ISHS Seeks Development Officer/Fundraiser
Position Description—Development Officer/Fund-raiser
Illinois State Historical Society
July 15, 2014
TITLE: Development Officer/Fundraiser
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Exempt
The Development Officer/Fundraiser is critical to the overall mission of the Illinois State Historical Society. The DO/F will work closely with the ISHS President and with the Executive Director to map out strategies to achieve the long-term financial stability of the organization. The DO/F position responsibilities include donor and sponsor relations, support the ISHS President, Working with the Board Development Committee, Providing leadership and fundraising advice to the staff and board of directors, and ensuring the fundamentals of development are addressed professionally. The DO/F will be responsible for developing a database on potential donors/sponsors. Success in this role will result in an increased portfolio of donors and prospects, and a record of significant funds raised. Position is promotable based on performance.
REPORTS TO: ISHS Executive Director, liaisons with ISHS Development Committee.
Time/Schedule: General office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, with some early morning, evening, and weekend hours required as needed, based on needs of the ISHS and appointment schedule.
SALARY: $45,000-$50,000 per annum, based on experience.
BENEFITS: Health and dental insurance for staff person, premium 100 percent paid by ISHS up to $6,000 per year.
RETIREMENT PLAN: Eligible after 12 months.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The DO/F will work closely with the Development Committee to identify and complete professional development training annually.
I. STAFF THE PRESIDENT (5%)
II. MAJOR GIFTS (15%)
- In partnership with ISHS President or his/her designee, secures appointments and manages development meetings on the President’s calendar
- Debriefs ISHS President or his/her designee following donor visits and updates development plan and database.
- Provides counsel on short- and long-term tactics and strategies
- Reviews key correspondence
III. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS (20%)
- Develops and manages small portfolio of major donors and prospects
- Develops briefing materials for President and board solicitors
- Ensures timely (24-48 hours) acknowledgment of all gifts
IV: ANNUAL APPEAL (30%)
- Updates and manages donor and prospect database continuously and leads other staff to ensure database is up to date
- Ensures all development activities meet applicable legal standards
- Consults with other staff and consultants on development, marketing, membership, and strategic planning activities
- Maintains development calendar and updates development plans as needed
- Other duties as assigned
V: CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS (10%)
- Leads staff team and manages the annual fund process
- Leads development of collateral materials
- Schedules and ensures timely execution of all direct mail, e-mail, and other donor contacts
- Ensures time acknowledgment of all gifts
VI. BOARD RELATIONS (10%)
- Develops and maintains small portfolio of corporate sponsors
- Develops appropriate collateral material in partnership with marketing committee
- Ensures timely fulfillment of sponsorship obligations
VII: SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES (5%)
- Works with Development Committee
- Maintains positive relationships with all board members, advisory board members, and supplements board contacts made by President
- Attends ISHS Board Meetings
VIII. RESEARCH (10%)
- Supervises grant writing
- Fosters a positive work environment for staff
- Identifies professional development opportunities for staff.
- Evaluates performances of direct reports on an ongoing basis, providing recognition for work that meets or exceeds standards, provides performance improvement coaching as appropriate
- Conducts donor research as required
REQUIRED: Highly developed emotional intelligence, passion for people and culture, incredible attention to detail, excellent communications skills, entrepreneurial and inquisitive spirit, and experience working with and supporting board members and major donors; Successful completion of post-secondary education; Minimum of three years experience in successful development office.
PREFERRED: Five years of progressively responsible experience in a successful development office with experience working in multiple roles; Development experience with a not-for-profit museum, historical society, or cultural organization; Demonstrated self-starter in pursuit of professional development and/or life-long learning; passion for Illinois history and education; Prepared for a larger role as a senior leader in a statewide organization.
TO APPLY: SUBMIT COVER LETTER, RESUME, AND THREE REFERENCES (IN CONFIDENCE) TO: WFURRY@HISTORYILLINOIS.ORG.
POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED. INTERVIEWS WILL BEGIN IN October 2014.
William Furry, Executive Director
Illinois State Historical Society
5255 Shepherd Road
Springfield, IL 62703
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P O Box 1800
Springfield, IL 62705-1800
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