Position: Regional Director of Donor Relations
Location: Remote, East Coast
Status: Full time, Exempt
Reports to: Senior Director of Donor Relations
Please note that this position is a remote position based on the East Coast. Only applicants in the EST time zone will be considered.
The Regional Director of Donor Relations will serve a portfolio of qualified donors. The position will be responsible for donor research, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, retention, and will ensure that donors are invited to participate and engage in the work and outreach of Lifewater International.
-Manage relationships from varied accounts that represent individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward these relationships through excellent 12-month planning and intentional outreach
-Develop and cultivate major donors and President’s Circle donors based on yearly goals
-Identify major gift referral prospects by executing a robust referral strategy with established partners
-Draft major donor gift proposals and solicit major gifts from individuals, churches, corporate partners, and foundations
-Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors who have announced a commitment to planned giving
-Recruit, train, and support key influencers who assist in advancement efforts
-Steward and acknowledge donor gifts in a timely and personally appropriate manner, ensuring that donors feel appreciated and understand the significance of their gifts and partnership
-Mobilize and accompany donors to visit Lifewater programs in Africa or Asia
-Actively contribute to development strategies and Development team initiatives, making recommendations related to donor care and program strategies
-Facilitate meetings with high-impact donors with Lifewater’s CEO and Sr. Leadership
-Perform all related administrative duties including but not limited to ensuring that records/contacts on the database are maintained accurately and continuously entered and all financial and administrative reports are submitted in a timely manner
-Other duties as assigned
Work Experience and Qualifications
-Adherence to Lifewater’s statement of faith
-Passion for Lifewater’s mission of serving vulnerable communities and children
-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience from an accredited institution
-5+ year in a sales or nonprofit fundraising role
-Excellent writing and verbal skills
-Thrive in a fast-paced, ever changing, and fun environment
-Demonstrate patience yet persistence in donor cultivation
-Ability to persevere through challenges in the midst of rejections
-Domestic and international travel as needed
-Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship will be provided
-Proficiency with Salesforce, or a similar CRM donor database
-Experience using project management software, such as Asana
-Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
-Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times
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