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Director of Leadership Giving, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

Date Posted: 08/12/2018
Job Posting
Director of Leadership Giving

About Us
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is one of more than 1,200 autonomous United Ways in our nation and nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. We have the unique ability, vision and resources to bring together diverse stakeholders around a community vision of creating positive change to achieve long-lasting results for children and families.

Our Mission
To engage and bring together people and resources committed to the well-being of children and families in our community.

Join Our Team! Career Opportunity
We are searching for a Director of Leadership Giving who’s a strategic thinker, mission-driven, team-oriented and has a ‘can-do’/solution orientation. The Director would be excited by working in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple priorities and identifying innovative ways of increasing loyal contributors among specific affinity groups: leadership givers, young professionals, women and legacy donors. The Director is also a member of United Way’s management team, directly contributing to its culture, external relationships/brand, and the organization’s success in raising the financial resources to fulfill its mission.

As the Director of Leadership Giving, you will:
• Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward leadership giving from individuals/families with emphasis on United Way affinity groups (ex., local/national United Way leadership societies, young professionals and women; philanthropy fund; individuals outside of workplace giving; legacy gifts).
• Manage department staff to ensure development and execution of strategies to attract, retain and grow membership and increase giving to United Way; ensures opportunities for staff professional growth and development.
• Lead prospect management meetings with President and CEO, leadership volunteers and/or internal staff to ensure coordination of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
• Initiate contacts with potential leadership/major gift donors, align interests with United Way initiatives and develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them. Prepares President and CEO or designee for conversations/meetings with current/prospective leadership/major gift donors.
• Effectively manage United Way’s Philanthropy Fund including increasing participation and efficient, timely gift processing, acknowledgment and reporting of donor designations.
• Recognize leadership donors in timely, effective ways including annual production of United Way’s roster.
• Ensure confidentiality of all donor information as well as accurate and timely entry in customer relationship management (CRM) software.
• Effectively manage and leverage the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database and process, ensuring own and staff proficiency in regularly analyzing data and reports for leadership giving opportunity and risk identification.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of strategies, initiatives, special events and overall results for leadership giving and affinity groups.
• Lead organizational teams responsible for increasing membership and revenue through effective fundraising events by United Way’s women and young professionals’ affinity groups.
• Attend United Way events as well as outside events for United Way representation, networking etc.
• Perform other duties as required.

• Bachelor’s degree in related discipline.
• Certified Fundraising Executive Credential preferred.
• Minimum five years’ experience in leadership/major gift fundraising.
• Perform job with integrity, consistent with the mission, vision, values and beliefs of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Adheres to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors.
• Demonstrate United Way Core Competencies (Mission-Focused, Relationship-Oriented, Collaborator, Results-Driven and Brand Steward); and,
• Knowledge of all charitable gift planning vehicles, including how to determine the appropriate vehicles for specific prospects.
• Track record of taking prospects to solicitation and closing leadership gifts in education/human services.
• Excellent interpersonal and social skills; able to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
• Strong customer-centric focus in all tasks and activities.
• Ability to maintain professional standards and conduct, internally and externally.
• Strong relationship management skills enhancing internal organizational relations, external community interactions, and in business development opportunities.
• Works collaboratively with, and in support of, volunteers and United Way staff to achieve donor, workplace partner and organization needs.
• Ability to relate well with people from diverse groups.
• Holds self and other team members accountable for achieving results.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Microsoft CRM preferred).
• Proficiency in iWave or similar donor cultivation resources.
• Proficiency in customer relationship management software (StratusLive preferred).
• Driver’s license and valid transportation.

How to apply:
Qualified applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter describing 1) their qualifications and experiences 2) salary requirements, and 3) how they learned about the position to:

United Way of Central and Northeastern CT
Human Resources
30 Laurel Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Email: No phone calls please.

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is an equal opportunity employer M / F / D / V.

Development Director (CT #1819-05)

Date Posted: 07/28/2018

Opening Date: July 23, 2018
City: East Hartford
State: CT
Job Location: East Hartford, CT

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Development Director to join our incredible team in the Northeast Region. Working as a member of the Development Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy.

