Position Overview: part-time, non-exempt position responsible for building resources in support of Well of Mercy’s retreat ministry and strategic plan for sustainability, while promoting Well of Mercy. Position reports to the Executive Director. Manage fundraising events, donor relationships, and grant writing, as well as outreach activities and public relations. The individual will work closely with the board of directors as well as designated marketing professionals who are contracted or employed by Well of Mercy to increase internet presence and social media engagement.
Mission - Well of Mercy, a retreat ministry sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, grounded in the spirit of hospitality, provides quiet sanctuary and time in nature for reflection, rest and renewal for those choosing sacred time apart, enriching their spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
The Development Director must:
1. Be committed to the philosophies and values of Well of Mercy and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
2. Maintain the highest professional standards of confidentiality, conduct and work ethic.
3. Work as a team member with external and internal relationships, operations and communications.
4. Actively engage in the community, and serve with the Executive Director, as the face of the organization.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: The Development Director will be responsible for:
• Establishing and maintaining a comprehensive annual resource development plan that specifies fundraising activities, projected goals, associated revenue and expenses to ensure sustainability of Well of Mercy.
• Developing and managing donor and prospect relationship building activities, working closely with the Executive Director and staff members to ensure appropriate contacts with donors and prospects.
• Planning, coordinating and managing donor database, record-keeping and reporting activities.
• Defining and describing Well of Mercy donors and presenting information about donors through donor management software, dashboard demographics, mailing lists, and a written approach for soliciting donors.
• Coordinating event planning and sponsorships for ministry fundraisers.
• Leading Well of Mercy’s pursuit of grants through foundations, organizations and businesses, managing the process for proposal development, submission and follow-up reports.
• Developing and maintaining a comprehensive communications plan targeted to various constituencies and audiences that describes the audiences and the ways to tell Well of Mercy’s story to each audience.
• Assisting in the creation of a communications plan for social media posts, news stories, direct mail publications, talking points, brochures, press releases and other needed materials designed to extend reach and enhance the image of Well of Mercy with the public. • Assisting marketing staff/consultants in the development of content and design that communicates the mission, identity and message of Well of Mercy through multiple channels.
• Assisting in the development and generation of content for mail, emails, ministry website and social media posts and campaigns that convey the mission and message of Well of Mercy.
• Identifying candidates for top volunteer leadership roles in fundraising and marketing, articulating goals, outcomes and objectives regarding the achievement of critical revenue generation goals.
• Working closely with the Board of Directors and Board committees as appropriate.
• Performing other duties as assigned, such as providing staff administration assistance during exceptionally busy periods and staying overnight at least one night per month.
Job Qualifications (minimum):
Education: College degree in marketing, communications, public relations, creative writing, journalism or fundraising preferred, but not required.
Skills: Excellent organizational and planning skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, knowledge and ability to learn fundraising database software. Excellent written and verbal communication, public speaking skills, and the ability to enthusiastically promote Well of Mercy to outside agencies, organizations, prospects, donors, and Board Members. Ability to interact professionally with people from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, lifestyles and life situations.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Well of Mercy is committed to providing a means for applicants who have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a description of the physical and mental abilities which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this position: ● Vision sufficient to read standard text, read a computer monitor, and drive safely ● Ability to speak and hear sufficiently, to communicate clearly, and to be understandable in person and over the telephone ● Ability to stand, sit, walk, stoop, and bend routinely ● Licensed and able to drive an automobile ● Manual dexterity to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate keyboard, to write, etc. ● Body strength sufficient to lift and transfer at least 25 lbs. ● Ability to interact professionally with persons from a variety of backgrounds ● Working in an office environment with significant time visiting external relationships within a 75-mile region. Work from home is acceptable on occasion and with approval. ● Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends, if/when required