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Development Manager for Supporter Engagement, The New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground

Date Posted: 11/16/2019

The New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground
Development Manager for Supporter Engagement – full time position
Target Start Date: January, 2020

Organization Overview
Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, its mission is inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build community, grow into their full potential, and contribute to a just and sustainable world. We work toward this mission through active, authentic learning rooted in justice and our environment: a farm, in a forest, in a city. Three connected efforts are at the core of Common Ground’s work:
An environmental education center, offering programs that connect people of all ages with the natural world while helping them develop habits of sustainable living.

Connecticut’s only charter high school focused on the environment, preparing students for success in college and in environmental leadership.
An urban farm that practices sustainable agriculture while contributing to a healthy food system for New Haven area residents. Common Ground follows organic growing practices, avoiding the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers on site.
Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can position people to lead the change towards a more equitable and sustainable society. For more information on Common Ground, see

Job Description
The Development Manager is an integral part of a small team that raised $1.5 million last year for a growing and evolving complex organization. Common Ground seeks an organized, computer savvy, detail oriented person to join the team with a focus on direct response, events and communications. The right candidate will have a passion for connecting people to the organization. Reporting directly to the Director of Development, the Development Manager’s work will include responsibility for:

  • Supporter engagement (involving, asking, thanking)
          - Crafting a year long cultivation and stewardship strategy for our supporters, and implementing that strategy.
          - Thoughtfully and personally letting supporters know in writing how their support is changing lives at Common Ground; including at least two print                             items – an October donor newsletter and annual Gratitude Report (March), and connecting throughout the year with donors who make recurring                                 monthly gifts.
          - Responsible for developing and execution of direct-response ask strategies, including direct mail, email, and peer to peer fundraising.

  • Events strategy and management
          - Leadership of Common Ground’s signature fundraising event, Feast from the Fields; to include development and stewardship of a group of event                               volunteers.
          - Leadership of Common Sense, Common Ground’s signature thank-you event, designed to showcase in late May/early June all the many ways                                     supporters have made a difference in people’s lives.
          - Rock to Rock – Responsible for organizing Common Ground’s peer to peer fundraising team and helping team-members reach fundraising goals.                                 Assisting overall with Rock to Rock organizers, and/or other joint fundraising events with other area nonprofit organizations.
          - Securing corporate, foundation, and individual sponsorships for all events.
            Design of smaller events designed to connect our supporters with what they have made possible; and, to attract new supporters to Common                                     Ground.
          - Adult and student volunteer management.

  • Donor communications and data management
          - Produce Common Ground’s monthly email newsletter, via Constant Contact.
          - Manage the Constant Contact database.
          - Craft strategy for and coordinate Common Ground’s presence on social media.
          - Responsible for current and prospective donor research, including information on assets and income; as well as information on interests and personal                         connections.
          - Responsible for ensuring CRM database (currently GiftWorks) reflects development activity such as mailings; and, ensuring its interface with Constant                         Contact.
          - Other development and administrative related duties as assigned by the Director of Development.

  • Qualifications
          - Passion for Common Ground’s mission – at the intersection of social and environmental justice with an educational focus; and, a desire to work with a diverse             community of youth and adults.
          - Experience with social justice work, in New Haven or in another community.
          - Enthusiasm for and commitment to the New Haven area.
          - 2-3 years experience in nonprofit development or event planning preferred; alternately, equivalent length of experience in sales or marketing experience in                 the for-profit sector.
          - Experience with project/program development, from design and organization, to management and execution.
          - Understanding of how to create and manage to a budget using spreadsheets.
          - Meticulous attention to detail when it comes to customer service.
          - Skilled volunteer recruiter, motivator and manager.
          - Strong and experienced writer, and has experience managing the pressure of writing under deadlines, including media writing and editing.
          - Computer and internet proficient, experience with spreadsheets, customer relationship management databases (Common Ground uses GiftWorks),                           - Constant Contact, and social media outlets. Common Ground uses the Google suite of products and the Microsoft Office suite of products. Experience with                   video a plus.
          - Work Schedule and Compensation
          - Common Ground’s work hours typically run Monday through Friday. Some nights and weekends are required of this position, especially to ensure the                         smooth functioning of events and volunteer committees. Work hours will be scheduled in agreement with the Development Director. Common                                     Ground offers many benefits, including health and dental benefits, and financial compensation is commensurate with the level of responsibility.
          - Competitive salary and benefits package including vacation, sick, and holiday time, medical, dental, and life insurance, and retirement plan.                                        Homemade lunch from the farm is provided free to all employees!

