Development Specialist (FT) - We offer competitive pay, great benefits, and a chance to make a difference.
The Company: FareStart is a James Beard Award-winning nonprofit organization that empowers adults and young people experiencing poverty and homelessness through job training and employment in the foodservice industry. FareStart’s restaurants, cafes, catering and contract meals businesses provide opportunities for students, apprentices and employees to work side-by-side creating great food and better lives.
The Job: The Development Specialist is responsible for the Development Department’s gift batching processes and procedures as well as list management. In addition, they triage new potential corporate sponsorships in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, provide grant writing support, and oversee prospect management to qualify and segment donors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, and other duties as assigned.
Data Management & Gift Processing (35%):
- Liaise with admin and finance teams to open mail and scan donations as needed.
- Liaise with retail spaces to ensure donations are transferred to Development’s attention. Then manage money handling process for gifts made both on and off-site.
- Perform daily gift processing, batching donations into donor database.
- Assist the Donor Systems Specialist by entering data into auction software as requested.
- Provide list management for data extracted from Raiser’s Edge, as well as data housed in Constant Contact.
- Manage and track all nonfood-recovery in-kind contributions (including BizX). This also includes supporting the Giving Trees campaign during year-end.
- Compile and distribute the weekly giving report to RMs for review and stewardship.
Grants & Corporation (30%):
- Triage all incoming new corporate sponsorship inquiries, assessing their needs and directing them to the appropriate staff member.
- Monitor the Sponsorship Pipeline ensuring all sponsors have been added to tasks in order to receive their benefits.
- Write, edit and submit grant reports and basic proposals in coordination with the Corporate and Foundation Manager.
- Enter timely updates in Raiser’s Edge and other tracking spreadsheets regarding assigned reports and proposals.
- Working directly with relationship managers and/or staff across organization to collect data, relevant information and other materials to complete grants and reports.
- Create and update attachments as needed.
Prospect Research (35%):
- In partnership with stakeholders, design and implement a prospect research management process utilizing current systems Research Point and Raiser's Edge.
- Review and screen new leads.
- Create timely donor biographies on major gift prospects.
- Compute philanthropic capacity ratings for potential donors to inform about both individual capacity and overall fund-raising potential by performing extensive information searches efficiently and insightfully, using fee-based and free database systems.
- In partnership with the Donor Systems Specialist, act as a resource for staff in the proper data entry procedures into the prospect research module of Raiser's Edge / NXT.
- Work in conjunction with the Donor Systems Specialist in managing data uploads from RP to RE and vice-versa, and act as liaison with Blackbaud as needed.
- Assist in the development of campaign specific donor biographies.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, and minimum 2 years of successful experience working in fund development for a non-profit organization required; specific direct experience in development reporting, grant writing and reporting and donor relations required.
- Proven ability to independently manage multiple project and tasks concurrently and effectively prioritize in a fast-paced work environment to meet tight deadlines.
- Expertise in MS Office Suite.
- At least 1-year experience working directly with Raiser’s Edge or comparable software.
- At least 1-year experience working directly with Research Point or comparable software.
- Experience managing, segmenting, and verifying large amounts of data.
- Extremely organized, proactive, and detail-oriented with excellent follow-through and communication skills.
- Able to work effectively with people with diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to speak in front of individuals and groups with comfort and professionalism.
- Excellent customer service experience and passionate about excellence and teamwork.
- Flexibility to work nights and weekends.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
- Competitive hourly wage based on experience and qualifications
- Paid time-off (3 weeks first year of employment) and paid holidays
- 401(k) savings plan
- Health, disability, and life insurance
- Free ORCA pass
- Free Shift Meal
The Location: FareStart's administrative office, 700 Virginia St, Seattle.
Why Should You Apply?
- Be part of our mission to disrupt poverty.
- Join a supportive, respectful and celebratory community among our staff, students, board, and volunteers
- Organizational commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace
- FareStart encourages the personal and professional growth of its employees
FareStart is an Equal Opportunity Employer serving people of various communities and backgrounds. We seek applicants who value diversity and inclusivity. Women, People of Color, and Members of the LGBTIA+ Community are encouraged to apply