Meals from the Heartland (MftH)
Director of Development
Reports to: Executive Director
The Director of Development will be primarily responsible for the overall fundraising and community engagement efforts for the organization. This individual is further responsible for implementing a comprehensive development/outreach program that generates high levels of individual, congregational, foundation, and corporate support and that meets/exceeds annual goals for philanthropic revenue.
- Develop, manage, and execute the overall fundraising strategy for MFTH, evaluating its success and providing recommendations for improvement.
- Manage all fundraising campaigns (direct mail, digital, in-house, peer-to-peer, etc.) designed to generate donations from our base of supporters and volunteers.
- Work to identify and manage funding sources complete with requisite contact information, focus areas, philanthropic philosophy, and past donation history.
- Build and maintain strategic relationships with key stakeholders in our community.
- Manage the grant making effort in order to grow this development channel. Develop and maintain a grant-tracking database for efficient and effective use forward going.
- Work collaboratively and closely with the Sales Manager and Hunger Fight Managers to ensure efficient relationship building where cross-purposes might exist.
- Supervise and manage the work product of the Marketing Manager.
- Embrace the MFTH mission, vision, and values and promote in all business engagements.
- Encourage and model good collaboration and communications with MFTH staff, board, volunteers, and donors.
- Stay abreast of developments in the fields of fundraising, communications, and marketing.
- Other management and administrative tasks as assigned.
Minimum Skills and Qualifications:
- Experience with and highly proficient with Raisers’ Edge donor management software or comparable customer relationship and donor management system.
- 3-5 years of successful fundraising related experience.
- CFRE, CAP, or similar industry designation preferred.
- Competence in standard word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Active participation in the community through board engagement, chamber involvement, or comparable.
- College degree with focus in non-profit management, communications, sales, and/or marketing, or proven work experience.
- Mission ownership: Understands and conveys the mission, vision, and values of the organization. Serves as an organizational ambassador in public settings.
- Integrity and Trust: Operates with the highest level of integrity and quickly earns the trust of other staff members, board, and volunteers.
- Outgoing personality: a vibrant soul who can engage with audiences of all sizes.
- Written communication: A skilled communicator across all mediums. Can effectively convey our mission and vision to requisite audiences.
- Attention to detail.
- Time management: Effectively self-manages his or her time and consistently meets project/task due dates.
- Project management: Able to successfully plan for and manage multiple projects of all sizes, meet deadlines, and keep staff team members briefed on progress.
- Team orientation: A team player in every sense who is approachable and responsive to others’ needs.
- Volunteer management: Effectively identify opportunities to engage volunteers and successfully manage volunteer projects to completion.
Accountability and Evaluation:
This position is supervised by the Executive Director. A job review is conducted annually.
Hours/week: 40 per week. Evening and weekend hours, as required. Seasonally, during peak donation periods, additional hours may be required and/or available.
Mission: Empowering people to save starving children.
Vision: to alleviate life-threatening hunger through education, engagement, and feeding
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