Development and Communications Director
Company: Pathways Vermont
Posted on: February 23, 2021
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the policy of Pathways Vermont that all employees and applicants
shall receive equal consideration and treatment in employment
without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin,
veteran status, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation,
gender identification, or disability. Pathways Vermont is committed
to a diverse workplace that reflects the communities we serve and
is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad
spectrum of people including people with military experience,
individuals with disabilities, and people of color. The Company:
Pathways Vermont is a dynamic nonprofit agency which believes in
transforming the lives of individuals experiencing mental health
and other life challenges and permanently ending homelessness.
Pathways offers a great benefits package including dental and
health insurance, generous paid time off and 8 paid holidays. The
Role: Pathways Vermont seeks an ambitious, dynamic, and experienced
fundraiser, storyteller and 'donor-engager' to serve as our
Development Director and bring their energy and creativity to take
our development efforts to a new level. The Development Director
will play a central role in increasing investments in Pathways
Vermont, which believes in transforming the lives of individuals
experiencing mental health and other life challenges and
permanently ending homelessness. Reporting to the Executive
Director, the Director of Development has primary responsibility to
secure funding from private philanthropic sources and to grow
community engagement and awareness of all of Pathways Vermont's
programs and services. The Director of Development, in partnership
with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, is responsible
for setting the vision and strategy for Pathways Vermont's
development efforts, including its major gifts program, and
contributing to the organization's overall message and
communication efforts. The position requires a high performing
professional capable of managing multiple priorities while managing
and guiding a team of fundraising professionals in a high-growth,
collaborative organization. The Director of Development must also
have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and must be
able to work effectively across organizational and functional
boundaries. Responsibilities: Organizational Leadership and Growth
- Plan, develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising
strategic plan to maximize the annual development goals through
public and private philanthropic support, in collaboration with the
Executive Director and Board of Directors.
- Create the annual department budget and assume responsibility
for its administration; Play a key role in the development and
stewardship of organizational and program budgets.
- Develop and maintain departmental metrics, which measure
advancement towards goals as outlined in the annual budget and
- Attend and contribute to all Board of Directors meetings and
provide timely, written reports on fundraising activities.--
- Stay abreast of nonprofit fundraising trends and best practices
to help strategically position organizational and departmental
efforts and activities.
- Develop a culture of philanthropy through the mentorship and
training of staff, volunteers and Board of Directors--
- Represent Pathways Vermont's priorities and interests as the
state government liaison and ambassador at the statehouse including
members of the legislature and the Governor's office. Individual
- Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward all donors, especially
major and planned gifts, providing an exceptional experience that
enhances giving, attracts new supporters, and regularly engages
donors in organization's work.--
- Manage the strategy for all major gifts relationships,
including a personal portfolio as well as those assigned to the
Executive Director. Develop cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship plans for each donor, ensuring regular personalized
- Oversee the drafting of donor correspondence and maintain
primary responsibility for developing messages, strategy memos,
talking points, and donor materials.
- Oversee the maintenance of database of all donor, foundations,
government and private contributions.
- Ensure the timely and accurate acknowledgement of all gifts and
- Oversee the planning and management of all fundraising,
cultivation, and stewardship events for donors, prospects and
partners, including the annual fundraiser.--
- Collaborate with the Board of Directors Development Committee
in the development and implementation of special events and major
gift fundraising. Grants and Institutional Support (20%)
- Develop and supervise the monitoring of grants calendar to
ensure that deadlines are met.
- Supervise the preparation and submittal of letters of inquiry,
proposals and reports for funding.
- Conduct extensive research to explore various funding
opportunities and calls for proposals.
- Identify, cultivate and solicit corporate gifts.
- Provide support and consultation for any special requirements
of the funder. Communications/Marketing (15%)
- Oversee communications strategies that seamlessly integrate
development, marketing and program messaging to increase Pathways
Vermont's visibility to external audiences, reach new and diverse
audiences---, grow Pathways Vermont's effectiveness and
influence---, ---and enhance understanding of and financial support
for the organization's work.
- Oversee development of written communications, marketing
materials and electronic marketing across multiple platforms such
as the web, social media, print and digital publications, and other
public relations and marketing vehicles. General Administration
- Supervise, mentor and manage two direct reports--
- Source and manage the use of external vendors and contractors
- Organize volunteers to help with fundraising campaigns and
- Carry out other general activities as may be delegated by the
Executive Director and the Board of Directors.-- Knowledge, Skills,
- Results-oriented individual with demonstrated experience
closing gifts and working effectively with a diverse group of
donors at a variety of levels of engagement.
- Exceptional management, leadership, presentation, written and
interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to rally support, spearhead initiatives and work as
both a member of a dedicated team and as an independent
- Strong organizational skills, including financial oversight and
planning capability, and ability to troubleshoot, multitask and
manage several projects at once.
- Excellent time management skills, ability to prioritize, work
well and be collegial under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
- Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and
community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and
good listening-- Qualifications:
- 5-7 years of fundraising experience and progressive leadership,
including significant experience in major donor fundraising or
equivalent development experience. Knowledge of the Vermont
philanthropic community a big plus.
- Demonstrated success in five-and six figure major gift
solicitation for an advocacy or community-based organization. The
ideal candidate is highly motivated and eager to connect with new
and existing donors on a personal level and to solicit gifts.
- Strong technical, computer and software skills; experience with
Bloomerang (or a similar donor database) is a requirement.
- Passion for making a transformational difference in the lives
of men and women experiencing homelessness and mental health
- The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends. Ability
and willingness to travel (statewide) when necessary; must possess
a valid driver's license or driver's privilege card and a reliable
vehicle. Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
- Almost constant operation of a computer and other office
- Regular, repetitive movement of hands and fingers including
substantial movements of wrists, hands and fingers for typing
and/or writing, grasping paperwork, using technology equipment and
- Frequent talking and participation in exchanging ideas through
spoken word as well as ability to hear and receive detailed
information through oral communication.
- Mostly sedentary work in a seated position.
- Occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching,
reaching with hands and arms and light lifting.
- Regular attendance is a requirement of the position.
- Frequent utilization of close visual acuity and reading from a
computer screen, must be able to read information captured in type
and free hand form.
- Medical, dental and vision insurance
- Long Term Disability/Life Insurance
- Paid Time Off (accrual of 210 hours per year to start) Pathways
Vermont's mission is to end homelessness and provide innovative
mental health alternatives.
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