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Assistant Event Planner

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Overview

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is a public not for profit 501(c)3 providing funding, outreach and advocacy in support of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic Institute) and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome (Sie Center). Global’s mission is to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.

Global’s key areas of work are:

  • Development including strategic initiatives, fundraising and friend-raising
  • Advocacy including government advocacy and general awareness
  • Communication, Public Relations & Marketing
  • Event Management including the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
  • Community Outreach including local Down syndrome organization and individual Global Membership programs, health and fitness programs, and community surveys and market research

Global’s primary activity is in Colorado and the DC-area. Future plans include having an affiliated national and international presence and establishing a world-class adult Down syndrome medical care center.

Job Description

The Assistant Event Planner is responsible for providing organizational and operational support in the development and execution of Global’s events and projects. Reporting to the Project Manager, this individual will be working with Global’s event team and relevant departments, external vendors, partners, committees, business sponsors, and support prospects. Attention to detail, accuracy and the ability to deliver key event responsibilities to meet deadlines is paramount. Additionally, the assistant contributes to budget development; contributes to revenue growth opportunities and ensures timely, accurate invoice processing and cost-effective expense management pursuant to the budget.

Job Responsibilities

To assist so that all Global events run smoothly through organized, advanced planning and execution; are received by excellent attendee survey results; meet or exceed budgets.

Administrative Organizational Work – This position requires superior organization skills. Administrative Organization Work responsibilities include:

  • Maintain the event department’s travel and calendar
  • Maintain speaker and other guests’ travel and detailed itineraries
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and files for all events
  • Organize, attend and take meticulous notes at planning meetings
  • Maintain information on each event, partner, committees, vendors, and business sponsor that is easily accessible to key staff
  • Maintain current information in the Raiser’s Edge database for business contacts, partners, vendors, business sponsors, and attendees
  • Maintain strict inventory of banners, print materials, premiums, projectors, IPADs, computers and other display materials
  • Maintain a neat and tidy premiums and event storage area
  • Maintain RSVP lists for events and provide final tallies after the events
  • Maintain survey results for each event
  • Assist with vetting the feasibility of new or additional Global events

Outreach Work – Outreach work will be with the guidance of the Project Manager and includes:

  • Email and call potential and actual attendees to encourage attendance, finalize RSVPs and encourage after-event surveys
  • Email and call potential vendors for bids and encourage after-event surveys
  • On-site venue visits

On Location Work – This position requires on location work at Global events including in the evening and on weekends.

  • Event set up – Includes the set-up of tents, tables, pop-up banners, premium station, balloons, game stations, registration, buffet/BBQ or other food areas, flower arrangements; the purchasing food, drinks or decorations
  • Event tear down – Includes assistance with salvaging premiums and print materials, overseeing trash disposal, ensuring all tents, pop-up banners, signage and print materials are returned to Global’s offices in good condition

Global’s Current Events Include:

  1. First quarter
    • Donor Appreciation Reception
    • I Love You Dance Party
    • DS AIA Conference
    • World Down Syndrome Day Celebration
    • Membership Webinar
  2. Second quarter
    • Be Beautiful Be Yourself Model Auditions
    • Hollywood Ball
    • NDSC Convention
    • Courage Classic
    • Membership Webinar
  3. Third quarter
    • Be Beautiful Be Yourself Kick Off Party
    • I Love You Dance Party
    • Membership Webinar
  4. Fourth quarter
    • Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
    • Down Syndrome-Alzheimer’s Disease Scientific Roundtable
    • I Love You Dance Party
    • Membership Webinar

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Event management and/or hospitality is preferred.
  • Assisting in some aspect of event planning for at least one year; database, administrative and filing experience preferred
  • Highly organized with the ability to meet multiple concurrent deadlines
  • High ethical standards, maintains high level of confidentially
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service and remain professional at all times; handles themselves in a professional manner including during pressurized situations
  • Excellent work ethic and positive disposition
  • Pays attention to detail, ability to multi-task and has rigorous follow-through
  • Sound judgment in terms of problem solving and knowing when to ask for direction versus when to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with people with Down syndrome
  • Works effectively with individuals at all levels in organizations
  • Strong ability to finalize deliverables on time and correctly
  • Skilled with Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint); Ability to quickly learn and manage a registration software application

Reporting Structure

Reports to Project Manager. Works in conjunction with the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation staff and Global staff (shared office space).

