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Director of Development - Full-time, Remote

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The Youth Mental Health Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting parents and caregivers of children and youth struggling with their mental health is hiring a Director of Development.

Our mission is to educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. Our leadership, staff, and Board of Directors  are motivated to reduce the shame, blame, misunderstanding, and silence that so often hinder access to needed services and supports.

By joining the YMHP today, you’re stepping onto a highly collaborative team that is passionate about transforming our culture by placing mental health on an equal footing with physical health. We are looking for colleagues who are smart and know how to get things done. We believe in hiring high potential, humble individuals who can rapidly grow their responsibilities to keep pace with our growth.

Position Overview

The Development Director is a full-time, work-from-home role on our small but growing team and will be responsible for bringing both structure and innovation to our expanding fundraising activities. This role is both strategic and tactical, requiring the ability to think big while following through on the details. The Development Director must be a creative thinker, self-starter, excellent relationship manager and project leader who is comfortable juggling multiple projects in a rapidly changing environment. The role will collaborate closely with Communications, Partnerships, and Program team members to ensure development activities fully leverage and are fully integrated with other organizational functions. The successful candidate will report directly to and work closely with the Executive Director. We are committed to an inclusive hiring process and strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Attributes of Competitive Candidates

Competitive candidates will be seeking a career growth opportunity and be eager to embrace the challenge of shaping the development function in our growing organization. They must have at least 5 years of nonprofit development experience, possess leadership qualities, and management potential, and be committed to our mission of promoting mental health. They must understand the connection between fundraising, communications, and programs, and will inspire their colleagues to see those connections as well. They understand the power of both personal storytelling and quantitative impact metrics. They are donor focused and value stewardship, donor appreciation, and work to continuously improve donors’ experience. 

Responsibilities

Development Strategy and Leadership

• Work closely with the Executive Director to build on the existing development plan to accomplish organizational goals

• In conjunction with the Executive Director, develop a donor acquisition, retention and management strategy including providing input on tactics to generate new leads, prospect research, and stewardship

• Work with the Board of Directors to support and focus their development activities and deploy them for specific donor appreciation activities

Donor Development and Experience

• Build and maintain a robust opportunity pipeline sufficient to hit progressively greater annual revenue goals by actively managing individual prospects and current donors

• Design a donor experience plan for all major donors/funders, as well as appeals and campaigns

• Project manage the Executive Director's fundraising work, making recommendations on where and how best to spend her time and efforts on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis

Managing Grant Opportunities

• Conduct prospect research and develop relationships with grantmaking organizations to ensure a robust pipeline of regional and national grant opportunities 

• Create and manage a grant calendar to track all upcoming applications and ensure reports are submitted as per grant award requirements

• Clearly and effectively write grants targeted to the unique priorities of each grantmaker 

Manage Development Operations and Revenue Tracking

• Conduct bi-weekly gift processing and draft acknowledgement letters

• Spearhead data input and ensure data integrity and accuracy in all records and reports

About You

To be successful in this role, you will be:

• Motivated by improving the mental health of youth by supporting families

• Able to take initiative and work autonomously with minimal guidance

• A proven project manager who excels at meeting deadlines

• Accustomed to working on multiple projects with different deadlines simultaneously

• A dynamic individual who is comfortable representing the YMHP at events

• A strong networker who is eager to reach out and follow up with donors

• A creative thinker who is unafraid of testing out new ideas

• Comfortable analyzing donor data in Excel or Googlesheets

Qualifications

• A Bachelor's degree and at least 5 years of nonprofit development experience

• Experience managing and improving development operations, ranging from gift processing to donor management to budget monitoring

• Experience in all areas of philanthropic revenue generation including individual giving appeals, institutional giving, grants, and corporate partnerships

• The ability to communicate easily, respectfully, and sensitively, both verbally and in writing with stakeholders of all ages, generations, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds

• Prior use of Network for Good or similar software a plus


We believe in diversity of ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and culture and that our differences are critical to effectively reaching every family whose child or young adult struggles with their mental health. 


The Youth Mental Health Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting parents and caregivers of children and youth struggling with their mental health is hiring a Director of Development.

Our mission is to educate, empower, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 8, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

USD 65,000 - USD 75,000Commensurate with experience

Benefits

Flexible paid time off, 12 paid holidays (including week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day); professional development

Flexible paid time off, 12 paid holidays (including week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day); professional development

Level of Language Proficiency

English

English

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
12 Salt Box Ln, Darien, CT 06820, USA

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Valerie Barton, Executive Director, at valerie.barton@ymhproject.org.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Valerie Barton, Executive Director, at valerie.barton@ymhproject.org.

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