Northwest Special Recreation Association
Position: Foundation Manager
Department: Special Leisure Services Foundation
FLSA: Full-time Exempt
Hiring Range: $48,000+ Annually DOQ
Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities as a partnership of 17 Park Districts located within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. NWSRA provides outstanding recreation opportunities for people with disabilities within our partner Park Districts through weekly programs, adult day programs (PURSUIT), special events, summer day camps and inclusion in Park District programs. NWSRA is a park district that serves people with disabilities.
Job Purpose: Under the direction of the Superintendent of Development, the Foundation Manager will research, quantify, help develop and implement strategies for corporate and individual donors and sponsors in support of SLSF fundraising goals and execute strategies for engagement, including volunteer opportunities. Work with the Superintendent of Development to develop and implement a major gifts program. Supervise the Events Coordinator who is responsible for the fundraising events of all types including securing sponsorships, donations and the oversight of the SLSF Committees as well as community awareness. Represent SLSF and NWSRA at presentations, meetings, events and expos to support community access to recreation for individuals with disabilities and advocate for the development of recreation programs and services for everyone.
Summary of Duties: Develop proposals to send to different organizations to solicit sponsorships. Conduct fundraising and prospect research to support effective solicitation of current and potential donors. Support development and implementation of a donor development and stewardship program that involves individual donors (both big and small), local businesses and corporation. Secure and execute strong face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects. Oversight of planning and implementing the SLSF fundraising calendar. Oversight of developing committees and community awareness of events. Coordinate special projects for SLSF and NWSRA. Assist with all SLSF events and fundraisers, and oversee the staff responsible for coordinating. Oversee Planned Giving. Assist in implementing the sales and marketing programs for SLSF and assist with the development of print materials. Provide information about the SLSF mission and goals to corporations, individuals and civic groups through presentations, networking and speaking opportunities. Work with Member Districts and commercial facilities to provide appropriate event venues for the fundraising annual calendar of events. Create new events and development opportunities. Actively participate in community groups like the Rotary, chambers and other organizations as needed.
Qualifications: Graduate from accredited college or university with a BA/BS degree in Business Administration, Non Profit Management, Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation, or related field of study. Minimum three years full time experience with fundraising, sponsorship, and event management. Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or certification related to fundraising/nonprofit professionals or the ability to become certified. Experience managing and overseeing event volunteers. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with full-time staff, Board Members, student interns, part-time staff, volunteers, drivers, parents/guardians, participants, park district staff, vendors, donors, sponsors, as well as members of the general public and demonstrate a flexible, patient and courteous manner. Must demonstrate strong leadership qualities; confidence, maturity, flexibility and professionalism. Highly motivated, self-starter, outgoing and confident with excellent interpersonal and communication skills in the oral and written format is required. Work independently, solve simple to complex problems, demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality, and convey a positive attitude to others. Knowledge of computer skills; Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Quick Books, and Outlook. Demonstrate accuracy in data entry and possession of high work standards, and ability to maintain records and computer documents in an orderly fashion. Demonstrate decision making, advanced planning, prioritizing abilities and the ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision. Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision.
To Apply: Must complete online application at www.nwsra.org/jobs. Attach cover letter and current resume. Position is open until July 21, 2019.
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