The Director of Development and Communications is responsible for leading the overall operations of the Development and Communications Department at Infant Welfare Society of Evanston. The Director of Development and Communications has primary responsibility for individual, corporate and foundation giving, grant writing, donor management, fundraising and event planning, agency marketing and publicity, as well as volunteer coordination.
ESSSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Individual Giving and Major Gifts
Working with the IWSE Board of Directors, the Executive Director and IWSE consultants to develop and execute a strategy for developing relationships, securing major gifts and increasing individual donations.
Research new grant opportunities; write compelling proposals and grant applications
Create and maintain an annual grants and giving calendar; track proposals and grants.
Create appropriate and timely reports, in cooperation with program managers that highlight the value of the funding to IWSE and its clients.
Fundraising and Special Events
Plan, organize and promote special events and fundraisers (e.g. Hat Tea, Wine Party)
Organize board, staff and volunteers to assume key roles in various events.
Develop ideas for new special events.
Social Capers Fundraiser:
Supervises the design, production, and distribution of Social Capers calendars and marketing materials.
Provide excellent customer service for all questions, and concerns.
Direct Mail Appeals:
Develop direct mail campaigns for fundraising.
Supervise printing and mailing.
Coordinate board involvement in mailings.
Manages public relations activities.
Produce marketing materials, press releases, newsletters, annual reports and collateral program materials.
Support board members in their efforts to promote IWSE
Solicit, coordinate and manage volunteer projects at IWSE.
Provide orientation and project supervision for regular volunteers.
Oversees Record Keeping and Donor Recognition:
Maintain donor database.
Ensure prompt acknowledgment of all donations.
Provide donor listings and analytical reports from database on request.
Supervise development staff and others as assigned.
Promote positive, congenial and professional relationships with staff.
Attend workshops and seminars as necessary or required.
Create an annual professional development plan
Perform and fulfill other responsibilities as requested by IWSE
Act as a team member in group efforts and on general projects and organizational needs.
Work occasional evenings and weekends
Maintain regular and predictable attendance and timeliness.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred. Five to seven years of development and/or fundraising experience in nonprofit, health care, and/or a social services environment. The Director must have experience with major gift donations and the ability to cultivate donors and funders. Grant writing experience is essential.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above listed Essential Duties satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Excellent oral and written skills.
Ability to represent IWSE to funders, individuals and groups.
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, in a fast-paced, professional environment.
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to set and meet deadlines.
At least one year of experience supervising staff.
Ability to work in a diverse environment.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and database management/fundraising software(E-tapestry).
A valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and access to a car on a regular basis.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Internal Number: IWSE-0575
About Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
Now in its 104th year, The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE)’s mission is to deliver exceptional care and education for infants and young children and support families' efforts to be effective parents and advocates in their child's learning and development. IWSE is committed to eliminating barriers to critical early childhood education and vital family supports, ensuring that all children can reach their full potential. IWSE serves nearly 150 low-income and at-risk children and their parents in Evanston and its surrounding communities through three core programs: