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Director of Communications & Develop

Company: Mercy Housing & Shelter Corp
Location: Hartford
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

Job Title: Director of Development Department: Development Reports To: Chief Executive Officer FLSA Status: Exempt PHI Access Code Level 1 Job Summary: Plans, organizes, and directs all aspects of Communications & Development, implements media relations and agency communications as directed by CEO. Responsibilities include community outreach through press releases, newsletter, website updates and social media networks, marketing assistance through clients and donor collateral materials, and development assistance through overseeing major gifts. She/he works closely with and actively assists the CEO and Board of Directors to create an annual Fundraising Plan. Assure timely cultivation, solicitation, follow-up, tracks new and current prospects and donors. Analyze donor reports and lead strategy meetings to help track, cultivate and steward donors. Create and maintain relationships with policy makers and advocate for support of Community Housing Advocates, Mercy's and My Sisters' Places' missions. Secures funding along with resources for the annual campaign, gala/special events, in-kind donations, develops civic leadership and community support for programs, in addition to any special project funding, as determined by the CEO. Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop an annual fundraising and marketing plan, in cooperation with the CEO and CFO, to successfully raise the needed annual operating funds and to raise the Agency's visibility in the community.
  • Conduct an annual fundraising campaign that includes cultivation events, direct mail appeals, special events, speaking engagements and expansion of the donor base.
  • Develop fundraising campaign materials.
  • Keep updated records of funding sources of Development-initiated programs. Manage the donor database.
  • Keep updated files of new funding sources.
  • Develop and manage relations with a broad variety of media outlets.
  • Collaborate with the CEO to plan the development of proposals to corporations and private foundations for new and ongoing programs.
  • Collaborate with CEO regarding external communications, public relations information, etc.
  • Develop and maintain relations with elected leaders to fulfill the mission.
  • Produce agency publications, including newsletter, brochures, video, etc.
  • Manage and maintain the Agency website.
  • Act as a resource person for the CEO and program directors.
  • Work closely with the volunteer coordination program, maximize its effort and resolve problems that may arise.
  • Implement agency Policy and Procedures as appropriate.
  • Staff the Board Development Committee.
  • Supervises the Development Team
  • Perform any other task that will assist the agency in carrying out its mission. Required Skills/Abilities:
    • Analytical - Analyze complex information; collects and research data.
    • Business Acumen - demonstrates orientation to profitability; understands implications of business decisions; displays an understanding of the market and competition.
    • Strategic Thinking - Understands the agency's strengths and weaknesses; identifies agency's threats and opportunities; meets challenges with resourcefulness.
    • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems with creative solutions; uses reasoning and works well in a group to solve problems.
    • Customer Service - Maintains a customer service approach to work; promptly responds to inquiries and requests; solicits feedback.
    • Communication - Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to clearly communication information.
    • Change Management - develops manageable implementation plans; clearly communication changes
    • Planning - organizes, prioritizes, and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; sets goals, identifies resources, and executes work activities.
    • Professionalism - is dependable; timely; keeps commitments; maintains professional communication; takes initiative. Supervisory Responsibilities
      • This individual will supervise three staff members that comprise the Development Team. Education and Experience:
        • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university and appropriate work experience required; an extensive background in fundraising, public relations and print media preferred.
        • Candidate must be able to work flexible hours.
        • Candidate must have the ability to present information effectively to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
        • Must have the ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
        • Must be proficient in Razor's Edge or other fundraising software.
        • Proficiency with database program, Microsoft Office Suite, and Raiser's Edge software; database and website management required. Licenses and Certifications
          • Must have valid Connecticut driver's license and clean driving record with proof of automobile insurance.
            • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Compensation & Benefits
              • $85,000+ based on experience, plus generous incentive compensation plan
              • Community Housing Advocates provides a generous employee benefits package, including medical, dental, retirement, short- and long-term disability, and tuition reimbursement. Full-time employees receive days of PTO (paid time off) per year, plus 12 paid holidays. Physical Demands
                • The physical demands associated with the essential functions of this job are intermittent physical activity, such as walking, sitting, lifting at least 30 lbs, and moving donations, boxes etc.
                • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. PI201902225

Keywords: Mercy Housing & Shelter Corp, Hartford , Director of Communications & Develop, Executive , Hartford, Connecticut

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