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Hours

Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Requires travel, work on evenings/weekends for programs/events.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@globaldownsyndrome.org

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Director of Development

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Overview

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is a public not for profit 501(c)3 providing funding, outreach and advocacy in support of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic Institute) and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome (Sie Center). Global’s mission is to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.

Global’s key areas of work are:

  • Development including strategic initiatives, fundraising and friend-raising
  • Advocacy including government advocacy and general awareness
  • Communication, Public Relations & Marketing
  • Event Management including the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
  • Community Outreach including local Down syndrome organization and individual Global Membership programs, health and fitness programs, and community surveys and market research

Global’s primary activity is in Colorado and the DC-area. Future plans include having an affiliated national and international presence and establishing a world-class adult Down syndrome medical care center.

Job Description

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is seeking an experienced, dynamic fundraiser to identify, cultivate, secure and steward major gifts from prospective and current major donors. At the direction of the President & CEO and with guidance from the Sr. Director of Operations & Government Affairs, this professional stewards individuals, foundations and corporations, and solicits major gifts from new and existing donors to grow Global’s financial resource development capacity.

Job Responsibilities

Major Gift Cultivation

  • Working with Global’s senior management team, creates and implements a strategic, comprehensive development plan to solicit new and incrementally grow existing donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations for annual, multi-year and planned giving contributions.
  • Identifies, cultivate, secures and stewards major gifts for endowments, general donations, and event/program sponsorships from prospective and current donors. Creates customized strategies to maximize donor interaction and create long-standing relationships that are mutually beneficial to donors and the organization.
  • Maintains a portfolio of major gift prospect of at least 75-100 individuals, corporations or foundations that you are aggressively working.
  • Maintains an active calendar of face to face meetings with major gifts donors and prospects, as well as phone calls, email and other appropriate communiactions .
  • Develops strategies and practices to maintain and establish Global committees and memberships. Nurture and steward strong working bonds with key donors on various Global committees or membership circles.

Communications and Strategy

  • Works with the President & CEO and other senior management team members to provide ongoing support to the Global donor community. With leadership and marketing staff, assists in development and dissemination of appropriate major gifts marketing materials for individuals, foundations, and companies.
  • Participates on the team coordinating the Global’s signature event, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, as well as other related projects designed to generate and enhance support.
  • Collaborates with colleagues at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome and the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation to identify stewardship opportunities, and prospects for leadership gifts and endowments.
  • Assists with long-range and strategic planning on comprehensive development areas and helps communicate relevant goals to staff, fundraising committee and board members. Offers ideas and share solutions to optimize major and individual giving programs.

Donor Recognition

  • Creates and implements a robust donor recognition program.
  • Upon receipt of contributions, provides rigorous, timely follow-through to appropriately acknowledge donors with thank you letters, updates, and gestures of appreciation

Reporting

  • Produces timely, accurate and comprehensive reports for the President & CEO, the Sr. Director of Operations and Government Affairs, and various committees and members as appropriate, using key performance indicators to track the progress of major gifts activity.
  • Ensures each contribution is accurately recorded in a timely manner, maintains comprehensive donor profiles, and works with the organization to maximize the effective use of the constituent database.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President & CEO or others as directed by the President & CEO.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 7 years of previous development experience including gifts of $10,000 and above. Experience with multi-year fundraising solicitations preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with donors and prospects
  • Extremely strong interpersonal skills, particularly regarding discretion, confidentiality, patience and understanding necessary for dealing effectively with a diverse group of co-workers, volunteers, donors and families
  • Intuitive communication and listening skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in providing a high level of customer service to both external and internal constituency
  • Strong leadership and management skills a plus
  • Positive and friendly disposition
  • PC literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs (Work, Excel, PowerPoint) Outlook and donor database software (Razor’s Edge)
  • Proven comfort working with high-net-worth individuals and dedicated philanthropists
  • Critical thinking skills, organizational and time management skills
  • Prior experience in budgetary processes and financial reporting
  • Experience in data collection and understanding importance of maintaining accurate and up to date information for historic and reporting purposes
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, reliable and accurate in executing duties
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural and ability diverse populations
  • Passion for working in the community serving the differently-abled
  • Collaborative team player with proven ability to work effectively with individuals at all organizational levels
  • Knowledge of the Denver philanthropic community strongly preferred
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to travel for events, donor meetings and related business
  • Flexibility to work extended hours to meet deadlines and attend Global-related events which may occur on evenings and weekends

Compensation

This is an exempt position, and salary is commensurate with experience and salary history.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@globaldownsyndrome.org. No phone calls, please.

