Director of Development and Advancement
The mission of Neighborhood House is to help diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health and community building.
Our mission to change the life trajectory of low-income people relies on cutting-edge services to the community. It demands a high standard of excellence from inspired professionals who are passionate about transforming the conditions of poverty. While we share many of the characteristics of an effective organization – a focus on smart business practices and continuous quality improvement - we are committed to keeping our family feel. That’s a family of 200 that speaks 43 different languages and dialects.
Our Next Director of Development and Advancement
We’re looking for an inventive, entrepreneurial and intellectually nimble Director of Development and Advancement who is able to provide strategic leadership to meet the financial needs of an evolving and expanding agency. While Neighborhood House might be 106 years old, things happen quickly here. To get things done you need to be wildly enthusiastic and pretty funny – a self-starter who can work across many disciplines and isn't afraid to try out some audacious ideas. You’re pumped to build relationships with donors, foundations, and businesses, and grow philanthropic support for current and emerging initiatives.
You would work very closely with our Executive Director as a key member of our leadership team. Your responsibilities would include:
Advancing Our Mission
We are an agency that is constantly pursuing new opportunities to address the many needs of low income children, families and elders. We are always cooking up new ideas. Your role is to:
- Develop and lead our efforts to create new revenue streams and to accelerate outcomes from our current fundraising strategies.
- Serve as our fundraising expert and “consultant” on cross-departmental teams, leading and participating in strategy discussions and providing research and analysis.
- Team with senior leadership to develop short-term and long-term strategies to secure annual revenue from individuals, foundations, corporations and other institutional funding sources.
Communicating our Mission
We are a complex agency. We do many things for many people in many different places. It’s confusing at times. Your job is to:
- Coordinate an overarching communications strategy, message and content development across the realms of traditional media, new media and online communications.
- Actively foster positive public relations by overseeing effective agency promotional materials including annual reports, brochures, visual displays, donor publications, website and the Voice newspaper.
- Establish forums for funding partners to get to know the agency and its program leaders to give a real perspective of services and promote honest dialogue on the progress and vision for work in the community.
Raising Funds to Support our Mission
Our budget has doubled over the past 12 years through constant fundraising, grant writing and new partnerships. We’re doing great. We want to do more, much more. Your job is to:
- Provide leadership for data analytics of giving programs to ensure growth and maximize effectiveness and results.
- Leverage current efforts to increase giving from high net worth individuals.
- Plan and launch an ambitious fund raising campaign to support the future of our place based initiative in public housing communities.
Leading our Development Team
We have a high functioning, sometimes quirky team of committed professionals. It’s a small, close-knit team. Your role is to:
- Supervise and coach the seasoned development team to build an expanded pipeline of institutional funding opportunities, cultivate authentic and lasting relationships with individual donors and funding partners, and develop compelling public and private grant proposals.
- Provide oversight for the development budget to ensure that department spending fits with work plan priorities.
- Oversee vendor relationships including consultants, counsel, designers, printers, etc.
What We’re Looking for
- Background and Experience - BA/BS in applicable field; a minimum of five years successful experience in fundraising, including capital campaigns, endowment campaigns, annual membership campaigns, planned giving, and proposal/grant writing. Alternative combinations of education and experience that yield the same degree of professional and managerial competence may be substituted.
- Leadership and Organization – Collaborative leader who thrives in ‘best idea’ work environment, exceptional capacity for managing and leading people and building teams, strong planner and decisive decision maker.
- Strategic Vision and Dexterity - Excellent analytical and strategic thinking skills, enjoys working hard and looks for creative challenges, ability to anticipate trends and plan for results.
- Relationship Builder – Ability to connect and develop relationships with diverse constituents, articulate and professional in demeanor in written and oral communications.
- Pursuit of Tikkun - Strong service ethic and a passion for the mission of Neighborhood House.
Submit an agency application
, resume and cover letter. Agency applications can be downloaded (www.nhwa.org
) or picked up at the address below. Only applicants considered for interviews will be contacted. Applicants may FAX their materials to (206) 461-3857, email to email@example.com
or mail to:
905 Spruce St., Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
attn: Jill Trakarnsilpa, HR Manager
Inquiries may be directed to Human Resources at (206) 461-8430 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org