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Specialist, Development - Planned Giving (Chicago/Hybrid) - Feeding America

  • 08/25/2022 3:47 PM
    Message # 12896381


    Work. Serve. Thrive.

    Imagine a place where your talent can make a meaningful difference in peoples' lives. Working at Feeding America is a uniquely rewarding experience in which our employees work together as vital parts of a much larger mission. We are innovative, mission-focused, diverse, collaborative, values-driven and focused on results.

    Feeding America is the nation’s second largest charity and the leading domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

    Learn more about Feeding America here.

    This position is based out of Feeding America’s new office location in the heart of downtown Chicago. At Feeding America, we believe in offering a flexible work environment. Employees can be in the office an average of 2-3 days a week (when not travelling for work) and work from home on other days. Employees also have access to a 30-day “work anywhere” program during the course of each calendar year that can be combined with PTO and/or holidays.

    The Opportunity

    The Specialist, Development - Planned Giving will serve as a vital member of the Development and Strategic and Planned Gifts teams by managing relationships with a portfolio of “low-touch” major gift and planned giving donors and a portfolio of high-touch, major annual donors via automated and semi-customized outreach. Work with the Strategic Gifts Team to develop integrated donor engagement plans and strategies, using a blend of best-in-class donor cultivation and stewardship strategies. Collaborate with vendor partners, colleagues across departments and the network for the benefit of the individual donor relationship management process. Support the Strategic Gifts team members by providing administrative and operational assistance for other relationship managers. Help provide donor outreach and stewardship functions that deepen relationships with individual donors and prospects for major, planned, principal and major gift prospects through supporting donor research, data analysis and departmental operations.

    Salary Range: $60,000 to $75,000+ Based on Experience

    • Manage relationships, cultivate, steward, and solicit a portfolio of “low-touch” pipeline major gift donors and prospects to close gifts, generate revenue for the organization and deepen relationships with donors for the purpose of passing highly qualified, highest capacity donors up to SG team Development Managers, rooted in our case for support and relationship management protocols.
    • Help develop and implement donor engagement strategies to qualify, cultivate and steward a portfolio of high-touch major annual donors with mission-based, consistent, and timely outreach communications for the purpose of passing highly qualified, highest capacity donors up to SG team Development Managers for further donor engagement.
    • Manage, cultivate and steward Feeding America’s planned giving society members in partnership with planned giving program leads, providing this important group of planned gift donors with the relationship touches needed to deepen their engagement with Feeding America, realize current annual gifts when possible while stewarding their commitment to provide a gift through their estate.
    • Work with the Strategic Gifts Team to develop integrated donor engagement plans and strategies, using a blend of best-in-class donor cultivation and stewardship strategies.
    • Help develop and implement a high-touch automated and personalized tactics to deepen and personalize relationships for major and planned gifts donors and prospects and major annual/mid-level donors being qualified for major gift pipeline assignment.
    • Assist relationship managers with the development of personal engagement plans and mission-based partnership opportunities for individual philanthropists, major donors, Board members and family foundations, as needed.
    • Support and assist content development of fundraising and stewardship materials, letters, and proposals.
    • Execute department operations such as donor stewardship correspondence, donor interaction database entry, generating prospect reports, progress reports and formatting/analyzing regional donor lists
    • Support special projects related to principal, major gift and planned giving prospect and donor research, data analysis and departmental operations including researching top potential donors based on market segmentation, food bank giving, volunteer leadership or historical support.
    Required Experience and Qualifications:
    • 3+ years of work experience (non-profit or for-profit)
    • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite. Experience with or interest in learning fundraising software and SharePoint
    • Superior verbal/written communication skills and an eye for detail when proofreading.
    • Interest in fundraising best practices and major, annual and planned giving programs
    • Interest in developing donor strategies, prospect lists and research, briefing and gift request materials, and donor stewardship for major donors and prospects
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors, and prospective donors.
    • Ability to manage up and across different staff levels to bring projects to completion.
    • Strong organizational and analytical skills with sharp attention to detail.
    Foundational Requirements:
    • Mission Focused – Demonstrates a commitment to Feeding America’s mission through work and action. Is committed to people keep people facing hunger at the center of our work and strives to translate this commitment into action on a daily basis. Willing to advocate for people facing hunger and serve as an ambassador for Feeding America inside and outside of work.
    • Embraces Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Demonstrates a personal commitment to valuing different background and life experiences through word and action. Takes personal actions to build an inclusive culture that ensures everyone can fully contribute based on their unique talents, skills and perspectives and feels welcomed and valued. Commits to driving equitable solutions to address root cause issues by incorporating an equity framework in their daily work.  Committed to continuous personal EDI development.
    Required Leadership Competencies:
    • Communicates Effectively: Organizes thoughts and provides clear verbal and written messages to individuals and small groups. Communicates with colleagues and manager(s) to provide information, resolve issues, and promote ideas and proposals. Listens carefully and asks questions to build understanding.
    • Collaborate Internally and Externally: Takes a positive, collaborative approach within own team and with other colleagues. Supports others’ efforts, putting aside own interests to do so. Resolves issues by approaching those involved directly in a non-judgmental, non-emotional manner.
    • Translates Strategy to Operational Goals: Creates individual work plans that support department strategies and priorities. Makes decisions aligned with department and organizational strategy. Sets SMART personal goals and defines clear project deliverables.
    • Leverages Functional Expertise: Uses functional knowledge to inform decisions, fix problems and suggest improvements to processes. Demonstrates professional curiosity and works to broaden functional/technical skills.
    • Continuously Improves: Uses information from external benchmarking to create ideas for improvement. Learns from successes, challenges, and failures, using each as an opportunity to continually improve. Volunteers as an early adopter for implementing and using innovations.

    Feeding America recognizes and values diversity.  Our goal is to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce where all employees feel a sense of belonging and contribute to a culture that values differences, ideas, and experiences. We intentionally seek out diverse perspectives and skills on our teams, knowing that it makes us stronger as an organization and better equipped to serve our neighbors in need. We encourage individuals from historically under-represented communities and individuals with lived experience of hunger to apply.

    Click here to apply - https://jobs.jobvite.com/feedingamerica/job/oXTNkfwH/apply 

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