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Kimball Cartwright at Cover letters and resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. In your cover letter, please describe why Common Ground’s mission resonates for you personally and how your qualifications and experience fit with the goals and responsibilities of this position.

Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Development Associate, Riverfront Recapture

Date Posted: 11/6/2019

Riverfront Recapture, a private non-profit organization located in Hartford, Connecticut is seeking applicants for two Development Associates to join the fundraising team. Riverfront is leading the effort to reconnect the Hartford region with the Connecticut River and provide community access to the waterfront through our four beautiful parks in Hartford and East Hartford. Our ever-improving network of parks and public recreational facilities, that serve as the venue for community programs and events, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the waterfront annually.

These are full-time positions with benefits and report to the Director of Development. Applicants should possess relational database, strong English and communication skills. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are required. Expertise in Excel and Word merges is expected. A college degree and
3+ years prior fundraising experience is required for these full-time positions. Some evening and weekend hours are expected.

Grants – Major responsibilities:
Support and manage corporate and foundation fundraising activities, including research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Daily components of this position include gathering information, tracking, preparing, and submitting grant proposals and reports; managing funder stewardship and fulfillment
opportunities; researching new grant opportunities; and supporting major fundraising and institutional events. The position also provides overall assistance to the Director of Development and the Department.

Individuals – Major responsibilities:
Supports annual fund and other fundraising activities. Daily components of this position include gift entry and acknowledgment; donor stewardship; list and report preparation; development and implementation of solicitation strategies; crafting written materials including newsletters and letters; and supporting major fundraising and institutional events. The position also provides overall assistance to the Director of Development and the Department.

To apply, submit cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and references by December 6 to: For more information on Riverfront Recapture or this position, visit or January 2020 start date anticipated. 
Riverfront Recapture is an equal opportunity employer.


Date Posted: 10/29/2019

Position title: Vice President of Development, L+M Hospital and Westerly Hospital
Description: Please see below
Salary: Competitive
Deadlines: Open until filled
Instructions for applying/ contact: To be considered, candidates should submit a resume and cover letter including a statement of interest to


The Vice President of Development will first and foremost be a development executive of exceptional skill, impeccable ethics, extraordinary experience and will be responsible for the development and fundraising activities of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Westerly Hospital Foundation. Reporting to the President and CEO of L+M Healthcare, the Vice President will oversee direct response fundraising, corporate and foundation giving, government grants, special events, major and planned giving, and donor relations. Leadership and management are important components of the position, as is the ability to be an active community member who will personally cultivate and solicit a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects.

Capitalizing the vision of Patrick Green, President and CEO of L+M Healthcare and Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System, and with the benefit of a recent assessment that lays out a new and collaborative approach, the incumbent will assume leadership and management of both development teams as well as responsibility for collaboration with YNHHS development leadership across YNHHS to leverage the resources currently available.

As a member of the senior management team, the Vice President will be called upon to think broadly about the entire enterprise. An interest in, and aptitude for, thinking about issues beyond development and external relations, and the ability to bring the external perspective to those discussions is required.


The Vice President of Development will provide strategic direction, leadership, and daily management to the staff of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Development Office and Westerly Hospital Foundation. Specifically, she/he will:

1. Consult regularly with the President and CEO of L+M Healthcare, senior leadership, and boards at L+M Hospital and Westerly Hospital to develop fundraising goals,     priorities, and short and long-term strategic plans.
2. Design and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include individual, corporate, and foundation giving. Drive forward a best practice, metrics-driven     and donor-centered moves management program.
3. Maintain a personal portfolio of 50-75 major and principal prospects and advance strategies to move each from cultivation to solicitation and ultimately, gift closure     and stewardship.
4. Manage a HIPAA compliant grateful patient program.
5. Manage the development and execution of all major proposals.
6. Develop and build strong relationships with trustees and other volunteers, including the L+M Healthcare Board of Trustees, Westerly Hospital Foundation Board of       Directors, and Lawrence +Memorial Hospital Development Committee.
7. Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with prospects and donors—especially new wealth who have moved into the               Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly Hospital’s primary and secondary service areas and who may have little knowledge and/or a dated perspective of the quality of     care delivered.
8. Ensure best practice database management and the ongoing use of a prospect management system.
9. Collaborate with leadership to develop and implement a budget for development operations.
10. Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program.
11. Maintain awareness of changing trends in philanthropy, healthcare, tax and estate planning regulations, and HIPAA regulations.


