The State Director is responsible for all development efforts and revenue generation to support programs and events in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware. The individual reports to the Senior Director of State Operations, on all strategic direction, management and state/area fundraising initiatives. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, identifying, cultivating, securing, and managing all revenue streams.
Please note: Priority to candidates who reside in the greater Philadelphia area will be considered at this time.
Job Qualifications – Qualified applicants must have:
At least four to seven years progressive experience in fundraising including a record of success in expanding a donor base through cultivation and stewardship, foundation relationships, event planning/implementation, and/or board management
Superior persuasive writing and presentation skills with the ability to exert influence, inspire others, and articulate the mission, goals, and activities of Best Buddies with passion and enthusiasm
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and familiarity/comfort with database management systems (i.e. Benevolence, Auction Pay, Raisers Edge)
Superior project management skills - including planning, analysis, decision making, and problem solving - and willingness to multitask
Superior initiative, drive for results, and self-assessment skills, and ability to lead individuals and teams in setting and achieving challenging goals
Must be highly dependable, lead by example and be willing/able to adapt management style to fit the situation and hold volunteers and staff accountable for meeting set expectations
Must be comfortable engaging with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)
Must travel, use personal cell phone, and work evenings and weekends as necessary in order to accomplish job responsibilities
Bachelor’s degree or at least 4 years’ relevant experience in addition to above experience
Access to an automobile with applicable insurance
Job duties include, but are not limited to:
Works strategically to create a comprehensive development plan to secure overall state revenue goals and sustainable funding for programs
Works with the Best Buddies strategic development department, Advisory Boards, and volunteers on the implementation of the state development plan and revenue generation strategies
Cultivates and manages Advisory Boards and committees to directly support revenue goals including, but not limited to, donations, major gifts, sponsorships, and fundraising efforts for Best Buddies Pennsylvania.
Identifies, cultivates, and develops volunteers capable of making personal financial commitments and becoming directly involved in the solicitation process on behalf of Best Buddies Pennsylvania.
Cultivates new and existing development relationships for the state and to create a strategic plan for each relationship
Researches grant opportunities, develops proposals to foundations, maintains accurate records and submits reports as required by funders with support from BBI Grants Department
Manages government grants/contracts, including reporting, maintaining relationships with key agency officials and testifying if necessary
Manages local and/or statewide Advisory Board(s), including recruitment, training, and retention of committee and board members in keeping with BBI Advisory Board guidelines
Identifies, cultivates, and develops volunteers capable of making personal commitments and becoming directly involved in the solicitation process on behalf of Best Buddies - develops and manages stewardship process of all donors, including processing gifts and thank you letters
Develops a comprehensive statewide public awareness strategy, and works with local staff on its implementation
Creates a strong presence for Best Buddies in the local area through public speaking, community involvement, public service announcements, social media, special events, news releases, and other media initiatives
Develops relationships with local graphic artists, public relations professionals, and advertising agencies to support local needs
Oversees organization of content and images for updates to state website and ensures that all local staff use benevolence database appropriately to communicate with participants and the community
Oversees creation and distribution of statewide and local newsletters/annual reports, benevolence e-newsletters, and other social media efforts
Oversees recruitment, screening, hiring, and training of all staff statewide in accordance with Best Buddies guidelines and approves all reports, conducts staff evaluations and provides appropriate guidance and motivation
Works with local staff to set realistic and strategic goals, including professional development goals, and holds them accountable for meeting these goals
Develops performance/behavior improvement plans as needed and researches and provides professional development opportunities and tracks and records progress
Works to inspire and motivate local staff by demonstrating personal commitment and integrity and providing proactive training, support, and recognition
Oversees state staff’s involvement in HQ initiatives, including merchandise sales, national conferences, special events, and awareness campaigns
Oversees (and delegates when appropriate) management of all day-to-day infrastructure needs such as supplies, postage, IT, telecom, equipment/ utility contracts, and office lease as needed to maintain an efficient and professional work environment – assumes ultimate responsibility for all logistics of moving an office if necessary
Maintains communication with HQ Operations and Development Team with timely reports and other information as directed
Uses the online reimbursement system to effectively track and manage reimbursement requests from local staff
Develops, monitors and balances the state organization’s budget, including reviewing monthly financial statements, tracking all expenses and revenue, and adjusting spending/fundraising plans as needed
Oversees timely and accurate processing of all revenue and invoices, and maintains accurate records of all donations and donor information
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate on qualifications
Internal Number: 1851
About Best Buddies International
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Who We Serve
The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.
Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.