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Wilmington Friends School - Director of Capital and Endowment Giving

Posted: 4/5/2024

Salary: $70,000 - $80,000

Full time, 12-month exempt position to begin on or around July 1, 2024
Supervisor: Director of Development

Reporting directly to the Director of Development, the Director of Capital and Endowment Giving (DCEG) works to build and enhance relationships with all constituents for the purpose of increasing financial support to Wilmington Friends School. The DCEG is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major capital and planned gifts. The DCEG will work with prospective donors to determine their philanthropic interest related to the School’s fundraising goals through the Annual Fund, Endowment, Capital, and Planned Giving Programs. 

Responsibilities

  • Partner with the Director of Development to determine background, strategies and action steps needed to identify and develop major donors. 
  • Manage a personal portfolio of approximately 150 leadership alumni prospects and donors to ensure that timely steps are taken toward cultivation, solicitation, and closure.
  • Develop and implement prospect-specific strategies for cultivating and soliciting major and planned giving gift prospects for programs and projects as set forth by the Board of Trustees. 
  • Make assessment calls, cultivate, solicit, provide recognition, and steward appropriately leadership and major gifts, with an emphasis on gifts at the $25,000+ level. Work with donors on multiple giving methods including current and deferred giving, non-cash gifts, and related tax implications. 
  • Build relationships with donors and coordinate solicitations as appropriate with the Head of School, Director of Development, or other key volunteers. 
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of Wilmington Friends School’s educational and strategic programs in order to effectively articulate the School’s priorities and fundraising objectives to donors. 
  • Help to identify new avenues of foundational support and assist in the grant-writing process.
  • Contribute to WFS Magazine, including generation of story ideas, conducting of interviews/research, and writing of articles intended to highlight philanthropy.
  • Prepare and submit goals that contain specific timelines, projected results, and outcomes. 
  • Document all activity in the Raiser’s Edge database. 
  • Attend all appropriate Development and Major Gifts meetings – keeping detailed minutes to be disseminated to Development Planning Committee members.
  • Help with set up/clean up and attend other school-related events, both local and regional, as appropriate. 
  • Work closely with the Alumni/Development staff to ensure appropriate coordination and communication 
  • Develop agendas and lead regular campaign/prospect meetings.

Qualifications

The position requires a bachelor’s degree and a candidate with strong interpersonal, oral and written communication, and computer skills. Prior experience in successfully cultivating and securing major gifts is preferred. This person should have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and independent school culture is an asset. Significant travel - up to 50% - is required.

Night and weekend work is required. 

Diversity and Inclusion at Wilmington Friends School

At Wilmington Friends, diversity is integral to our educational objectives and to our mission as a Quaker school. The defining belief of Quakerism is that there is “that of God” in everyone. That belief gives rise to a profound respect for the dignity of each person and an obligation to lead on issues of social justice. Guided by Quaker principles, we seek to build and sustain a community of students, families, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees with a variety of identities—in terms of culture, economic means, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion and sexual orientation. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should provide a letter of interest, current resume, and list of three references to Director of Development, Chad O’Kane, cjokane@wilmingtonfriends.org, by April 29, 2024. Wilmington Friends School alumni are encouraged to apply.

Williamson College of the Trades - Major Gift Officer

Posted: 3/27/2024

Salary: $75,000 - $80,000

Founded in 1888, Williamson College of the Trades is an independent, post-secondary, vocational-technical college, which provides all students with full scholarships that cover tuition, room, and board, making Williamson the only college of its kind in the nation. For over 130 years Williamson has been using its unique approach to vocational education to prepare high-quality tradesman and technicians. 
 
Williamson College of the Trades is seeking to hire a Major Gift Officer. Reporting to the Senior Major Gift Officer, who reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.  The Major Gift Officer will be responsible for identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts and planned gifts. This position works in close collaboration with members of the Advancement staff, board members, executive staff, and outside key contacts to develop prospects. 
 
Qualified candidates will have three (3) or more years of successful individual gift fundraising experience in a nonprofit environment.  The Major Gift Officer will have demonstrated success in achieving fundraising goals and a successful track record of cultivating, soliciting, and securing gifts. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to build, foster, and maintain relationships with both internal and external constituencies including administrators, faculty, trustees, volunteer leaders, students, donors, and prospects. Strong attention to detail combined with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment is essential. Must have strong communication skills to express orally and in writing Williamson College of the Trades’ mission and fundraising goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge is preferred. Bachelor's degree is required.  Must be able to travel locally to meet with donors and work some limited nights and weekends as needed. 
 