Applications must be received by June 30, 2015.

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Executive Assistant for Development

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Overview

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is a public not for profit 501(c)3 providing funding, outreach and advocacy in support of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic Institute) and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome (Sie Center). Global’s mission is to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.

Global’s key areas of work are:

  • Development including strategic initiatives, fundraising and friend-raising
  • Advocacy including government advocacy and general awareness
  • Communication, Public Relations & Marketing
  • Event Management including the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
  • Community Outreach including local Down syndrome organization and individual Global Membership programs, health and fitness programs, and community surveys and market research

Global’s primary activity is in Colorado and the DC-area. Future plans include having an affiliated national and international presence and establishing a world-class adult Down syndrome medical care center.

Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Executive Assistant is responsible for managing the administrative support aspects associated with development. This position requires unwavering professionalism, as he/she will work closely with a variety of constituents, including staff, donors, researchers, and members of the Down syndrome community. This position requires the ability to multitask and be detailed while delivering on a large volume of work.

Job Responsibilities

Meeting Preparation

  • Assists with meeting scheduling and preparation and manages calendars for Development staff. . Assists in maintaining, organizing, and putting together existing marking materials to be presented at development or other meetings.

Data Entry

  • Enters approved data into Global’s Raiser’s Edge database on a timely basis, with accuracy, for prospect tracking purposes in conjunction with Global’s Database Manager. Ensures each contribution is accurately recorded in a timely manner, maintains comprehensive donor profiles, and works with the organization to maximize the effective use of the Global’s database.

Reports

  • Prepares a variety of reports utilizing Raiser’s Edge, including contact and giving history and prospect clearance status using the Global database and other database resources available to Global. Presents results of research in the form of written reports which include, as appropriate, both detailed information organized to facilitate retrieval and analyses of the significance of the information. Reports may include copies of resource materials as needed. Prepares copies of reports for inclusion in research files for use of the Director of Development and other relevant staff.

Travel Organization

  • Assist with detailed travel arrangements and itinerary creation for the Director of Development and for multiple visitors associated with conferences and workshops – confirmations, flights, ground transportation, dinners, meetings, in-room welcome baskets, etc.

Research

  • Conducts research on prospects, including individuals, corporations and foundations identified by the Director of Development as potential sources of private funds for specific areas of interest Global serves. In addition, conducts ongoing research in business, philanthropy and related fields to identify potential donors and sources of donor information.

Knowledge & Teamwork

  • Remains current with events and trends in local, national and international Down syndrome communities. Acquires and maintains current knowledge of public activities and internal projects, policies and procedures of Global. Collaborates with other staff to achieve Global’s goals. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Development or the President & CEO.

Other duties as required by Development staff

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 3 years of previous development experience previous administrative experience required, preferably at an executive level.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly regarding discretion, confidentiality, patience and understanding necessary for dealing effectively with a diverse group of co-workers, volunteers, donors and families.
  • Intuitive communication and listening skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in providing a high level of customer service to both external and internal constituency.
  • Positive and friendly disposition.
  • PC literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs (Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Proven comfort working with high-net-worth individuals and dedicated philanthropists.
  • Critical thinking skills, organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience in data collection and understanding importance of maintaining accurate and up to date information for historic and reporting purposes.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, reliable and accurate in executing duties.
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural and ability diverse populations.
  • Passion for working in the community serving the differently-abled.
  • Collaborative team player with proven ability to work effectively with individuals at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to travel for events, donor meetings and related business.
  • Flexibility to work extended hours to meet deadlines and attend Global-related events which may occur on evenings and weekends.
  • Experience in Raiser’s Edge preferred.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Hours

Mondays through Friday from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Requires occasional work on evenings/weekends for programs/events.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@globaldownsyndrome.org. No phone calls, please.

