URI (United Religions Initiative) seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial development leader with a commitment to URI’s mission and purpose. The right candidate will be energized by the challenge of building out an innovative, highly effective international development program over the next five years, prioritizing to meet current need while planning for the future.
As a senior member of the staff, the Director of Development (DOD) leads URI’s fundraising programs to secure the resources needed to sustain and grow its work in eight regions and its global program initiatives like peacebuilding and the Young Leaders Program. The DOD reports to both the Executive Director (ED) and Associate Executive Director (AED) and works closely and collaboratively with the Founder/President who also serves as URI’s major gifts officer. The DOD must be focused, strategic, and possess exceptional planning and management skills. S/he must be able to identify and effectively steward individual and institutional prospects; enjoy the process of donor identification and cultivation; work well independently and collaboratively; and support fellow team members in fulfilling the department’s overall goals. In addition, the DOD must be a polished, effective communicator of URI’s work and mission.
The DOD supervises a staff that includes a full-time Annual Fund and Events Associate, a contracted grant writer and any other consultants and staff as the department grows. S/he also works closely and collaboratively with URI’s Communications team.
• Develop and lead URI’s fundraising strategic plan. Set annual funding goals with the ED and AED and monitor progress toward these goals on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. Develop and present periodic reports to the Global Council’s committees and to the President’s Council.
• Expand the base of individual and institutional donors through active prospect research and through effective collaboration with the ED, AED, the President, members of the President’s and Global Councils and other stakeholders. Implement stewardship processes for all donors and prospects. Maintain and deepen relationships with stakeholders.
• Develop and implement strategies to expand support from corporate sponsors and foundation and government funding sources.
• Develop, complete and submit persuasive and well-written correspondence, proposals, program descriptions and reports. Prepare project budgets and other supporting materials, engaging program and finance staff. Develop deep familiarity with program specifics and changes, and effectively translate these into written materials.
• Develop and organize portfolios for key staff and leaders supporting fundraising efforts.
Secure meetings with prospective funders and accompany senior leadership to meetings and solicitations. Develop talking points and other briefing materials. Assure prompt and thorough follow up and acknowledgements.
• Develop and supervise planned-giving and membership programs.
• Build, maintain and adhere to a detailed calendar of deadlines and reporting requirements.
• Establish productive and synergistic relationships with colleagues.
• Engage program and finance staff to assure accountability for funded programs as well as accuracy and timeliness of reporting.
• Develop and implement a highly effective stewardship program for major donors through ongoing and entrepreneurial cultivation.
• Oversee Raiser’s Edge and other tracking systems and mailing lists for institutional support, including donor contact information and gift records, research, activities and communications.
• Oversee design and implementation of URI’s annual Circles of Light Gala and other special fundraising events.
Management and Administration
• Mentor and supervise development staff.
• Help mentor URI regional staff in fundraising and support regional fundraising efforts.
• Ensure creation of department staff work plans and conduct regular performance evaluations.
• Work closely with Finance Department to create proposal budgets, monitor cash flow and manage income.
• Provide monthly development updates to the executive leadership, the Finance and Operations Committee and Standing Committee of the Global Council.
Communications and Publications
• Participate in producing relevant URI marketing and public relations materials, including online and paper newsletters and brochures.
• Advise communications team on ways to increase URI’s visibility and build our constituent base.
• Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years nonprofit fundraising experience, preferably with a national or global organization. Understanding of interfaith dialogue and organizing and community service and development is a plus.
• Development/Fundraising: Proven success in development for a medium to large nonprofit. Proven success in soliciting major gifts. Experience running successful fundraising from multiple donor channels. Capital campaign experience a plus.
• Project Leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with staff and key stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to executive leadership, Global Council and President’s Council. Strong supervisory and mentoring skills.
• Entrepreneurial Spirit: Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones.
• Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences.
• Influencing: Gets others to accept ideas by using convincing arguments, creates a win-win situation and responds appropriately to key stakeholders.
• Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
• Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and externally. Ability to interact with diplomacy and tact amid influential prospects and diverse groups.
• Experience with Raiser’s Edge fundraising software and social media is a plus.
• Ability to work as a leader and as part of a team and willingness to work a flexible schedule with minimum supervision is also required.
• Occasional participation in evening and weekend events is expected.
SALARY: Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position.
BENEFITS: Full medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance after first month; voluntary flexible spending account (FSA); paid vacation plus 12 paid holidays. Matching 403b after one year of service.
To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position, three relevant writing samples (brief) that show a range of work and a list of three references with contact information (telephone and email addresses): email@example.com. No calls, please.
NOTE: Candidates must be local to the SF/Bay Area. URI does not pay for relocation expenses.
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URI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity to all employees, applicants and program beneficiaries. URI does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation or citizenship. All qualified applicants, including minorities and women, are encouraged to apply.