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  • Development Director

    Posted: 06/20/2024

    The Development Director (DD) plays a crucial role in steering RMHC CTX's fundraising efforts to achieve annual goals. This position involves leading annual giving activities, such as foundation relations, individual giving, stewardship, direct mail campaigns, corporate partnerships, special events, and overall annual giving campaigns. The DD oversees the Development Database Manager, manages grant opportunities and processes (including working with contracted grant writers), and supervises grant reporting. Additionally, this role includes direct supervision of three staff members and ensuring alignment with RMHC CTX’s mission.
    Key Responsibilities:
    Annual Giving Program Management:

    • Lead the organization’s annual giving program.
    • Strengthen the major gifts program by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, retaining, and upgrading donors.
    • Develop and implement high-level gift request strategies with the team, supporting the board and key solicitors.
    • Manage a portfolio of prospects and solicit gifts directly on behalf of the organization.
    • Direct Mail Program: Serve as lead staff for the direct mail program.
    • Prospect Identification: Participate in bi-weekly moves management meetings. Work with the development team to identify prospective capital campaigns and other major donors.
    Annual Fundraising Activities & Grants Management:
    • Collaborate with the CAO to create and oversee the annual fundraising plan.
    • Establish annual financial goals and strategies.
    • Work with the Development and Communications team to execute the annual plan.
    • Partner with the Director of Communications to create, manage, and evaluate direct mail campaigns.
    • Special Events Support: Attend and support staff and volunteers at special events, including Bandana Ball, Starlight Affair, Friends of the House special events, and occasional third-party events. Participate in post-event activities, including stewardship and evaluating successes and challenges.
    • Manage the annual and capital grant process, including working with grant contractors.
    • Oversee grant opportunities and processes through the management/monitoring of vendor/contracted grant writers.
    • Ensure thorough and timely grant reporting.
    • Donor Database Management: Oversee the Donor Database Manager in developing and maintaining proper procedures and record-keeping of donor information.
    Committee and Community Engagement:
    • Lead and manage the Development and Communications Committee in Austin.
    • Provide support to the Development Committee in the Brazos Valley.
    • Attend Community Advisory Committee meetings in both Austin and the Brazos Valley.
    • Maintain involvement with external organizations and professional groups to enhance continuing education and relationship-building with donors/supporters.
    Personnel Supervision and Leadership:
    • Supervise and lead development department personnel, including the Senior Development Manager – Major Gifts, Development Manager – Corporate and Community Engagement, and Senior Development Manager – Brazos Valley.
    • Cultivate a workplace culture consistent with RMHC CTX’s mission, vision, guiding principles, and values.
    • Identify staff development and training needs, provide solutions, and conduct annual performance reviews.
    Budget Management:
    • Collaborate with the CAO and team members to develop and manage the department's annual revenue and expense budget.
    Planned Giving Program:
    • Collaborate with the CAO and Capital Campaign Director to build the planned giving program.
    • Focus on informing donors and prospects about various gift possibilities, particularly deferred and planned gifts.

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