In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects related to the creation, management and execution of annual fundraising campaigns with a focus on signature special events. This includes securing sponsorship, participant recruitment, volunteer involvement, team building, marketing, budget, timelines, evaluation and logistics.
  •  Responsible for raising funds through special events, individual & corporate giving, non-governmental grants & other income sources utilizing the implementation of best practices
  •  Develop, implement and monitor plans to meet area fundraising goals. If necessary, be prepared to develop a contingency plan to successfully meet fundraising goals and complete activities
  •  Ensure revenue goals are attained by identifying, recruiting, managing and stewarding high level volunteer committees
  •  Implement local fundraising events including securing sponsors & recruiting fundraising participants. Recruit, train & supervise development staff & volunteers.
  •  Provide recommendations for area development budget & innovative ways to accomplish goals. Submit timely program reports.
  •  In collaboration with the Executive Director, ensure the creation of a strong corporate committee (Growth Committee) comprised of corporate community leadership volunteers capable of increasing sponsorships and corporate support.
  •  Launch and oversee a sub-committee to execute logistics and boost recruitment in the surrounding areas.
  •  Coach corporate team captains and fundraising volunteers.
  •  Manage development manager ensuring volunteer recruitment, e-communications, and adherence to the timeline for a successful event.
  •  Responsible for cross-functional collaboration with Programs and Advocacy to ensure robust representation at all fundraising events
  •  Oversee all event solicitations. Oversee budget and logistics preparation. Work closely with a variety of vendors and venues necessary for event execution.
  •  Oversee and manage event project timelines. Monitor and prepare ongoing event progress reports. Evaluate event results and use analysis to prepare recommendations for future events as needed.
  •  Recruit, manage and coach community event team captains and volunteers. Cultivate relationships and effectively engage volunteers. Work with the Development team to cultivate event attendees.
  •  Work closely with regional and national colleagues.
  •  Complete special projects as assigned by the Executive Director.
  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Non-Profit Management, Marketing, or related field required;
  •  Minimum of seven years fundraising experience including special event planning and management, individual & corporate giving, and non-           governmental grant acquisition
  •  Must have experience with leading and managing staff
  •  Demonstrated success in recruiting and stewarding high level volunteers, donors, and sponsors
  •  Experience with non-profit budget building and management
  •  Proven ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment with strong organizational skills and an attention to detail
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proficient in social & digital media
  •  Able to work with minimum direct supervision, make decisions, and take initiative
  •  Proven ability to cultivate and steward relationships across a diverse population
  •  Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends with some overnights required. Must have a valid Driver’s license
  •  Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (event supplies)
  •  Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Convio
  •  Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free work place; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any    form.
Please send or e-mail letter of application and resume with salary requirements to (include job title in subject of email):

Human Resources Department
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

Director of Development and Major Gifts, Housatonic Valley Association

Date Posted: 07/22/2018

Put your passion to work for the Housatonic River Watershed! The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) seeks a dynamic, strategic-thinking, self-starting and articulate individual to serve as its Director of Development to lead its fundraising program, with an emphasis on major giving. The position is part of the senior management team, reports to the ED, and is responsible for creating and executing strategies for major gifts, annual giving, donor stewardship and recognition, planned giving and special campaign (including corporate) initiatives.

Specific duties include creating and implementing development goals, plans, strategies and timelines to meet HVA’s operating, sustainability and growth needs with emphasis on developing and executing an annual major gifts ($10,000 to $100,000) plan including donor acquisition and retention; prospect research and identification; initiating donor contact and executing donor cultivation/relationship building strategies; solicitation; and stewardship to increase major gift revenue annually. HVA is restoring waters, and protecting high quality land and waters, across the entire 1,948 square mile Housatonic River Watershed in western Massachusetts, eastern New York and western Connecticut to Long island Sound.

Link to full job description here:

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Lasell College

Date Posted: 07/18/2018

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Lasell College
Newton, MA

An innovator in education for over 165 years, Lasell College today is a comprehensive coeducational college, offering professionally oriented bachelor's and master's degree programs. The 54-acre campus is located in suburban Newton, Massachusetts, within eight miles of downtown Boston. Its location at the heart of the Route 128 high-tech corridor is a powerful symbol of Lasell’s “connected learning” philosophy, which engages students in the work of their field of study through service learning, internships, project-based classroom experiences, and opportunities for global learning. As a result, Lasell students graduate with a degree and a robust resume, and consistently report job placement rates about 95%.

Lasell College seeks a Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations (Vice President) to provide the leadership and vision to further evolve the College’s inventive and dynamic fundraising operation. The Vice President will create a culture of philanthropy that will further energize the constituency and drive the expansion and diversification of philanthropic support. Guided by the five-year strategic plan, “Vision 2022,” and inspired by the leadership of President Michael B. Alexander, Lasell College has embraced ambitious academic, institutional, and facilities goals. The ideal candidate will build upon the College’s fundraising strategy, develop alumni leaders, attract new leadership donors, and align resources to best meet Vision 2022 goals including: engagement of corporate partners; growth of endowment; and, completion of capital campaigns to meet academic and community needs.

As the College’s chief development officer, the Vice President will work with the President, Trustees, the Senior Management Team, deans and program directors, faculty, alumni, volunteers, and staff to identify and leverage major gifts, and strategically engage in fundraising activities. The Vice President will also build strategic relationships with Lasell Village, an award-winning senior housing community, sponsored by Lasell College and located on its campus. The Vice President will be an entrepreneurial professional who is inspired by the distinctive role of Lasell in the world of higher education and within the New England region. A proven front-line fundraiser, the ideal candidate will possess a solid track record of increasing philanthropic support and purposefully expanding and diversifying revenue, ideally for a higher education institution. The ideal candidate will have the stature and relationship-building acumen to invigorate staff and alumni volunteers through effective motivation, mentoring, and team building, while maintaining best practices, camaraderie, and clearly defined goals.

The Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations will report to President Alexander and serve as a member of the Senior Management Team. The Vice President will also serve ex-officio as staff support to the Governance and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Vice President will collaborate with the Alumni Association and work closely with the President of the Alumni Association. The ideal candidate will manage and mentor the College fundraising staff of 13 professionals.

Lasell College has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to facilitate this executive recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at

Executive Director, Connecticut River Museum

Date Posted: 07/18/2018

The Connecticut River Museum, a regional interdisciplinary museum that explores and documents the history, culture and environment of New England’s largest river, seeks an innovative, collaborative, and experienced leader for the position of Executive Director. The new incumbent will be expected to build on the previous successes of the Museum and will be responsible for working with the Board, Staff, and Community. S/he will be responsible for positioning the Museum as one of the River Valley’s cultural and environmental leaders.

The next Executive Director will have a minimum of 5 years of nonprofit leadership experience; hold at least a master’s degree or equivalent in museum studies, history, environmental science, or nonprofit management; and demonstrate a proven track record of fundraising and working within a complex development structure. S/he will be responsible for helping to cultivate and maintain the Museum’s donor base; for spearheading strategic planning; for representing the Museum; for advancing its reputation and recognition; for ensuring continued financial sustainability; and for nurturing collaborations with River Valley organizations and individuals.

The Executive Director will have a strong understanding and appreciation of museum education, exhibits, and collections. S/he will be a team player who can multitask and stay goal-oriented. S/he will have strong written and oral communication skills and a clear understanding of best museum practices. Most importantly, s/he will have an appreciation of the Connecticut River Museum’s interdisciplinary mission and will work towards defining its unique role in the River Valley and broader region. S/he will have or be prepared to build a personal understanding and respect for the region’s history and environmental importance and will actively work towards creating a sense of place within the River Valley.

Full job description, required qualifications, Museum background, and the application process can be found here:

Capital Campaign Manager, Goodspeed Musicals

Date Posted: 07/18/2018

Goodspeed Musicals is in search of an individual to work on fund raising efforts as Capital Campaign Manager. The Capital Campaign Manager reports to the Director of Development and the Executive Director and is responsible for day-to-day management of Goodspeed’s capital campaign including solicitations, records, external reporting, and research. He/she will provide support for the Director of Development and Executive Director and participate actively in strategic and tactical planning for the Capital Campaign.

A qualified candidate will be able to manage key responsibilities and tasks of the position including: support the Board of Trustees, Executive Director, campaign leadership and Director of Development in qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects and donors; maintain a portfolio of approximately 100 donors to solicit for specific campaign gifts; manage and continually refine campaign prospect pool; and conduct and analyze prospect research.

Successful candidates will be a flexible, high-energy, and creative problem-solver and have: 5-6 years of experience in development office, preferable in a campaign or major gifts environment; and/or success managing a portfolio as a major gifts officer. A bachelor’s degree is required.
To apply, submit cover letter and resume to All applications are appreciated and reviewed, however only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Goodspeed Musicals is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women. Goodspeed Musicals does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information.

Job Type: 32 hours per week, one –year, renewable contract.

Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, HARTFORD STAGE

Date Posted: 07/18/2018

Tony Award-winning HARTFORD STAGE seeks a fundraising professional with 3+ years’ experience to serve as Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving. The position will identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts to the annual fund and help to plan and implement a pending endowment and advancement campaign. They also will have primary responsibility for expanding the Shakespeare Society, a planned giving circle, through cultivation and stewardship activities.