How to Apply
 
For a complete position description, listing of qualifications and additional information on Williamson College of the Trades, visit our website at www.lambertassoc.com.

Qualified candidates may send resume to:
Tara Sweeney
Lambert & Associates
Havertown, PA 19083
tsweeney@lambertassoc.com

Wilmington Montessori School - Director of Advancement

Posted: 3/24/2024


Salary Range$40,000 - $50,000; part-time, approximately 20 hours/week
 
Reports To: Head of School
Classification: Exempt

Required/Preferred Education: Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Preferred

Required/Preferred Experience: Work in independent school or nonprofit market, fundraising, grant writing. Experience in fundraising, managing campaigns and managing a donor base.

Supervisory Duties: Responsible for managing the coordination and workflow of the Marketing, Communications, and Admissions/Enrollment in coordination with the Head of School as fundraising and enrollment goals are established.
 
Summary of Role
 
Working directly with the Head of School, the Director of Advancement plans and implements programs that support and meet the goals as set by the Development Committee of the WMS Board of Directors. These goals may include the growth of the endowment fund, annual giving, special grants for classroom programs, and building and nurturing relationships with donors, including alumni families, and local foundations. The Director of Advancement provides strategic and day-to-day leadership in all areas of development including annual fund, comprehensive campaign execution, alumni relations, board relations and stewardship. The Director of Advancement guides the workflow of the Director of Enrollment Management and the Director of Marketing and Communications to ensure alignment in this department.
 
A key component of this position is establishing the necessary Development capacity and infrastructure required to support the organization’s sustained growth. The Director will provide effective leadership and management of all aspects of WMS’ fundraising efforts. Beyond immediate fundraising goals, this visionary leader will ensure WMS’ long-term financial sustainability by helping to set and achieve revenue and relationship-building objectives.
 
The Director is responsible for strategically positioning WMS for success in terms of dollars raised; percentage participation across constituent groups; donor identification, acquisition and retention; and timely donor gift acknowledgement and stewardship. The Director of Advancement will take a leadership role in employing the activities of the overall development operation.
 
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive, data-driven fundraising plan with the Head of School and WMS Board’s Development Committee through analysis of the school goals with consideration of the school’s resources.
  • Stewardship of major donors. Identify potential donors among and outside of the WMS community.
  • Develop and coordinate an engaging annual event. Determine the purpose of such events balancing the needs of community building with potential fundraising. 
  • Engage the WMS community through fundraising events.
  • Initiate and coordinate relationships with local foundations.
  • Research, write and submit major funding proposals to foundations and corporations that align with WMS’ strategic plan goals. 
  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within WMS. Advance cross-functional organizational collaboration that engages staff across program areas in raising awareness and support of WMS’ mission.
  • Engage and motivate the Board in its role in Development; manage their involvement in fundraising activities, and collaborate with them to identify, qualify, and engage prospects.
  • Provide strategic vision, tactical direction, and long- and short-term planning for the annual giving program while also strategizing ways to expand and support broader, ambitious yet achievable contributed revenue goals; donor relations and stewardship; and alumni relations.
  • Develop and implement plans and systems for prospect identification and all aspects of the gift cycle (cultivation, solicitation, stewardship).
  • Identify and qualify donors and prospects, and lead coordinated cultivation/engagement processes.
  • Develop and manage proposals, solicitation materials and reports for distribution to individuals, foundations and corporations.
Professional Responsibilities

  • Supports WMS mission and values. 
  • Provides leadership, guidance and support for WMS Board Development Committee and other committees as needed.
  • Accountable for the solicitation of gifts for the school. These include but are not limited to planned giving, capital campaigns, major gifts plans and corporate and foundation giving. 
  • The ability to work with a variety of constituents, internally and externally, motivating and coaching them to support the established goals. 
  • Researches, writes and submits major funding proposals to foundations and corporations. 
  • Works with the business office to ensure accurate financial reporting/accounting of grants, pledges and donations to WMS. 
  • Maintains communication with constituents to keep them informed of the school’s work and projects, especially those they might support. 
  • Attends fundraising and marketing events of the school, acting as the face of WMS. 
  • Sets an example to all staff in professional demeanor such as confidentiality and integrity in all settings
  • Works in the best interest of the students, families and WMS community.
How to Apply
 
This is a part-time position. Approximately 20 hours/week. If interested, please submit your resume to barb_trotto@wmsde.org.
 

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore - Director of Events and Engagement

Posted: 3/18/2024

Salary: Starting at $80,000

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore is seeking a highly organized, confident, engaging professional who is interested in joining Easterseals Development team as the Director of Events and Engagement. The position ensures all events are executed successfully and according to plan – including managing, recruiting, and coordinating volunteers for fundraising events and program engagement involving invested stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will be interested in working in a fast-paced environment, making connections and forming partnerships in the community to promote and expand Easterseals mission.

Job Responsibilities


  • Plan, manage, and execute all development fundraising and donor cultivation events
  • Coordinate the event promotion and create and/or oversee collateral material creation for all events. This includes working with the marketing team and external vendors to create a social media plan, event collateral (i.e., signage, invitations, web banners, etc.), Constant Contact messaging, and internal/external communication
  • Manage volunteers for fundraising events and program engagement
  • Ability to work in web design and website management
  • Implement software such as Raiser’s Edge, TeamRaiser, and Constant Contact, Adobe Creative Suites, and InDesign to create graphics and work with logos
Qualifications

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in non-profit event planning and donor cultivation or related field and/or Bachelors’ degree in related field.
  • Proven track record or delivering successful events
  • Ability to work collaboratively and leverage the skills and strengths of others, i.e., engaging with Board and Advisory members to connect in the community, leading event committees to create better outcomes, stewarding external stakeholders, and creating goodwill within the Easterseals organization
  • Strong organization skills
  • Extensive experience running committees and engaging and planning with Board Members, and other departments to promote fundraising opportunities
  • Proficient with Raiser’s Edge 
  • Preferred proficiency in TeamRaiser, Constant Contact, Adobe Creative Suites, and InDesign
  • Clear, professional communicator who enjoys being a part of a collaborative, team environment
What Easterseals Offers

  • A welcoming environment filled with people who are passionate about our mission 
  • Competitive wages and a comprehensive, affordable benefits package 
  • Retirement plan with company match up to 5% 
  • 12-paid holidays 
  • Generous PTO package including three weeks’ vacation after two years’ service 
  • Mileage reimbursement 
  • Performance- based merit increases  
  • Student loan forgiveness qualifying organization (PSLF) 
  • Professional development opportunities 
How to Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Alex Older Human Resources, at aolder@esdel.org, or apply online at https://www.easterseals.com/de/about-us/careers-at-easterseals/.

Easterseals is proud to create a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visit https://www.easterseals.com/de/ to learn more about our CARF accredited programs. EEOE 

Community Announcement - Public Allies Delaware

Posted: 3/12/2024

Public Allies Delaware is officially accepting Partnership Interest Forms for the Class of 2025. To kick off their recruitment season, they are offering two limited-time opportunities:  
 
FREE organizational capacity assessment & “Early Bird" discount
 
FREE Capacity Assessment
Wednesday, March 27th (1:00 to 2:30 PM)
* Any organization can attend the FREE organizational capacity assessment event, regardless of your interest in hosting an Ally.
 
Public Allies Delaware is providing all local nonprofits, schools, and government agencies with the opportunity to participate in a FREE facilitated organizational capacity assessment. Each participating organization is encouraged to attend with 3-5 representatives*. Through Zoom, PADE will walk all attendees through their assessment tool, and then provide space for each organization to privately and collaboratively complete the assessment, ultimately identifying their capacity-building priorities.
 
All organizations will then be invited to participate in a large group discussion about the process, their findings, and potential solutions**. Lastly, PADE will provide information on how hosting an Ally could address some of the gaps in your capacity. 
 
Registration is required. If you have any questions about this event, please email Tina Morrow at tmorrow@udel.edu.
 
*Representatives can be from any and all parts of your organization, from executives to management to volunteers!

**Funders have also been invited to attend this event as observers, using it as an opportunity to learn more about the capacity needs of PADE’s potential partner organizations.
 
“Early Bird” Discount
If you already know that you are interested in hosting an Ally… 
All organizations that submit an application* to express interest in hosting a Class of 2025 Ally by April 1st will receive a $1000 - $1500 discount on their cost-share**! 
 
Interest form can be found here: https://publicallies.org/partner-application/.
 
*Submission of an application indicates an interest in hosting an Ally, not a commitment to partner. 

**This discount can only be applied to the cost of hosting one Public Ally.
 
Not familiar with Public Allies Delaware? 
More information about partnering with Public Allies Delaware can be found HERE.

Valley Forge Educational Services - Director of Development and Major Gifts (Malvern, PA)

Posted: 3/7/2024

Salary: $145,000 - $160,000 with flexibility

Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) offers educational, social-recreational, and employment-based programs for individuals with special needs. The hallmark of their programs is the collaborative and holistic approach to each child, adolescent, and adult, recognizing their unique abilities and needs through team efforts. Individuals of all ages come to learn, share, appreciate, and respect one another while developing skills necessary for success. VFES is committed to helping students and adult participants develop a strong sense of self-worth to realize their value as contributing members of their communities. Programs of VFES include The Vanguard School and Adult and Recreation Services. Learn more at https://www.vfes.net.
 
