Development & Communications Director

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: The Director of Development & Communications is a full time position

Job Summary:
The Development & Communications Director is a key leadership position within a growing agency, reporting directly to the Executive Director. This position is responsible for advancing the agency’s mission via oversight of the development department and implementation of the annual fund development and marketing plans. This includes stewardship of major donors, foundation grants and supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator and Development Associate, in addition to interns.

Job Duties:
The following are key responsibilities of the Development & Communications Director, with additional duties that may be assigned to ensure effective teamwork within The Cathedral Center:

  1. Lead the development and implementation of Cathedral Center’s fund development activities, including annual and major donor giving, special events, foundation giving, special projects and other activities.
    • Maintain and oversee systems for the identification, management and recognition of donors and sponsors, including the development of a major donor cultivation plan.
    • Oversee accuracy, maintenance and proper implementation of donor database.
    • Cultivate corporate/community support beyond special events.
    • Identify and submit effective foundation grant applications and ensure appropriate, timely reporting.
    • Oversee special event activities for the agency, specifically annual Celebration, third party events and others.
    • Oversee integration of volunteer services, recognizing human resources as a part of the overall fund development plan.
  2. Develop and implement marketing and public relations strategies to support fund development and program goals:
    • Develop and oversee implementation of the plan for marketing publications, including quarterly newsletter, annual report, brochures and flyers.
    • Serve as agency’s point of contact for external communications (media, promotional events)
    • Represent and serve as a spokesperson for The Cathedral Center in the community.
    • Provide leadership in best practices for staff and volunteer outreach activities.
    • Oversee vendor for maintenance and development of agency web site.
    • Oversee effective use of social media to meet agencies goals.
  3. Ensure ethical and best practices for all elements of the agency’s marketing program and revenue generating streams, including upholding the Donor Bill of Rights.
  4. Effective, professional collaboration with appropriate board committees.
  5. Assist with the development of appropriate policies and procedures.
  6. Provide leadership for internal training as needed to ensure best practices in marketing/PR and accountability to donors.
  7. Directly supervise one full time Volunteer and Development Coordinator and one full time Development & Communications Associate.
  8. Other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.

Benefits: Health, dental and life/LTD insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation, retirement, paid holiday/sick leave, mileage and parking reimbursement, supported training opportunities (internal/external), subsidized professional memberships.

Skills and Qualifications:
The Development & Communications Director is a member of the leadership team and is a relationship focused position. This position must be effective in working with and leading a team, as well as able to prioritize deadlines, funding due dates and focusing on long term goals for the agency. A key qualification for this position is the sincere desire to advance the Cathedral Center’s mission to provide a safe environment for women and families, while working to end homelessness one life at a time.
The ideal candidate will have a commitment to mission, have earned a bachelor’s in nonprofit management, marketing or related field and have a great sense of team and even better sense of humor. A valid Wisconsin driver license is required with regular access to a reliable and insured vehicle. A familiarity with vulnerable populations is helpful. CFRE certification is a plus.

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated success in fund development, especially grant writing/reporting, annual appeals, donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • Must be a confident public speaker and professional in writing.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Ability to build, maintain and manage long-term, agency focused relationships with fundraising constituents – as well as work cooperatively with board, staff and volunteers.
  • Flexible and creative strategic thinker
  • Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, fund development software and various social media and website platforms.

This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates. Internal candidates must have reached six months of continuous employment at the time of application. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be required to meet the needs of the agency. Candidates must be able to sit, stand, stoop and walk for extended periods of time, and be able to lift 15 pounds. All staff at The Cathedral Center are expected to work effectively both independently and in a team environment, and to become familiar with and utilize a trauma-informed approach.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume' and 3 professional references via email to:

Cathedral Center seeks a mission driven individual who can join our leadership team as a committed partner.  As such, this position will remain open until we meet the candidate who best fits our mission needs.

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