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Development Director

Employer
Avalon Action Alliance
Location
Atlanta, Georgia / Hybrid/Flexible work environment
Closing date
Apr 27, 2024

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Avalon Action Alliance connects our nation’s veterans and first responders to life-changing care. We focus directly on the invisible wounds caused by Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-traumatic Stress (PTS), and Substance Abuse (SA). We are an alliance of partners committed to an integrative approach to brain health and mental wellness. We believe in better days for those who have protected us and are eager to welcome our first Development Director to the team. This position will work closely with our TBI treatment centers and Warrior PATHH sites nationwide. We aim to develop programs that will allow us to grow our alliance over the next five years, focusing on life-changing care for veterans, first responders, and their families. 

We are seeking a Development Director. You will play a vital role in developing and executing fundraising strategies to support our mission of delivering world-class services that will impact the lives of our nation's warriors and their families. This key position requires a seasoned fundraising professional with a passion for mental wellness and whole-brain health, exceptional communication skills, and a proven track record of securing financial support from diverse sources.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Fundraising Strategy: Work closely with the CEO to develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies aligned with the organization's mission and long-term goals. Create annual fundraising plans, set targets and objectives, and regularly assess and adjust strategies. Provides direction regarding strategic planning in fundraising channels to event sponsorships.

Donor Cultivation: Cultivate prospective donors through various engagement methods and tailored strategies to cultivate relationships.

Grant Management: Oversee the grant application process, ensuring timely submissions and compliance with grant requirements. Collaborate with staff to identify potential grant opportunities and develop compelling proposals.

Donor Engagement Events: Plan, organize, and execute fundraising events to engage donors, stakeholders, and the community. Coordinate high-profile events and capitalize on networking opportunities to enhance donor relations.

Donor Stewardship: Implement effective stewardship practices to recognize and appreciate donors for their contributions. Develop personalized acknowledgment strategies to foster long-term donor relationships.

Data Analysis: Utilize data-driven insights to evaluate fundraising performance, identify trends, and recommend strategies for continuous improvement. Maintain accurate donor records and generate reports for leadership and stakeholders.

Budget Management: Work closely with the finance team to develop and manage the fundraising budget, ensuring efficient allocation of resources and adherence to financial guidelines.

Collaboration: Collaborate with internal staff, including marketing, communications, and program managers, to align fundraising efforts with organizational objectives and enhance brand awareness.

Compliance: Stay current with relevant laws, regulations, and ethical practices in fundraising, ensuring the organization's fundraising activities adhere to legal and industry standards.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Progressive experience in fundraising. In-depth knowledge of fundraising principles, techniques, and best practices, focusing on individual giving, major gifts, and grant writing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including crafting compelling proposals, grant applications, and donor communications.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with donors, stakeholders, and community partners.
  • Proficiency in using fundraising software, CRM databases, and data analysis tools.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and analytical abilities to develop and execute effective fundraising plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues in a small, fast-paced office environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality, be the consummate professional, and consistently use good judgment.
  • Demonstrated predisposition to the principles of good customer service, both internally and externally.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Military and/or veteran experience.
  • Related experience in the nonprofit or public sector.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in business administration, nonprofit management, marketing, or a related field.
  • Master's degree is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, varied tasks.
  • Strong organizational, resource, and time management skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to organize a team of busy professionals to meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, written and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the alliance and with prospective partners.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial passion and vision.
  • Strong administrative and process management skills.
  • Working knowledge of product development, marketing, and customer service business processes.
  • Understanding of political and social issues that impact Avalon.

Working conditions

This position is based in Atlanta, GA. Avalon offers a Hybrid/Flexible work environment. A remote location will be considered for the right candidate. 

Flexible hours are required. Standard operating hours are 9 AM-5 PM EST.

In-person company meetings (4 per year). Atlanta, GA, or other US locations.

What we offer

All full-time employees can participate in a broad offering of competitive benefits, including health insurance, retirement, PTO, and more. Starting salary is commensurate with experience that will be vetted through the interview process.

Our commitment to equity and inclusion

Avalon Action Alliance is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and on our teams. We know the wide variety of perspectives and wisdom is imperative to our purpose and can only come from various origins and life experiences. We strongly believe that creating a workplace where all team members thrive is critical to fulfilling our goal in the communities we serve. We intentionally recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Qualified candidates are urged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

Reporting

Manages grant writer/consultant.

This role reports to the CEO of Avalon Action Alliance.

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