Director of Advancement

Employer
Feed the Children
Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 8, 2024

At Feed the Children, we know the value of outstanding people. More importantly we want to find the right individuals to join our team. We pride ourselves on providing our employees with an environment conducive for productive, rewarding, and long-term employment.

As a leading anti-hunger organization, Feed the Children is dedicated to helping struggling families. We are looking for individuals to join with us as we provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials.  We believe it takes all of us working together to defeat hunger and create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. We are recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Transparency and accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

We are currently in search of a Director of Advancement to join our Development team!  The Director of Advancement is part of a Development team responsible for strategic identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of valued supporters. The Director of Advancement will be assigned a portfolio composed of current and prospective major donors in the Northeast United States and is expected to raise substantial funds for Feed the Children.

Please note: This position is a remote position and all qualified candidates will be considered nationwide.

Job Requirements:

Education

Bachelor’s degree required

Experience

5+ years’ experience in successful major gift fundraising

Proven track record in soliciting and securing six figure gifts, and ability to lead cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for portfolio of 75-150 donors and prospects

Prior experience with a donor management system required

Passion and creative energy for major gift and planned giving fundraising required

Strong experience in development procedures and practices, including goal setting, work planning and program evaluation required

Understanding of database reporting, word processing, and spreadsheets required

Familiarity with Microsoft Office and emerging collaboration software tools

Licenses and Certifications

Any certification in fundraising in preferred, but not required

Current driver’s license required

Essential Job Functions:

Identifies individual donors with a special emphasis on developing high value-exchange relationships to recognize, evaluate and cultivate five and six-figure philanthropic commitments to support the mission and goals of Feed the Children.

Responsible for all aspects of the gift cycle:

  • Identifies and initiates contact with potential major gift donors
  • Develops appropriate cultivation strategies for prospective donors and the existing portfolio in the Northeast United States
  • Documents prospect/donor touchpoints
  • Moves potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure
  • Makes solicitations
  • Collaborates with external estate-planning, financial-planning, tax and law experts regarding all planned giving programs.
  • Maintains stewardship contacts with donors; adheres to the highest ethical standards; demonstrates empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflects optimistic and positive attitude, and conveys sensitivity to needs of the donors

Acquires new leadership donors or upgrades current donors to leadership gifts as part of their portfolio.

Establishes strong working relationships with other staff, working cooperatively with all team members to attain their overall financial and advancement goals.

Must travel domestically at least 25% of the time to visit donors and prospects.  

Speaks on behalf of Feed the Children at meetings of local churches, clubs, businesses, and other organizations.

Must maintain knowledge of humanitarian work and issues facing children who live in poverty. 

Assists in conceptualizing, crafting, and writing development marketing materials and communication pieces.

Models the type and level of behavior, professionalism and leadership that is in accordance with the values of the organization.

Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws; maintain accountability standards.

Performs other related duties as required.

Travel: The domestic travel requirements for this position are estimated to be up to 25% of the work time.

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