DACOR, an organization of foreign affairs professionals, and the DACOR-Bacon House Foundation are seeking an experienced development professional to serve as Director of Development. DACOR and the DACOR-Bacon House Foundation are 501 (c) (4) and 501 (c) (3) organizations, which together boast a membership of approximately 1,600 individuals.
The primary workplace is at the historic DACOR-Bacon house at 18th and F Streets NW in Washington, DC although some amount of work in this position may be done remotely from time to time. The Director of Development will report directly to the Executive Director.
- Work with the Development Committee and Executive Director to develop and implement an effective development plan and accompanying budget.
- Provide hands-on management of the development plan and budget to ensure that the organization’s long-term and annual development plans and strategies are being met.
- Establish and grow a culture of giving among DACOR’s members.
- Establish and maintain consistent messaging.
- Work with the Friends of the DACOR Historic Bacon House Task Force to plan and implement a strategy for support for HPF by non-DACOR members.
- Help to develop new approaches and offerings to reach targets (individual and corporate) for the Friends Program.
- Work with the Friends program leadership to plan and execute an initial gala in 2021 to establish relationships in the historic preservation donor field; Help implement a series of donor-sponsored lectures on topics related to the historic House and its owners/occupants.
- Work with the Friends program on support for the development and execution of annual fundraising galas in support of the preservation of the historic DACOR Bacon House.
- Coordinate the donor cultivation/stewardship process and maintain effective donor relations.
- Manage and promote the DACOR Legacy Society – DACOR’s planned giving program.
- Plan, coordinate and create special fundraising and donor recognition events –receptions, black-tie dinners, and special annual events for the Legacy Society.
- Identify and research potential major donors, corporate prospects, and foundations.
- Create tasteful and results-driven marketing materials (brochures, letters, postcards, e-mails, videos, invitations) for relationship building, solicitations and events.
- Coordinate and oversee the planning, scheduling, and budgeting of all appeals.
- Issue thank you letters on a timely basis.
- Track and report on donations to the Development and Executive Committees.
- Perform mail merges, manage donor recognition for the newsletter.
- Create new ways to appeal to Annual Fund donors.
- Reach and surpass annual goals for total donations to the Annual Fund.
- Communicate regularly with members for Annual Fund and Legacy Society by relationship building through in-person meetings, events, e-mails, black-ties, fundraising letters, and videos and develop mailing lists for these.
- Institute creative stewardship programs to promote the organization to its donors through frequent communications, including letters, e-mails, videos, cards, etc.
- Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts and other marketing and recruitment campaigns as they arise.
- Contribute articles to The DACOR Bulletin newsletter on fundraising issues as needed.
- Three or more years of experience in a fundraising position for a nonprofit; experience in an international affairs organization a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
- Energetic and self-directed with strong time management and organizational skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to motivate volunteers and staff.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Experience in special events planning and management.
- Ability to be a strong team player with a small staff and to pitch in with all work required.
- Salary commensurate with experience.