Details: Commensurate with experience
570 Kirts Blvd
The Williams Syndrome Association (WSA) is looking for a Director of Development to elevate the current fundraising program and leverage the existing volunteer and donor base to build a comprehensive development program focused on individual giving and major gifts.
Established in 1982, the WSA works to enrich the lives of individuals and families affected by Williams syndrome and similar conditions through support, research and education.
The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and provide leadership and support in all areas of development, including major gifts, annual giving, volunteer management (including the Board of Trustees as it relates to fundraising), corporate and foundation fundraising, and special events.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and implement a sophisticated development program that is donor-centric, based on industry best practices, and builds upon the results of the recent development assessment exercise.
- Strengthen the culture of philanthropy and be part of growing the program and team in the future.
- Expand existing development efforts to raise five-, six-, and seven- figure gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
- Help set fundraising priorities for the WSA so they align with the overall goals and strategic plans of the organization.
- Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects who can support the WSA with gifts of $10,000+.
- Coordinate fundraising efforts of the Board of Trustees and facilitate peer-to-peer solicitations; provide training and support.
- Work alongside the Executive Director to help her manage a portfolio of top donors and existing relationships.
- Develop and structure a broader and more diversified annual giving program.
- Track fundraising progress toward goal achievement and assist with preparing and distributing regular progress reports.
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Minimum 7-10 years of experience in development with a proven track record of successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts.
- General understanding and expertise in all areas of development, including major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, prospect research, volunteer management, and special events.
- Strong leadership presence; a proactive, flexible, and creative self- starter.
- Excellent written, analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated understanding and experience with volunteer management.
- Must have sound judgment and the ability to work independently.
- Creative and strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit.
- Willingness to embrace and learn about Williams syndrome and the WSA community. Prior experience in rare diseases or developmental disabilities a plus.
- Team player with a sense of humor.
Location is flexible with ability to work remotely; East Coast or Troy, MI preferred. Must be willing to travel.
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