Strategic Leadership/Program Planning & Management:
- Responsible for effectively communicating the mission, vision and values of the Wichita YMCA.
- Developing and leading the strategic and operational fundraising plan for the association’s Strong Community Campaign, special campaign initiatives and events.
- Responsible for leading association Annual Campaign and teams raising $2.4+ annually.
- Participating in and crafting multi-year financial development strategies that ensure sustainable annual and long-term growth in philanthropic contributions.
- Conceiving and executing plans for acquiring new donors including, but not limited to; direct email, e-solicitation, and the use of social media.
- Developing plans and programs for new fundraising initiatives.
- Managing a portfolio of high-potential donors.
- Serving as a liaison for multi-branch development efforts, creating and implementing strategies designed for further engagement and financial support of the association to advance the mission.
- Meeting regularly with the CEO, Branch Directors, and Financial Development team to review prospects and develop strategies for Annual Campaign, major donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
- In conjunction with the CEO, COO and Branch Directors, establishing the funding priorities and goals for the fiscal year.
- Serving as liaison to the branches and programs to coordinate fundraising strategies, and ensuring these strategies are appropriate to the mission of the Y.
- Staying abreast of philanthropic, economic, social and educational trends related to fundraising; ensuring development staff are informed of changes in legislation and other trends and initiatives that might impact the association’s fundraising efforts.
- Ensuring the Y’s stewardship of major donors makes supporting the association a personally fulfilling experience; conveying to donors that the association and its leaders care deeply about its supporters and appreciate what they have done for the Y by demonstrating the impact of their support has on the community.
- Leveraging use of empirical and relevant data to inform decisions and define efficiencies.
- Responsible for overseeing financial development staff, including the data team.
- Assisting in recruiting, retaining, motivating, coaching and mentoring of staff and volunteers.
- Serving as a player-coach with respect to Annual Campaign, donor relations, stewardship and special campaign initiatives.
EFFECT ON END RESULT: Increased giving to all donation area; Strong Community Campaign, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving and endowment. Increased numbers of active board members at the Metro and Branch level.
- Minimum age of 24
- Bachelor’s Degree in related field
- Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible experience in development operations as a senior development officer at a nonprofit, or higher education institution, with proven record of successful staff development and fundraising efforts to include; annual giving, major gifts, planned giving and capital campaigns
- Minimum 4 years management experience with development programs in annual giving and/or major gifts with oversight in performance/relationship driven metrics and accountability
- Demonstrated ability to create fundraising strategies tied to a broader institutional vision, in alignment with the strategic plan of an association
- Deep understanding and appreciation for the philanthropic process and individual giving behaviors combined with direct solicitation experience
- Must have comprehensive campaign experience
- Demonstrated experience galvanizing volunteers to the highest levels of satisfaction and performance
- Advanced experience in recruiting and developing staff and teams
- Comprehensive knowledge of strategies employed in all annual giving functions
- Proven record of significant personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship at major gift levels, as evidenced through professional references and reputation
- Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills to effectively build trust and motivate and inspire others
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of gift acceptance practices
- Must have excellent oral written skills and ability to communicate with a wide variety of constituents to include high-profile leaders
- Commitment to the YMCA mission, vision and values
- Must attend New Employee Orientation within 30 days of hire
- Complete Listen First Workshop
- Understand and abide-by all policies and procedures as set forth by the association
- Work a schedule that reflects the needs of the association; including evenings and weekends
- Must be able to travel when necessary
- Must be able to routinely perform the following physical activities; climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for extended periods of time, walk, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity to perform detailed tasks
- Must have ability to lead and delegate to others and communicate effectively; both orally and in writing
- Must possess problem solving, organizational and task management skills; ability to make independent and sound decisions in a rapidly changing environment
- Must be detail oriented and exhibit a high degree of accuracy and alertness
- Must demonstrate initiative in absence of supervision
- Must be able to relate to and work with diverse groups of people in a friendly and consistent manner
- Must work collaboratively as a team member as well as independently and lead by assigned goals, duties and deadlines
- Must possess ability to exercise high levels of discretion and confidentiality
- Must present a neat and professional appearance at all times