Applications must be received by June 30, 2015.

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Manager of Annual Giving

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Overview

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is a public not for profit 501(c)3 providing funding, outreach and advocacy in support of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic Institute) and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome (Sie Center). Global’s mission is to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.

Global’s key areas of work are:

  • Development including strategic initiatives, fundraising and friend-raising
  • Advocacy including government advocacy and general awareness
  • Communication, Public Relations & Marketing
  • Event Management including the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
  • Community Outreach including health and fitness programs

Global’s primary activity is in Colorado and the DC-area. Future plans include having an affiliated national and international presence.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Manager of Annual Giving’s primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program across a series of existing and future programs, campaigns and events. In each case this position will be responsible for identifying, researching, cultivating and soliciting annual fund level gifts and building a pipeline of new, renewing and upgrading donors.

The Manager of Annual Giving will develop a coordinated matrix of communication and solicitation strategies involving email, direct mail, phone, personal visitation and social media – all focused on shaping a sustainable tradition of annual support.

This position will provide strategic direction and long-range/short-range planning for all these areas in the context of growing the annual giving program while supporting the greater development goals of Global.

Job Responsibilities

Annual Campaigns
Responsible for managing all aspects of a comprehensive annual development program including membership, campaigns and special events.

Provides direct oversight and management to the following national annual programs: Down Syndrome World Magazine, Global’s monthly e-newsletter, CO Gives Day, foundations/grants, Global’s annual Health & Wellness programs, Global’s annual fundraising events.
This position will assist to design a market segmentation and tracking process that will be used to evaluate all of Global’s appeals and newsletters then help plan and execute future mailings and cultivation activities based upon the results of these analyses.

Will manage a portfolio of donors assigned by the Director of Development from Global’s current donor base where renewal and upgrades are targeted, and will also be responsible for identifying and involving new annual giving donors.

The position will assist with the development of budgets and monitor expenses related to all annual campaigns.

Membership
Responsible for planning and cultivating multiple appeals for Global’s membership in coordination with the Director of Development and Sr. Vice President.

Donor Materials
Responsible for planning and implementing multiple appeals and newsletters in coordination with the Director of Development and Director of Website and Information.

Annual Events
This position will be responsible for managing all aspects of annual sponsorship requests and follow-up related to Global’s annual events including Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, Global Research & Medical Care Roundtable, Courage Classic, World Down Syndrome Day, “I Love You” Dance Parties, Hollywood Ball, Redskins Cheerleader Game, and Down Syndrome & Alzheimer’s Disease Conferences.

Annual Programs
This position will be responsible for managing all aspects of annual sponsorships requests and follow-up related to Global’s Health and Wellness Programs including the Dare to Play Football Camp, the Dare to Play Cheer Camps, the Dare to Play Soccer Camp, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class and the Educational Series.

Knowledge & Teamwork
Remains current with events and trends in local, national and international Down syndrome communities. Acquires and maintains current knowledge of public activities and internal projects, policies and procedures of Global. Collaborates with other staff to achieve Global’s goals. Provides leads to the Director of Development for major gifts. Performs other marketing and sponsorship duties as assigned by the Director of Development and/or the President & CEO.

Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of previous development experience required.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and practices of the development profession in general and as it relates to Global.
  • Knowledge of research techniques and resources in the fields of philanthropy and business. Proven experience in applying this knowledge to develop and carry out research projects such as analysis and evaluation of marketing and financial information concerning an individual, an industry or corporation.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with donors and prospects.
  • Extremely strong interpersonal skills, particularly regarding discretion, confidentiality, patience and understanding necessary for dealing effectively with a diverse group of co-workers, volunteers, donors and families.
  • Intuitive communication and listening skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in providing a high level of customer service to both external and internal constituency.
  • Positive and friendly disposition.
  • PC literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs (Work, Excel, PowerPoint) Outlook and donor database software (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Proven comfort working with high-net-worth individuals and dedicated philanthropists.
  • Critical thinking skills, organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience in data collection and understanding importance of maintaining accurate and up to date information for historic and reporting purposes.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, reliable and accurate in executing duties.
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural and ability diverse populations.
  • Passion for working in the community serving the differently-abled.
  • Collaborative team player with proven ability to work effectively with individuals at all organizational levels.
  • Knowledge of the Denver philanthropic community strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to travel for events, donor meetings and related business.
  • Flexibility to work extended hours to meet deadlines and attend Global-related events which may occur on evenings and weekends.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Hours

Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Requires travel, work on evenings/weekends for programs/events

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@globaldownsyndrome.org. No phone calls, please.

