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Published By Jerry Ostradicky on December 23, 2011
About Freedom from Hunger
Founded in 1946, Freedom from Hunger is a pioneer in the integration of microfinance, adult education, training and health protection services to achieve family food security. Hunger is the most extreme form of poverty. Families who are not food-secure cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food. People who are poor — so poor they are at constant risk of hunger — are eager to help themselves and their families. Microfinance, especially for groups of women, can support their self-help efforts. But the poor need more than money to transform their lives. Freedom from Hunger is an international development organization working in nineteen countries across the globe. Freedom from Hunger is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, nonsectarian organization.
The Director, Development and Communications is responsible for increasing the visibility of Freedom from Hunger through strategic fundraising, marketing and communication initiatives. Working closely with the President and the Leadership Team, the Director will develop and implement integrated fundraising strategies, leading identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for individual giving. Managing a team of five, the position develops and directs communication and marketing through websites, social media, email, direct mail, speaking engagements, publications and mass media, consistently enhancing brand recognition, professional reputation and donor response.
This position reports to the President and works full-time from the International Center in Davis, CA.
Core Duties and Responsibilities
- Produce and implement a strategic and sustainable individual fund development program; establish goals, benchmarks and metrics for evaluation of fundraising procedures;
- Implement and manage the annual communications plan, integrating websites, social media, email, direct mail, speaking engagements, publications and mass media;
- Amplify the visibility and influence of Freedom from Hunger’s achievements through a new website; increase online fundraising and information dissemination with up-to-date information in an audience-centric approach;
- Ensure that the External Affairs department has a strong fundraising and marketing infrastructure, and that its staff is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and effective, providing leadership and consistent feedback to team members; support staff will include two in communications/marketing, two in fundraising, and one administrative assistant;
- Direct, coordinate and execute all private fundraising activities, including individual donor solicitations, holding special fundraising events, and fostering strong, long-term relationships with donor constituencies;
- Partner with the President and Board of Trustees to manage their role in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major donors;
- Conceive of and implement all aspects of Freedom from Hunger’s digital and social networking strategies, including producing cross-channel content, managing online engagement and tracking resulting offline action;
- Conduct ongoing research to explore the characteristics, assumptions and preferences of current and potential audiences for Freedom from Hunger communication;
- Direct, coordinate, produce and disseminate information on Freedom from Hunger and its programs, including developing materials that tell the clients’ stories and program successes to internal constituents, general public, media, and individual and institutional donors worldwide;
- Design and write marketing collateral and communication pieces for websites, social media, email, and direct mail, as well as for major donors, institutional grant makers, technical conferences and mass media;
- Seek out and respond to media requests for information, interviews and public appearances and to marketing opportunities to enhance our brand recognition and reputation;
- Work closely with Leadership Team providing guidance on setting policy, initiatives and plans to guide the work of the organization;
- Manage consultants to ensure the timeliness and relevance of their projects;
- Prepare and manage annual department budget.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Prior Experience
- Seven to ten years professional experience in the non-profit development field, with a history of progressive leadership and successful fund development;
- Minimum five years professional experience in strategic planning, brand marketing, communication strategies, and/or business development;
- Bachelor’s degree or higher;
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically while executing tactically;
- Exemplary written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to gather, synthesize and present information in a professional, practical and compelling manner;
- Demonstrated presentation skills with ability to speak to a variety of audiences, including potential donors, current donors, foundations, the public and professional peer organizations;
- Strong staff management experience, with the ability to lead, mentor and supervise;
- Attention to detail, strong execution skills and ability to organize multiple projects and priorities;
- Demonstrated ability and experience orchestrating social media and email marketing campaigns;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a variety of individuals and diverse management styles in a collaborative, team environment;
- Ability to prepare and manage expenditures in accordance with approved budgets;
- Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; experience with Salesforce preferred;
- Desire to work in a mission driven organization;
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% annually.
General Job Competencies
- Positive “can do” attitude;
- Passionate about the mission of Freedom from Hunger;
- Smart about pursuing and achieving cost-effective, efficient work;
- Collaborative in finding solutions, achieving quality work and delivering outcomes and materials on time;
- Integrity in dealing with colleagues, executing work in support of the mission, protecting confidential information and using discretion in all matters.
We offer a full benefits package and competitive salary based on experience and education.
If you enjoy a challenge, are interested in making a difference in the lives of others and meet the desired qualifications, please send your résumé, cover letter and 2-3 writing samples to:
Freedom from Hunger, Human Resources, 1644 Da Vinci Court, Davis, CA 95618 or e-mail your résumé, cover letter and writing samples to email@example.com. When emailing, place FFH-DDC2012 in the subject line.
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