Annual Giving, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
About SBP: SBP is an award-winning, innovative nonprofit organization that shrinks the time between disaster and recover. A leader in volunteer-driven, post-disaster rebuilding. SBP educates, advocates, and improves the disaster recovery sector so that we can collectively achieve more for communities. With a growing team 85+ staff and 240 AmeriCorps members, SBP has rebuilt more than 2,100 homes across 13 states and in the Bahamas, and shared best practices with many more.
SBP’s vision is to embrace constant improvement, community-wide collaboration, and clear benchmarks to reduce human suffering caused by the tolls of delay in recovery. By pairing resilience training with recovery operations, we strive to reduce the need for our rebuilding services over time by increasing preparedness among vulnerable communities.
SBP encourages individuals who are hungry for change and eager to innovate to join our team so that we can change the future of disaster recovery together.
Position Summary: SBP’s mission is fueled by donors who make it possible for more families to have a predictable path home after a disaster. SBP’s National Philanthropy Officer is a professional fundraising position reporting directly to the Chief Development Officer that is responsible for working closely with the development team to achieve annual and long-term goals. The National Philanthropy Officer is primarily responsible for maintaining, growing, and acquiring new gifts from individuals.
We are looking for an experienced fundraising professional who can share his/her experience to build a strong foundation for SBP’s individual giving program. This person must be a strategic thinker, resourceful and self-propelled to not only achieve aggressive fundraising goals, but build SBP’s program in a way that will at least triple revenue from individual donor engagement, stewardship, acquisition and database management to SBP’s team. He/She will own this vertical and have direct support from the Development Associate and other shared services team members. The National Philanthropy Officer must be an excellent writer, relationship builder, and clear communicator.
Work strategically with the Chief Development Officer to set goals, priorities, and direction for individual donor giving and acquisition.
Successfully identify, cultivate, and solicit donors to achieve annual and long-term fundraising goals
Develop and manage engagement strategies to cultivate new donors
Implement best practices regarding outreach strategy, prospect identification, donor screening, and donor reports
Track development activity and donor interaction in Salesforce
Research, write, edit, and prepare persuasive, accurate, grammatically and syntactically correct solicitations, proposals, case statements, reports, correspondence, and other development-related communication materials in support of the department’s fundraising activities.
Work closely with communications and marketing colleagues to design messaging and materials, and coordinate communications calendar
Represent SBP at community and national events
Participate in the creation of the Annual Report along with communications and development teams
Able to juggle multiple, competing priorities.
Exceptionally self-motivated and curious.
High level of personal accountability.
Align work performance with SBP’s core values.
Top-notch written communication and interpersonal skills.
Detail-oriented with strong troubleshooting, analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Working knowledge of all facets of social media management.
Superior work ethic and high energy level.
Desire and ability to work, grow and learn in a startup environment.
Plan and meet deadlines.
Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management.
Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and 5-8 years’ experience in Annual Fund and/or Major Gift fundraising required
Excellent written, oral communications and interpersonal skills; ability to listen and assess the interests of various audiences and communicate ideas in person or in writing in a clear and articulate manner to compel individuals to action
Ability to exercise good judgment, demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to fund development activities and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers, and others
Previous experience with fundraising or project management software programs
Self-starter and team player with energy, enthusiasm, flexibility
Flexibility to occasionally work in the evenings and/or on weekends in order to support or attend meetings and events
Proficient in Microsoft Office, email, social media, database, etc
Able to pass a Criminal History Check including sex offender registry, state policy and FBI
SBP was founded in March 2006 by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney after the couple (now married), who originally lived in Washington, D.C., volunteered in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina. The parish, located just outside of New Orleans, was rendered 100% uninhabitable by Katrina’s floodwaters. Seeing the inefficiency and unbearably slow progress of the institutional - or “traditional” rebuilding process, but inspired by the residents' collective spirit and fierce determination to rebuild, Zack and Liz launched an organization - originally called St. Bernard Project - to help them achieve their recovery goals.With the tremendous support of donors, volunteers and corporate partners, that organization has grown from a three-person volunteer team into a national organization headquartered in New Orleans, and recognized as a leader in disaster resilience and recovery, with a mission to shrink the time between disaster and recovery. With operations nationwide, it rebranded in 2016 changing its name officially to, SBP. In doing so the new name allows the organization to grow well beyond its hyper-local roots in St. Bernard Parish, while still retaining the legacy and spirit of those early days.