Applications must be received by June 30, 2015.

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Public Relations Director

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Overview

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is a non-profit organization dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome by supporting medical care, research, education and advocacy.

Established in 2009, Global’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. The Crnic Institute is the first organization that has the mission to eradicate the medical and cognitive ill effects associated with Down syndrome (DS) through basic and clinical research and through medical care. The Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado is the medical care arm of the Crnic Institute. The Crnic Institute incorporates scientific partners both locally and globally, with headquarters at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Colorado.

Global’s key areas of operation are:

  • DEVELOPMENT – of donors, volunteers, and partners through events, campaigns, and direct solicitations of donors, corporations and foundations
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS supporting
    • the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the Crnic Institute’s Alzheimer’s disease-Down syndrome research center, the Crnic Institute’s research grantees and scientific research benefitting people with Down syndrome
    • the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Sie Center’s professionals and patients, collaborations and clinical research
    • Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s fundraisers, celebrities, ambassadors, services (e.g. website and newsletter) and programs (e.g. Dare to Play camps)
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMS – for people with Down syndrome in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region
  • EDUCATION & OUTREACH – locally, nationally and globally. Includes education and other grants to local Down syndrome organizations.
  • ADVOCACY & LOBBYING FOR RESEARCH & MEDICAL CARE – primarily in DC but also in important local markets

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Public Relations Director position is both challenging and rewarding. It requires a dedication to working with our existing and future non-profit constituents with diplomacy and professionalism. It requires the ability to multitask and be detailed while delivering on a large volume of work.

The Public Relations Director is responsible for assisting to create and executing a local, national and international media relations program for Global with the goal of attracting supporters, donors and partners for the organization.

This position will assist in the management and development, production and dissemination of communications materials to help support Global’s fundraising, research and medical care initiatives, programs, and lobbying/advocacy. The position will also promote general awareness about best practices for people with Down syndrome as well as human and civil rights as a service to the community and the general public.
This multi-disciplined position will consult and interface with many of Global’s internal and external constituents including but not limited to affiliated scientists and medical professionals at the Crnic Institute and Sie Center, affiliated work at the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, programmatic partners and key vendors, Global’s ambassadors and representatives, Global’s development, health and wellness, communications, events and HR personnel.
This position will be responsible for both strategic PR-planning and hands-on execution including media events, media calls, collateral creation, crisis communications support and press material development. Key duties and responsibilities include:
Press Releases, Pitches and Clippings

  • Write press releases, pitch relevant story ideas, and handle assorted media issues for Global and Global’s affiliates (e.g. the Crnic Institute) resulting in successful media impressions through TV, print, radio, and internet.
  • Edit and approve media releases drafted by affiliates or partners, and web content produced by staff, agencies and contractors – co-pitch as appropriate.
  • Draft correspondences and media messages to meet outreach needs at the request of Global’s executive director and other senior staff members.
  • Create an on-going press clippings report, distributed quarterly, to highlight the work of Global and its affiliates and to highlight the reach and distribution of Global’s PR endeavors.
  • Manage distribution budget and outlet, respond to media inquiries in a timely fashion.

Events, Programs and Major Campaigns

  • Successfully plan for and implement TV Appearances, Print, Radio and other media impressions for all Global’s events and key campaigns (e.g. Prenatal Testing Pamphlet) including assisting consultants to maximize coverage.

