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Manager, Development & Community Relations

Company: Abilities First
Date Posted: May 1, 2018

Position Title:                    Manager, Development & Community Relations

Department:                      Advancement

Supervisor Title:               Chief Advancement Officer

Abilities First, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of educational, vocational, residential and clinical programs and services to over 1,200 people with multiple disabilities of all ages and their families, throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region. Our mission is to serve people with disabilities and their families by developing and providing innovative services, advocacy and support in a culture of dignity and respect.

Position Summary

Abilities First is seeking a Manager of Development & Community Relations, to manage the philanthropic endeavors of Abilities First and the newly formed Foundation for Abilities First NY, Inc. The qualified candidate will be a highly motivated and dynamic individual to lead and manage all aspects of the organizations; development operations, community and fundraising events, incorporating all elements of an event concept, through to inception and evaluation; while assuring efforts are focused on development, maintenance, and enrichment of relationships with business partners, donors, sponsors, people receiving services/ their families, the general public and enhancing the brand awareness and image.

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), the Manager will contribute broadly to the success of Abilities First through support to the Foundation for Abilities First. Development will initiate and implement a strategic plan to increase fundraising and is positioning for sustainability of Abilities First, Inc., into the future. The Manager will be a skilled professional with the ability and flexibility to provide leadership and support in multiple areas: foundation and corporate fundraising; grant writing, planned giving: major gifts: special events; volunteer development; stewardship; and donor relations. The Manager will work to support outreach for planned giving, major gifts, sponsorship and community relations. The Manager will work alongside the CAO on foundation and corporate solicitations, lead various roles in special and cultivation events, oversee prospect research and donor analytics, as well as cultivation and stewardship duties as assigned and coordinating needs with marketing. Areas of responsibility include monitoring major donor meeting pipeline, communicating trends and opportunities to the CAO, crafting highly individualized donor cultivation plans: managing and growing a portfolio of donors, providing additional expertise in developing key fundraising initiatives, and collaborating closely with the CAO to meet strategic needs and priorities. 

The successful candidate will have an outgoing personality, be creative, highly analytical, and have a strong grasp of financials and budgeting. Successful candidates will have experience as a member of a development team, overseeing an event planning team in a large not-for-profit organization, and a proven track record of highly creative and successful events.

The individual must be able to work independently, as well as collaboratively, and be passionate about representing the interests of the Abilities First mission and those of our participants. The candidate should have a strong understanding of best practices in foundation and corporate fundraising, and be adept at engaging with colleagues across the agency and within the community. The candidate must have proficient knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge NXT, to provide reporting, as well as oversight and guidance to administrative staff.

Responsibilities include, but are limited to:

  1. Develop and manage all aspect of organizational events which contribute to strengthening the Abilities First corporate image.
  2. Organize and represent the agency at community events, through the creation of volunteer committees, planning of events, and development of sponsorships.
  3. Manages fundraising and outreach events. This includes coordination of volunteers and committees, taking the outreach calls to secure sponsorship, budget management, logistics, and event promotion.
  4. Engage regular and ongoing interaction with partners, donors, sponsors, people receiving services and their families, and members of the general public in order to establish, maintain and enrich relationships.
  5. Coordination of volunteers and committee chairs, supporting outreach for sponsorships, budget management, logistics, and serve as liaison to ICS for event promotion.
  6. Act as the single first point of contact for all event initiatives and as liaison for the coordination with sponsors, vendors, members of the public.
  7. Establishes excellent first impression for new and existing partners & sponsors.
  8. Establishes rapport with new members of the public, works to understand their interest, and coordinates an appropriate response that satisfies both parties’ interests.
  9. Maintain awareness of organizational programs in order to stay informed of their service offerings so that this information can be accurately described to the community, and refer community to programs.
  10. Provide coordination of fundraising campaigns and special projects including tracking progress and providing additional support as required by departmental initiatives.
  11. Support of the corporate initiatives including, but not limited to: MMC, Signature, Golf, Education programs, Community Events, Annual Breakfast, Expo, Bowling, micro-events, Chamber expo, Community organization events, prom, collaborations, day of caring,
  12. Procurement of event collateral, gifts, raffles, donations, apparel.
  13. Serves as liaison with Finance Department to ensure records for areas of responsibility are up to date an accurate.
  14. Cultivates members of the community or current supporters for donation/sponsorship opportunities, as directed by the CAO.
  15. Follows all agency policies and procedures and demonstrates continuous regard for personal safety and the safety of others.
  16. Developing grants through all phases to completion.
  17. Adheres to agency Code of Ethical and legal Behavior which requires all employees, consultants, Board members, volunteers, and affiliates to perform their duties according to ethical and legal standards with honesty, integrity, fairness, good faith, and respect for others and the law.
  18. Ensures that employees follow the Code of Ethical and Legal Behavior and conform to the strictest standards of Corporate Compliance and HIPAA, as well as all federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations.
  19. Incorporate core concepts of CQL’s person centered excellence by respecting people’s concerns and responding accordingly and will use “teachable moments” to assist people in understanding and exercising their rights.
  20. Performs other appropriate job related activities as requested by your supervisor or circumstances warrant.

Required Skills

  1. Proficiency in Excel & Raiser’s Edge NXT
  2. Clear & effective writing.
  3. Organizational Skills, detailed oriented
  4. Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  5. Flexibility & willingness to commit to an evolving work schedule.
  6. Ability to work and interact with a variety of people including clients, employees and business associates.
  7. Ability to multi-task large projects with fiscal accountability.
  8. Knowledge and experience with lighting, theatrical concepts, script writing, and project management for event execution.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all inclusive.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job.

Unless reasonable accommodations can be made, in order to perform the essential functions of this job, an individual shall be required to:

  1. Have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs., bending, reaching, carrying, and pushing for retrieval, relocation, setup, breakdown, loading and storing of materials, boxes, displays, for all relevant activities of off-site events, most often without additional staff resources to assist.
  2. Have the ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  1. Position requires extended work hours with event execution, up to ten to twelve hours.
  1. Possess verbal and written communication skills, in English, to ensure adequate communication and documentation.

Minimum Required Education and Experience

  1. Four+ (4) years of experience in a development office, large scale event planning, community relations and project management.
  2. Bachelor's Degree or a combination of education and experience which in the view of the employer qualifies the individual.
  3. Must have current NYS Driver’s License, free of moving violations, deemed acceptable by our insurance carrier.

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