4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. In the U.S., 4-H serves every county and parish through our network of 110 universities and more than 3000 local offices. 4-H garners support from a unique private-public partnership of universities, federal and local government agencies, foundations and professional associations. 4-H is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within the United States Department of Agriculture.
Development Portfolio Duties
- Secure and steward annual portfolio of $500K – $1M to achieve Council fundraising goals to support programmatic expansion and Council organizational needs.
- Drive new business development and pipeline growth through a variety of mechanisms including prospecting, cultivation at conferences and other events, and leveraging relationships of Trustees and members of senior leadership.
- Develop and maintain knowledge of corporate giving interests, staff and trends particularly in the cause marketing industry.
- Develop and facilitate relationships for donor cultivation, new development opportunities and reporting on successful completion of initiatives.
Cross-Organizational Collaboration Duties
- Stay informed about organizational needs and strategies
- Work with research and corporate writer for high quality prospecting and proposals development.
- Partner with program, marketing, digital, account management and finance teams to develop integrated 360-degree proposals that align with Council and donor initiatives.
Strategic Communication Duties
- Monitor activity via reports and frequent customer contact.
- Partner with Account Manager to develop and deliver formal performance reports to each assigned account at least once annually.
- Lead and supervise other projects as required by Vice President of Development.
- Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, public administration, business administration, sales management, or related discipline, or equivalent in work experience (master’s degree preferred.)
- Three+ years experience working with high-level donor representatives and volunteer Board members.
Five+ years experience in successful corporate or foundation fundraising.
- Five to seven years of relationship management experience, including creating and growing relations between private and non-profit sectors.
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills and ability to work across various technology platforms, including virtual and video conferencing, collaborative documents.
- Ability to lead and support a cross-funcational team, including strong project management and organizational skills.
- Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook).
- Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or equivalent fundraising/CRM software preferred
- Ability to perform in a team-oriented environment.
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize.
Travel Requirements: Travel may be necessary, up to 20% of the time (5 days/month; local, regional & national). Would require travel by air, car, rail.
Career Ladder: This position typically has the following career ladder:
- Development Director
- Senior Development Director
- Vice President of Development