Development Officer

The Development Officer is responsible for implementing a range of fundraising and engagement efforts in order to raise the funds, as well as build and cultivate the relationships necessary for CASA to carry out its mission. The Development Officer will coordinate her/his efforts with the Business and Marketing Manager and report to and support other fundraising and engagement efforts of the Executive Director. The Development Officer will procure interns and community volunteers to support some communications or fundraising tasks.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, however, a high school diploma or equivalent plus significant related experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Proven success of raising funds for nonprofits, is preferred.
  • Fundraising, communication, marketing or sales experience is preferred.
  • Experience using databases, fundraising software, CRMs, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and Facebook.

Summary of responsibilities

Development Planning. With the Executive Director and Business Manager, define yearly income goals, and a fundraising plan and strategy to achieve them. Prepare progress reports.

Individual and Corporate Giving. Draft letters for the Annual Giving Campaign appeals. Produce in-house annual giving mailings. Design and produce all printed and digital materials for donor cultivation, solicitation, and recognition as per the Annual Fundraising Plan. Ensure appropriate and timely acknowledgement of donor gifts. Identify and implement strategies to grow our annual giving donor list. Identify and create a plan to cultivate and solicit corporate donors.

Database Management. Register and track donor gifts in our database. Update and maintain donor and prospect information and communications in our database. Regularly update and clean the database.

Engagement. Participate in community engagement efforts for advocate recruitment, which may include: Capture, craft and share stories about the impact of our program from our volunteers, staff, board members and partners. Make presentations about CASA to community groups. Coordinate the participation of fundraising committee members, volunteers, Board members and staff, in identifying prospects, cultivating relationships, soliciting and thanking donors. Plan and produce donor recognition and cultivation events.

Assist the ED in Grant writing and Major Donor cultivation efforts.

Core Competencies

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate all or most of these competencies:

  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
  • Demonstrated success in developing donor or client relationships resulting in support for an organization. Experience in cultivation and solicitation of gifts.
  • Comfortable talking to people. Interact well with donors.
  • Attention to detail. Extremely well organized.
  • Ability to compose correspondence. Enjoy writing personalized messages to people.
  • Experience with donor databases. Demonstrated record maintenance skills. Few data entry mistakes. Consistency. Ability to design and format database reports. Can identify important missing information.
  • Listening, interviewing, note-taking, summarizing, writing, story-telling, emotional intelligence.
  • Creating compelling stories and messages.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to make a compelling, moving and detailed presentation about CASA.
  • Event planning and production
  • G-Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Chat Hangouts, Keep, etc), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Online Design Software (Canva), Email Marketing Software (Mailchimp), CRM (Hubspot).
  • Preferred: Graphical design skills for print and web. Use of Canva, Gimpshop, Publisher. Ability to manage webpage content in WordPress and other popular CMS.
  • Leadership qualities, startup attitude, results-oriented, driven to help achieve team goals. Self-motivated and self-directing.
  • Interest and sensitivity towards CASA’s mission and impact. A heart and passion for working to make the world a better place through nonprofit action.
  • Curiosity and interest in continuous learning. Demonstrated effort to maintain and grow knowledge in relevant areas. Research and learn how to do new things. Test new procedures to see. Quick technological adopter.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines independently
  • Ability to direct and supervise interns and volunteer groups, guaranteeing productivity while providing them with a positive experience.
  • Professional and positive attitude and ability to work as a team member of a small staff team.
  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with different personalities and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Salary

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Closing Date

Until filled.

How to Apply

Submit cover letter and résumé by email to director@blueridgecasa.org.
References (3), writing samples and other documentation will be requested after the first interview.

Equal Employment Opportunity

CASA for Children is an equal opportunity employer. CASA for Children prohibits harassment and/or discrimination of any applicant or employee on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other basis made illegal by the laws of the United States or of the State of Virginia.