The successful candidate will have proven success soliciting major gifts and exceptional communication skills. Knowledge of the arts and the Greater Hartford philanthropic community a plus. Candidates must possess an Associate’s degree or beyond, attention to detail, the ability to thrive in a collaborative team environment, the desire to grow in the field of development and interest in regional theatre. EOE. Hartford Stage is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Please send resume, cover letter, references to Antay Bilgutay at

Database Administrator, The Archdiocese of Hartford

Date Posted: 06/29/2018

Position Title: Database Administrator
Department: Development
Reports To: Chief Development Officer

The Database Administrator is responsible for managing the Development Office’s newly established Access Database system including all aspects of the database. It is the responsibility of the position to provide accurate mailing lists to vendors for mailings, in addition to updating the database with information of pledge processing provided by outside vendors. In addition, the Database Administrator makes independent decisions (within the scope of the position) and is involved with new and varied work situations.

Essential Functions:
• Manage the Access Database for the Archdiocese of Hartford
• Manage the gift processing and pledge redemption process for fundraising campaigns and the annual giving program, including serving as a liaison to third party vendors
• Oversee the entry of donor records and existing donor files and Archdiocesan parishes
• Lead augmentation and clean-up of existing data sources prior to Access entry and ensure constituent data is fresh, current, and as enhanced as possible to ensure the most effective use of all the information available
• Liaison with the Archdiocese of Hartford offices (IT, Finance, etc.), parishes, and vendors to define and document information requirements and drive the development of the business processes and workflows
• Implement and manage the business and technical processes and workflows associated with the Access database system; additionally, manage all business solutions including database maintenance, training, user adoption, and customization
• Oversee the fundraising system that supports programmatic operations and the organizational mission
• Identify and resolve systems-related conflicts
• Provide status on systems to leaders and other stakeholders, as assigned
• Produce donation, transaction and financial reports, as requested
• Conduct annual situational assessments; interpret constituent data using guiding analysis and segmentation efforts; and work collaboratively with other members of the organization to develop strategies for leveraging constituent data to advance the work of the organization
• Ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data, including input and output, technology management, and end-user training and support
• Oversee budgets, progress, deadlines, goals and objectives related to the Database management
• Support parish data and business administrators as necessary, this includes database updating as supplied by the various parish offices
• Performs other duties and assumes other responsibilities, as assigned

Administrative Responsibilities:
• Maintain good working relationships and effective communications among internal and external personnel
• Ability to work closely with the senior management staff
• Attend all staff and committee meetings, as necessary

Educational Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, is preferred
Mastery knowledge of Access database platform
Basic Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge

Skills, Knowledge and/or Abilities:
Project oversight experience is required
Strong familiarity or experience with the workings of a nonprofit organization; including nonprofit advocacy, fundraising, and communicating donor programs.
Strong organizational and time management skills
Excellent written and verbal skills.
Proven ability to work in a team environment and lead virtual teams
Proficiency in personal computer utilizing Microsoft applications as well as database fund-raising software
Ability to perform outlined tasks with minimal supervision
Ability to prioritize projects
Must be self-motivated
Knowledge of accounting principles as related to find-raising practices
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Excellent writing skills
Ability to present oneself professionally
Good organizational skills
Good record-keeping skills
Ability to meet deadlines
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to adapt to changes in routine or schedule
Must possess excellent analytical skills

Special Requirements:
Good appreciation and understanding of the Roman Catholic Church
Ability to learn quickly and must deal with concepts and complexity comfortably
Ability to be creative and effective in problem solving
Capable of performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure
Ability to accept responsibility for the direction control or planning of an activity
Ability to make evaluations and decisions based on sensory and judgmental criteria or measurable and verifiable criteria
Effectively communicate with people of all socioeconomic backgrounds
Establish and maintain effective working relationships

Licenses, Certifications, and/or Registrations:
Valid CT Driver’s license with good driving record

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:
Requires prolonged standing, walking and/or sitting
Requires physical exertion to manually move, life, carry, pull or push objects or materials up to 35 pounds
May require occasional stooping, bending and reaching
Will work in an office setting with office machines

Working Environment:
Weekend and evening hours may be required
The salary for the full-time position will be $60,000. The office for the position will be at the Pastoral Center located at 467 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, CT 06002. Interested candidates should submit letter of interest and resumes directly to be at the address below or be emailed to me at:

Karen A. Kean
Director of Human Resources
The Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation
134 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

The Director of Development and Communications, Catholic Charities

Date Posted : 06/28/2018

Catholic Charities is seeking an experiecienced professional to be responsible for agency fundraising, planned giving, direct mail campaigns, major girt solitications, donor prospecting, and special events.

