The development officer supports Posse New Orleans’s individual, corporate and foundation giving. S/he is responsible for working with the site’s director and Posse’s national development team to meet the annual revenue goals and reach higher revenue goals each year. The development officer is responsible for grant reports and writing proposals with accompanying budgets, conducting prospect research, drafting thank you letters and other donor correspondence, planning events, soliciting corporate donations for events, managing development communications with the site director, gift entry, monthly financial reporting, and supporting the work of the rest of the development staff, locally and nationally. S/he also represents the program to board members, donors and various other constituent groups. The development officer reports to the director.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Write and submit foundation and corporate proposals, reports and letters in a timely manner. Track all proposal and report deadlines.
Maintain communication with all organizational donors (particularly foundation and corporate donors and prospects).
Work with director to identify and research prospects.
Track prospective donor contacts and set up prospect meetings. Assist Director with prospect meeting strategies.
Maintain all administrative development activities and maintain donor files, including electronic files through Raiser’s Edge Database.
Organize and implement several annual donor mailings.
Help facilitate communication and follow up with the New Orleans Advisory Board.
Manage logistics for development special events.
We are looking for someone who is collaborative, innovative, hardworking and thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will have these qualities/qualifications:
Three to five plus years of work experience in development or related field
Motivated and able to work independently as well as with a team
Willingness to take initiative
Ability to multi-task, manage concurrent processes/projects, and focus on the small but important details in all projects while keeping the bigger picture in mind
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including grant writing
Excellent office and computer skills. Proficient in Word, Excel and experience working with a fundraising database
Able to establish and maintain cooperative professional relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers and the public
Strong public speaking and presentation skills
Demonstrated belief in Posse’s mission and values
About Posse Foundation
The Posse model works for both students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development. As the United States becomes an increasingly multicultural society, Posse believes that the leaders of the 21st century should reflect the country’s rich demographic mix. The key to a promising future for our nation rests on the ability of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. Posse’s primary aim is to train these leaders of tomorrow.
To expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds.
To help these institutions build more interactive campus environments so that they can be more welcoming for people from all backgrounds.
To ensure that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.