Reporting to the Executive Director this position is responsible for planning and coordinating all aspects of fund development and public relations for It’s A Sensory World. Provide leadership on all fundraising initiatives including special events, major gifts, planned giving, sponsorships, donor cultivation, and grant writing.
Prior experience working with children with special needs is helpful, but not required.
The Successful Candidate Overview
This successful candidate must possess the passion, leadership, business acumen, and hands-on work ethic to make the dream of ISW to become a reality. It is imperative she/he exhibit a can-do attitude, outstanding people skills and the ability to multi-task.
Primary Roles & Responsibilities:
Formulates a development strategy and prepares an annual plan for development in conjunction with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
Assures that fundraising program is thoroughly and effectively integrated with Board, Directors, and Staff
Identify specific fundraising targets annually and strive to meet these goals
Develop, manage and conduct special events and fundraising projects; solicit contributions and develop potential new donors while representing the organization effectively
Analyze development efforts to ensure consistency with ISW mission, values, goals, and objectives, and plan for future activities with Executive Director, and Board of Directors
Provide regular assessment, analysis, reporting, and projections of fund development activities, income, and pledges
Assist with grant development and grant writing
Oversee in-kind giving
Research current and new fundraising/public relations programs/practices and utilize information to enhance/develop goals
Target ISW market/audience, research, cultivate and plan for solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation prospects including writing proposals
Manage donor recognition including timely acknowledgment of all gifts, and recording/tracking all donors and prospective donors
Compose departmental policy and procedure manual.
Possess Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, business administration, or nonprofit services-related field. Must have minimum 3-5 years community relations, development and volunteer experience with a proven fundraising record that reflects a broad knowledge of various community relations, development, and volunteer techniques, i.e.; major gifts, foundations and corporate solicitation, special event coordination. Preference to those candidates who either possess Certified Fund Raising Executive Certification (CFRE) or actively in process of obtaining CFRE. Must possess high energy level, be goal-oriented with strong interpersonal skills that interface well with a variety of personalities and be supportive and passionate of ISW’s mission, values, and goals. Maintain open lines of communication with Executive Director, staff, and Board of Directors membership. Exhibit the ability to interpret and implement standards and policies of ISW. Must possess valid Texas driver’s license and be able to pass a thorough background check.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Thorough knowledge of nonprofit fund development and management
Documented history of meeting or exceeding fundraising goals
Demonstrated ability to work with business, community, public entities and donors
Demonstrated ability to write accurate, grammatically correct, and effective correspondence, proposals, marketing materials, donor communication and solicitations
Effective verbal communication skills to deliver persuasive presentations to individuals and groups
Demonstrated ability to organize and set priorities, to manage workload and complete projects in a timely manner
Able to complete quality work in spite of multiple interruptions and strategic changes
Computer literate and proficient in word processing, database management, social media, PowerPoint, web page design and donor management programs
Develops, uses, and evaluates ideas and/or innovative approaches to improve job performance
Provides leadership in identifying trends and opportunities, as well as solving problems facing fund development challenges
Perform duties in a professional, ethical, and responsible manner
Participate as an effective team member who contributes to all phases of the organization
Utilize time wisely for effective management of job responsibilities
Maintain punctuality in daily work times, appointments, and meetings
Maintain friendly customer-service-driven interactions with all ISW stakeholders, Board Members, donors, staff and parents
Additional Salary Information: We offer Group Health Insurance (Employer pays 50% of the cost) and Group Dental and Vision
About It's a Sensory World!
We are a center that offers a variety of multi-sensory, educational, recreational, and therapeutic services for children with special needs and their families. We are committed to creating unique programs that bridge the gap between therapy, home, school, and mainstream recreation.
We provide a sensory rich and nurturing environment to children of all abilities, including those with Autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Sensory Processing Disorders. At our center they strive to reach their full potential with the help of their families and our highly experienced teachers and well trained staff.
When we first opened in October 2007, we were the only center offering services supplemental to therapy in North Texas. We are still the only center where parent empowerment is a central part of our mission.
It’s a Sensory World is not about financial gain. Our mission is to use our facility and our experience to serve as many families as possible in meeting their unique needs.