• Ten or more years of development experience in increasingly responsible roles, including capital campaign or major gift initiative experience.
• Proven track of personal success in securing six-figure gifts.
• A track record as a successful leader and manager of people and systems with an empowering leadership style that optimizes the contributions of everyone around      him or her.
• Expertise across all aspects of fundraising, including direct response, special events, major and planned giving, donor relations and stewardship.
• Experience with physician engagement and grateful patient programs.
• An understanding of, and commitment to, working across organizational lines with a collaborative, inclusive, and team-driven approach.
• Success in recruiting, motivating, and managing volunteers at the highest level.
• Creative, innovative, and able to devise new approaches to philanthropy.
• Superior strategic skills at the prospect, departmental, and organizational levels.
• Ability to take initiative in organizing and planning activities, delegating responsibilities, systematizing processes and promoting a team approach.
• Competent in utilizing and communicating performance metrics and the use of information technology fund-raising systems (e.g. Raiser’s Edge).
• Superior written and verbal communication skills and high emotional intelligence.
• Skilled manager, mentor, and team builder.
• Current knowledge of best practices in development generally and in healthcare philanthropy specifically.
• Bachelor’s degree required, with an advanced degree or CFRE preferred.


Applications will be accepted until position is filled. To be considered, candidates should submit a resume and cover letter including a statement of interest to

Nominations and confidential inquiries made to:
The Angeletti Group
Harrison House
17 Village Road - PO Box 188
New Vernon, NJ 07976
(973) 540-1400

Part-time Major Gifts Officer, The Legacy Theatre

Date Posted: 10/28/2019

Part-time Major Gifts Officer

The Position: The Legacy Theatre is seeking to hire a part-time (up to 10 hours per week; full-time potential in future) Major Gifts Officer (MGO) who will play a key role in developing and managing a portfolio of donors/prospects, each with an estimated capacity to give $5,000 or more. The MGO is responsible for qualifying new prospects and building relationships, and will participate in soliciting annual, campaign, and planned gifts from donors/prospects in the
portfolio. The MGO will spend a significant amount of time directly interacting with donors; helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to the organization.

  •  Create individual goals for each person in the portfolio based on the donor's history of giving and the organization's knowledge of their potential.
  •  Design and execute comprehensive plans for each donor/prospect in the portfolio.
  •  Secure visits and directly solicit major annual and campaign gifts from donors/prospects in the portfolio, as well as planned gifts.
  •  Partner with senior staff and/or volunteers on donor engagement opportunities.
  •  Develop and execute plans for assigning new prospects to the major gifts portfolio, based on both capacity and interest.
  •  Work with the appropriate staff to secure project information and use this information to develop materials directed at individual donors/prospects, such as         highly personalized proposals that are in line with donor interests and programmatic priorities, stewardship reports that detail progress made as a result of a       particular gift, etc.
  •  Develop special cultivation and stewardship opportunities, such as small events for select donors/prospects in the portfolio, and participate in larger donor           cultivation events.
  •  Assist in the identification of potential leadership volunteers and other partners to engage in major gifts outreach.
  •  Track portfolio activity and progress. Create reports as required by management that accurately reflect portfolio activity and performance.
  •  Make thank-you calls when assigned to acknowledge donor gifts.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Requirements:2-3+ years of Major Gifts Officer experience, or another highly similar role.
Bachelor’s degree is desired; Master’s degree is preferred but not required.
Expertise in the nonprofit arts arena is a plus!
Familiarity setting and hitting gift goals.
Computer skills
Available for some weekend and evening responsibilities as needed for events, etc

Send resume to: Cheryl Comai,

Organizational Overview: The Legacy Theatre in Branford, CT is a professional theatre company that enhances the Connecticut Shoreline's economy, educational opportunities and quality of life through live theatre and related programs. In 2013, the Legacy purchased the Stony Creek Puppet House and is in a $4.2 million campaign to restore the Puppet House to a state-of-the-art neighborhood theater. Since 2011, the Legacy Theatre has provided more than
7,000 individuals with 60+ theatrical productions, numerous classes, workshops, in-school programs, and summer acting camps. Our reach has extended beyond the immediate village of Stony Creek, through all of Branford, Guilford, Madison, and beyond. Legacy has had to rely on other locations for all of its programs and performances but looks forward to the re-opening of the theater in late 2020. In the meantime, we will continue to provide the community with
outstanding theatrical productions and educational opportunities. To date, more than $1.85 million has been raised towards the campaign goal. We have been approved for State historic tax credits which will reimburse the theatre for 25% of construction costs.

