Senior Regional Philanthropy Officer, Foundation Relations (Can be located anywhere in IL)

  • American Red Cross
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 07, 2021

Job Description

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Job Description:

Senior Regional Philanthropy Officer - Foundation Relations

Make your career count with an organization that has a strong mission! Join The American Red Cross, the world’s largest humanitarian network.  For over 100 years The American Red Cross has been a leader in the nonprofit world.  In order to support our many humanitarian efforts, our organization depends heavily on the support of our generous donor population.  We participate in many donor-focused fundraising activities including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and philanthropists, as well as corporate and foundation partners across the country. The funds we receive provide unrestricted support to our Chapters, helping us fulfill our mission to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies in our communities. As a result, we are always looking for proactive and mission-driven fundraisers with an established track record of increasing philanthropic support.

As an experienced professional, you will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective donors in expanding their financial support of the work of the American Red Cross. You will be responsible for meeting an annual revenue target ($1.6M) by working with an assigned portfolio of foundation donors and prospects to advance the mission of the organization and assist donors in creating meaning in their lives through giving to the American Red Cross. In conjunction with Chief Development Officer and Development Director, you may lead colleagues in planning and implementing fundraising strategies. As required, you may serve as operational resource to less experienced team members to ensure consistent and effective implementation of donor development plans.

If you have grant writing experience and have cultivated relationships for major foundation gifts, we want to talk with you! Apply today!

Responsibilities:

Strategy: Develops and executes ongoing strategy for qualifying foundations to ensure retention, growth of donor contributions as well as recapture from previous donors. Works collaboratively with other departments and partners with development staff at the National Office to create customized solicitation strategies matching the objectives of the organization and interests of the donor/prospect.


Fundraising Targets and Portfolio Management: Manages an assigned portfolio of foundation donors and prospects with intent to form deep relationships. Responsible for minimum annual fundraising goal tied to portfolio as specified in performance standards, including both renewable gifts and new incremental revenue. Develop donor management plans for entire portfolio resulting in strategic, knowledgeable and complex asks. Personally solicits assigned donor portfolio through face to face visits, including preparation of personalized materials. Revenue target may increase due to major domestic disasters. Serve as mentor/informal leader to less experienced team members and operational resource for Regional Philanthropy.


Prospect Development: Implements programs/activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors at the $2,500 level or higher, with an emphasis on maximizing revenue for the American Red Cross. Works with community Board members and other leadership volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward appropriate donors. Identifies potential planned giving prospects among assigned donors and partners with Region’s assigned Gift Planning Officer to solicit those prospects. Updates donor records in region and/or district database and Salesforce.com following donor contacts. May lead team(s) in planning and executing against prospecting development programs.


Relationship Development: Develops ongoing relationships with major donors for the benefits of the American Red Cross. Accountable for cultivating relationships with our foundation partners.

  • Foundations: Cultivates, solicits and stewards support from foundations and family foundations to meet annual fundraising goals within their Regions. This includes assisting foundations in achieving their goals in aligning mission and impact; preparing grant proposals, custom stewardship reports, and engaging foundation staff and foundation board members to cultivate and solicit support for the American Red Cross.

Other: Participates in disaster relief fundraising projects as appropriate.
 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

Qualifications
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Advanced degree highly desirable.
 

Experience: Minimum seven years sales and/or fundraising experience required. Proven experience in developing strategies for donor retention growth and recapture and proven success with complex requests is required.
 

Skills and Abilities: Ability to relate well and work effectively with multiple constituencies and audiences. Excellent verbal and written skills. Knowledge of office systems: MS-Office preferred and fundraising database systems (e.g., Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce.com). A team player committed to developing and working within a collaborative environment and to ensuring the highest customer service orientation.

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Travel: Requires frequent travel within the Region. The amount will vary depending upon size and geography of region. May include sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions. A current valid driver's license and good driving record is required.

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The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Life’s emergencies don’t stop, and neither do American Red Cross volunteers, who represent more than 90 percent of our workforce to help prevent and alleviate human suffering. You can make a difference by volunteering in a position that appeals to you and allows you to use your unique skills and talents. The Red Cross relies on generous volunteers who give their time and talent to help fulfill our lifesaving mission.

Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to learn more, including our most-needed volunteer positions.

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