Director of Development/Major Gifts Officer
MIRA is looking for a seasoned fundraising professional to develop and implement an ambitious development strategy, with a special focus on growing our base of major donors and sustainers. MIRA now raises about $2 million per year, and we need to strengthen our financial foundation to enable us to grow, make a greater impact, and be flexible and adaptable in response to fast-changing conditions.
The ideal candidate will be passionate about our mission, versatile, ambitious and dynamic, and able to effectively engage with a very diverse donor base: from corporate executives and major philanthropists, to community members giving what little they can to a cause they believe in. Strong existing connections are a big plus. This position reports directly to the Executive Director, and will work closely with the Director of Operations and oversee the Development Coordinator.
- Develop a strategy for MIRA’s fundraising and launch a major new fundraising campaign;
- Identify and cultivate major private donors; implement effective donor stewardship practices for existing donors; and leverage supporters’ networks to further expand MIRA’s donor base;
- Develop and implement campaigns to grow specific types of support, including recurring donors, corporate funders, and family foundations;
- Organize and staff the Board of Directors’ Development Committee, to strengthen Board engagement in MIRA’s fundraising;
- Collaborate with the Operations Manager to identify grant funding opportunities, and contribute to grant-writing and reporting as needed;
- Organize major fundraising events, including the annual Give Liberty a Hand gala and Our Shared Table luncheon, as well as smaller events for highly valued donors and for targeted audiences; this includes direct planning as well as supervision of consultants, volunteers and vendors;
- Identify and cultivate strategic corporate and public relations and visibility opportunities (e.g. conferences, briefings for funders, and educational workshops);
- Manage MIRA’s online fundraising (using the Kindful tool), including seasonal and targeted campaigns and support and encouragement of peer-to-peer fundraising;
- In close collaboration with the Director of Organizing and the Director of Communications, work to ensure that fundraising is seamlessly integrated into all MIRA public activities and communications;
- Write letters, factsheets and other materials to support fundraising activities;
- Ensure that all MIRA donors feel valued and cared for, and are engaged in our mission.
- At least 5 years of professional experience in fundraising and donor development in a nonprofit setting, with at least 2 years in a senior or management position, in an organization raising $2 million + per year;
- Experience with grant-writing and reporting;
- Demonstrated success developing and implementing a capital campaign and/or a major gifts program;
- Experience with online fundraising tools and strategies, and technical ability to use these tools independently;
- Knowledge of New England philanthropic and corporate community strongly preferred;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with strict attention to detail;
- Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment, and be a team player;
- Excellent organizational skills, including a proven ability to manage successful projects and lead teams;
- Strong interpersonal skills, with a positive, supportive, enthusiastic attitude.
This position can be 30 hours or full-time. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full benefits.
How to apply:
The MIRA Coalition is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Foreign-born individuals, minorities, women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.