Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington is currently accepting applications for a Communications & Development Associate. Please see the position description below:
The Communications & Development Associate (CDA) is a temporary, full-time position beginning immediately and extending through December 2013 and possibly longer. The CDA has two main areas of responsibility during this period: (1) Coordination of the Help-the-Homeless (HTH) Campaign, working with leaders of our partner parishes and others to meet our financial and participation goals; and, (2) managing and executing basic communications for the agency, including but not limited to all written communications to our partner parishes, the website, our social media outlets. The CDA assists both the Executive Director (ED) and Development Director (DD) with various written communications as needed, and others as requested by the ED. The CDA reports to the Executive Director (ED). The CDA also makes educational and promotional presentations to various audiences about Samaritan Ministry, a responsibility that is shared with other staff as appropriate. The ED, DD and part-time Development Associate all collaborate with the CDA on the HTH campaign and the CDA assists the Development Associate to ensure complete and accurate information is entered in the DonorPerfect database. The CDA serves as a staff liaison to the Partner Parish Committee.
Qualifications & Requirements
- At least 1 year professional work experience, ideally in communications and/or public relations.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Ability to motivate and lead others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, participants, parishes and others involved in the program;
- Proven capacity to communicate well, orally and in writing
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, and Power Point and proven experience managing social media and maintaining websites, including knowledge of HTML, iContact or Constant Contact.
- Capacity to work in a fast-paced environment, working independently on multiple projects.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
- Driver’s license and car access.
- Experience with or involvement in the Episcopal Church or other mainline denomination is preferred but not required.
Professional Responsibilities & Relationships
- Coordinates and executes all aspects of the 2013 HTH Campaign, in coordination with appropriate other staff notably the ED, the DD and the Development Associate. The CDA particularly works with leaders of our partner parishes and others to meet our financial and participation goals for the Campaign.
- Develops and implements comprehensive written communication for the agency, including communication with Partner Parish representatives and their parishes, partner schools, and the general public.
- Assists the ED and others in representing SMGW to current and prospective partner parishes, the general public, and various groups and individuals, serving as an advisor to the Executive Director, Development Director and others on communications, marketing and public relations for SMGW.
- Manages the editorial direction, design, production, updating, and distribution of all of SMGW’s ads, web material, social media and electronic marketing, videos and publications, e.g. brochures, print newsletters, the annual report, monthly e-newsletters, monthly “News from Samaritan Ministry” for distribution to parish news contacts, SMGW website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Coordinates the appearance of all SMGW print and electronic materials such as website, letterhead, use of logo, brochures, etc.
- Assists the ED and others in preparing material for Sunday visits at Partner Parishes, Board and Parish Council meetings, as well as assist Partner Parish representatives with their work in communicating and organizing members of their parishes.
- Serves as staff liaison for the Partner Parish Committee with guidance from the ED.
- Other duties as assigned by the ED.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to: The Rev. David B. Wolf, Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, at email@example.com.
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington is currently accepting applications for a Director of Development. Please see the position description below:
The Director of Development (DD) is responsible for all fundraising activities of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW), the “treasure” aspect of our engagement with individual and congregational donors and partners. The role includes but is not limited to: overall strategic planning for fundraising, Board training and engagement, as well as responsibility for managing fundraising volunteers, sharing in major gift solicitation, writing grants and seeking sponsorships, directing individual giving campaigns, drafting development-related publications, fundraising events, and the cultivation and recognition of donors. The DD engages partner congregations and individuals within those congregations in concert with the Executive Director and other staff leaders who handle the “time and talent” aspect of our partnership. The DD works especially closely with the Communications and Volunteer Coordinator (CVC) around donor acknowledgement as well as donor communications. The DD reports to the ED and functions in a relationship of mutual accountability with 3 other staff managers.
Qualifications & Requirements
- At least 5 years direct fundraising and development experience, including proven experience (a) writing grants; and, (b) cultivating and soliciting individual donors. At least 2 years of that experience should be in the not-for-profit or volunteer sector.
- Strong analytic and planning skills.
- Substantial computer literacy, Internet, database and MS Office experience.
- Strong interpersonal gifts and skills.
- Proven ability to provide strong organizational leadership for volunteers, committees and Board members, while performing most day-to-day duties independently.
- Professional fundraising certification, (e.g., CFRE) and experience with DonorPerfect software, the Benevon fundraising model are desirable but not required.
- Previous work with non-profit organizations that empower homeless persons desirable but not required.
- Experience with or involvement in the Episcopal Church or other mainline Christian denominations is preferable but not required.
- Driver’s license and preferably has own car or access to one.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
Professional Responsibilities & Relationships
Process & People
- Serve as advisor to the ED in his/her fundraising work, as well as other SMGW staff and Board members on all activities that may impact development.
- Serve as catalyst for the ED, Development Committee, Board of Directors and Parish Council in devising development strategies and plans, setting direction and executing development plans, including (a) a multi-year strategy and plan for fundraising; and, (b) an annual fundraising plan and goals based on financial needs for operational support and endowment income.
- Serve as the staff liaison to the Development Committee and other fundraising committees, acting as principal advisor to committee chairperson(s).
- Serve as part of the SMGW staff management team, receiving and offering counsel on the overall direction, strategy and staffing of the organization.
- As directed by the ED, share the public speaking and engagement role, representing SMGW to its partner congregations and other audiences, particularly but not exclusively in terms of development or “treasure” conversations.
- Collaborate with all staff but especially management team members: ED, plus staff leads for communications-volunteers, program, and administration-finance. Given the nature of the work, collaboration with the ED and the CVC are particularly important.
- Oversee any development interns and/or volunteers in support of fundraising activities.
Principal Projects & Tasks
- Grant researching and writing of both new and repeating funding proposals to foundations, corporations and government agencies, including preparation of the necessary follow-up reports with grantors.
- Manage and execute all fundraising activities and solicitations including direct solicitation of individual prospects, a responsibility shared with the ED and other Board and Parish Partner leaders, as appropriate.
- Manage the annual solicitation of the Partner Parish contribution and follow-up with support from appropriate partner parish representatives and/or relevant members of the Board’s Development and Partner Parish Committees, as well as the ED and the CVC.
- Develop and produce fundraising-related mailings, publications and other materials, coordinating as necessary and appropriate with the CVC.
- Manage all aspects of SMGW’s participation in the United Way/Combined Federal Campaign including the SMGW in-house campaign.
- In coordination with the ED and CVC, supervise and execute SMGW’s participation in the Fannie Mae Help-the-Homeless Campaign and other similar campaigns.
- Serve as the primary staff organizer for the annual Next Step Breakfast and the annual SMGW Gala.
Administration and Acknowledgment
- Contribute to the budgeting process with the ED and the Finance committee, in particular through projections of fundraising income.
- Provide regular financial reports of funds raised to donors, SMGW staff, Partner Parish Reps, and Board/Development Committee, as requested.
- Ensure that donor records for both cash and in-kind contributions are complete both in terms of paper files and the DonorPerfect database, with the assistance of the CVC.
- Ensure that appropriate thank-you letters are generated and sent out on a timely basis, with the assistance of the CVC or other support staff, who generate the letters after entering the material in the DonorPerfect database.
- With the CVC, develop and implement recognition events for donors.
To apply, send a resume and a cover explaining why you think this might be a match for you and SMGW to: The Rev. David B. Wolf, Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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