Position Summary
The Director of Development and Communications is a member of the Agency’s Senior Leadership team and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Chief Development Officer of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The position is responsible for all Agency fundraising, including planned giving, direct mail campaigns, major gift solicitations, donor prospecting, and special events.

The position oversees Agency branding, marketing, media outreach, and the continuing effort to communicate the Agency's programs, philosophy, values, goals and achievements to encourage others to support the Agency with their time, talent, and financial assistance.
Salary Range: $75,000 to $80,000
Educational background:
Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or business related field

Work/Professional Experience:
8 - 10 years of related fundraising experience or an equivalent combination.
Demonstrated knowledge of planned giving and major gift solicitation.
Ability to analyze and organize information.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
Computer, web, and social media proficiency

Work Enviornment:
We have a culture that promotes the dignity, self-sufficiency and human potential of those in need. We value growth, achievement and the richness of diversity.

To Apply:
You may apply by going to our website at and click on Employment or by simply clicking this link:
Applications are due by 8/1/2018
Full Time - 35 hours per week.

Catholic Charities Inc., Archdiocese of Hartford is in compliance with all applicable discrimination laws. All hiring, promoting, and transferring is done on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to membership in any protected class. EEO/ AA/ M-F/ VET/ DISABLED.

Senior Major Gifts Officer, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Date Posted: 06/21/2018

Senior Major Gifts Officer
Pediatric Programs/Heart and Vascular Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, MA

UMass Memorial Medical Center, a clinical partner and teaching affiliate of UMass Medical School and the flagship hospital of the UMass Memorial Health Care system, seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, and articulate gifts officer to build grateful patient fundraising programs for pediatrics and the Heart and Vascular Center – two of the Medical Center’s most renowned and visible service lines.

UMass Memorial Medical Center has 700+ beds, three Worcester locations, and is the primary academic medical center in Central Massachusetts. The Medical Center’s pediatrics program has more than 200 medical and surgical experts offering care in more than 30 specialties. In addition to outpatient throughout Central Massachusetts, the Medical Center houses the only children’s hospital in the area as well as an internationally renowned Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). With specialized pediatric emergency services, UMass Memorial Medical Center maintains the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center for children and adults as designated by the American College of Surgeons.

Bringing together expert cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, and state-of-the-art technology and facilities, The Heart and Vascular Center of UMass Memorial Medical Center is renowned for its comprehensive and outstanding clinical care. Its numerous recognitions include: ranking among the best hospitals in New England for heart attack survival and one of the top heart programs nationwide for coronary artery bypass and aortic valve replacement surgery; being named one of the nation’s “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals” by Truven Health Analytics; and being named #1 hospital in Massachusetts five years in a row for heart attack survival, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Position Summary: Reporting to UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Executive Director of Advancement, the selected candidate’s responsibilities will include: collaborating with department chairs and clinical leadership to develop fundraising programs to sustain major gift ($25K+) support from patients, families, and the community; building and managing a prospect portfolio of 150 with a focus on individuals in the $100K+ level; and playing a key role in building a culture of philanthropy among clinicians.

The fundraising program at UMass Memorial Medical Center serves as a division of the UMass Medical School Advancement Office led by the Vice Chancellor for Advancement. Fundraising activities for the system’s other hospitals -- UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital (Burbank, Clinton and Leominster Campuses) and UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital (Marlborough), are managed locally. To learn more about the Advancement Office, visit Requirements: Qualifications include: BA/BS degree with 5+ years’ successful major gifts fundraising experience (health care preferred); prior experience in complex or matrixed environments; able to build successful working relationships with academic/clinical leaders, patients and families, and colleagues; knowledge of traditional and innovative fundraising methods; and outstanding communication skills.

This is a retained executive search of Exceptional Executive Search, Inc.
Contact Nicole Gakidis at or
Mary Ann Botelho at

President/Chief Executive Officer, ABILIS

Date Posted: 06/20/2018

President/Chief Executive Officer
Job Description

Abilis has been a leading voice for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut, since 1951. Founded by parents of children with special needs, Abilis believes that all people deserve access to resources, opportunities, and skills that enhance their ability to live able lives and build strong communities. Through innovative person-centered services and programs, Abilis, enables individuals to enjoy life through achievement, friendship, fulfilling work, a safe and comfortable place to live and learning to self-advocate.

