FT Development Specialist
- Experience Level
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Development Specialist supports the Development Team and donor outreach efforts by enhancing and executing stewardship plans, performing administrative tasks, developing and/or implementing strategies to create, strengthen, and elevate donor recognition programs, and managing social media/marketing presence while assisting with communications.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Covenant House Georgia reserves the right to unilaterally modify, remove, or add to any of the following:
- Implement stewardship strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with major donors
- Develop stewardship plans for donors at various recognition levels within the major gift program
- Process personal acknowledgment and stewardship letters for signature by Executive Director/Development Director weekly
- Collaborate with team to develop consistent acknowledgment and recognition procedures for individual, in-kind, event related, and foundation gifts for all groups
- Research and prepare summaries and reports that serve as background for executive meetings and conversations with major donors
- Support a process that prompts Executive Director and development team in maintaining personal contact with major donors and volunteers
- Maintain a well-kept and organized data base system including, but not limited to: donor names, up to date notes about donors and foundations, current addresses and gift information (experience in Donor Perfect is a plus)
- Research donors and event attendees and report to Development Manager and Major Gifts Officer
- Create marketing materials such as flyers, website design, and other items as needed for events and CHGA initiatives
- Build and execute social media strategy through research, messaging and audience identification
- Generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text, images, video or HTML) that builds meaningful connections and encourages community members to take action
- Moderate all user-generated content in line with CHGA policies
- Continuously improve by capturing and analyzing the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices and then acting on the information
- Collaborate with other departments to manage reputation, identify key players and coordinate actions
- Manage Covenant House Georgia’s Auction efforts that support our major gala in April to raise funds for CHGA
- Assisting the Development team with events/speaking opportunities as needed
Key Working Relationships:
- Internal: Development Team, program staff throughout the agency, members of the executive team
- External: CHGA donors, volunteers, board members, and vendors
- Excellent organization skills, detail oriented
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Collaborative work style
- Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple requests
- Good decision-making skills, tactful, good listener, willingness to search out answers, ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions
- Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, high energy level, and an enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals
- Understanding of individual donor needs and perceptions
- Working professionally and effectively in a team environment
- Adhering to multiple timelines and deadlines
- Working flexible hours as required in order to meet client needs during events which may take place outside of regular Monday-Friday business hours; this may include evenings, weekends and early mornings.
- In addition:
- Upholds Covenant House Georgia standards of conduct, policies and procedures at all times.
- Models appropriate, professional behavior for staff to establish and maintain superior services to youth in a safe and inviting atmosphere.
- Ensures that all buildings and surrounding areas are safe and free from any conditions that may cause harm or danger to youth, staff, volunteers, or visitors.
- Ensures compliance of files in accordance to specific city, state and Federal guidelines.
- Participates in other CHGA programs and activities as required.
- Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with co-workers, supervisors, representatives of other agencies, and the public.
- Effectively communicates, verbally and in writing, with both internal and external individuals and/or businesses.
- Responds in a timely manner to emergencies and resolve issues.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISORY DUTIES: There are no supervisory responsibilities with this position.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field preferred
- Demonstrated skills in writing, organization, and attention to detail
- Prior experience with donor databases and prospect tracking systems
- Prior experience working in a staff capacity for volunteers and executives
- Prior experience with cultivation and recognition events
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed.
- Ability to work standing, walking, and/or sitting a minimum of 8 hours per day/shift.
- Ability to drive agency or personal vehicles to transport items and/or persons.
- Valid Georgia Driver’s License with acceptable driving record.
- Ability to travel as needed for training or to fulfill job requirements.