Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Job Opening with Polaris Project

Organization: Polaris Project
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, 20013-8892, United States
Job Category: Fundraising & Development
Job posted: April 7, 2009
Last day to apply: June 6, 2009

Type: Full time
Language(s): English
Area of Focus: Foundations, Fundraising, and Philanthropy, Victim Support Services, Women's Issues
Degree Preferred: Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and CFRE certification preferred
Type: Full-Time
Salary: $65,000-$75,000 (DOE)
Start Date: July 1, 2009

Position Description: Polaris Project is a nationally recognized organization working to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002. Polaris Project seeks a Director of Development to manage and oversee a dynamic fundraising program and to build the organization’s financial support by using time-tested as well as cutting-edge techniques. She/he will work on creating an effective strategy to match growth and create a culture of donor recognition, involvement and stewardship throughout the organization. This person will be under the supervision of the Executive Director and work in collaboration with staff and the Board of Directors. The 2009 budget is projected at $2.8 million. The position will be based out of the headquarters office in Washington, DC.

The Director of Development will:
  • Manage and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy including major and individual gifts, foundation relations, government grants, and corporate partnerships.
  • Lead development efforts to reach increasing annual goals.
  • Provide supervision to 2 Development Officers and multiple volunteer fellows.
  • Cultivate, solicit and steward current donors and help to identify prospective donors.
  • Oversee the grant-writing process, including editing grant applications and reports and ensuring timely and high-quality submissions as well as cultivating relationships with foundations to raise awareness about human trafficking and Polaris Project as funding priorities.
  • Work on creating annual dinner/awards ceremony, community fundraising groups, online fundraising and communication tools, and planned giving program.
  • Coordinate with Finance team and Executive Management team to ensure that funds are properly recorded and that grant budgets and reports are in alignment.
  • Plan and lead weekly development meetings and represent the team at weekly Management meetings.
  • Collaborate with Public Outreach team to implement a solid communications strategy to support fundraising initiatives, including donor solicitation materials and an annual report.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Minimum 7 years of demonstrated success in fundraising, ideally in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven track record of managing a development program and meeting goals from diverse sources.
  • Experience with budget preparation and financial management, analysis and revenue forecasting.
  • Excellent organizational and written and oral communication skills including superb editing, proofreading and presentation abilities.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, strategic thinking, and attention to detail.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite and donor database (eTapestry a plus).
  • Experience, competence, and confidence in supervising and managing staff and volunteers.
  • Experience preferred in leading a capital campaign, creating an endowment, and developing a planned giving program.
  • Integrity, comfort, and ability to gain the trust and confidence of supporters and stakeholders.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed.
  • Resiliently positive and energetic attitude
How to Apply:
All application materials should be sent as attachments to Materials should include a custom cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references, plus any additional personal statements you may wish to include. The deadline for application is rolling until a candidate is chosen, so early application is advised. Polaris Project is an equal opportunity employer.

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