Director of Philanthropy - Girl Scouts of WI Southeast

AFP SE WI Administrator
March 27, 2019

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Philanthropy is responsible for all vital revenue streams, allowing Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) to achieve its mission and maximize its impact on the communities we serve.

This position requires an enthusiastic leader capable of working with diverse groups to reach a common goal, is able to make timely, effective and ethical decisions, and is a self-starter who crafts creative solutions and opens doors to new and/or strengthened donor relationships.

Major Accountabilities:

  • Assist in the development and execution of the annual fundraising plan with a related individual fundraising goal set by the Chief Development Officer.

  • Maintain a diverse donor portfolio (75-100) prioritizing long-term relationships with existing donors while identifying and building relationships with new and prospective donors all of whom have the capacity to gift $5,000+ towards the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

  • Manage quality signature fundraising and donor stewardship events with the focus of maximizing revenue generation and elevating the mission of GSWISE.

  • Contributes towards the effectiveness of council AA/EEO guidelines by acquiring knowledge and understanding of affirmative action by exhibiting nondiscriminatory behavior in all internal and external relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the Chief Development Officer to maintain and manage key United Way relationships that results in over $750,000 in contributions towards the mission of GSWISE.

  • Utilize internal donor management system to manage the portfolio of donor relationships and ensure philanthropic managers are trained and using the system to fullest capacity.

  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers to achieve departmental goals.

  • Work in partnership with the Chief Development Officer to develop, manage, and analyze weekly and monthly budgets to ensure reconciliation with the GSWISE Finance team and departmental goals.

  • Work closely with the Marketing and Communication department to develop marketing strategies to promote the Girl Scout image for donor cultivation.

  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in communications, marketing, non-profit management, education, or a related field.

  • A minimum of 6 years of demonstrated experience and proven effectiveness in professional fundraising including donor cultivation, solicitation, planning, and evaluation in securing  gifts of $5,000 and above. Experience in creating and guiding signature events, a plus.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively convey information, thoughts, and ideas in verbal and written form with all levels of the organization as well as external contacts, including the ability to present and articulate the Girl Scout story.

  • Ability to work effectively with staff members from diverse backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated experience in volunteer management, including recruitment, retention, training, supervising and leading volunteers.

  • Experience in working with highest level of organizational volunteers including board members, former board members and major donors.

  • Knowledge of basic principles of finance, accounting, and budgeting.

  • Strong computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Donor Database.

  • Ability to research, compile and summarize a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.

  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up with a minimum of direction.

  • Ability to align behavior with the needs, priorities, and goals of the organization.

  • Open to the continuing education and accreditation offered by AFP and other higher education fund raising programs at colleges and universities.

  • Willingness to subscribe to the philosophy of the Girl Scout Program and enroll as a Girl Scout member.

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and some weekends.

  • Have daily access to dependable transportation, valid driver’s license, compliance with the council’s policy of automobile insurance limits, and a driving record that meets the requirements for coverage of the council’s business auto insurance carrier.

  • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is occasionally required to sit and/or stand for long periods and operate office equipment manually. Sufficient strength to lift and carry up to 20 pounds without assistance.

To Apply:


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