Wage: $33.07 - $43.40 per hour including benefits, wage is dependent on relevant qualifications and education
Resume and cover letter are required when applying for this position
Mission: Northwest Youth Services collaborates with at-risk, runaway and homeless youth to foster self-reliance.
Vision: All young people have a place to belong: to be safe, heard and valued.
The Director of Development and Community Relations contributes to NWYS success by maintaining and increasing funding from the community in support of the organizations mission and vision.
This position envisions, creates and implements successful strategies to meet specific annual revenue goals and contributes to the overall achievement of organizations development goals.
To perform job successfully, the individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Influence: Motivate, persuade, and excite others; adjust style to fit situation; have presence and confidence.
Strategic Thinking: Communicate strategy to team members; develop and maintain long-term plans and constantly measure progress toward them.
Written Communication: Write clearly and concisely; organize content effectively.
Industry Knowledge: Know the fundraising industry; use industry knowledge to advance the organizations mission; know the youth homelessness industry.
Problem Solving & Decision Making: Approach problems and decisions methodically; isolate causes from symptoms; commit to action; demonstrate sound judgment.
Drive/Energy: Exhibit stamina, endurance; passionate about their work; motivated to excel.
Relationship Building: Recognize importance of relationships; devote energy to cultivating relationships.
Organization and Planning: Plan and organize so that work is accomplished effectively; prioritize multiple competing tasks; maximizes use of available time.
Open and Active Communication: Actively seek and share information; create an open and accessible environment that encourages flow of information.
Integrity: Must be honest and take responsibility for actions.
Offer and create vision, creativity, and enthusiasm to employees and community members to generate the positive thinking about young people;
Maintain meaningful involvement with consumers, advocates, and community partners;
Participate in creating and maintaining a workplace that values diversity and is free of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other discriminatory practices;
Maintain and improve a collaborative and cohesive team of professionals committed to the mission delivery;
Responsible for comprehensive fundraising program, including development of strategies to invite major gifts to fund organizational priorities through strategic planning and developing, implementing and evaluating the fundraising programs;
Support the Executive Director in developing the strategic plan objectives and create annual goals for individual giving, including establishing a strategic and systematic focus on closing multi-year commitments from high net-worth individuals; and
Lead the development team in an annual review and revision of the long-range strategic plan to advance stewardship of donors and prospects.
Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward qualified prospects and donors;
Routinely network with community groups and interact with high net-worth individuals for the purpose of cultivating personal relationships and developing personal giving;
Participate in presentations to increase knowledge and understanding of homeless youth issues within the community;
Write proposals, follow-up letters, and introductory letters and prepare background information and materials for cultivation and solicitation activities; and
Maintain a relationship with funder’s external grant/contract managers.
Manage a portfolio of approximately 120 qualified relationships and apply “moves management” approach to the portfolio, with a custom cultivation strategy for each donor;
Ensure management team is effectively and accurately implementing program requirements according to grants awards and contracts;
Complete prospect and donor contact reports on a timely basis and ensure all donor and prospecting information is properly recorded in database;
Plan and implement major donor-related cultivation events and activities;
Create and implement a “moves management” process for the development team;
Develop an annual budget for the fundraising activities and meet or exceed the budgeted goals;
Communicate verbally and in writing with staff, management, community leaders, donors and potential donors in both professional and social settings;
Supervise volunteers and volunteer committees and support staff assigned to development activities; and
Other duties as assigned.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. While performing these job duties, the employee is regularly required to listen to others and provide verbal feedback. The employee is required to frequently sit for extended periods of time, stand, walk, climb, or balance.
Bachelor’s Degree in related field, or a combination of education and applicable work experience, required;
Three years successful experience in non-profit fundraising, with a proven track record of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors resulting in gifts in the $50,000 to $100,000 range;
Knowledge of development principles, fundraising strategies and ethics including familiarity with “moves management” donor tracking systems;
Demonstrated experience in effectively managing, coaching and supporting development staff and volunteer “face-to-face” solicitors;
Experience managing capital campaigns;
Experience planning major donor cultivation events preferred;
Proficient with Microsoft Office software suite;
Must be 21 years of age or older;
Proof of Washington State Driver’s License, driving record, and auto insurance; and
Full understanding of the CPS reporting requirements.
Northwest Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected stats. Alumni of foster care and those who have experiencing youth homelessness are encouraged to apply.