This position is responsible for planning, coordination, implementation and management of fund development, community outreach and general administration for the South Central Region. The position directly manages all aspects of Regional Development and Administration, and supports the Program function in accordance with National management. Serves as the head of the Regional center and is responsible for all daily business operations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed:
Development (Fund Development, Community Outreach, Volunteer Development)
Responsible for the advancement of Canine Companions’ mission, vision, and values in the South Central Region. In collaboration with the Baylor Scott & White Health staff, directs operations to meet or exceed qualitative and quantitative regional goals for revenue, public support, donor and volunteer cultivation, community outreach, marketing, and public relations.
In consultation with National management, develops the annual regional income and expense budget. Manages and monitors regional revenue and development, facility and administrative expenses to meet or exceed the established goals. Regularly analyzes and reports on variances between actual and budgeted income and expense levels. Partners with Program management to ensure Program expenses do not exceed the targets for the assigned areas.
Working with the National Chief Development Officer, develops and implements a comprehensive regional fundraising plan to include specific development goals and objectives that support National goals, strategies and initiatives.
Leads and manages regional staff in fund development activities such as networking, donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, grant research and writing, production of charitable events, engagement of clubs and service organizations, etc., participating in these activities to serve the organization’s mission.
In collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Health staff, develops and supports the center’s advisory board, striving to achieve strong complementary skill sets and demographics; empowers and supports the center’s advisory board, chapter(s), and volunteer groups fundraising and outreach efforts. Establishes new volunteer groups as appropriate, per organizational design.
In collaboration with National and Regional development staff as well as Baylor Scott & White Health counterparts, the Executive Director identifies, cultivates, closes, and stewards development of:
Major Individual Donors
Heritage Society Members and Planned Giving Donors
Public Relations Partnerships
Achieves or exceeds assigned goals in major gift fundraising in assigned donor portfolio.
Collaborates and supports National initiatives such as capital, endowment or marketing campaigns.
Works closely with Public Relations and Marketing staff to ensure optimum levels of support for all activities and initiatives.
Partners with Program staff at both the National and Regional levels to ensure effective relationships and communication is maintained and Program goals are supported and achieved.
Collaborates with National Planned Giving, Corporate Partnerships and Community Events staff to maximize donor relationships and contributions and sponsorship potential and impact.
Regularly communicates progress on development initiatives, offering timely data on relevant activities.
Ensures that regional activity is documented, in accordance with current policies and procedures.
Serves as the lead representative for Canine Companions for Independence for the region, actively promoting and optimizing a strong flow of public presentations, awareness and partnerships.
Travels throughout the state for cultivation of key communities and activities such as donor or prospect calls, small group meetings, community lectures, or public demonstrations showcasing the organization’s mission.
Responsible for effective Regional Training Center management to ensure regional compliance with all company policies, procedures, standards, benchmarks, best practices and guidelines.
Oversees regional recruitment of Development and Administrative staff, hiring, and training as authorized to ensure successful center functionality and compliance with organization’s policies and procedures; strives to achieve staff demographics representative of the community in which the center is located.
Effectively supervises, trains, coaches and evaluates staff in accordance with applicable policies, practices and employment laws.
Models and inspires exemplary teamwork, trust, collaboration and professionalism; able to work cooperatively and support team members.
Accountable not only for direct responsibilities outlined in this job description but also collaborates with fellow staff and other constituents with whom the position interacts. Ensures actions and communications are honest and transparent.
Performs other administrative duties as assigned.
Supports and assists the efforts of Canine Companions for Independence National Program department in meeting or exceeding annual regional program goals.
Supports Program activities as defined by National Program leadership.
Promotes interdepartmental cooperation and teamwork, working with National Program leadership, as needed.
Provides input into administrative areas such as attendance, punctuality and work performance.
Partners with Program staff to optimize effective program development collaboration and teamwork.
Collaborates with National Program staff as appropriate on issues of communication, service standards, and departmental collaboration.
Offers input to evaluations, in particular the Program Director and Program staff as needed.
Ability to attract, engage, manage, evaluate and retain staff and volunteers. Proven ability to lead people and manage initiatives to success.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a strong aptitude for public speaking.
Project management and organizational skills equal to the successful management of a diverse National organization.
Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising principles, practices and current trends.
Experience in event planning and organizing and volunteer management.
Strong attention to detail; the ability to organize and maintain accurate records, complete necessary documentation, and meet deadlines.
Ability to read, comprehend, prepare and analyze financial and fundraising goals and reports.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, and the ability to use other relevant donor management software.
EXPERIENCE: A minimum of five years of demonstrated success in staff leadership and management and at least eight years of professional fundraising and/or business development experience in a mission-driven environment, with proven ability to secure charitable gifts of $100,000 and above. Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding corporate, foundation and individual donors. Proven ability to build and optimize relationships within a community to include business leaders and volunteers.
EDUCATION: College degree required. Post-graduate degree preferred.
LICENSES: CFRE preferred
Additional Salary Information: CCI offers benefits including Med., Dental, Vision, 403b w/ match, Life Insurance, and various disability long term care benefits
About Canine Companions for Independence
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities, and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.