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Major Gifts is responsible for setting the strategy for all aspects of fundraising at VFES, building lasting relationships with donors, and overall attainment of key fundraising goals. The Director is responsible for philanthropic activities, notably the design, development, and execution of fundraising-related efforts that successfully maintain current donors and build new relationships. In addition to managing the development team, the Director will focus on developing a major gifts program, strengthening program infrastructure, and utilizing data to plan, coordinate, execute, and analyze development efforts.
 
Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of 10 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, philanthropy, and donor development. The successful candidate must have the ability to foster an understanding and acceptance of people with special needs. Visionary and strategic planning capabilities to be applied toward the development of an innovative fundraising program and the leadership necessary to ensure its successful implementation is essential. Must have proven experience and a track record of success identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and securing major gifts from individual, corporate, and foundation donors. Must have broad exposure to all facets of development, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, grants, corporate and foundation relations, events, capital campaigns, and data management and analysis. Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Willing and able to travel and work occasional evening and weekend hours for meetings and special events.
 
How to Apply

For a complete Position Description and additional information on Valley Forge Educational Services, please visit our website at www.lambertassoc.com.

Qualified candidates may send resume to: Tara Sweeney, Lambert & Associates, tsweeney@lambertassoc.com.

Local Journalism Initiative - Development Director

Posted: 3/5/2024


Salary: $90,000 – $110,000 

Background: The mission of the Local Journalism Initiative is to strengthen local journalism in Delaware to fortify our democracy and inform and engage our communities. 

Opportunity: We are seeking a dedicated and innovative Director of Development to join the Local Journalism Initiative team. In this role, you will lead our efforts to secure funding, build partnerships, and drive sustainable growth for local journalism initiatives. Your strategic vision and fundraising expertise will be instrumental in advancing our mission to ensure vibrant, independent, and reliable journalism remains a cornerstone of our communities. If you are a dynamic leader with a commitment to the future of local news, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of journalism in your community. 

Job Summary: Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Development is responsible for driving revenue to sustain and grow the Local Journalism Initiative, including Spotlight Delaware, by focusing on the attraction and stewardship of a strong base of sponsors and donors, managing special events, and writing and securing grants.   

Key Functions and Responsibilities

To perform in this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs. 

  • In partnership with the CEO and board, build on initial fundraising success to develop and lead a comprehensive, strategic, donor-centered development program to raise $1-2 million a year (and growing) in philanthropic giving. 
  • In partnership with CEO and board, grow and diversify institutional fundraising; prospect, meet with, propose, and close foundation and corporate grants and partnerships. 
  • Develop and nurture relationships with a core group of major donors with whom you meet regularly, and make direct, face-to-face donor solicitations. 
  • Work with Membership and Community Engagement Director to develop and execute strategies for acquisition, stewardship and renewal of members (individual donors); segment donors and research giving capabilities; move members through the funnel to become major donors, where appropriate. 
  • Work with Local Journalism Initiative’s board to spur and coordinate board involvement in fundraising. 
  • Develop and/or oversee production of fundraising communications material, including an annual impact report, a monthly email newsletter, quarterly funder updates, pitch decks, donor correspondence, and other collateral. 
  • Create and execute imaginative and successful fundraising events.   
  • Maintain donor management database. 
Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in fundraising or development work, including demonstrated success soliciting major gifts from both institutions and individuals. 
  • College degree preferred.  
  • Familiarity with fundraising for journalism, democracy, civil society or related issues preferred.  
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Exceptional leadership, communication, and relationship-building skills. 
  • Donor solicitation and stewardship. 
  • Grant research and writing. 
  • Project management. 
  • Event planning and implementation. 
  • Donor database management. 
  • Flexible, creative, collaborative and entrepreneurial approach.  
  • Passion for local journalism and its role in holding government accountable, fostering civic engagement and building community. 
Work Environment 

  • Fully remote role, but must reside in Delaware or surrounding area  
  • Work schedule flexibility required  
  • Travel: Occasional 
Physical Demands  

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time. 
  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. 
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine and computer printer. 
Salary and Benefits 

Salary range is commensurate with experience: $90,000 – $110,000.  Benefits include health, dental and vision coverage, 403B retirement, holidays and paid time off. 

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@ljidelaware.org.

The Local Journalism Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. As part of our values, we are committed to supporting inclusion and diversity. We actively celebrate colleagues’ different abilities, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith, and gender. Everyone is welcome and supported in their development at all stages in their journey with us.