Dynamic opportunity to provide overall leadership to the development activities of United Arts of Central Florida, an $8.5 million nonprofit, with a 30-year established history in the four-county Metro Orlando region. Seeking an experienced fundraising professional with a minimum of seven years of direct development experience, proven fundraising skills with a documented history of closing the deal, and exceptional communication and writing skills.
This position leads all fundraising efforts of United Arts including planned, annual and deferred giving and approaches to individuals, foundations and corporations. Provides vision for the overall promotion of the organization in order to construct and market an appropriate image, develop connections with the community and achieve membership/participation goals. Manages department budgets. Participates as a member of the senior management team to formulate and implement policies and plans to meet the organization’s short- and long-term objectives. Reports to the President & CEO, oversees two development staff and manages the Board Development Committee.
Develop and implement a strategic direction and annual fundraising plan that: secures funding for agency sustainability and growth; cultivates United Arts’ funding base; identifies and engages new donors and volunteer leaders; and strengthens United Arts’ fundraising capabilities. This includes individual, corporate and foundation major gifts; corporate and foundation grant writing and relations; the annual Collaborative Campaign for the Arts; workplace giving; online giving; and designing and promoting sponsorships.
Lead efforts to unlock an annual $500,000 Challenge Grant newly issued by Orange County Government
Coordinate all fundraising activities, including developing fundraising opportunities and identifying potential donors through effective giving analysis, outreach and relationship building
Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan, with input from key staff members and the Board of Directors
Develop and manage a volunteer development committee to assist with meeting annual fundraising goals and objectives
Develop ongoing relationships with potential major individual donor Make solicitations and other presentations to potential donors on the activities of the organization. Act as a liaison to the public in fundraising activities
Grow the online fundraising campaign and online donor development
Grow the major gift program for individual and corporate support
Develop and build ongoing relationships with foundation and corporate contact Introduce the organization to corporations and foundations that are not currently funding the organization.
Oversee fundraising events and other projects
Create and implement volunteer engagement strategies and identify opportunities for utilizing board members in development efforts
Oversee the collection and maintenance of donor data for statistical and programming purposes
Manage the development department in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals
Oversee all record keeping related to fundraising and development, including donor recognition efforts. Oversee the acknowledgement of all donations by prioritizing donor stewardship.
Assist in public relations and media activities
Provide regular and timely updates and reports on fundraising/event status, including analysis of fundraising and event performance that includes financial effectiveness and success as tied to the strategy and goals
Oversee analysis and reports on overall fundraising traffic, the performance of online campaign communications, and other online measures related to online fundraising
Review the annual report, press releases, website, social media and other communication materials from a development standpoint to ensure that the correct sponsors, donors, etc. are recognized by name, logo inclusion, etc.
Determine the donor loyalty strategies that are developed and implemented
Liaison to the Development Committee
In collaboration with Marketing Manager, develop creative strategies for promotion of the Campaign and other development initiatives
In collaboration with Marketing Manager, assist with outward bound communications strategies including but not limited to press and media relations, website and social media content
Take leadership role in agency, provide support, advice and counsel to president in relevant areas
Supervise and mentor development staff, setting goals and standards; train as needed and appropriate
Extensive community relations outreach as agency representative
Bachelor’s degree preferred
A minimum of seven years fundraising experience with proven history of measurable results in organizing and implementing major gift, annual fund, corporate and foundation giving, direct mail and special events
Extensive knowledge and proven ability to implement online communication and fundraising techniques; exposure to new and existing online fundraising technologies
Excellent writing skills
Ability to engage and manage volunteers
Experience managing major individual fundraising campaigns
Experience with of social media, web-based marketing and public relations as fundraising tools
Strategic thinker who can communicate and implement the vision/plan for growth of the organization
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills; evidence of excellent relationship-building and maintenance at all levels
Proven ability to work effectively with Board of Directors and volunteers fundraising committees
Three or more years of supervisory experience
Creative, self-starter with strong project management skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to budget and tight timelines
Strong computer skills including databases, spreadsheets, word processing and email (Outlook)
Raisers Edge experience
Must have reliable car and current US driver’s license
Requires travel within the four-county region
Travel is at least 25% of the position
Some nighttime activity required pertaining to donor cultivation and community engagement
Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
Additional Salary Information: performance bonus
About United Arts of Central Florida
United Arts is an $8.5 million nonprofit with a 30-year established history in the Metro-Orlando Region. Its mission is to enrich communities by investing in arts, science and history. United Arts serves residents and visitors in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. It provides grants to more than 60 local arts, sciences and history organizations; raises and distributes funds; and provides management, administrative and technical assistance services. Now in our 30th year, United Arts has invested more the $155 million in local organizations and education since its founding in 1989.