FT Development Specialist

Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 09, 2019
Dec 09, 2019
Focus Areas
Housing / Shelter
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
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

Personal Skills:

  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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