Description of the Organization:
For 27 years, LEAP has worked with children, teenagers, and young adults in New Haven, Connecticut in some of the lowest income urban neighborhoods in America. As the largest youth agency in our city, we provide academic support, social enrichment, and leadership development, but we do so in a unique way. We give older students (ages 16-24) the training, education, and resources they need to work as counselors and Leaders-in-Training to our younger students (ages 7-15). In doing so, we go beyond impacting individual lives through education and employment. We build a community with power and purpose.
We are looking for a committed, highly motivated individual who is excited to join a mission-driven, hard-working Development team. The Deputy Director of Development plays an essential leading role in the team which implements the strategic development program to help support LEAP’s $3.5 million
annual budget. LEAP’s development office is strengthening and expanding its efforts through improved cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities. Working closely with the Director of Development, the Deputy Director of Development coordinates LEAP’s development program, including the individual giving pipeline, events, direct mail
solicitations, data analysis and management, and communication with donors and the public. The Deputy Director of Development will collaborate with the Director and staff to develop new and creative ways to maximize contributions, making LEAP’s work possible.
Distinguishing characteristics, features, requirements:
This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position based in New Haven, CT (non-remote). The position is a highly visible position requiring effective interaction and communication with a wide range of outside entities and internal staff.
The Deputy Director of Development must thrive on managing multiple projects simultaneously, must be a skilled written and verbal communicator, must be strategic, highly organized, detail-oriented, analytical, and an avid collaborator.
Experience in fundraising and with Raiser’s Edge software or other CRM software is highly sought. A candidate who has experience in only some of the essential duties but also has a strong interest in learning new skills may still be considered.
Reports to the Director of Development
Manages four development team members
Essential duties include:
Helps to set goals and develop strategic fundraising plans; supervises the day-to-day work of the grants manager, database associate, communications associate, and development associate while providing support and guidance to enable the team to achieve fundraising goals; builds and uses data to assess program performance and to support staff in achieving their goals; manages office systems and the department calendar and sets the agenda for weekly department meetings
- Development Operations
Ensures the accuracy and timeliness of all the database coordinator’s gift entry, acknowledgment, and reporting processes using Raiser’s Edge database; oversees the annual appeal and planned giving processes; reviews a selection of grant applications; cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of major donors; supports effective communication and collaboration between the development department and LEAP’s programming and finance departments
Manages the planning and execution of one large fundraising event and two to three smaller events, coordinating the work of staff and volunteer committee to ensure successful events
Oversees communications including donor emails, newsletters, annual reports, website, social media, and press, ensuring that materials are accurate and align with and enhance LEAP’s brand and overarching development strategies
Job-related knowledge and abilities:
- Ability to interact in appropriate and sophisticated ways with diverse constituencies, including donors, local community members, and people at all levels of the organization
- Ability (or interest in learning) to access the full range of the Raiser’s Edge database’s capacity, including but not limited to building reports and queries, analyzing donor activity, and predictive modeling
- Ability to produce highly detailed work to ensure superior quality events and communications
- Ability to make strategic, creative, data-informed decisions
- Ability to write clearly and effectively
- Ability to use computer software applications such as Excel and Word at high levels of competency and experience using Raiser’s Edge or other databases
- Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously and consistently meet deadlines
- Ability to use multiple communication media to maintain and increase institutional visibility
- Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative environment
- Ability to manage time effectively and independently
- Strong human relations and management skills
- Tact and discretion in handling sensitive information
- Ability to prioritize work yet remain flexible
- Ability to respond efficiently and with poise to a range of demands and projects
Education and training:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.
Salary commensurate to experience and other qualifications.
If you are interested in this position please send a letter of interest, your resume, and a writing sample to email@example.com. If you have questions, you may email your questions to the same email address.
Additional information about the organization is available via www.leapforkids.org.
~LEAP is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.~