Posted on November 29, 2012
GO Project - Development Manager
The GO Project shapes the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. GO provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home and in life.
The GO Project addresses the needs of our students through three mutually reinforcing strands of service – GO Summer, GO School and GO Families. GO Summer is a rigorous, five-week, full day academic and enrichment program lead by a staff of certified teachers. All students continue on with GO School, a focused, seven-month Saturday program with a staff of certified teachers and skilled volunteer tutors. Students attend on Saturdays between October and April for a half-day of focused academic skill-building. GO Families is a year-round social service program integrated into all programs and designed to empower parents of participants to create positive learning environments at home and school through proactively addressing various student learning and behavioral challenges and supporting parents in becoming constructive advocates for their child.
The GO Project is seeking a Development Manager to assist with all fundraising efforts. The Development Manager will join the Executive Director and the Director of Development as part of a small team responsible for raising $2 million annually. Funds are raised through foundations, individuals, special events, government, and corporations. In January 2013, the GO Project will launch a strategic planning process which will yield a five-year growth plan for the organization. This is an exciting time to join the organization, and play a key role in building the sustainability of the GO Project. This is a full time position with occasional time needed on Saturdays and in the evenings for special events and to meet deadlines.
Assisting with all aspects of spring Annual Benefit fundraiser including: assisting the Annual Benefit event consultant, helping to set the strategy for the event, soliciting donations for the live and silent auctions, maintaining all auction records, managing vendor and tasting table relationships, acting as a point person for the Benefit Committee and Honorees, attending meetings, and tracking all donations and attendees in the Raisers Edge database;
Assisting with the preparation for and management of all other development events including a Young Leadership Council event, spring Blue Hill Troupe/theater event, designer shopping event, and Board driven cultivation events throughout the year.
Individual Giving/Major Donors
- Assisting the Director of Development in managing the organization’s major donor campaign;
- Compiling donor profiles and conducting research on potential donors;
- Assisting in the management of the major donor pipeline;
- Helping to create the Annual Appeal mailing, managing donations for the Appeal, and working directly with Board members on their mailing lists;
- Generating all individual acknowledgement letters within 2 weeks of gift.
Board of Directors and Young Leadership Council
- Assisting the Director of Development in supporting the Board Development Committee, acting as a point person for members, and attending meetings;
- Directly overseeing the Young Leadership Council, recruiting and managing members, attending meetings, and assisting the Council in the organization of various events throughout the year.
Writing, editing and proofreading written materials for foundations and corporations as assigned;
Researching funding opportunities, managing the prospect pipeline, and managing the grant submission/renewal calendar;
Researching recent trends and topics in the field for integration into proposals and marketing materials;
Assembling collateral materials for reports, proposals, meetings, and tours.
Producing the GO Project’s quarterly e-newsletter;
Updating the GO Project website on a regular basis and managing the GO Project’s social media presence (Twitter and Facebook);
Developing a more formal public relations and marketing strategy for the organization;
Acting as the point person for public relations/media requests.
Administrative (Development and Executive)
Processing gifts and issuing acknowledgments in a timely manner;
- Maintaining all donor data in Raiser’s Edge and running queries for use in assembling financial data, mailing lists, solicitations, and reports;
Preparing for all Board meetings and activities including scheduling, producing materials and taking minutes;
Assisting in managing the Executive Director’s calendar;
Providing other administrative support as needed.
Bachelor’s degree required;
At least 2-3 years experience in development required;
Direct experience with organizing special events required;
Knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge database required;
Detail oriented with excellent administrative and organizational skills;
Flexible, team player;
Excellent interpersonal skills (demonstrated ability to interact with donors and act as an external representative of the organization);
Strong writing and communication skills;
Excellent computer skills including: Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point;
Graphic design skills a plus;
Demonstrated commitment to GO Project’s mission;
The ideal candidate is exceptionally intelligent, warm, engaging and energetic. He or she also:
Sees the possibilities as opposed to the obstacles and is creative and tenacious in solving problems;
Enjoys working with others in a collaborative, creative environment;
Has a strong work ethic and high standards for his/her own work and the work of others; is flexible and has a lively sense of humor.
If you are interested in applying for the Development Manager position, please email a cover letter and resume to Unique Brathwaite, Director of Staff and Program Development, at email@example.com. Indicate in the subject line “Development Manager”