Summary of Position: The Individual Giving + Communications Manager position is a fundraiser who is responsible for building and communicating with the agency’s base of philanthropic supporters. Serving on a team of six, the manager will build the individual donor base by way of creating a strong annual fund program and generating and managing the agency’s communications.
Annual Fund Management
Create and execute a plan to grow the agency’s annual fund by cultivating and soliciting support from individual donors of less than $1,000.
Develop and execute calendar of solicitation via direct mail and online campaigns.
Analyze and report on performance of direct mail and online campaigns, then use analytics to refine and improve future campaigns.
Segment donor database and guide the agency’s stewardship processes to build stronger relationships with supporters
Implement and evaluate agency’s communication plan, by creating and placing content across multiple channels that strengthens relationship with supporters.
Lead the generation of and be the steward of the agency’s voice through all collateral including PowerPoint presentations, website, newsletters, donor communications and social media profiles.
Update and maintain agency’s website and social media profiles, including generation of content ideas and collaboration with graphic designers and videographers to implement.
Write press releases and support the development and maintenance of media relationships with agency to drive awareness in the community.
Build and manage a portfolio of mid-level donors ($1,000-$5,000) including face to face solicitations, and customized stewardship plans.
Support the strategy development for donors of $5000+ and staff the director of development and the executive director as needed.
General Development Responsibilities
Support the overall development and implementation of the annual development plan including supporting volunteer program, special events and community relation efforts.
Adhere to the Code of Conduct and Core Values of Connections for the Homeless.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Reports to: Director of Development
Only applicants who submit a cover letter and resume will be considered.
The following qualifications are highly desirable:
3-7+ years working in either development or communications at a non-profit.
Bachelor’s degree and or previous work experience in non-profit management, fundraising, communications, or marketing.
Exceptional communication skills, including strong writing and copy editing.
Proficient in using digital/social media and monitoring and management tools.
Excellent computer skills, including MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and Adobe Creative Suite.
Experience with website content management software and Google analytics.
Valid Illinois Driver’s License
Flexible schedule – may be required to attend after hours’ meetings, community events, and/or volunteer activities
Able to work independently and with diverse populations
Excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills
Must be able to pass a criminal background check and submit to or provide evidence of a recent test for tuberculosis
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary and benefits plan, including Paid Time Off (PTO), paid holidays, health, dental and life insurance options, short- and long-term disability coverage, as well as a 403(b) option.
About Connections for the Homeless
Connections serves and catalyzes our community to end homelessness, one person at a time. We do this through homelessness prevention, shelter, and housing programs. In 2018, Connections has served over 1,000 individuals through our services. Based in Evanston, Connections serves communities throughout north suburban Cook County. To learn more about our programs, please visit our website at www.connect2home.org.