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Monday, January 19, 2015

Development Manager, Green Doors, Austin, TX

Development Manager

Posted on: January 13, 2015
Posted by: Green Doors

Founded in 1990 by a formerly homeless young woman, Green Doors' mission is to transform lives and communities in Central Texas. Green Doors accomplishes this by: creating affordable, safe, quality housing; providing residents with access to supportive services; and educating about, and advocating for, individuals and families struggling with homelessness and at-risk for homelessness.
Green Doors' programmatic activity is broken out into 3 areas: 1) Housing; 2) Homeless Prevention Services; and 3) Education/Advocacy. Green Doors' Housing Program is focused on creating different types of housing tailored to the needs of residents. Throughout Austin, the organization owns and manages 28 properties, serving approximately 400 residents annually, and manages housing rental assistance vouchers for low income households. Through these opportunities, Green Doors is able to serve a variety of people struggling with poverty and homelessness, including veterans, persons with disabilities, and single parent families.
Primary responsibilities include: leading development efforts - specifically foundation, government and individual campaigns; grant writing and donor cultivation; data management and reporting; committee leadership and event support; and communication and public relations efforts.
Development Leadership:
  • Help design, implement, and manage a comprehensive proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing relationships and increasing philanthropic support.
  • Advance Green Doors' interests by researching and identifying new sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on funder guidelines and interests, and building strong communication ties.
  • Serve as staff lead for the Board Development Committee - creating a culture of possibility to reach fundraising goals. Ability to encourage and maintain direction towards fundraising goals, without getting sidetracked by other ideas, will be imperative.
  • Serve as lead for constituent database conversion and reimplementation (moving from Exceed (historical) to eTapestry within the first six months of position).
Grant Writing and Proposal Development:
  • Serve as the lead on preparing grants for government and civic support.
  • Develop highly competitive proposals and leverage diverse corporate and foundation goals and preferences in conjunction with organization's goals.
  • Monitor proposal deadlines, prepare and edit proposals, and manage proposal submissions – always insuring a high quality product.
  • Role often requires the candidate to work independently on grants (vs. team writing).
Donor Identification and Cultivation:
  • Help identify individual, corporate, and foundation prospects; track research/contacts in a manner that multiple people may be successfully involved.
  • Maintain a high quality stewardship process for active corporate and foundation prospects and donors. Ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships, and maintain detailed records of solicitation activities.
  • Help implement an individual donor strategy which will include cultivation, solicitation and recognition components. Steward existing individual donors and obtain support from new individual donors.
Data Management and Reporting:
  • Serve as the lead for constituent database utilization related to fundraising, volunteers, and communication efforts.
  • Effectively enter/track/maintain data and proactively tailor data collection to organizational needs.
  • Ensure all donor acknowledgements, reports, updates, and other requirements are fulfilled in a high-quality, timely manner.
  • Regularly prepare development reports and assist with queries related to the development plan and associated goals.
  • Maintain all work product on shared drive (server), ensuring compliance with existing organizational structure.
Development Committee and Event Support:
  • Host meetings, maintain scorecards, and facilitate communication with the Development Committee to achieve objectives.
  • Serve as the staff lead/collaborator on Committee hosted "Friendraisers."
  • Assist in the leading of special events (both internal and third-party): create all communication pieces for events, steward relationships with third-party hosts, publish information about the event on Green Doors' website and other internet-based avenues, etc.
Communication and Public Relations:
  • Promote the services of the organization and its programs: create and update program and agency communication pieces (with team input), solicit and schedule speaking engagements for staff, create campaign communication tools, represent Green Doors at tabling and speaking events, etc.
  • Create/Edit Green Doors' email newsletter: obtain newsletter stories from staff members, edit stories for content and grammar, design layout, and arrange for printing and mailing of newsletters.
  • Collaborate on Facebook efforts, ensuring the lead staff receives appropriate updates to share.
  • Serve as a liaison between Green Doors' Executive Director and the local media: obtain quotes and information from Executive and Deputy Directors to prepare press releases, create and distribute press releases to local media, pitch story ideas to local reporters, and schedule radio and television appearances, as needed.
  • Maintain the Green Doors website: regularly update donor lists, program statistics, and create web pages (with contractor), as necessary.
  • Help develop and execute Strategic Communication plan for Green Doors (this is a secondary task, development efforts will be the first priority during the initial six months of the position).
And perform other tasks as assigned/needed.
  • Bachelor's degree required (related field preferred).
  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience in a non-profit development position required; development leadership experience strongly preferred. CFRE preferred.
  • Highly motivated self-starter, entrepreneurial team player who has a commitment to and passion for Green Doors' mission.
  • Strategic vision and impeccable attention to organizational detail
  • Ability to work independently, but also possess a collaborative style and flexibility - seasoned with a sense of humor and perspective
  • Superb communication skills (both written and oral) – must be a strong writer
  • Experience using a constituent database for fundraising (eTapestry or Raiser's Edge experience preferred). Candidates with previous database administration or leadership experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong candidates would be able to demonstrate previous success in: reaching fundraising goals, leading board efforts to increase organizational support, and have a history of high quality grants being written and awarded.
  • Ability to present professionally to a diverse group of constituents; strong public speaking experience is preferred.
  • Must have sensitivity to issues of lower-income people and marginalized communities. Ability to tell Green Doors' story, without compromising the integrity of our mission or the people the organization serves, is imperative.
  • General computer literacy required (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Internet, etc.). Web publishing or design software experience preferred.
Employee must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, driving history check, and have a valid Texas Driver's License to be eligible for employment. Position requires reliable transportation. Evening and weekend hours will be required.
Salary: Commensurate with Experience (includes competitive benefits package)
Please email a cover letter and resume, including the position title in the subject line, to the attention of Christa Noland (Executive Director) at Visit our website at for more information on the organization. And please do not contact by phone. EOE.

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