The Senior Director of Community & Donor Engagement is an integral part of the RMYA Executive Team and is a senior policy advisor to the CEO. The Senior Director of Community & Donor Engagement is primarily responsible for overseeing RMYA’s donor cultivation activities and community engagement functions, including marketing and communications, events, social media, corporate relations, and grants (government and foundation) all of which are critical to helping the organization achieve its mission. The position will be responsible for developing the strategic plan around how to accomplish broader community awareness and engagement, as well as the execution of those strategies.
The Senior Director of Community & Donor Engagement must have the self-assurance and confidence necessary to purposefully drive toward results while problem-solving and obtaining the commitment of others to achieve those results. This is a “hands-on” position that requires excellent organizational and communications skills and attention to detail. RYMA is evolving into a learning organization and developing a commitment to restorative practice with the children in our care and our staff. The Senior Director of Community & Donor Engagement must be highly collaborative, upbeat, and friendly while working diligently toward achieving agreed upon goals. A sense of humor and positive attitude are essential.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree Required, Master’s degree is a plus
FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT
SALARY: $75,000 (depending on verified experience) plus health benefits (75% of premium paid by RMYA)
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
- Proven strategy and plan development, project management, and marketing/ communication skills from implementation to conclusion.
- Demonstrable experience implementing best practices around donor engagement and, community relations.
- Documented skill with the written word and verifiable success at proposal development and RFP response with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
- Experience managing development staff and other team members required to support fundraising initiatives.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet challenging and changing deadlines.
- Ability to personalize the stewardship experience as well as ensuring timely gift processing and recognition.
- Proficient with donor management databases, preferably Results Plus, and data mining.
- Proficient with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Knowledge of graphic design, understanding of website development and maintenance, and the processes required to move information from inception to publication.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional weekend and evening hours
- Valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire. Must have acceptable driving record.
- Successful clearance of a criminal background check, including fingerprinting and drug testing.
- Manage the development and execution of an overall strategic plan for donor and community engagement, including raising awareness of the organization and creation of engagement pathways for potential and existing donors and volunteers.
- Manage and implement marketing and communications strategies, including the development of outward-facing materials and social media.
- Oversee the identification, research, preparation and development of federal, state, and local government grants and requests for proposal as well as grant applications to nonprofit foundations and corporate grant makers.
- Establish and maintain donor management system to include electronic tools to support donor intimacy and outward-facing interactions such as gift acknowledgements and event-specific invitations.
- Establish and present planned giving program to identified donors as appropriate.
- Plan and coordinate engagement events such as the annual gala, luncheons, dinners, and receptions.
- Supervise development and thrift shop staff as well as external vendors in grant writing, public relations, and event-related support.
- Monitor the financial aspects of the department to ensure that revenue and expenses are in line with the budget.
- Develop metrics to determine the effectiveness of each strategic initiative.
- Serve as a member of the CEO advisory team.
- Attend Board meetings as required.
- Stay up-to-date on best practices through professional organizations and network of colleagues at similar organizations.
- Develop fundraising training activities for staff and board members as necessary.
- Represent RMYA in a professional manner in approved events in the community.
- Coordinate and train staff and Board members for Speaker’s Bureau and United Way speaking/tours.
- Handle media relations and assist CEO and PR consultants in scheduling official contact with the media.
- Be supportive of all RMYA policies and procedures, and actively participate in their development by proposing changes and updates as well as working on teams designed to improve how we work together.
- Special projects as assigned by the CEO/CPO.
Immediate Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer