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Development Manager

Description of Responsibilities:
JOB SUMMARY: The Development Manager is responsible for identifying and developing relationships with prospective donors, maintaining accurate donor records, and implementing programs to promote individual, foundation, and business/corporate gifts and grants. The Development Manager is charged with identifying opportunities, planning and executing fundraising activities, and reporting outcomes to the Executive Director and the Board Development Committee. The Development Manager reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with Donor Relationship Manager and Writers & Books staff.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

SUPERVISES: N/A

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • With Executive Director, create and implement annual and long-term fundraising and development plan.
  • Identify and research individual prospects and their giving histories, gift potential, programmatic interests, and other relevant information that will facilitate outreach.
  • Assist the Donor Relationship Manager in the tracking progress and prompting activity against major-gift cultivation and solicitation plans.
  • Identify foundation and corporate funding opportunities (grants research).
  • Track all board and donor pledges; compile donor lists for Board committee members; write follow up emails and letters as needed; coordinate development committee meetings and keep minutes.
  • Oversee production and distribution of annual fund letters.
  • Plan, conceptualize, & implement fundraising activities and events, which in the past have included galas, silent/online auctions, Turning Pages events, and salons. Work with W&B Executive Director, Donor Relationship Manager, and board to reach out to supporters and prospects to enhance participation and guest attendance, with the objective of maximizing profit and further expanding the donor network.
  • Leverage fundraising events as prospect activities, coordinating all aspects from guest outreach to post-event follow up.
  • Nurture and develop organization sponsors, including identifying new sponsors.
  • Manage organization¿s fundraising database and create donor reports on an as-needed basis.
  • Oversee creation of organization’s Annual Report.
  • Ensure that all donors receive a timely and appropriate thank you letter.
  • Develop and maintain accurate donor records, including creation of public donor-recognition vehicles (donor walls, annual reports).
  • Attend key donor meetings as needed.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Accomplishes all other duties and tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.
  • Creates, maintains, and updates (as needed) development training manual
  • Provides Executive Director with timely reports when requested
  • Attends organizational events to be determined, and assists in planning and implementation of other events as needed
  • Other tasks as needed

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Minimum one-year experience working with development

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Successful candidate should possess strong writing and creative thinking skills
  • At least one year proven ability of working on successful development campaigns
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and creatively
  • Organized and detail-oriented

Organization’s Financial Sources:
Contributions
Foundation and Corporate Grants
Special Events
United Way
Government Grants
Earned Income (dues, tuition, etc.)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Minimum one-year experience working with development

Experience/Personal Qualifications:

  • Successful candidate should possess strong writing and creative thinking skills
  • At least one year proven ability of working on successful development campaigns
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and creatively
  • Organized and detail-oriented

Certification Preferred: N/A
Position Reports to: Kyle Semmel
Title: Executive Director
Send Correspondence to: Kyle Semmel
Title: Executive Director
Organization: Writers & Books
Phone Number: 473-2590
Address: 740 University Avenue
City: Rochester
State: New York
Zip Code: 14607
Email: kyles@wab.org
Include with Correspondence:
Resume
Cover Letter

 

 

 

 

Internships:

Posted December 6, 2017:

Youth Department Winter/Spring Internship
Writers & Books internships offer candidates the chance to work in a creative and dynamic workplace and the opportunity to learn while working with Writers & Books staff and teaching artists. Interns will gain experience in youth arts education, arts administration, and the nonprofit sector at Rochester’s only literary center.

The Youth Department Internship is for 5-12 hours per week starting In January, 2018, and generally lasting through the semester.

Responsibilities:

Primary Project: Work with the Director of Youth Education on the production of the SummerWrite 2018 catalog. SummerWrite is our youth camp program which serves over 600 students ages 5-18 through approximately 70 camps over the course of 9 weeks, so this is a great behind-the-scenes opportunity. Duties include: Data entry (course descriptions, instructor bios, catalog-formatted listings, etc.), proofreading, organizing data through spreadsheets
Promotion of SummerWrite programs: distribution of catalogs to schools, online promotion, etc.
Assist with February and April Break camps, depending on availability
Assist in clerical and administrative work such as making copies, putting together anthologies, etc.
Create flyers and other advertisements for youth programs as needed
Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

A demonstrated interest in the literary arts and/or youth education
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Please note that this internship is unpaid.

To Apply: Please email a resume and brief cover letter to Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education, at sallyb@wab.org.

 

Internships

Writers & Books offers several internships for area high school and college students each year. Through arrangements with local schools and colleges, students can earn credit and gain first-hand knowledge of literary programming, editorial work, and arts administration through an internship at Writers & Books. If you are interested in a an internship for the Fall or Spring semester, please contact the front office by calling 585-473-2590 or emailing office@wab.org.

Each summer we have openings for SummerWrite apprentices and interns who work directly with our SummerWrite youth camp program. The application period for SummerWrite positions opens in January and closes in March.

Please visit our youth apprenticeship and intern page for further information regarding the following positions:

SummerWrite Apprentices

SummerWrite Youth Arts Education Internship

SummerWrite Photo Internship