  • Successfully obtain national and local media impressions for Global’s VIPs including Hollywood and sports celebrities, ambassadors and representatives, event chairs, models with Down syndrome, supporting congressional representatives.
  • Assist to manage celebrity relations both on-going and one-time event related to the benefit of Global and be responsible for keeping such celebrities informed about Global’s endeavors and achievements.
  • Assist in securing photography and video coverage of Global’s events, programs and major campaigns.
  • Oversee the creation tribute videos and the promotion of Global created awards (e.g. Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award).
  • Assist to create Global print materials such as program synopses, research endeavors and one-page summaries.

Awards and Speaking Engagements

  • Monitor, identify, and research appropriate awards for Global and senior executives and affiliates of Global. Apply and successfully implement at least one new award per year.
  • Monitor, identify, and research appropriate speaking engagements for senior executives and key affiliates of Global. Successfully implement at least one per quarter.
  • Facilitate information flow and relationships with various internal and external constituents around awards and speaking engagements in order to maximize press coverage and attendance.
  • Assist and escort senior executives of Global and Global’s affiliates at all public appearances and speaking engagements.
  • Assist in planning/coordination of senior executives at Global and industry events including assisting to prepare video, powerpoint and other collateral.

Support of the Globaldownsyndrome.org Website

  • Assist to manage and oversee globaldownsyndrome.org press area and related corporate/donor/partner press sites/materials; Ongoing evaluation of globaldownsyndrome.org press area relative to its peers.
  • Assist with overseeing the creation of photo and video pods and photo books to support overall PR endeavors.
  • Assist with promotion and distribution of Global’s future newsletters.
    Monitor and engage as needed in social media activity as coordinated with the Director of Website & Information.
  • Assist in coordinating blog posts from key Global partners (Crnic, Sie Center).

Development and Data

  • Regularly identify new press targets and maintain and update Global’s media lists (including pitches and interactions) and online press room in coordination with the Director of Website & Information.
  • Regularly research, identify and reach out celebrities who are related to someone with Down syndrome or support people with DS and others who are differently-abled.
  • Maintain an archive of all corporate communications collateral materials, including video, art, e-cards and press kits and media and PR contacts.
  • Contribute all media, PR and other contacts and updates to contacts to Global’s database in real time.
  • Assist with obtaining, in-kind or free advertisement for the organization. Periodically assess media buys and strategies.

Administrative

  • Supervise staff and consultants – one direct report and 1-2 PR consultants. Includes annual reviews.
  • Provide input into annual PR related budget, provide updates to key management and maintain (stay within) the annual budget.
  • Create and maintain a rolling 12 month calendar highlighting deadlines for press, events, conferences, advertisements and programs supported by Global’s PR endeavors.
  • Organize travel for key events and conferences supported by PR endeavors, assist with conference and organization, (e.g. booth and collaterals, powerpoints, and videos).
  • Organize quarterly PR meetings with key Sie Center staff and regular phone conversations with Crnic/Sie Center staff on their upcoming engagements and story ideas.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations or related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically including expertise in AP style.
  • At least 7-10 years of PR experience with a proven track record in a fast-paced environment. Health, science and/or medical care industry experience a strong plus.
  • Previous experience supervising employees.
  • Ability to manage a PR consultants and agency deliverables; media buy experience a plus.
  • Strategic thinker who excels at coming up with original ideas, who can proactively identify communication opportunities and is able to execute. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to effectively listen, facilitate, engage in conflict resolution, to apply investigative skills and to work independently in a fast-paced, complex environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to integrate PR programs to support other departmental goals and programs; able to perform within an integrated team environment.
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office products, including Word and Excel, Powerpoint and other graphics and/or presentation software. Knowledge of online technology and new media tactics.
  • High ethical standards and able to maintain a high level of confidentially, handles themselves in a professional manner including during pressurized situations.
  • Excellent work ethic and positive disposition.
  • Passion for social justice and nonprofit work preferred.
  • Prior work related to Down syndrome of “disabilities” sector preferred.

Staff and Reporting Structure

  • Reports to President & CEO of Global and works closely with the Director of Website and Information and other key staff
  • Works in conjunction with financial personnel at Global Down Syndrome Foundation and AJSVentures (shared office space) who handle Global’s accounting and financial organization and documentation

Compensation

This is an exempt position and salary is commensurate with experience and salary history. Health insurance, vacation, sick days, holidays, yearly merit salary review. Estimated 40 hours a week, flexible hours required for timing of travel and events.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@globaldownsyndrome.org. No phone calls, please.

