Under the direct supervision of the Resource Development Director, the Development Specialist will be responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive grant application and management strategy. This entails working with Development, Programs, and Finance peers to understand "4 My Destiny Community Arts Center" funding needs, researching public and private funding sources that match the needs, preparing and submitting proposals and grant applications, maintaining grant application schedules and tracking, and keeping 4 My Destiny Arts Center management informed of grant application status and progress. The Development Specialist will build upon the progressive approaches our Development Officer and CEO, have laid out in our Development Plan, etc
The Development Specialist will also be responsible for maximizing the effectiveness of the donor database through data management, analysis, and reporting. This person will be the donor database "power user" and in-house expert with a special emphasis on extracting data, and maintaining constituent records. He/She will be responsible for updating constituent records on an ongoing basis to ensure accurate information.
The Development Specialist will develop and maintain cordial working relationships with funding source contacts and 4 My Destiny Community Arts Center colleagues.
Research and write public and private grants to expand sustainable funding sources for 4 My Destiny Community Arts Center programs and services.
Manage each grant project, including researching any foundation match, writing the proposal, and providing reports and evaluations.
Ensures accurate data collection and data integrity through regular data checks and reviews of donor records and fields
Works directly with the Development Team and others to capture, maintain and extract detailed reports and data in a timely manner regarding the center donors, events, volunteers and clients
Files gift entry paperwork according to the center's policy
Implement the gift acknowledgement process in a timely basis with the highest level of accuracy (Includes preparation of letters, securing proper signatures, photocopying, and filing)
The identification, removal, resolution and integration of conflicting or duplicate records
Maintenance and correction of all demographic and personal data
Proactively engages in training and brings best practices and innovations regarding donor database to the benefit of the team and meeting fundraising goals
Manage all online contributions and ensure transition into the donor database
Support preparation of the Resource Development Committee
Submit monthly reports to supervisor
Participate in staff development and all required Agency meetings
Perform other related duties as requested.
Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or non-profit leadership
2 years minimum experience in professional fundraising preferred
Candidate will possess a strong proficiency in using Microsoft Office Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Pivot tables, etc, preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to engage and effectively communicate with a broad range of individuals
Adaptable, curious and articulate, excellent customer service skills
Commitment to a positive, solution-focused work environment and the clear intention to meet agency expectations
Ability to maintain an optimistic and positive working attitude in the face of funder rejection of submitted proposals.
To inspire, educate, engage and reach At-risk youth, young adults and their families in underserved communities through performing arts and to provide life skills training, mentoring services, job training and educational programs, etc. To develop and/or strengthen the positive bonds of youth to their families, schools, and communities.
This organization provides; Mentoring Programs, Life Coaching, Counseling, Bullying Prevention programs, Volunteer opportunities, Back to school Drives, Food Distribution to needy families, various workshops, seminars, community events, dance, music, TV/Film, Acting classes, provide resources for those with mental health issues, info for those who want to enroll in college, scholarship info, provide info on obtaining a GED, pregnancy counseling/resources, provides birth control info, disease prevention info, drug/alcohol counseling/resources, suicide/crisis center info/resources, re-entry programs/resources, info on Health & Wellness, etc.