In collaboration with the CSD executive team, the Director of Development and Fundraising spearheads CSD’s fundraising and partnership opportunities. The Director of Development and Fundraising is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the CSD Community Foundation’s development operations, including annual campaign, major gifts, corporate, foundation and donor relations, events and grant/proposal writing services. The Director is responsible for developing and implementing an annual development plan and budget and is accountable for meeting the Foundation’s overall fundraising goal. The Director consistently demonstrates support of the foundation’s mission by promulgating public awareness of its work and community impact. The Director leads a team of development professionals and partners with internal stakeholders and independent contractors on a range of cross-functional activities that ensure the successful delivery of fundraising goals and objectives.
- Oversees a calendar of fundraising events and supervises the day to day activities of development team members and independent contractors that work in support of fundraising campaigns, solicitations from public and private foundations, grant writing and proposal development
- Plans, develops, implements and executes robust and creative annual fundraising plans supporting CSD and the CSD Community Foundation, enabling acceleration of various department initiatives
- Works with the CSD and CSD foundation leadership teams to design strategic and operational plans, supporting budgeting initiatives and problem-solving efforts to reach revenue targets
- Oversees and directs grant writers and independent contractors in researching, submitting and tracking proposal and reports for foundation, government and corporate fundraising
- Hires, trains, supervises, evaluates and builds a team to secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
- Speaks at local and national meetings and events to identify, cultivate, build and solidify strong ongoing relationships with new and established contributors and donors
- Oversees Development team to ensure accurate data entry, reporting, and updated statistics on donor gifts, churn rate, participation and other KPI metrics
- Compiles, maintains and regularly reports on fundraising progress towards budget goals and execution of the development plan
- Collaborates with the CSD Public Relations and CSD Community Foundation operations team to enhance awareness of CSD in the community and coordinate fundraising campaigns
- Collaborates with CSD’s Public Relations, Creative, Marketing, and Engagement (PCME) teams to create and curate fundraising, marketing and branding materials and multimedia
- Collaborates with PCME on the online, web and social media presence of the CSD Community Foundation
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
To perform the essential functions of this position successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Excellent writing and presentation skills with demonstrated knowledge and experience in the design and execution of communication strategies, including sales and negotiation
- Proven track record of building donor relationships and closing major gifts
- Strong project management skills, including analysis, planning, prioritization, and attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Excitement and drive to create and develop fundraising programs, including developing corporate sponsorships and capital campaigns in a fast-paced, remote environment
- Excellent facilitation, judgement, leadership and networking skills with an energetic and determined mindset to make a difference in the Deaf community
- Excellent interpersonal, critical thinking and problem-solving skills with a genuine passion and deep appreciation for the mission of CSD
- Ability to maintain positive, cooperative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, with minimal supervision
- Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership, Organizational Development, Nonprofit Management, Business or related field from an accredited college or university; or equivalent professional experience, Master’s degree (PREFERRED)
- 6-10 years of documented professional experience in proposal writing, grant writing and fundraising with demonstrable positive outcomes.
- 3-5 years’ experience working closing with Executive Leadership and Board Members to engage and expand philanthropic support
- Ability to communicate effectively using American Sign Language
Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position is largely self-directed and requires understanding and compliance with company policies, procedures, and values. The position works in a virtual office environment utilizing a computer and standard office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required interact collaboratively with the team and stakeholders, and communicate via phone, videophone, or text messaging. The employee may be required to occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The position may require travel up to 25%.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability status, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.