With a budget of approximately $20 million to support programming, Abilis helps more than 700 individuals with special needs each year. Their Therapeutic Services programs offer customized early intervention and life planning that help map out appropriate treatment, services, and educational programs for children from birth through the life span. Abilis works with young people entering adulthood with a wide range of Life Services programs that include recreational activities, transition and life skills support, job training, supported employment, and a choice of residential options to help them lead independent and productive lives in the community. The Parent Education Program gives information, support and advocacy for families, beginning with the youngest children through adulthood.

Abilis Life Services programs are based in their Greenwich headquarters, while the Therapeutic Services programs are centered in their Stamford office. In addition, Abilis manages over 30 residential facilities in Greenwich and Stamford and works with numerous schools, civic organizations, and other community partners to deliver programs to individuals and families.

Abilis is seeking an inspirational and dynamic President/CEO who will build on the organization’s standard of excellence and help expand funding opportunities. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President/CEO will be responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day activities of the multi-service organization, including 34 residences and multiple businesses under the Abilis umbrella. He or she will set priorities, work closely with the Board to develop the strategic direction of the organization, and provide overall leadership and support to the staff. The position of President/CEO is a critical, visible position requiring strategic thinking, strong management experience, business and financial acumen, and a successful track record of working with government and nonprofit organizations providing social services. She or he must understand the challenging funding environment in Connecticut and know how to maximize revenue to support and build programming.

The President/CEO must be a highly intelligent self-starter who shares the Board’s commitment to Abilis’ core mission. He or she must have the power and presence to advocate successfully and passionately on behalf of Abilis’ individuals and families in the public and private sectors. The President/CEO should be highly knowledgeable, flexible and entrepreneurial in dealing with challenges of government priorities and the delivery services, and have the ability to adapt to change, as needed, to foster the growth of the organization. The President/CEO should also have experience with and knowledge of the unique issues that affect individuals with I/DD and their families and caregivers.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills are critical. The President/CEO must be comfortable and tactful in communicating with the individuals and families who receive services from Abilis, as well as corporate executives, local business leaders, elected officials, public agency administrators, school district leaders and the community. He or she must be able to work closely with the Board and staff in a transparent, honest fashion that promotes inclusiveness, cooperation and teamwork. In addition, he or she will be bright, diplomatic, analytical, creative, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor, humility, and compassion.

The President/CEO will maintain a close and productive working relationship with the Board, staff, constituents and their families. Key areas of responsibility are:
Mission, vision and values
• Act as the lead public spokesperson of the organization to promote an understanding in the community as well as to parents, volunteers and staff about Abilis’ mission, vision and values.
• Monitor the implementation of Abilis’ mission within all its programs and supports.

Board Relations
• Initiate, review and/or supervise presentation of plans, reports and informational materials to the Board and key Abilis leaders, ensuring they have up-to-date and accurate information about the operations and affairs of the organization.
• Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors: facilitate the activities of all Board committees.
• Assist the Board in developing sound organizational policies

Long-term and short-term planning
• Facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation Abilis’ short-term goals as well as a multi-year strategic plan involving community and Abilis leaders, all levels of staff and others as appropriate.
• Prepare an annual plan for Abilis services/supports, including budget, measurable goals and objectives, recommendations for number and expertise of staff and maintenance and/or acquisition of capital assets.
• Develop and implement systems that will qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate Abilis’ services/supports on a continuous basis.
• Facilitate planning for future expansion or modification of programs or services.
• Continually expand employment opportunities for individuals in the local business community.

Fundraising and Public Relations
• Support a comprehensive annual fundraising plan that includes cultivation of existing and new donors, both institutional and private, to meet or exceed targeted expectations
• Facilitate communication of Abilis’ programs, policies and activities to the media and through Abilis publications.
• Assume leadership for a public relations plan to increase community awareness and understanding of the nature, needs and supports for people with developmental disabilities through public speaking, preparation of special reports and assisting in the publication and distribution of printed materials, including Abilis’ annual report.
• Supervise and direct staff activities directed toward development, fundraising and public relations, enhancing branding and identification
• Evaluate the success of specific activities, including, but not limited to:
1. Abilis’ Annual Meeting and Report
2. Special events including annual gala and walk/run
3. Planned giving, Capital, Endowment or other campaigns
4. Publicity events and press releases
5. Newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and other informational materials
• Assume leadership in the preparation and presentation of new program and funding proposals to the United Way, major foundations and contributors and other funders, making sure that adequate support is given in proposal preparation and presentation, program implementation and documentation of services provided.