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Senior Manager of Major Gifts

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Overview

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is a public not for profit 501(c)3 providing funding, outreach and advocacy in support of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic Institute) and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome (Sie Center). Global’s mission is to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.

Global’s key areas of work are:

  • Development including strategic initiatives, fundraising and friend-raising
  • Advocacy including government advocacy and general awareness
  • Communication, Public Relations & Marketing
  • Event Management including the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
  • Community Outreach including local Down syndrome organization and individual Global Membership programs, health and fitness programs, and community surveys and market research

Global’s primary activity is in Colorado and the DC-area. Future plans include having an affiliated national and international presence and establishing a world-class adult Down syndrome medical care center.

Job Description

Global is seeking a Senior Manager of Major Gifts to fundraise with a focus of soliciting gifts at the $10,000+ level with a portfolio of 75-125 major gift donors and prospects. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Senior Manager of Major Gifts will be responsible for identifying, researching, cultivating and soliciting major gifts from current donors and building a donor pipeline for sustainable growth.

The Senior Manager of Major Gifts will develop a targeted and robust communication and solicitation strategy with major donors to achieve Global’s short and long-term revenue goals. The candidate must be a strong researcher and have immaculate attention to detail. This position requires the ability to develop and execute a plan to manage and grow each donor relationship, along with the ability to analyze progress and make necessary adjustments throughout the year.

Job Responsibilities

Relationship Management

  • Establish and maintain a donor cultivation cycle and stewardship program to ensure new major donors are developed and current donors have opportunities to increase their level of support through the four stages of philanthropic relationship building: identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The candidate must be able to manage a portfolio of 75-125 donors all on varying levels within the moves management spectrum. These prospects could include individuals and families, corporations and foundations, Development and management of budgets related to all major gift activities is required. The Senior Manager of Major Gifts will expand Global’s planned gift initiative by integrating planned giving objectives into major individual donor fundraising proposals. This position must be comfortable with and have experience making face-to-face solicitations.

Donor Materials

  • Ability to analyze marketing, PR, and financial information in order to identify key prospects as well as to prepare and position written materials, including donor correspondence, solicitation proposals, acknowledgements and e-Newsletter articles – all aimed at engaging current and potential major donors.

Annual Events & Programs

  • With the oversight of the Director of Development, this position will work closely with the Senior Manager of Annual Giving who is responsible for sponsorship associated with all annually recurring events and programs at Global.

Knowledge & Teamwork

  • Remains current with events and trends in local, national and international Down syndrome communities. Acquires and maintains current knowledge of public activities and internal projects, policies and procedures of Global. Provides leads to the Director of Development and the Senior Manager of Annual Giving as appropriate. Collaborates with other staff to achieve Global’s goals. Performs other marketing and sponsorship duties as assigned by the Director of Development and/or the President and CEO.

Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of previous development experience required.
  • Proven ability to generate revenue growth and the ability to identify new opportunities.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and practices of the development profession in general and as it relates to Global.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with donors and prospects.
  • Ability to solicit major gifts and steward a portfolio of high-level donors. Ability to connect with individuals with diverse personalities and styles.
  • Extremely strong interpersonal skills, particularly regarding discretion, confidentiality, patience and understanding necessary for dealing effectively with a diverse group of co-workers, volunteers, donors and families.
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural and ability diverse populations.
  • Proven comfort working with high-net-worth individuals and dedicated philanthropists.
  • Knowledge of research techniques and resources in the fields of philanthropy and business. Proven experience in applying this knowledge to develop and carry out research projects such as analysis and evaluation of marketing and financial information concerning an individual, an industry or corporation.
  • Experience in data collection and understanding importance of maintaining accurate and up to date information for historic and reporting purposes.
  • Intuitive communication and listening skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills coupled with strong presentation skills.
  • Experience in providing a high level of customer service to both external and internal constituency.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, reliable and accurate in executing duties.
  • Critical thinking skills, organizational and time management skills.
  • Positive and friendly disposition.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Collaborative team player with proven ability to work effectively with individuals at all organizational levels.
  • Passion for working in the community serving the differently-abled.
  • Ability to travel for events, donor meetings and related business.
  • Flexibility to work extended hours to meet deadlines and attend Global-related events which may occur on evenings and weekends.
  • Knowledge of the Denver philanthropic community strongly preferred.
  • PC literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs (Work, Excel, PowerPoint) Outlook and donor database software (Raiser’s Edge).

