Lighthouse is currently seeking a Development Director to oversee our donor relations and manage our fundraising initiatives. The Development Director will
perform a variety of duties including: support to all fundraising events and campaigns to benefit Lighthouse. This Development Director will work directly with the Executive Director and will play an instrumental role in assisting her to identifying and cultivating relationships with donors as well as stewarding donor relationships. This position requires a detail oriented, organized self-starter who has a commitment to creating a high-quality donor experience.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Coordinate donor cultivation process for Lighthouse by providing technical assistance to the Executive Director, including preparing donor packets; tracking and notifying of donor solicitation and report schedules; and gathering information on, and accurately recording all donations received. Maintain historical donor activity information in donor database.
- Manage organization fundraising program in coordination with the Executive Director. Maintain comprehensive list of donors and their giving. Follow-up with donors to ensure that they have provided the required information for publications and dissemination.
- Research donors to get a sense of their giving capacity and philanthropic interests. Develop relationships with donors where appropriate.
- Manage donor database for Lighthouse fundraising. Produce standard and ad hoc reports on donor analytics for Executive Director and Board as required.
- Work with Executive Director to outline and recommend changes to the standard operating procedure for the donor management system to effectively managing all donor and gift information.
- Responsible for maintaining donor information, gifts, addresses, categories and notes according to the policies of the donor management system.
- Prepare and send timely donor acknowledgements.
- Work with the Executive Director to plan, organize and execute Lighthouse’s annual mailings including fundraising appeals, newsletters, annual report and donor solicitations.
- Manage printed materials, mailing list and tracking responses. Coordinate with post office, printer and mailing house.
- Assist Executive Director in coordinating logistics for all fundraising events such as: transporting event supplies, placing orders for event materials, check-in and registration, record keeping, mailings, donor correspondence, marketing assistance and other tasks as assigned.
- Monitor progress of event registrations, ticket sales, and income, reporting on progress to meet projected goals.
- Coordinate with Executive Director on recognition plans, including which donors to highlight in publications, at Annual Events, and more.
- Perform other similar duties as responsibilities necessitate and/or as assigned or requested by the Executive Director
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Bachelor’s Degree and one to three (1-3) years of demonstrated success in a comparable position, preferably in development, or equivalent years of professional experience required
- Knowledge of basic research principles and donor research, grant application and writing; proficient in English
- Computer knowledge and experience required, including Microsoft programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience managing databases is essential.
- Must be able to manage multiple priority projects at once with ease and efficiency. Must be a self-starter who is highly motivated, can think independently and analytically, is organized, and detail oriented.
- Experience coordinating events and experience maintaining relationships with donors.
- Requires valid driver’s license and reliable transportation / vehicle.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Requires considerable judgment and the ability to meet new or different situations and make relevant decisions controlled by precedent and within established policies.
- Requires the use of judgment to work independently to analyze the facts and circumstances surrounding individual problems and situations and in the determination of actions to be taken within the limits of standard or accepted practice.
- Ability to interact with contacts inside and outside Lighthouse with tact and professionalism to establish and maintain productive relationships.
- Must be able to work with confidential data such as donor and grant application information which if disclosed may have adverse internal or external effect.
- Highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to prioritize tasks, implement and track projects, set goals, and effectively manage time; creative and ability to effectively work in team environment and proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to new or unexpected challenges.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with diverse groups and present data on which Lighthouse leadership bases important decisions, and the ability to read, write and communicate in English. Bilingual Spanish-English preferred.
- Must be able to maintain regular attendance.
MENTAL ATTENTION OR VISUAL DEMAND
Flow of work and character of duties require mental and visual along with some manual coordination.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work environment can be high due to numbers of people and high levels of activity.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, talk and hear; lift, carry and maintain balance. The employee may rarely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee is regularly required to sit and stand; push and pull with force. The employee occasionally is required to climb and stoop; reach with hands and arms, use hands to finger objects or controls. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision; reading of written, printed or computer screen data.
- Reports to the Executive Director
Half time position. Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
If you are interested in this position please send a cover letter and resume to Catherine Gobron at [email protected] before December 31, 2019.
LightHouse is an equal opportunity organization. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Courses at LightHouse are taught in 10-13 week blocks. Classes meet twice per week for 90 minutes, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Class times are 9:00-10:25, 10:30-12:00, and 1:00-2:30.
Some courses are taught by core staff directors, some by volunteers and college work-study students, and some by paid teachers.
Most classes are relevant to one or more of our Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Creative Arts, Tech, and College Prep.
If you would like to offer a course, we accept proposals on a rolling basis.
LightHouse would like to provide lunch to all students four days per week. Our ideal vision is that lunch prep be a class for 5 or 6 students to work with a local chef to prepare a meal that we will then all eat together.
Preparation will happen between 10:30 and noon, and we will eat together and clean up between noon and 1:00.
We are in the conversation with local chefs and kitchens to develop this possibility, and looking for more.
If you are interested in being part of providing fresh, healthy meals to our community, either as a cook, teacher, or visionary, please be in touch: [email protected]
LightHouse will spend Fridays off-site engaging in community work, service learning, and other enrichment activities.
Our goal is to partner with one organization per block or per year in order to give us time to build a meaningful relationship and to offer useful assistance. LightHouse teens and staff will work on projects that are of use to our partner organization, and learn about the important work that the organization is doing.
If you are interested in becoming a community partner or in being part of the vision team for this aspect of the program, please be in touch: [email protected]
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