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Advancement Director

Advancement Director

For over 25 years, the Children’s Advocacy Center has been the community expert in child sexual abuse prevention and intervention in Ottawa County. Our mission is to provide child centered prevention, advocacy, and team intervention in investigation, assessment, and treatment of child sexual abuse inclusive of all children and families. Our vision is a safe, inclusive community free of abuse. Our core values are compassion, collaboration, empathy, excellence, integrity, child centered, and inclusiveness.

Position Summary: We are recruiting a talented fundraising professional to lead the advancement efforts of our organization. We are seeking a team member whose organizational gifts will enable us to achieve results that affect lives for a lifetime. The ideal candidate would be aligned with our mission, vision, and values and enthusiastic about increasing our impact in the community. The Advancement Director is responsible for the cultivation and growth of all non-government revenue sources including corporate relations, grants, prospects, annual giving, third-party fundraisers, special campaigns, planned giving, events, communications, and strategic partnerships. This position will work in partnership with the Executive Director as it relates to relationships with major donors.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in a nonprofit fundraising role or sales
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and human relations skills including effective intercultural communication, and cultural humility
  • Computer literacy and working knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software
  • Passionate about the mission of the CAC and able to effectively promote the mission with supporters
  • Strong organization skills - ability to manage time effectively, prioritize tasks, set goals, and develop systems for achieving goals

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • Experience with creating and executing comprehensive communications and branding strategies to enhance the visibility of our organization
  • Ability to recognize and implement good design in regards to marketing and communication
  • Nonprofit storytelling knowledge and ability

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Development Activities

  • Develop an annual advancement plan with ambitious yet realistic key performance indicators in collaboration with the Executive Director and lead execution of the plan
  • Oversee management of all fundraising functions including planned giving, corporate partnerships, non-governmental grants, mail and on-line appeals and events. More specifically:
    • Manage relationships with existing donors to secure increasingly generous support
    • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director on major gifts
    • Lead event preparation including the identification of volunteer needs, securing of donations, identification of committee members, sponsors, attendees, etc.
    • Establish a plan for the cultivation of prospective donors into current donors
    • Solicit, thank, and inform donors in a timely and personal manner
  • Join the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) or another similar organization and participate for purpose of professional development
  • Over time lead the organization in the pursuit of new and diverse revenue streams
  • Overall responsibility for donor management system

Community Outreach Activities

  • Seek out new external partnerships and third-party fundraisers
  • Represent the agency at community events as requested
  • Work alongside of communications team to ensure a united front on messaging into the community


Other Duties

  • Serve on Leadership Team
  • Serve on Advancement and Communications board committee
  • Foster a sense of belonging and ensure an environment where employees and clients feel respected and valued for their unique traits and contributions
  • Other duties as requested  

Note: Job descriptions are not comprehensive and are subject to change based on the needs of the organization.

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