Director of Philanthropy, The Trust for Public Land

Date Posted : 10/16/2019

The Trust for Public Land
Director of Philanthropy – Connecticut

Position Summary:

The Trust for Public Land seeks a successful, driven fundraiser to lead all philanthropy activities for the organization’s Connecticut program. The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. In Connecticut, the “land for people” mission is improving community wellbeing through parks and open space and connecting people to the outdoors statewide. The Director of Philanthropy for Connecticut (DOP CT) raises 1 million + annually in private funds to support the Connecticut program’s operating and programmatic needs. The DOP CT works closely with Connecticut State Director to shape the philanthropy program, including developing and implementing a robust five‐ year fundraising plan that demonstrates incremental growth and can support mission delivery statewide. The position’s portfolio has a strong emphasis on individual major gift prospects and donors. In addition, the Director of Philanthropy helps recruit and manage the Connecticut Advisory Board and directs their fundraising efforts. This is an ideal opportunity for a high‐ performing, motivated philanthropy professional with a love of the outdoors and a penchant for building relationships with people who wish to make positive change in the world.


  •  In cooperation with the State Director and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff,oversees all fundraising activities in the state, with a                 special emphasis on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management of individual donors and foundations with a giving capacity                                     $25,000+ annually.
  •  Works with State Director and Advisory Board Chair to sustain existing Advisory Board members, including acting as a liaison with the Board on                         philanthropy‐related activities, and to identify and cultivate new Advisory Board members.
  •  Reports to Senior Director of Philanthropy in New York and partners with New York philanthropy team on philanthropy strategies.
  •  Supervises two direct reports: a Senior Philanthropy Associate and an Institutional Giving Manager.
  •  Works with the Connecticut team to identify and meet program and project operating and capital needs including creating, packaging, and marketing                 The Trust for Public Land’s programs and projects to individual and institutional prospects, and developing fundraising materials as needed.                               Develops annual philanthropy action plans, and long‐range (3‐5 years) fundraising goals.
  •  Manages all donor recognition and donor communications for the State Office, coordinating closely with divisional and national Marketing departments.
  •  Updates and maintains donor tracking records in donor database and generates donor‐tracking reports for both individual and institutional donors.
  •  In coordination with National Philanthropy teams, plans and produces donor‐oriented special events.
  •  Maintains a portfolio of approximately 80 donors and prospects, and makes at least 100‐120 visits to prospects annually.
  •  In partnership with the State Director, develops revenue and expense budgets and shares responsibility for meeting or exceeding the annual state                     philanthropy budget.

Experience, Education and Skills Required:

  •  Interest in and commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission.
  •  Minimum six years of fundraising experience, including making major gift solicitations.
  •  Knowledge of and experience with Connecticut philanthropic communities.
  •  Experience recruiting and managing volunteer boards, as well as successfully working with volunteers to fundraise.
  •  Management experience required and demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration                 with other staff members.
  •  Self‐motivated; able to multi‐task with excellent attention to detail and deadlines; and can perform successfully without regular supervision.
  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills.
  •  Computer proficiency with various Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  •  Proficiency with complex databases or donor management software a plus.
  •  Entrepreneurial spirit and able to thrive in a small, dynamic, busy office.
  •  Ensure ethical compliance with fundraising best practices, as defined by the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
  •  Bachelor’s degree required.
  •  Willingness to work flexible hours.
  •  Willingness to travel occasionally.
  •  Willingness to spend time outdoors during donor cultivation efforts and work events.
  •  Valid Driver’s license required.

Please apply online at
We are actively recruiting a diverse work force

Prospect Research Analyst, Nuvance Health

Date Posted: 10/09/2019

Nuvance Health is seeking a Prospect Research Analyst for its Foundation Department. The Prospect Research Analyst work collaboratively as a member of the Foundation team to find proactive prospect identification leads generated through research tools and data segmentation to grow the organization's prospect pool. Prepare in-depth research to assist in the development of prospect strategies and maintain this data in an efficient and timely matter.
Work for Us

Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care. Our Network offers many opportunities to grow your own skills and expertise – we offer competitive pay and a great working environment.

