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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.

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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.

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