostering positive relationships with all
stakeholders and audiences.
Additionally, the ideal candidate
- Hold a college degree or equivalent work experience
- Be willing to travel moderately
- Four or more years of relevant experience in nonprofit
- Documented track record of fundraising success, including
corporate sponsorships, individual gifts, fundraising gala
sponsorship, and events.
- Experience working with volunteer Board Members and
- Prior experience with peer-to-peer fundraising
- Strong technology skills and database experience with Raiser’s
- Strong communication abilities, with superior interpersonal,
verbal, and written skills.
- Impeccable spelling, grammar, punctuation skills.
- Commitment to accuracy, attention to detail, highly efficient
and conscientious about thorough follow-up.
- Excellent organization and time management skills with the
ability to achieve goals while managing multiple priorities and
- Must have a mature work attitude and be respectful,
self-motivated, reliable, and resourceful.
- Team player who enjoys interaction with professionals, peers,
volunteers, and those served by the organization.
- Personable, yet professional and must maintain strict adherence
- Patience and good humor.
- Ability to contribute to a culture of philanthropy within the
HOW TO APPLY
- Health Insurance - 75 percent paid for by organization
- Dental Insurance - 90 percent paid for by organization
- Vision Insurance - 100 percent paid for by organization
- Generous and flexible Paid Time Off (PTO)
- Travel across the country during the summer to see the riders
and visit with donors
- With approval, travel can be extended to include personal
- Flexible work environment
- Strong organizational culture of philanthropy
- Selected professional development opportunities paid for by
organization as Texas 4000 believes in the importance of investing
in the continued professional growth of its employees
If you are ready to join the fight
against cancer and lead Texas 4000’s development efforts, please
email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Cover letter
should include your professional and personal interest in the role,
your experience and accomplishments in development, namely with
individual and corporate giving, and with
teaching/mentoring/coaching others to engage in the fundraising
ABOUT TEXAS 4000 FOR
Texas 4000’s mission is to cultivate
student leaders and engage communities in the fight against
We share hope, knowledge and charity
through leadership development, grantmaking, and our cornerstone
event, a 4,000+ mile bike ride from Austin to Anchorage.
Texas 4000 envisions a world where all
students can become leaders in creating a cancer-free future.
Texas 4000 Leadership Development
Program Eight Foundational Leadership Skills:
Technical Knowledge & Skills
Vision & Action
Number of Board Members: 17
Number of Staff: 7
Find out more at https://texas4000.org