Job Summary:
• Collects in-depth research and analysis of prospective and existing donors to successfully articulate biographical, financial, philanthropic and other relevant     information within comprehensive research profiles. 35%
• Devises strategies for obtaining new prospects to ensure the ongoing development, expansion, and renewal of the prospect base, to which the Foundation will turn for current and future support. 25%
• Assists in maintaining, updating and improving the Foundation’s database records, ensuring accurate and timely data processing. 10%
• Coordinates and maintain a structured prospect management system that effectively tracks and monitors potential donors, identified through the research process, as they progress through the fundraising cycle. 10%
• Conducts prospect review meetings and solicitor portfolio reviews. 10%
• Monitors news and other public information channels related to existing prospects, Nuvance board members and volunteers, and non-profit sector peers. 10%
• Fulfills all compliance related items for the position.
• Performs other duties as required or requested.

Job Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree required. Knowledge of Blackbaud/Raiser's Edge and prospect management is highly preferred.
• Availability to work in various locations. Danbury Hospital / Norwalk Hospital / New Milford Hospital / Vassar Brothers Medical Center/ Northern Dutchess Hospital/ Putnam Hospital Center/ Sharon Hospital.

To apply to this job # 1330 or contact Jessica Tolla, Human Resources Recruiter Western CT Health Network at

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Western Connecticut Health Network and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers. This philosophy calls for equal opportunities for employment, training, and advancement regardless of sex, race, creed, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law.

Chief Development Officer, YMCA of Greater Hartford

Date Posted:09/24/2019

Chief Development Officer

The YMCA of Greater Hartford is seeking a dynamic and inspiring leader to join our Development team. Our $30M Association consists of twelve locations across Central/Northern Connecticut providing community based programs that support youth development and healthy living. We are seeking someone with an outstanding track record of fundraising success, increasing donor support and providing overall supervision to a team of Development staff. Our ideal candidate has experience creating and implementing comprehensive development plans, identifying and cultivating both corporate and individual donors, managing grants and contracts, leading capital campaigns and special events. Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefit package. To apply for this position, please visit AA/EOE/M/F/D/V

Director of Major Gifts, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center

Date Posted: 09/20/2019

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford, CT, is seeking an experienced and well-rounded development officer to fill the position of Director of Major Gifts. Working closely with leadership and board members, the Director of Major Gifts is primarily responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects to support annual programs and special projects.

• Research, identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift and planned giving prospects
• Manage a portfolio of 100-150 major gift prospects and move those prospects along with timely cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship contacts
• Work closely with the Development Committee in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects
• Develop a robust planned giving program
• Coordinate major gift activity with annual fundraising appeals
• Ensure that all major and planned giving donors receive appropriate, consistent recognition and an accounting of the impact that their gift has on community             needs annually
• Develop strategies and materials to promote major and planned gifts
• Ensure accurate gift entry and timely acknowledgement for major gifts donations
• Develop strategies to generate higher levels of giving

• Bachelor's degree required
• Demonstrated success in soliciting major and planned gifts
• Knowledge of planned giving strategies and vehicles
• Experience with capital campaign fundraising and solicitations
• Proven ability to network across diverse groups of constituents
• Expertise utilizing Raiser's Edge
• Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills
• Ability to organize, prioritize, and complete multiple projects simultaneously with close attention to detail and meet deadlines
• Ability to articulate the mission of Holy Family and the need for financial support
• Ability to maintain discretion and a high level of confidentiality when dealing with significant benefactors
• Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, fundraising volunteers, and other members of the Holy Family team

This position requires travel a minimum of 50% of the time. A driver's license is required.

The search for this position is being coordinated by Changing Our World, a philanthropic management and consultancy firm. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to and include "Director of Major Gifts" in the subject line.

No agencies or phone calls please.

It is our policy to provide equal opportunities for employment and advancement to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

About the Employer
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is a spiritual center in the Passionist tradition, open to all who seek to deepen their relationship with God and one another. Located in a setting of tranquility and peace, Holy Family encompasses 48 acres in West Hartford, Connecticut where, each year, more than 19,000 men, women and youth are welcomed to day, evening and weekend retreats, as well as programs that enable them to explore their relationship with God.

GRANT WRITER, University of Bridgeport

Date Posted : 09/17/2019
University of Bridgeport
126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Office of Advancement


Please email cover letter and resume to Brenda Pioli at Place “Grants Writer Position” in the subject line.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Director of Corporate, Foundation, Faculty & Institutional Grants, the Grant Writer supports grant-seeking efforts to support the University’s strategic priorities.

