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Development Director Job Opportunity
Plymouth 400, the organization formed to plan the events and programs of the 400th anniversary of the voyage of Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony to occur in 2020, seeks an experienced and energetic Development Director to develop and implement a multi-channel fundraising strategy to generate individual, private, foundation and corporate support for Plymouth 400’s historic and educational programs. Plymouth 400 is seeking an entrepreneurial individual with demonstrated success in mobilizing revenue and resources, who is looking for the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and build a dynamic fundraising program from the ground up.
Supervisor: Reports to the Executive Director.
· Develop and implement a fundraising plan to mobilize financial support and other resources from individuals, corporations, foundations and grantors to generate operational support, program support and event sponsorship at all levels, including leveraging existing relationships and resources. Specifically, develop and implement campaigns and programs to raise funds across all channels.
· Represent the organization to potential donors, funders, sponsors, and the general community
· Collaborate with the Development Committee of the Board to energize and mobilize board giving and leverage board networks and resources.
· In collaboration with the Executive Director, support as needed fundraising efforts by the State Commission.
· Develop and implement systems that ensure excellent donor cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship using CRM database and other tools.
· Manage grant development process, including researching opportunities, managing deadlines, writing proposals, and submitting reports for private and government-funded programs.
· Collaborate with bookkeeper and accountant to ensure compliance and excellent reporting
· Collaborate with Communications manager on all campaigns and correspondence to ensure consistent messaging and brand representation and leverage communication channels to support fundraising efforts.
· Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum 5 years of nonprofit fundraising experience. Substituting other equivalent experience will only be considered for an exceptional candidate who makes a compelling case in their cover letter
· High level of comfort soliciting individuals and institutions for money.
· Demonstrated track record of cultivating and closing major gifts and sponsorships
· Excellent interpersonal, phone, and written communication skills. You must be able to meet directly with funders/sponsors and speak effectively, professionally, and passionately about the work of the organization, as well as communicate effectively and professionally via email, phone, and in formal written proposals
· Entrepreneurial attitude with a willingness to “roll up their sleeves” and build a fundraising program, work independently, and creatively leverage limited resources to ensure maximum success.
· Ability to work with internal and external constituencies
· Demonstrated team player with ability to gain trust and confidence with colleagues and constituents
· Ability to work with individuals from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
· Passion for history, education, travel, New England region, National observances or just generally grounded in improving a region’s economic development and historic significance
· Existing relationships with potential donors/corporate sponsors
· Strong and broad computer skills, familiarity with NEON or other CRM software
· Experience with regional and national accounts, international experience a plus