Depaul USA is the Chicago-based, US affiliate of the international homelessness services organization Depaul International. We support homeless and marginalized people around the world, providing people experiencing homelessness with purpose and hope for a positive future. Our vision is that everyone has a place to call home and a stake in his or her community. In cities across the nation, we meet people where they are to address their needs. Through a combination of homelessness services and a growing housing portfolio, Depaul USA is innovating and bringing real solutions to those facing homelessness.
Depaul USA is a growing, national, not-for-profit organization that serves more than 4,000 people annually and has a combined operating and capital budget of more than $5 million. Our Vincentian values underpin what we do:
The Director of Annual Giving and Events will be responsible for executing and building the annual giving mail and email program to create an even more successful entry level gift process. This role will have ultimate responsibility for broadening use of and evaluating the donor database program, Results Plus. The person in this position will organize successful stewardship events as needed, and advise and support special event leaders in the six cities where Depaul USA has programs.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Annual Fund Responsibilities
Create a plan for 2018 for annual giving and events to include goals, objectives, strategies, budget, timeline and projected revenue for maintaining and building the annual giving effort. Report regularly to the Senior Director of Development on progress toward achieving the goals of the plan for annual giving and events.
Create the annual giving and events budget to be incorporated into the Senior Director of Development’s overall development budget. Manage and report regularly to the Senior Director on budgetary matters.
In collaboration with the entire development team, create the case for giving in 2018 to be used in all collateral materials and other communications with donors and prospects.
Plan and execute the annual fund mail and email solicitations. Strategically build the mailing list, execute all details of the mailing from copywriting and graphic design through production and timely mailing, working with vendors as needed.
Analyze and report on all responses to solicitations.
Plan and execute the organization’s semi-annual newsletter.
Manage a portfolio of annual fund leadership donors.
Review all Depaul USA communications to annual fund donors and prospects to assure that cultivation of these relationships is as complete as possible.
Assume the lead on managing Results Plus donor management database system. Assure that all staff dealing directly with donors are trained on the system, and that with each contact with a donor/prospect they then add to an existing record or create a new donor record. Lead the evaluation of this database program in the first several months of 2018 to determine whether or not it will serve future needs.
Acknowledge gifts promptly and appropriately.
Other duties as assigned.
Advise and support event leaders, both volunteers and staff, in the six cities where Depaul USA has programs, to include planning and goal setting, volunteer and participant recruitment, and effective communications to elevate awareness and enthusiasm for the events.
It is estimated this position requires frequent travel, up to 20% of the time.
Train staff and volunteers as needed in the use of Classy event management software to assure capture of all participants’ contact information. This will ultimately be transferred to Results Plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
A minimum of three-to-five years of experience in developing an annual giving program, and in event creation and execution.
Demonstrated history of success in relationship management with individuals and in building a consistently growing annual giving program.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Presentation ability should be compelling and persuasive.
High-level competence in proofreading and editing, and knowledgeable about graphic art execution and printing.
Ability to handle multiple projects and effectively manage and set priorities.
Goal oriented, comfortable in initiating programs, creating and cultivating relationships with individual donors, and working with board members.
Strong interpersonal skills, organization skills, and the ability to work in a team and at all levels of the organization.
Depaul USA is part of Depaul International, parent of the Depaul Group, a worldwide family of charities working with people who are homeless. The Depaul Group is inspired by the values of Saint Vincent de Paul, a major social reformer in 17th Century France. Depaul works to support people who are homeless and marginalized around the world.
It serves six cities in the United States: Chicago, Little Rock, Macon, New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis.