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Annual Fund Manager

  • Friday, May 13, 2022 10:52 AM
    Message # 12779231
    Maeven Sipes (Administrator)

    1.    About Marklund

    Marklund is a thriving nonprofit human service organization that serves individuals of all ages with severe and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs.

    With three residential locations – the Marklund Hyde Center in Geneva, the Marklund Philip Center in Bloomingdale, and the Marklund Wasmond Center in Elgin–it is home to 178 residents. More than 500 staff members and hundreds of volunteers support the needs of the residents and community clients at all of our facilities.

    Marklund Day School, with locations in Bloomingdale, Geneva and Elgin, is a State Board of Education Licensed Therapeutic Day School that partners with over 30 school districts to serve students with medical needs, learning, emotional and developmental disabilities, and those diagnosed on the Autism spectrum.


    • 2.   Marklund Core Values
    What we believe, how we behave – ACT:
    Attitude Accountability
    Compassion Creativity

    3.   Position Overview

    Part of an eight-member development team, the Annual Fund Manager is a critical role and is responsible for planning and implementing Marklund’s annual fund program utilizing direct mail, e-blasts and multi-faceted social media channels to create, inspire and solicit support. With a focus on donor gifts of $1,000 and less, this position is instrumental in identifying and cultivating prospects, developing new and innovative strategies to acquire donors, and thanking and stewarding existing donors. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), this individual also works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications and staff to employ creative and sound marketing communication strategies.

    4.   Primary Duties and Responsibilities

              Build and increase the Annual Fund program results by strategically integrating various fundraising channels:  direct mail, email marketing, telephone and social media outreach/cultivation.

              Work closely with the Data Support Manager to segment and analyze donors according to past giving history, personal interests, affiliation and history with Marklund to determine customized constituent strategies for each appeal or campaign.

              Work with the Development and Marketing teams to create and maintain the communication calendar for all development communication, mailings and activities.

              Collaborate with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to employ special corporate and/or foundation appeals and gift matches/challenges when applicable.

              Work with the Signature Events Director to employ stewardship strategies for event participants when applicable.

              Develop and oversee donor stewardship programs like the annual Thank-a-thon and annual Holiday Card mailing.

              Manage annual donor retention and giving statistics for Leadership and Board.

              Update the general acknowledgement letters quarterly.


    5.   Skills and Competencies of the Successful Candidate

    • Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for the mission of Marklund.
    • Possesses strong organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to create and manage multiple projects and timelines with attention to detail.
    • Has the ability to manage external relationships with donors, prospects, vendors, board members, and other industry professionals.
    • Is a skilled communicator with both written and verbal channels.
    • Takes an inclusive, creative, and positive approach to collaboration and team building across all levels of the organization.
    • Solicitation experience is recommended.
    • Holds a strong proficiency with fundraising databases (Raiser’s Edge) as well as utilizing Microsoft Office (particularly Excel and Word).                                 

    6.   Qualifications

    Requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of 2-3 years of related professional experience. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work as part of a team and independently; ability to adapt, be flexible, and creative; ability to plan for and manage multiple projects while working in a fast-paced environment. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, with strong ability to prioritize; ability to use sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information; apply necessary research, data-collection, organizational, and time-management skills.


    7.   Salary and Benefits

    Marklund offers a competitive salary and benefits. This is a full-time, exempt position eligible for health and life insurance, short- and long-term disability, and a generous paid time off policy that includes holidays, vacation, personal, and sick days. We value diversity and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

    The salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000. Compensation is commensurate with experience.



    Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.  Application materials should include a cover letter and resume. Materials should be submitted via email to Heidi Waltner-Pepper, Senior Vice President, Ter Molen Watkins and Brandt (TW&B) at hpepper@twbfundraising.com.

    Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Heidi Waltner-Pepper, Senior Vice President, TW&B via email at hpepper@twbfundraising.comor Amy Funk, Senior Vice President (TW&B) at afunk@twbfundraising.com

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