Executive Director & Fund Development Leader Application

08 Sep, 2021


Executive Director & Fund Development Leader Application

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte (DSA-GC)
Charlotte, NC

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte (DSA-GC) is a non-profit, family support organization supporting Charlotte, NC, and the surrounding communities. The goal of the DSA-GC is to enable individuals with Down syndrome (Ds) to reach their full potential and become respected members of their community. We envision a world of true inclusion in which all people with Ds have the chance to lead typical lives of possibility and opportunity, reach their goals and become valued members of welcoming communities.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all people with Down syndrome by empowering individuals, families, and professionals with information and support through education, social programs and community partnerships.

The Executive Director provides oversight and overall management, planning and vision for all aspects of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte. He or she is the public voice of the organization and communicates the vision with passion and commitment. The Executive Director also serves as the Head of Fund Development. The Executive Director collaborates with the Board of Directors to establish an annual plan and coordinates all draftsmanship and fundraising efforts. Additionally, the Executive Director manages employees and interns affiliated with the organization to support the mission.

*Required Skills

Fundraising Management
– Develop and implement a comprehensive written annual resource development plan with strategies for growth in regard to donors and prospects in each constituent group including individuals, faith groups, organizations, corporations, etc. to be approved by the board
– Ensures the organization has the appropriate financial and operational metrics and benchmark reports for the President, board, and staff
– Oversee all activities including campaigns, donor pipeline, special events, major donors, sponsorship, direct mail, and all other revenue-generating programs
– Consistently review and evaluate fundraising progress, cash flow, and budget allocation throughout the year

Leadership / Program Management
– Ensure that the organizational culture is one that is progressive, transparent, consistent, and highly communicative
– Hire and manage applicable staff and interns (Social Media Intern, Marketing Intern, etc.)
– Supervise program evaluation and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
– Provide support to the board, development committees, and community partners for fundraising activity including training, development of materials, relationship management, and ongoing donor cultivation efforts

Public Relations and Marketing
– Oversee and direct all media relations, social media and media production including the creation of marketing materials, write press releases and media alerts
– Build and sustain working relationships and communicate with community associations (business leaders, grant funders, faith-based organizations and churches, school administrators, schools, universities and youth groups and other institutions)
– Assess existing partnerships and relationships and cultivate and grow relationships with key stakeholders
– Monitor and analyze relevant activity in the legislative and administrative branches of state and federal government and in peer advocacy organizations
– Identify potential risks and opportunities within the organization and its environment to protect organization

– Oversee Program Manager, Committees and Staff; support as needed
– Participate in community events to represent the organization and build relationships
– Provide strategic fiscal leadership that supports current programs and services, increases revenue, and strengthens the financial health of the organization

Board Relations
– Conduct monthly in-person Board meetings to provide updates on development and program activities, as well as financial performance
– Provide team support to the Board, including development of agenda, preparation of meeting materials, assisting Board committees, and attending all Board meetings
– Research activities and procedures of similar foundations to remain current in this area of work; network with local organizations and other DSAGC chapters
– Ensure the integrity and strength of Board leadership and address issues around clarity of role, governance, bylaws/policies
– Lead orientation of new Board members; develop and track Board participation and engagement

• B.A./B.S. with an emphasis or concentration in business, marketing, public relations or related field.
• Minimum 8 years working in a leadership capacity in the nonprofit sector and/or closely aligned field
• 5 years proven results in fund development specific role
• Advanced PC skills and expert proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Donor database experience desirable).
• Desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote the principles and views of DSAGC
• Ability to work with minimal supervision – self-motivated & confident
• Ability to manage multiple projects and to establish and manage priorities, goals, and timelines
• Ability to work well with people from all backgrounds with varying degrees of experience.
• Ability to inspire, train, motivate, challenge, and supervise employees and volunteers.
• Confident public speaking and able to express ideas verbally and in writing
• Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills
• Experience and contacts in the Greater Charlotte area
• Experience working in or alongside the special needs community
• Measurable experience in Corporate and Foundation Grant writing
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Job posted: 2021-09-08