1830 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
The Director of Development reports to the Rector of St. Margaret's Church and to the St. Margaret's Vestry. S/he is an integral member of the Charlie’s Place team with responsibility for externals relations for Charlie’s Place in accordance with its stated purpose, philosophies, and goals, and as approved by the Vestry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, and as directed by the Rector. The Development Director works closely with the Program Director of Charlie’s Place as a team to ensure that program and funding goals for Charlie's Place are accomplished. The position is part time at 18 hours a week.
Foundational Responsibility: In coordination with the Program Director, raise the funds necessary each year to implement the Charlie's Place program, which serves people experiencing hunger and homelessness in Washington, DC. The Development Director will also coordinate and organize all volunteer efforts.
Develop and coordinate annual Charlie’s Place fundraising plan, including the solicitation of foundation grants, special events and individual giving efforts. Work with the Advisory Board to develop new ideas, new donor relationships, external visibility and marketing efforts. Prepare and maintain program data and outcomes information for use in grant writing and proposals.
Establish and maintain a mutually supportive and positive relationship with our donor base and the wider community; represent Charlie’s Place at community events; attend Charlie’s Place fund-raising events; publicize Charlie’s Place activities and promote a positive image of the program through community platforms.
- Maintain a regular presence in the Charlie's Place program, working with other staff to create a warm and welcoming environment for volunteers and clients
- Work with St. Margaret's staff and volunteers to expand cooperation and shared opportunities for service with the congregation
- Develop yearly fundraising implementation plans, based upon Program Director priorities for capital fundraising
- Research new grants
- Submit grant proposals on a regular and continuing basis
- Submit grant stewardship reports as required in grant proposals
- Establish and maintain donor relationships, research, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts from individuals and corporations
- Report regularly to Rector, Vestry and Advisory Board on fundraising and financial activities
- With content identified and provided by Program Director, write and send out regular eNewsletters (currently through Mail Chimp)
- Maintain the Charlie's Place website, FB page and Twitter presence, and regularly update the St. Margaret's eNewsletter with Charlie's Place information
- Staff Charlie's Place special events; wine and cheese parties, donor and volunteer recognition events and special holiday events for clients
- Maintain the Charlie's Place database (currently in excel) update with gifts, change of address, etc.
- Generate regular reports from Database
- Send out fundraising appeal letters reflecting Program Director's priorities, including writing, merges, printing, and fulfillment of all mailings
- Receive, post, and acknowledge all gifts, and work with St. Margaret's to have gifts posted on Church finance software appropriately, deposited properly into the Charlie's Place account, and Charlie's Place revenue and expenses reported on a regular basis.
- Recruit, train and manage Charlie's Place volunteers for direct Program service, as well as volunteers for fundraising, communication and other activities
- Identify, recruit, support and acknowledge Advisory Board members for Charlie's Place. Work with the Advisory Board to develop new fundraising ideas and to identify, cultivate and solicit new and existing sources of funding.
- Serve as Charlie's Place liaison with local ANC and other citizens organizations.
- College Degree or equivalent
- 3-5 years of experience in fundraising
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Expertise in Excel, Microsoft Office, dropbox, and on-line eNews platform(s)
- Knowledge of Social Media, and eCommunications vehicles
- Commitment to working for and with people who are homeless
- Knowledge of homelessness and/or willingness to learn about the issues of homelessness including substance abuse and mental illness
- Problem solving skills
- Professionalism including a clear understanding of boundaries the ability to be flexible and to work as a team
Minimum Education Required