The Individual Giving & Stewardship Officer is an important member of the Center on Halsted (COH) Development Team, creating, managing and growing donor programs targeting individuals. Key aspects of this role include managing a select group of mid-range donors (generally up to $10,000 annually), as assigned. Support special and stewardships events program by providing high level attention to detail and planning.
In consultation with the Director of Development, identify, cultivate, build and solidify relationships with new and established donors.
· Manage a portfolio of mid-level donors.
· Set fundraising goals and objectives for this area; communicate progress towards goals.
· Formulate and implement strategies and tactics for individual fundraising and development activities to sustain continued growth, maximum donor potential and opportunities for growth.
· Achieve and surpass financial income goals as mutually agreed upon with DoD and CEO.
· As necessary, create and write proposals, solicitation letters, acknowledgements and reports, ensuring that all deadlines are met.
· Manage donor appeals, including those using traditional direct mail models, online programs and new/emerging technologies.
· Plan and execute visits, tours, and other personal contact with donors to steward contributions, as needed.
· Create, implement, execute and provide oversight of cultivation and stewardship plans for all donors, ensuring delivery of all benefits and recognition
· Coordinate donor activities with Board and CEO input
· Manage cultivation events throughout the year to engage donors. Provide timely and accurate donor reports
Manager events (income generating and stewardship program).
· In collaboration with Director of Development and CEO, successfully manage cultivation and stewardship events designed to produce income for COH, and those used to ensure stewardship of donors and supporters.
· Collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure the success of all events, including external vendors and internal stakeholders; define event objectives, requirements, scope, timing and budgets to ensure event activation runs smoothly.
· Assist with management of signature events to meet financial goals
· Provide assistance during planning and execution of events to identify individual and sponsorship opportunities, assist with delivery of benefits and recognition
· Actively steward individuals and corporations to support all COH events
· Manage budgets and provide financial reports accurately
· Write e-comm, social media and other event-related materials
· Assist events and volunteers development officer with all COH fundraising events
· Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender sensitivity; understanding of the unique cultural and psychosocial needs of LGBTQ individuals; experience working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities preferred.
· Strategic Vision and Agility – ablity to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the program plan
· Leadership and Organization – exceptional capacity to manage and lead people; a team builder with the ablity to connect to staff on an individual level and in group contexts; ability to enforce accountability; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stances when necessary
· Education: Bachelor’s degree.
· Experience: 5 years development or other non-profit experience; preference for direct work in multi-layered development operations.
· Knowledge, skills and abilities:
o Knowledge volunteer and/or staffing relations.
o Knowledge of special events planning and management
o Superior writing skills.
o Self-starter, team player, project leader and quality manager.
o Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations.
o Superior computer skills and knowledge including word processing, database operations, spreadsheets and on-line research tools – proficiency in Raiser’s Edge required.
o Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities
o Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
o Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
o Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
Applications can be submitted at the following website: In your cover letter, please address the following: http://www.centeronhalsted.org/careers.html
· What experience do you have in raising funds from events and individuals?
· Describe success you have had in helping an organization(s) grow its fundraising program.
· What challenges do you identify in terms of developing funds for an organization serving the LGBTQ population?
Equal Opportunity Employer: Center on Halsted hires the most qualified candidates without regard to any person’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, military discharge status or source of income.
Additional Salary Information: Medical, Dental and Vision, STD, LTD, FSA, Life Insurance, Vacation, Sick Time and Transit
About Center on Halsted
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.