We are seeking a Regional Director of Development, Midwest to focus on all aspects of major gift fundraising in the region. The new Regional Director of Development, Midwest will be responsible for:
- Playing a key role on our national major giving team and is responsible for expansion of major donor giving in key Midwest states;
- Establishing, implementing and promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch;
- Raising funds and cultivating relationships with significant prospects and donors and stewardship of existing major donors ($2,500+ annually) in the region;
- Traveling locally and regionally, up to 50 percent of the time, to meet with donors and prospects, with a primary focus on the Great Lakes region and occasional travel to other Midwestern states.; and
- Working in close collaboration with the Prospect Research and Portfolio Coordinator to implement moves management procedures and qualify donors giving $1,000 to $2,499 annually.
This position will be based out of our Chicago office.
- Manage all aspects of the major gifts program for the Midwest region, supervising annual gifts of $2,500 and above, as well as special gifts from these and other donors.
- Develop and implement moves management procedures to qualify donors giving between $1,000 and $2,499 annually and place in the appropriate giving program.
- Establish and maintain a donor cultivation cycle and gift stewardship program to ensure that new major donors are developed, have opportunities to increase their level of support annually, and enjoy a close relationship to the organization.
- Coordinate Major Gifts’ cultivation and recognition events in the region.
- Perform prospect research to qualify potential major donors as necessary.
- Maintain at least a working knowledge of FWW national campaign priorities, with specific attention paid to efforts in relevant areas.
- Prepare written materials, including correspondence, solicitation materials, acknowledgements, and reports as part of the stewardship program.
- Work with Leadership to establish budget goals and strategies to reach them. Provide regular analysis and reporting on progress toward goals.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelors degree required.
Experience: Minimum of five years fundraising experience, preferably within an advocacy environment.
Knowledge: Demonstrated success personally soliciting gifts at the five-figure level and above.
Skills: A track record of portfolio management meeting yearly solicitation goals. Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with FWW leadership and staff, prospects and donors. Excellent organizational skills and successful experience managing events and other complex activities in support of development initiatives. Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to make effective presentations to small and large groups. Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects and others. Ability to conduct research and assemble data, analyze information, and prepare effective, accurate and timely reports and other documents to support development activities.
Capabilities: Salesforce or other CRM experience preferred. Knowledge of MS Office. Ability and desire to work as a team player. This position requires frequent travel throughout assigned region and to Washington, DC as much as 50% throughout the year. Employee is expected to make travel arrangements and be comfortable and competent with various forms of transportation and accommodations on behalf of organization business. Valid Drivers License required.
Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
Compensation: $84,000 - $105,500 annualized
Please include your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered.
Click here to apply. We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.