Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Special Events
As a member of the YWCA MV Team, the Development Director works in partnership with the CFO and CEO to establish, maintain, and implement fundraising and development activities, forging new relationships and nurturing existing ones to build visibility, impact, and strengthen philanthropic support.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and manage YWCA Mohawk Valley’s annual individual fundraising plan including, but not limited to annual appeal; board and employee appeal; planned giving; trusts & bequests; major gifts; and special appeals.
Work closely with Board Development Chairperson related to Board solicitation.
Grow major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them.
Provide monthly report to CFO and CEO on major gift program including sponsorships for events.
Develop and execute an engagement plan for agency’s Salute Academy members.
Monitor fundraising trends and regulations in order to support of fundraising and program efforts, including online giving.
Develop and manage all major events – establishing budget, timelines and securing sponsorship.
Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems.
Supervise and collaborate with development associate and department volunteers/interns.
Oversee all donor acknowledgements.
Other duties as assigned.
Plan and administer all aspects of the Development Department budget.
Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities.
Monitor expenses and analyze budget reports on fund development and recommend changes as necessary.
Community & Professional Relationships:
Serve as staff liaison to the Board Development Committee and event sub committees.
Network with professionals, organizations and agencies. Participate in committees and coalitions as assigned.
Represent the YWCA at community functions.
Competencies and Areas of Expertise:
Maintain a level of knowledge that is current and applicable to performing this position.
Attend staff meetings, Board meetings, Finance meetings and training sessions as required.
Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field preferred with five years’ experience in the field of non-profit development, fundraising, marketing, or communications or ten years’ equivalent experience.
Required, Specialized, or Technical Knowledge:
Acceptance and support of the YWCA Mission.
Basic knowledge and understanding of fundraising best practices and tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets, and estates.
Computer proficiency required in Microsoft Office and Donor base software.
Basic knowledge of Adobe design software preferred, but not required.
Strong communication skills, ability to work independently, ability to work with diverse populations.
Represent the agency as needed to both internal and external audiences.
Computer, fax, adding machine, telephone, voice mail, copier. Must hold a valid driver’s license and insurance and be able to travel as necessary.
Sedentary work exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
Visual Acuity Required:
Heavy acuity is required in this position.
There is no substantial exposure to adverse environmental conditions with the exception of weather-related travel conditions.
About YWCA Mohawk Valley
The YWCA Mohawk Valley, located in Utica NY, is looking for a seasoned Development Director. This position is an essential member of the leadership team of a long-term and dynamic women’s organization. The YWCA Mohawk Valley is 135 years old and is on a mission to eliminating racism empowering women. We are the sole provider of domestic violence services in Oneida County and sexual assault services in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. The Development Director oversees the planning and operations of the development department to secure and retain all contributed revenue. This includes major gifts, corporate partnerships, annual fund, and all fundraising events. The position will report to the Chief Financial Officer and will work closely with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors. The Development Director is an active ambassador for the YWCA Mohawk Valley, embodying its core values and mission/vision.