Posted on October 7, 2012
Director of Development and Communications
World Savvy - Director of Development and Communications
World Savvy is a national 501(c)(3) education nonprofit, whose mission is to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, to prepare them to live, work and learn as responsible citizens in our global community.
World Savvy educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, developing innovative programs to promote systemic change in K-2 education. The organization seeks to embed global competency into teaching and learning, to develop the next generation of 2st century leaders. World Savvy reaches 6,000 youth and ,00 educators annually through offices in three cities: San Francisco, Minneapolis – St. Paul and New York, and has reached more than 250,000 youth since 200 Please visit www.worldsavvy.org to learn more.
To establish and implement World Savvy’s fundraising strategy and significantly grow the revenue pipeline; to diversify the base of support and nurture multi-year commitments among individuals, major donors, corporations, grant-makers, and foundations; to oversee events; to lead communications planning for the organization and to maintain, and further develop, holistic communications strategies.
The Director of Development and Communications is a senior-level position directly responsible for all development and communication activities across the organization nationally including strategy, implementation, results measurement, and evaluation.
The Director of Development and Communications reports directly to the Executive Director and is a major addition to World Savvy’s core leadership team. He or she will work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, relevant Board committees, and program staff on setting the long-term direction of the organization and in managing the overall organization. He or she will directly supervise one full-time Development and Communications Associate and manage relationships with consultants. Travel is required at least 30% of the time.
- Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies and tactics that support organizational and programmatic growth, utilizing all relevant and current tools (including metrics) to achieve the organization’s strategic plan objectives.
- Provide assistance and leadership to the Executive Director to build and maintain long term relationships with donors and to cultivate effective, meaningful relationships with prospects that result in measurable results.
- Secure funds from national sources (both public and private sectors) and provide direction and leadership to the Executive Director and Board of Directors, engaging and involving them effectively in this effort.
- Lead, and actively participate in, efforts to increase the amounts of all gifts and grants.
- Secure funding and/or sponsorships for discreet World Savvy projects and programs such as Media & Arts and the World Savvy Challenge.
- Plan, implement, and lead an effort to increase the number of major donors ($k+), involving the Executive Director, members of the Board of Directors, and other volunteers as appropriate.
- Plan and launch signature cultivation and revenue-generating events in each market.
- Provide input to the Executive Director with regard to the composition of the Board of Directors; manage, help orient, and motivate board members toward the fulfillment of their fundraising responsibilities to the organization.
- Implement and maintain an effective board fundraising committee structure; convene all development committee meetings and coordinate all board development efforts. Prepare and present all development reports.
- Plan and implement appropriate communication strategies that increase institutional visibility, promote the expansion of program growth, and leverage fundraising.
- In collaboration with the Program Director, and consistent with the objectives of the strategic plan, develop and implement annual key messages for World Savvy.
- Participate in the development of key messages for fundraising and program marketing initiatives; review and approve all messaging for donor cultivation and fundraising. Take a leadership role in the development of any/all case materials for fundraising.
- Oversee the organization’s social media strategies and tactics.
- Serve as the lead contact for media relations.
- Lead efforts to ensure consistent messaging and effective message communications among all staff and Board members.
Experience & Skills Required:
The successful candidate will have 0 years of broad experience, demonstrating progressively increasing responsibilities and results in a non-profit environment. The candidate must have a demonstrated track record developing and increasing contributed revenue and managing communications strategies.
- Experience in fundraising and development with an emphasis on major gifts and institutional solicitation is required.
- Evidence (by example) of networking savvy and the ability to constantly develop deep relationships and “open doors” is required.
- A track record of being self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and imaginative is required.
- Experience developing communications, media, and social media strategies is required.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
- Willingness to work some evenings and weekends, and travel 30% of the time or more.
Candidates with the following will receive priority consideration:
- Excellent social skills, diverse interests and background to connect with a wide variety of people.
- Demonstrable fundraising skills developed over several years of successful practice.
- Demonstrable media/social media management experience developed over several years of successful practice.
- Excellent writing and speaking skills.
- A background working with diverse populations.
- Self-motivated and comfortable working in a small and collaborative team environment.
- Deep knowledge of nonprofit sector and strong interest in public education.
- Academic background in international affairs and/or experience living and working internationally in Asia, Africa, or Latin America, bilingual or multi-lingual a plus.
- Strong knowledge of K-2 public education, with emphasis on global education initiatives.
Goal-oriented, linear approach: Able to prioritize tasks, manage toward clearly articulated goals, and demonstrate progress on a clear timetable.
Proactivity: Acts independently; generates ideas and executes work tactics with minimal direction.
Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has a positive attitude.
Adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Copes effectively with complexity and change.
Efficiency: Able to produce significant output with minimal wasted effort.
Ability to develop people: Coaches people in their current roles to improve performance, and prepares them for future roles.
Start Date: November 2012
Salary: Competitive, commensurate with experience
Benefits: Health plan, paid vacation, sick days and holidays, as well as staff development benefits.
Contact: Scott McDowell, Managing Partner, CHM Partners
To apply, send resume via attachment.
No phone calls, please.