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Director of Advancement (24 views)

New York, New York
March 5, 2019

Title:  Director of Advancement
Reports to: CEO
Full time, Salary @ 40 hours and Work from Home

Role Overview

This newly created position is responsible for planning, overseeing, and executing institutional advancement efforts including the major gifts program, the annual giving program, the grants program, and special events.

Reporting directly to the CEO, this seasoned executive has expertise in development and experience in all areas of managing a team of high performance, passionate development professionals. The ideal candidate is ready to step into all responsibilities of our ministry’s advancement effort with confidence and a history of success. The advancement team will execute campaigns, solicit gifts, seek grants, engage customers and volunteer leaders, and tell the WWP story.  

The leader of the advancement team will help WWP identify and execute new ways of translating high customer and participant satisfaction to personal philanthropic investment in our rapidly growing ministry. The ideal candidate has been a participant in a Walking with Purpose study and is seeking to leverage his/her professional skills toward the support and growth of the ministry. This position will require travel (for donor visits across the country and team meetings in Greenwich, CT) and occasional evening and weekend work. Although the candidate’s location is flexible, residence in the New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, DC metropolitan areas is preferable.

Experience and Education

  • 4 or more years experience in development (fundraising/donor relations), preferably for a non-profit, including experience directly soliciting leadership level gifts from individuals
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Experience managing both direct reports and teams
  • Quantifiable history of meeting advancement goals, soliciting individual gifts, and winning grants
  • Proficiency with CRM systems (experience with Salesforce a plus) and other software including MS Office and Google Business Apps
  • Personal experience with Walking with Purpose Bible studies is highly preferred

Core Responsibilities

Oversee all the moving parts of a growing development department including;

  1. Supervise two development team members to meet the organization’s annual fundraising goals
  2. Grow the major gifts program and, along with the Gift Officer, identify, cultivate, and solicit individuals to make leadership level gifts of $1K+ annually
  3. Direct the annual giving program and develop the annual solicitation calendar including hard copy appeals, email appeals, and social media strategy
  4. Oversee the grants program including foundation research, proposal writing, and report development (12  grants per calendar year)
  5. Develop and execute a comprehensive donor stewardship plan
  6. Oversee and maintain all donor data and records in Salesforce
  7. Support key executives (CEO, CPO) by setting up visits and equipping them with appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies
  8. Oversee the creation of compelling advancement materials including case statements, annual reports, and website content
  9. Create strategy and messaging for cascading communication to parish program coordinators and local leaders on the ministry’s need for philanthropic support
  10. Coordinate fundraising special events
  11. Collaborate with the Board of Directors to re-establish the Advancement Committee
  12. Create a planned giving program

Core Competencies

This executive will exhibit all three traits of the ideal WWP team player: hungry, humble and smart.

  • Hungry:  Self motivated and diligent but constantly thinking about the next step and opportunity.
  • Humble:  Quick to point out the contributions of others and slow to seek attention for their own.  Share credit, emphasize team over self and define success collectively rather than individually.
  • Smart: Team members are interpersonally appropriate and aware.  Good judgement and intuition around subtleties of group dynamics and impact of their words and actions.

In addition, these competencies are all required:

  • Persuasiveness
  • Persistence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication – verbal and written
  • Likeability
  • Professionalism
  • Listening
  • Experience (job specific)
  • Creativity
  • Resourcefulness

Company Description

Walking with Purpose (WWP) transforms the hearts and lives of women by providing Bible studies that enable women to know Christ through Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Founded in 2008, WWP is an established non-profit that develops and delivers Bible studies to reach: adult women, young adult women, and middle school girls.

WWP is the perfect place to work for the right person.  With your professional expertise, our remote work environment and a ministry that it is impacting the lives of thousands of Catholic women across the US, we believe that there is no better place to work.

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