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Regional Philanthropy Officer

American Red Cross
Job Description

We are seeking a Regional Philanthropy Officer to serve our community and support our lifesaving services.  This mission-critical role serves as the key steward for a portfolio of current and prospective philanthropists in support of the American Red Cross.  You will be expected to meet an annual revenue target ($750K) by cultivating, and soliciting gifts from corporate and foundation regional donors, thereby advancing the organizational mission and creating meaningful impact in the lives of both donors and beneficiaries of that mission.  


Responsibilities
1. Strategy:  Develops and executes ongoing strategy for qualifying donors to ensure retention, growth of donor contributions as well as recapture from previous donors.  Works collaboratively with other departments and partners with development staff at the National Office to create customized solicitation strategies matching the objectives of the organization and interests of the donor/prospect.

2. Fundraising Targets and Portfolio Management:  Manages an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects with intent to form deep relationships.  Responsible for minimum annual fundraising goal tied to segmented or blended portfolio as specified in performance standards, including both renewable gifts and new incremental revenue.  Develop donor management plans for entire portfolio resulting in strategic, knowledgeable and complex asks.  Personally solicits assigned donor portfolio through face to face visits, including preparation of personalized materials.  Revenue target may increase due to major domestic disasters. Serve as mentor/informal leader to less experienced team members and operational resource for Regional Philanthropy.

3. Prospect Development:  Implements programs/activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors at the $2,500 level or higher, with an emphasis on maximizing revenue for the American Red Cross. Works with community Board members and other leadership volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward appropriate donors.  Identifies potential planned giving prospects among assigned donors and partners with Region’s assigned Gift Planning Officer to solicit those prospects.    Updates donor records in region and/or district database and Salesforce.com following donor contacts.  May lead team(s) in planning and executing against prospecting development programs.

4. Relationship Development:  Develops ongoing relationships with major donors for the benefits of the American Red Cross.  Accountable for cultivating relationships for individual fundraising, organizational fundraising or both as outlined below:

Organizations: Cultivates, solicits and stewards support from corporations and foundations to meet annual fundraising goals within their Regions.  This includes assisting corporations in achieving their goals in strengthening their brand, marketing, and employee engagement by being proficient at clearly articulating Red Cross programs, listening to corporations’ needs and aligning programs to their interests, preparing grant proposals, and engaging foundation staff and foundation board members to cultivate and solicit support for the American Red Cross.

6. It is the responsibility of all Red Cross staff members to recruit, train and work with volunteers and to treat all clients, volunteers, guests, and other employees in a courteous and respectful manner at all times while maintain a cooperative atmosphere for everyone. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

Qualifications
Education:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.  Advanced degree highly desirable.

Experience:   Minimum seven years sales and/or fundraising experience required.  Proven experience in developing strategies for donor retention growth and recapture and proven success with complex requests is required. 

Significant expertise with Denver’s funding community highly desirable.  Territory includes Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Skills and Abilities: Ability to relate well and work effectively with multiple constituencies and audiences.  Excellent verbal and written skills.  Knowledge of office systems: MS-Office preferred and fundraising database systems (e.g., Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce.com). 

 

Apply now!  Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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