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Development Coordinator, Sister Yvonne Gellise Fund for Permanent Supportive Housing Services

Company: Washtenaw Housing Alliance
Date Posted: April 3, 2018


Established in 2011, the Sister Yvonne Gellise Fund for Permanent Supportive Housing Services (the Fund) will provide a permanent revenue stream for local supportive housing services to help prevent and end homelessness in Washtenaw County.

The Fund was established as a permanent endowment, in accord with a Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Task Force recommendation.  The objective is to create lasting, systematic solutions to homelessness in Washtenaw County and the Fund focuses on developing an infrastructure of permanent supportive housing services to help the most needy members of our community obtain and sustain housing, in partnership with federal, county and community efforts. 

The Position

The Development Coordinator position is an independent contractor position that is supported with funding from the Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA) and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS). The Development Coordinator is a part-time position that reports to the Fund’s Development Cabinet and to the Executive Director of WHA. (The Cabinet is made up of community volunteers with development experience, knowledge and understanding of the issues concerning homelessness.)

Major Duties

Researching opportunities to initiate discussions with foundations, corporations and individuals as prospective donors.

  • In consultation with members of the Fund’s Development Cabinet, create a development plan for building the endowment.
  • Forge strong relationships with the individual members of the Fund’s Development Cabinet and manage the collective group.
  • Development activities should occur on a regular basis (reports and tasks on a monthly basis; 3 objective-driven visits a week after 90 days; monthly committee meetings). It is anticipated that solicitation for the Fund support will involve both current and planned gifts.
  • Coordinate and, as appropriate, take the lead on solicitation visits. Provide all support materials and preparation necessary for Fund’s Development Cabinet members to set up and complete introductory, cultivation, and solicitation visits.
  • Forge good working relationships with organizations and individuals involved with the Fund, including the organizations that provide permanent supportive housing services in Washtenaw County.
  • Develop a solid understanding of issues related to supportive services and the history and goals of the Fund.
  • Regularly update a prospect list for the Fund in coordination with the development activities of SJMHS and WHA.
  • Coordinate with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the fiduciary for the Fund, to ensure all development activities are recorded in the AAACF donor database and that necessary written and electronic files and records are established.
  • Steward interested parties in the progression of the Fund endowment building actions and activities, including regular reports to WHA.

Qualification and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fundraising experience, including working knowledge of planned giving, minimum of 4 years
  • Foundation relationship and grant writing experience
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with Washtenaw County issues, nonprofits, donors, and communities is preferred; knowledge of issues related to homelessness is a plus.

To Apply for This Position

Please email a cover letter and resume to Amanda Carlisle, Executive Director, Washtenaw Housing Alliance at