Primarily Responsibilities include:
• Develop and write proposals for foundation, corporate, state, and federal funding opportunities and competitions
• Provide insight during the grant writing process to ensure that all required content is clearly visible to grant reviewers
• Create proposal development plans in consultation with staff and faculty and clarify staff and faculty roles
• Ensure open communication in multidepartment efforts during the proposal writing stage
• Work effectively on applications that partner with other organizations
• Facilitate planning and linkages with existing funded projects
• Interpret grant proposal requirements/institutional and individual eligibility
• Create timelines for proposal development
• Maintain templates of standard institutional content for grants
• Keep abreast of funder priorities and initiatives
• Manage confidential information appropriately
• Such other responsivities as may be assigned by the VP for Advancement

• Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred
• Experience in an academic setting preferred
• Minimum of two years of demonstrated commensurate experience in grant writing or demonstrated competency in technical writing
• Some knowledge of Federal agency guidelines and the Uniform Guidance preferred
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Professional (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access)
• Possess strong writing, proofreading, copy-editing, research, communication, and organizational skills
• Possess excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills
• Strong collaborative orientation with excellent interpersonal and team skills
• Must be flexible with occasional extended workday
• Possess ability and willingness to learn new software
• Assume personal responsibility for all outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; and learns how to effectively use technology
• Maintain productivity and uses knowledge strategies to increase knowledge base
• Ability to work with diverse populations

Events Manager, Make A Wish, CT

Date Posted : 09/16/2019
                                                                                                          Events Manager

Job Summary

The Events Manager is responsible for leading and executing a comprehensive portfolio of priority fundraising events for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. H/she is an entrepreneurial self-directed team player committed to Make-A-Wish’s mission. The Events Manager supports all strategic, fundraising and administrative operations for priority chapter and third-party community events with a combined revenue goal of $1.7m.

The Successful Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a development professional with a strong knowledge of event management and databases. The person chosen will have the ability to maintain and manage an effective annual events portfolio while inspiring and inviting donor and volunteer support. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential. A strong work ethic combined with honesty and integrity is an absolute requirement as is a dedication to the mission of Make-A-Wish. A collaborative style will result in a strong departmental and Chapter structure, ensuring success for all. H/she will display a strong understanding of the urgency to build a culture of philanthropy and to enhance and improve the development systems and structures resulting in significant increases in our overall events program. The successful candidate will be somebody who enjoys a strong team environment.

Reporting Structure

As a member of the Development Team, the Events Manager will report to the Chief Development Officer.

About Us

Make-A-Wish Connecticut seeks funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the wishes granted to Connecticut children with critical illnesses. We receive no government funding. Philanthropic giving and cause-related marketing are the only sources of revenue for the Chapter. Success in fulfilling the mission and granting wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions is completely dependent on the effectiveness of the Chapter’s development team.

Fundraising activities at the chapter cover the spectrum from internal and external events, corporate and individual giving, cause-related marketing, and foundation grants. Initiatives from Make-A-Wish America assist in several of these strategies. The Development Department positions are:

• Chief Development Officer
• Director of Corporate and Community Giving
• Director of Major Gifts
• Development Operations Manager
  Events Manager Donor
  Experience Manager

Position Responsibilities

• Serving as the staff lead for four chapter-hosted fundraising events (Celebrating Wishes Ball on 11/2 at Greenwich Country Club, Evening of Wishes Gala on    4/25 at Mohegan Sun, Walk for Wishes in May in Trumbull, Trailblaze Challenge on 9/6-8 at Bear Mountain, NY) to include administrative tasks, budgeting, auction procurement and management, audience and program development, in-kind and cash solicitation, sponsor outreach and support, on-site management, logistics, committee development and support and staff coordination and collaboration
• Strategic oversight of third-party community events to include forecasting, recruitment, goal setting, marketing support and contracts
• Providing goal setting and direction for all chapter fundraising events

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

As with all members of Make-A-Wish Connecticut staff, the Events Manager must believe in the mission and vision of Make-A-Wish as well as the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards. H/she must model integrity, work to inspire colleagues and contacts and strive to build a solid base of loyal donors. In addition, the Events Manager should have:

• High level of comfort and expertise in building relationships with and managing a diverse group of individuals
• Prior success leading comprehensive fundraising event programs
• Experience in team-based, cross-functional work environments with effective and respectful communication as a top priority
• High levels of integrity, trustworthiness, flexibility, compassion, and humor necessary to address the practicalities of a growing nonprofit, along with the                      creativity and persistence required to elicit new thinking and change
• Ability to work with minimal supervision, to manage multiple priorities, and to work in a deadline driven environment
• Availability to work all four chapter events, priority community events and nights and weekends as needed
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Raiser’s Edge
• Prior experience using online event fundraising software

Qualified candidates should send resumes to No phone inquiries accepted.