Relations with federal, state and local leaders
• Be informed of and seek input into actions on a federal, state and local level that may affect services to people with I/DD and impact Abilis.
• Promote and maintain productive relationships with key staff within the CT Departments of Developmental Services, Social Services, Public Health and other areas.
• Participate in the activities of professional and trade organizations, planning or other groups on a federal, state and/or local level.
• Participate in lobbying efforts, testifying or presenting information to governmental bodies.

Staff selection, supervision and development
• Select, train, supervise and evaluate senior management staff responsible for services, accounting, human resources, operations and other management functions.
• Initiate systems that promote morale and appropriate recognition of staff accomplishments while ensuring highest quality and efficient services.

Management and regulatory controls
• Ensure the maintenance of comprehensive financial, personnel, office and other administrative functions as required by regulatory, licensing or funding organizations, or the Board.
• Ensure legal, civil and insurance requirements are maintained.
• Accept, review and act, as appropriate, on feedback, information or complaints from any applicant, employee, participant, family member or individual as a part of Abilis’ formal or informal grievance processes.

Breadth and quality of services
• Develop and sustain the range of services in a way that is both “best in class” and economically feasible.
• Direct, supervise and coordinate all programs, services/supports and activities through department and program directors.
• Ensure safe and high quality working and living environments for staff, constituents and their families.
• Assist in planning meetings, workshops or seminars that promote parent/staff training and Abilis’ reputation
• Participate in special studies, projects, research activities or other such activities that may be considered beneficial to Abilis’ constituents, staff and the organization.

Abilis Foundation
• Provide direct support and supervise staff behalf of The Abilis Community Foundation, Inc., including:
1. Support for Foundation President and other Board members
2. Preparation of financial reports and other information
3. Handling meeting logistics, notification and minutes
4. Issuing requests for grant proposals on the Foundation’s behalf, receiving proposals and distributing proposals to Foundation members for their review/action
5. Other duties as the Foundation Board of Directors may request.


• Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant discipline. A combination of specific training or degrees relating to disabilities (psychology, special education, rehabilitation counseling, etc.), and business management (MBA, accounting or similar field) is desirable. Two years’ experience may be substituted for each year of required education beyond a Bachelor’s Degree level, provided at least half of the experience is in a supervisory position.
• Experience should include at least ten (10) years of increasingly responsible executive management experience (with P&L responsibility) in an organization of similar size and complexity.
• Experience in administering federal and state grant funding.
• Knowledge of Connecticut agencies’ laws and regulations and/or those of other states that might serve as a reference. • Strong negotiating skills with government agencies and others.
• Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of settings – public speaking, writing general and technical publications, and cultivation of volunteers and donors
• Ability to build consensus among Abilis and community leaders, staff, and other constituencies.
• Awareness of the Abilis community; knowledge of best practices in supports provided to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
• Ability to multi-task; strategic thinker and hands-on doer committed to providing the highest quality services to people with developmental disabilities.

All positions at Abilis are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information about the Abilis, please visit their website at

To Apply:

Abilis has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Dr. Jane Herzog
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168

Please put the words “Abilis President/CEO” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.

Development Director, Yankee Institute

Date Posted : 06/13/2018

Yankee Institute is seeking a Development Director. This individual will have the opportunity to create a development program to expand the explosive growth Yankee has experienced over the past four years, and forge or deepen relationships with some of the most noted and interesting entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the Northeast.

The Development Director will be able to design and implement an integrated fundraising strategy, working in conjunction with the communications and research teams to ensure outreach is executed in a manner complementary to and in cooperation with ongoing policy campaigns.

Yankee Institute is a dynamic think-and-action-tank committed to the proposition that everyone in Connecticut should be free to succeed. Yankee has an enthusiastic and collaborative work environment, and is especially welcoming to enterprising, energetic, upbeat people who share our principles, are committed to excellence, and have a good sense of humor.

Duties and Responsibilities

■ Develop fundraising budgets and campaign plans for the fiscal year and ensure budgeted income goals are met ■ Work directly with the President to develop and implement strategies to enable Yankee to fund its strategic plan ■ Engage directly in cultivation and solicitation activities to develop a set of donor relationships with a specific emphasis on donor retention and donor upgrades ■ Identify grant opportunities and liaise with Policy and Communications Departments to research and generate proposals that support the work of the organization ■ Development and implementation of planned giving program ■ In conjunction with the President, grow major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors
■ Serve as the organizational contact for grants received from national partners as well as tracking and meeting grant report deadlines ■ Oversee the organization’s fundraising and relationship management software platforms and prospecting tools ■ Create and implement a strategic plan of action with timelines and evaluation plans for the direct and house mail programs that includes identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors ■ Prepare regular analysis of budget and fundraising trends, success rates of prospecting tools and donor retention rates for the President and Yankee’s board of directors ■ Provide fundraising updates for board meetings, presenting reports directly to the board as required