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Hours

Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Requires travel, work on evenings/weekends for programs/events.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@globaldownsyndrome.org. No phone calls, please.

Applications must be received by June 30, 2015.

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Website and Information Coordinator

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Overview

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is a public not for profit 501(c)3 providing funding, outreach and advocacy in support of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic Institute) and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome (Sie Center). Global’s mission is to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.

Global’s key areas of work are:

  • Development including strategic initiatives, fundraising and friend-raising
  • Advocacy including government advocacy and general awareness
  • Communication, Public Relations & Marketing
  • Event Management including the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
  • Community Outreach including local Down syndrome organization and individual Global Membership programs, health and fitness programs, and community surveys and market research

Global’s primary activity is in Colorado and the DC-area. Future plans include having an affiliated national and international presence and establishing a world-class adult Down syndrome medical care center.

Job Description

The website and information coordinator position is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to use your content management, graphic design and writing skills to further the mission of an exciting, new organization. The main responsibility of this position will be to manage Global’s online presence and assist with marketing communications.

Global has a wide variety of events and programs, and the website and information coordinator will be expected to attend and prepare information about these events and programs for use on website, newsletter, and social media.

The position will be full time, with occasional work on evenings and weekends.

Job Responsibilities

Website

  • Support the Director of Website and Information to create and update content; post new pages to website via WordPress content management system
  • Research medical and research publications as appropriate to ensure the accuracy of information posted on the website
  • Ensure timely uploading of program and event information, including sponsor updates
  • Ensure quality of website; check for broken links, outdated information, etc.
  • Coordinate & assist with social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, blog, other)
  • Assist with email campaigns, including advocacy, news and event-related emails
  • Create and maintain event registration pages
  • Help create online market research surveys using research websites, e.g., Survey Monkey
  • Monitor and update affiliated/partner/event websites
  • Help create Global’s weekly website usage reports as well as perform ad hoc traffic analyses and track KPIs for Global’s websites
  • Assist with creation of marketing collateral in conjunction with Global

Newsletter/Magazine

  • Assist the Director of Website and Information in creating and managing the monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine as directed, including researching content, writing articles, and providing information as needed to freelance contractors

Events

  • Attend and participate in Global’s annual marquee fundraiser, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, and the associated pre- and post-events (Model Auditions, Kick-Off Party)
  • Attend Global’s smaller events and programs including but not limited to community social events, fundraising events, and health and wellness programs, and to provide:
    • Photography and content for website, newsletter, and social media stories
    • General assistance as directed by Event Manager

Administrative

  • Assist the Director of Website and Information with administrative duties such as copying, filing, compiling weekly website analytics reports
  • Create 12 month rolling calendars for the website, newsletter, print material, and PR & marketing
  • Other duties as directed

Job Qualifications

Required

  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop)
  • Experience using WordPress and other popular online publicity and marketing websites
  • Knowledge of HTML
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must have excellent editing/proofreading skills
  • High ethical standards, maintain high level of confidentiality
  • Act in a professional manner, including during pressurized situations
  • Excellent work ethic and positive disposition; excellent ability to multi-task
  • Excellent judgment in terms of problem solving and knowing when to ask for direction versus when to work independently; ability to think “outside of the box”
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural and diverse populations
  • Work effectively with individuals at all levels in organizations
  • Flexible with changing priorities and diversity within responsibilities
  • Attention to detail and rigorous follow-through
  • Strong ability to finalize deliverables on time and correctly
  • Ability to safely lift items of up to 20lbs

Preferred

  • Experience with Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization, Accessibility, and Usability
  • Knowledge of CSS, PHP and Javascript

Compensation

This is an exempt position and salary is commensurate with experience and salary history.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To apply

To apply for this position, email a resume and cover letter to jobs@globaldownsyndrome.org. No calls please.

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