What is the opportunity?
The National Walk Program Manager works in partnership with the Director of Events and Engagement to develop, direct, and implement specialized community engagement strategies that build awareness of the global water crisis and generate revenue to support the ministry. He/she will develop and implement strategic plans and best practices to enhance Walk for Water events that occur nationwide and globally. This role will help further the Water Mission brand and increase public awareness of Water Mission, as well as deepen relationships with and develop increased revenue through partnerships with corporations, churches, and community groups. The National Walk Program Manager will work in conjunction with the Director of Events and Engagement and the Director of National Volunteer Ministries to move national walks toward a High Impact Volunteer Model that engages, equips, and encourages current and future volunteer leaders in expanding Water Mission’s Walk for Water. This role can be based remotely and reports to the Director of Events and Engagement.
– Maintain a strong Christian witness to colleagues, vendors, donors, charitable beneficiaries, and the general public.
– Maintain a thorough knowledge of Water Mission’s organizational objectives and programmatic strategies including projects and activities requiring funding and all practices that impact donors.
– Effectively communicate the mission and scope of Water Mission to various audiences.
– Collaborate interdepartmentally to develop and implement peer-to-peer fundraising strategy including web requests, social media awareness, communication requests, and the sharing of best practices.
– Represent the ministry at events, conferences, and to individual donors as needed.
– Ensure all relevant updates and communications are recorded in Raiser’s Edge (RE).
Walk for Water Events:
– Provide strategic leadership in taking Water Mission’s signature event, Walk for Water, to the next level of success by: increasing participation and revenue; identifying and cultivating new partnerships with an emphasis on local volunteer engagement; identifying new walk sites (nationally and globally); developing standards and best practices for Walks
– Stay abreast of peer-to-peer fundraising trends, analyze current Walk for Water program, set aggressive financial goals, and lead a team to achieve those goals.
– Provide direct support to existing Partner Walks and Community Walks ensuring they receive excellent customer service, on-going communication, and are equipped with best-in-class tools to help reach their goals.
– Work interdepartmentally and with legal counsel to develop MOUs between corporate partners, churches, and community groups that hold Walk for Water events to ensure events comply with insurance, legal, safety, and health obligations.
– Work with the Marketing and Communications Department: to ensure Partner and Community Walk strategies align with Water Mission branding and marketing initiatives; on creation and production of all custom print, web, and video promotional collateral to support the Walk for Water; to explore and develop an order fulfillment plan for Walk materials and supplies
– Work with the Logistics and Administrative Coordinator to ensure technical support and logistical needs are met for Partner and Community Walks.
– Conduct post-event evaluations and utilize findings for continuous program improvement.
Partner and Volunteer Engagement:
– Maintain, grow, and deepen all current partnerships to increase revenue and participation each year.
– Work with the Strategic Partnerships Director, Corporate Relations to identify, cultivate, and steward new potential Walk sites hosted by corporate partners.
– Work with the Investor Partnerships Team and the National Director of Volunteer Ministries to identify, cultivate, and steward new Walk sites hosted by churches.
– Understand and fully embrace the High Impact Volunteer Model and work to integrate philosophies and process in the Walk Program with the goal of developing High Impact Walks that are part of the national volunteer area team structure.
– Cultivate relationships with corporate partners and church partners by conducting experiential exercises, events, and team building upon request.
What is required?
– Personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
– Alignment with Water Mission’s Statement of Faith and core values of Love, Excellence, and Integrity.
– Alignment with the principles of servant leadership as embraced by Water Mission.
– Bachelor’s degree required.
– Volunteer management and staff supervisory experience preferred.
– Minimum 5 years’ experience working in corporate sales, donor partnerships, and/or peer-to-peer fundraising.
– Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to communicate to diverse audiences.
– Experience leading and/or working with volunteer committees preferred.
– Creative thinker with proven organization skills and attention to detail.
– Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office software: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
– Thrives under pressure and has proven track record of meeting deadlines.
– Ability to work in a highly fluid environment and ability to respond to changing requests.
– Works effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people or independently.
– Legal authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
– Ability to travel to Water Mission’s headquarters in Charleston, SC, for a week a minimum of two times a year.
– Ability to travel for Walks and other ministry needs approximately 10 percent of the year.
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