The Director of Advancement leads all The Baddour Center’s fundraising efforts and develops and executes an innovative and comprehensive fundraising program to meet established goals. The Director cultivates and secures major gifts through existing and new donors (individuals, corporations, and foundations; some grants); special events; and targeted campaigns. The Director oversees and promotes the Center’s mission and services through marketing, public information, and communications. The Director identifies and cultivates partnerships with stakeholders who have an interest in Baddour’s success, including volunteers. The Director leads a team of 4-5 persons (communications, community engagement, donor relations, and interns). The Director works closely with senior executives and a nonprofit board of directors.
The Center is located in Senatobia, MS, but the successful candidate could reside in Memphis, Oxford, MS, other location. The successful candidate should expect to travel frequently to meet with current and potential donors. This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary is commensurate with experience; competitive benefits plan.
A Bachelor’s Degree in nonprofit leadership, marketing, business administration, or a related field is required.
The successful candidate will have at least 5-10 years of fundraising experience, including staff leadership responsibility. He/she must have been involved in the development and execution of an effective fundraising program and in a successful capital campaign. Certification in a fundraising or development area is a decided plus.
In as much as responsibilities include leadership of communications, marketing, and community relations, he/she must have a gift for telling the Baddour Story in a compelling way to expand the network of supporters. He/she must display a passion for the heart and ministry of The Baddour Center.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding communicator with professionalism, power of persuasion, and a strong work ethic. He/she must thrive on building relationships and expanding networks. Other desirable traits include: high-energy, positive, attentive to detail, assertive, confident, flexible with respect to changing priorities and initiatives, and computer and database savvy.
The Baddour Center is a unique community where adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities live with their peers in group homes or shared apartments. Located on 120 acres of beautiful countryside in rural Senatobia, Mississippi, just 35 miles south of Memphis, residents and day clients earn their paychecks through rewarding vocational experiences on campus. Opportunities for fun with friends are endless and include parties, intramural sports, drama, continuing education, music, and much more.
The Baddour Center is a product of Mr. Paul Baddour and his family’s generosity. Upon his death, Mr. Baddour charged his family to use his remaining resources for charitable purposes. With gifts from business associates, friends, and family, Baddour Memorial Center was founded in December of 1978 in his memory.
Baddour Memorial Center began with 5 residents. Today, The Baddour Center serves approximately 160 persons whom either live on campus or in the surrounding communities. Baddour’s residents represent 22 states across our nation. Approximately 50 percent of the Center’s residents are Tennessee and/or Mississippi natives.
The Baddour Center is dedicated to providing a model residential community for adults with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities in an environment that promotes maximum growth intellectually, spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and vocationally.
The Baddour Center is committed to giving men and women the opportunity for lives of dignity, joy and hope. Through the dedication and support of family and friends, residents accomplish goals, enjoy lifelong friendships, and realize their greatest potential in every area of life.
Baddour Center’s mission has not changed since its inception. Simply put, we aim to provide community for residents. We see an environment where men and women with intellectual disabilities reach their greatest potential and accomplish this by enriching all aspects of their lives through programs and services that focus on their interests, needs, and well-being. We are proud to offer residents a safe community among peers where freedom and personal choice to live, learn, work, worship, and play are the heart of our mission.
The Baddour Center’s residential community consists of 14 group homes and 4 apartment units. Residential options range from supervised and transitional group home living to more independent, on-campus apartment-living arrangements.
The Buckman Enrichment Home is a licensed assisted living facility which offers a slower-paced lifestyle for those individuals whose age and health dictate specialized services. Emphasis is given to maintaining existing skills without the pressure of acquiring new ones. Bed space in the Enrichment Home is presently limited to individuals within the existing Baddour Center population.
The Baddour Center is privately-funded through tuition, earned revenue from product sales and services, and contributions and gifts. The operating budget is approximately $7.5 M, with approximately 145 employees.
Measures of Success
During the first year with The Baddour Center, the Director of Advancement should have accomplished the following:
- Successfully increase The Baddour Center’s donor base.
- Demonstrates a passion for building relationships with persons who are in a position to support the Center’s ministry.
- Engage with the Center’s leadership team and constituents to learn about the Center’s unique attributes.
- Participate with the Board and fellow leadership team members in planning for the future.
- Lead his/her team in an assessment of the Center’s initiatives in fundraising, marketing, communications, and community relations.
- Develop a comprehensive, inclusive plan to heighten awareness and increase giving to the Center.
- By year-end, show positive results from fundraising initiatives.
- Through leadership and coaching, enhance team members’ skills and capacities to contribute to Baddour Center’s success.