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Development Director

Company: Playworks
Date Posted: May 8, 2018

Organization Overview:

At Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. We are changing school climate by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. We partner with schools, districts, and after-school programs to provide a service or mix of services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships.

Playworks’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.​ Today, Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1,200 schools across the United States and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services.

Organization Address:

2990 W Grand Blvd Suite 231,Detroit,Michigan,48202,United States

Position Description:

In the role of Development Director, you will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, primarily focused on the design and execution of a comprehensive development strategy. You will be focused on new business development (individual giving/major donors and corporate), as well as foundation relations. Also, you will supervise any development team members, supporting each individual’s professional development and team growth.

Position Responsibilities:

Business Development & Sustainability

-Work closely with the Executive Director (ED) and Development team members to chart Playworks Michigan’s ’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s programs and services.
-Together with the ED and regional development team, design and execute an annual development strategy to ensure over  $725,000 in operating support is generated annually.
-Identify, cultivate, and deliver significant gifts from a diverse base of supporters (corporations, foundations, individuals) working in collaboration with the ED and Board.
-Deliver significant gifts (five figure) particularly from individual and corporate donors.
-Develop, manage and provide oversight of an innovative corporate sponsorship strategy.
-Manage relationships with a major donor portfolio.\Attend, assist and represent Playworks at various key fundraising events/functions, speaking engagements, tours, and other programs.\Host program visits and seek new relationships in the philanthropic community.
-Prepare regular reports on development progress against targets and work with ED and Regional Development Team to ensure revenue and fundraising targets are met.

Board Partnership & Development

-Collaborate with the Board of Directors and ED to create a fund development plan that increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization.
-Manage development committee and support board with individual fundraising plans.

Organizational Leadership & Staff Management

-Serve as strategic thinking partner to executive director, partnerships director and program director.
-Directly supervise development team and support development team functions.
-Provide coaching, strategic guidance and critical feedback to staff, with a practice of mentorship, respecting the skills, strengths, contributions and challenges of individual team members.
-Collaborate with ED, development team, training team, program team and program coordinators to cultivate, develop and mobilize the Playworks network – stakeholders, volunteers, donors, Fellows, etc.

Planning, Strategy & External Relations

-Cultivate and steward the local Playworks brand, ensuring consistent communications across the organization.
-Manage development and communications calendar and lead quarterly and annual planning processes.
-Work with staff to integrate assessment and evaluation into all organizational programs and initiatives.

Administration & Operations

-Manage the development, communications and events budget and work with a regional executive director to develop monthly reports.
-Oversee local Salesforce implementation and database troubleshooting with staff.
-Work closely with Development Associates and Program/Development Associate to ensure that all operational functions run smoothly.

Basic Qualifications:

Experience with direct solicitation required.
Experience leading and managing staff in an innovative, entrepreneurial culture.
5-10 years of fundraising and development experience.
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build trust within a team, as well as lead group presentations.
Strong knowledge of effective fundraising strategies including grant seeking, individual donor cultivation, corporate employee volunteer programs and event production.
Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills and the ability to multi-task and meet aggressive deadlines.
Proven track record of success in fundraising.
Tech savvy and familiarity with donor management/engagement systems and online social networks.
Flexibility to work nights and weekends as needed.
Bachelor's degree required and Master’s degree in Public Relations, Business, Non-Profit Management, Marketing or related field preferred.
This position will require travel to various regional locations.
Requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

How to Apply:

Apply via the link provided

Application Website:

https://grnh.se/vuwoxfqp1