■ 8-10 years of experience in fundraising, outreach, external relations, client management, or related field ■ BA (required), MA (a plus) ■ Excellence in organizational, managerial and communication skills ■ Commitment to Yankee Institute’s mission and culture ■ Entrepreneurial mindset ■ Consummate professional ■ Sense of humor a plus

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your full name in the file title:

• Resume • Cover letter detailing a) your salary requirements, b) your interest in the position and the organization’s mission, and c) how your experience and background will ensure success.

Please include “Development Director, Yankee–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market
nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

Development Manager, Yankee Institute

Date Posted :06/13/2018

Yankee Institute seeks a Development Manager. This position will play an integral role in the service and organizational strength of the institute.

The position is ideal for candidates who have a passion for liberty, free-market solutions for Connecticut and are seeking experience working for a non-profit. Candidates should be selfmotivated, trustworthy and enjoy planning and organizing. Tremendous opportunities exist for professional development and training.
Yankee Institute is a dynamic and fast-growing organization with an enthusiastic and collaborative work environment.

• Oversee the organization’s CRM platform, Salesforce • Track all donor gifts and interactions • Generate regular reports via Salesforce, ensuring executive staff is up-to-date on revenue streams and donor interactions • Research grant opportunities and write letters of interest to foundations aligned with Yankee’s mission • Ensure donors receive written thank you notes in a timely manner • As the opportunities arise, call or visit donors and prospects • Support budgeting and bookkeeping procedures, particularly by processing incoming donations • Manage direct mail campaigns • Serve as point person for relevant contractors and vendors • Some travel may be required • Multiple training opportunities exist, specifically related to Salesforce, writing and fundraising

Qualifications: Entry level is OK Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite Outstanding written and verbal communication skills Experienced with Salesforce a plus Great attention to detail and organization
Willingness to show initiative Team player

Application Instructions :
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your full name in the file title:
• Resume • Cover letter detailing a) your salary requirements, b) your interest in the position and the organization’s mission, and c) how your experience and background will ensure success.
Please include “Development Director, Yankee–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market who is assisting with the search:
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

Special Events Manager, Women's center

Date Posted : 05/31/2018

Title: Special Events Manager

Job Summary: 
The primary role of the Special Events Manager, under the supervision of and in consultation with the Director of Development, is to coordinate all Women’s Center special events and community based fundraising, and donor relation activities done on the Center’s behalf.

Specific Job Functions:
• Serve as staff liaison with fundraising event committees
• Maintain the event databases used for the Gala and SafeWalk. Data entry of auction items and registration. Generate reports, exports and any other collection data as needed
• In coordination with the Development Team, maintain a comprehensive annual special events calendar
• Coordinate all facets of event activities, including contracts for goods and services
• Support event Chairs and sub-committees
• Serve as contact person for third party fundraising events benefiting the Center
• Manage event volunteers
• Coordinate fundraising and donor cultivation events associated with the enrichment campaign
• Organize thank-you events for fundraising event volunteers

Additional Responsibilities:
• Participate in professional development activities such as webinars and conferences
• Perform other duties as assigned to support the overall goals and activities of the development office
• Attend quarterly All Staff meetings
• Responsible to read emails and staff intranet in a timely manner to ensure you are up to date with current information pertaining to organizational activities/information
• Some travel may be required for this position

• Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience in fundraising and special events activities
• Must have strong computer and internet skills, with high degree of proficiency in donor development systems, GiftWorks and Microsoft programs
• Demonstrated ability to manage confidential and privileged information with discretion
• Ability and willingness to relate to persons from diverse backgrounds
• Must have strong oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
• Ability to work as an individual as well as a team member
• Attention to detail
• Ability to be flexible and juggle multiple demands
• Willingness to attend event-related meetings and events outside of normal business hours as required

The Development Director will supervise the Special Events Manager and provide guidance, oversight and evaluation of work performed on an on-going basis, with written evaluation provided annually.

Hours of work: 35 hours/week
Updated May 2018

Classification: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Annual Salary: $40,000 - $45,000

Please email, fax or mail your resume, with cover letter, to the attention of the Director of Administration & Human Resources at, 203-731-5207 or 2 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810.