The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Development Specialist is one
of the two key positions that supports the Executive Director in
managing and executing fund development and grant making strategies
in alignment with strategic plans, business goals and objectives.
The primary responsibilities of the Development Specialist are to
oversee the Foundations day-to-day operations, donor management,
game day fundraising activities, and the grant program.
The ideal candidate is collaborative, self-motivated, and
results-oriented with strong organizational skills and attention to
detail. They must be passionate about using sports to positively
impact the community. It will be necessary for the person in this
role to be present at home games, as well as additional nights and
weekend hours as necessary to execute the Foundation’s programs,
initiatives, and events. About the
In 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets
brought the National Hockey League to the city thanks to the vision
of local business leader and philanthropist John H. McConnell. His
vision of how a professional sports team could impact our community
led to the establishment of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation
and its pillars that are dedicated to improving the lives of
children throughout Central Ohio. It’s our mission. It’s our
purpose. Beyond the game of hockey, we collaborate with community
partners that share our commitment in the areas of pediatric
cancer, education, health and safety, and youth hockey. In the
two-plus decades since, the Foundation has invested over $14
million into the central Ohio community while positively impacting
over 100,000 children annually. Essential
Duties and Responsibilities
include the following. Other
duties may be assigned.
- Oversee donor management operations through GiveSmart to
effectively manage the development process, ensuring that donor
information, gift acknowledgments and reports are accurate and
current. Comply with applicable local, state and federal laws,
codes, rules and regulations.
- Establish and track annual fundraising goals and create
comprehensive reports on fundraising efforts.
- Manage fundraising programs, such as the online auction and
50/50 raffle operations, including volunteer coordination,
part-time staff supervision, and promotion of these activities.
- Lead the Foundation Grant Program, which involves the
application and approval procedures, recognition of grants awarded,
organizing the evaluation of grants, and facilitating communication
with grant partners. Establish efficient systems and processes for
- Collaborate with the Community Development team to effectively
communicate the Foundation's key messages and strategies to both
internal and external audiences, working closely with the
Marketing, Digital Marketing, and Communications departments.
- Raise the profile of the Blue Jackets Foundation locally,
focusing on the Blue Jackets as a leader in corporate social
responsibility among other local organizations and other
professional sports teams.
- Work closely with the Foundation Events Manager to execute a
range of events designed to accomplish a variety of goals from
strategic fundraising, raising awareness, and engaging donors.
- Develop donor recognition initiatives and ensure retention of
stakeholder relationships to encourage future gifts to the Blue
- Manage the Foundation scholarship program by overseeing the
application and approval process for the High School Hockey and
John H. McConnell scholarships.
- Organize documents required for quarterly Board meetings of the
Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.
- Develop sustained partnerships and relationships with key
organizations and influencers relevant to programs and the
Directly supervises part-time game night support staff and
Foundation interns. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in
accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training
employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising
performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing
complaints and resolving problems.
To perform the job
successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following
competencies: Project Management - Develops project
plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress;
completes projects on time and budget; manages project team
activities. Communications - Expresses ideas and
thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form;
exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately
informed; selects and uses appropriate communication
methods. Teamwork - Balances team and individual
responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others'
views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a
positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests;
able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives;
supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes
administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's
goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities;
supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages
competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the
situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected
events. Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans
work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional
resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other
people and their tasks; develops realistic action
To perform this job
successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential
duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
degree from four-year college or university; and 3-5 years of
experience in non-profit management, fundraising, community
development, preferably within the sports industry. Strong
knowledge of philanthropic trends, fundraising techniques, and
community development strategies. Computer
To perform this job successfully, an
individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office software, and
donor management systems, such as Givesmart, BUMP and Clover.
Physical Demands and Work
While performing the duties of this
Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The noise
level in the work environment is usually moderate.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any
other protected class.