Development Officer, Individual Giving

Job title: Development Officer, Individual Giving
Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description

Would you like to be part of helping more Tristate families live in decent, affordable housing? How about working with a mission-centered team named a 2017 and 2018 Top Workplace? If you have development experience and a passion for donor stewardship, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is looking for you.

Habitat is a non-profit housing ministry whose mission is to eliminate sub-standard housing and strengthen communities. We partner with low-income families to meet their long term need for safe, affordable housing. Habitat has partnered with 600 qualified low-income families in nine counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, offering a “hand up and not a hand out” in their journey towards homeownership.

Habitat’s development department works to ensure generous support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and faith organizations across the region. This position will lead our individual giving program to significantly increase giving from current donors, volunteers, and new donors, including direct mail appeals, online giving, major gifts, and legacy giving. The Development Officer, Individual Giving will collaborate with other development staff, senior leadership, and board to identify and cultivate prospects and raise the engagement of existing donors.

We’re looking for someone with 5 years of experience in fundraising, development, or donor cultivation, focusing on individuals and families. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or comparable donor software preferred. Occasional weekend work required.

The Development Officer, Individual Giving will be responsible for leading Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati’s individual giving program to significantly increase contributions from individuals in support of Habitat’s mission. The Development Officer, Individual Giving will support major gift efforts of the VP, CEO, and board members, and plan and implement donor-focused events. The position works collaboratively with Development Officers for Corporate Relations and Faith Relations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  1. Plan, organize, and implement stewardship, recognition, and retention strategies to develop existing individual donors and identify new prospects.
  2. Develop and manage HFHGC’s sustaining donor program, developing approaches to generate new monthly/quarterly donors and upgrade existing sustaining donors.
  3. Create and implement strategies for cultivating HFHGC volunteers as donors.
  4. Implement and grow new program of gift recognition societies (sustaining, major, legacy, etc.) in collaboration with VP.
  5. Identify prospects for major and legacy gifts for further cultivation with support from VP, CEO, and board.
  6. Coordinate creation, production, and distribution of direct mail and electronic fundraising appeals.
  7. Develop and maintain regular communication/correspondence tools for individual donors and work with VP, Development & Communications Specialist, or vendors to create and maintain marketing materials.
  8. Actively seek ways to best utilize technology in individual giving and manage HFHGC’s online giving strategy, including giving days and other collaborative efforts, in partnership with VP and Development & Communications Specialist.
  9. Make personal thank you calls to individual donors who make $500-999 gifts and coordinate CEO calls to donors of gifts over $1,000.
  10. Maintain comprehensive information in Raiser’s Edge about engagement efforts and personal interactions.
  11. Prepare reports and projections for department management and tracking, and reporting to leadership team and board.
  12. Research, gather, and analyze data (internal and external) that will help increase individual giving.
  13. Keep current on fundraising best practice and giving trends.
  14. Participate in the planning and execution of fundraising and donor recognition events.
  15. Share responsibility with other Development staff for participation at events, including community outreach events, corporate/faith events, and home kick-offs and dedications.
  16. Travel within service area to visit with individual donors.
  17. Support annual planning and budget preparation and meet annual fundraising goals.
  18. Serve on appropriate community service organizations, events, and committees (determined in agreement with VP).
  19. Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in nonprofit development (equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered, including internships and volunteer experience).
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills in a variety of social and professional settings and a calm and professional demeanor when working with a wide variety of people.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Highly capable in relationship building and relationship management, as well as excellent customer service.
  • Ability to perform as a team player, combined with ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work in an office with frequent interruptions.
  • Exceptional attention to detail with excellent follow through.
  • Ability to ensure that volunteer and donor appreciation is an essential component of our everyday work.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including some weekends and evenings as required.
  • Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, current car insurance and a good driving record.
  • Proficient with both computer and the internet, including donor databases (Raisers Edge experience preferred) and Microsoft Office products.

This position is open until filled.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is a Cincinnati Enquirer Top Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

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