Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Job Overview/Summary: To implement and lead a donor engagement program working with Board co-chairs and organizational leadership. With the assistance of an account manager and extensive support from the Development Team, the Director will craft and execute strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and donor prospects with the financial capacity to make annual gifts of $1,000,000 or more. To oversee highly customized proposals and reports, personal communications, and correspondence from senior staff and board members.
- Working closely with Board co-chairs, IRC President and organizational leadership, to acquire, cultivate, and steward a portfolio of principal donors and prospects.
- Develop solicitation strategies for leadership level donors in collaboration with Board co-chairs, IRC President and organizational leadership.
- Creatively draw on experience and relationship-building savvy to make connections, and develop engagement opportunities for donors and prospects at the highest levels.
- Work with program staff and relevant colleagues across the IRC to create compelling cases for philanthropic investment.
- Maximize engagement opportunities such as the annual Rescue Dinner to its fullest extent to deepen donor relationships and to identify and cultivate prospects.
- Utilize Salesforce for data capturing to ensure accurate donor reporting and financial reporting to Senior Leadership.
- Supervise Manager, Donor Engagement.
- Coach Donor Engagement Team to guide professional growth and strategic decisions.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher
Work Experience: 8 – 10 years of progressive non-profit fundraising experience and demonstrated expertise in major gifts and planned giving fundraising.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Excellent oral and written communication skills, effective management skills, solid organizational skills, ability to work independently, ability to multi-task in response to shifting priorities, solid computer skills.
Working Environment: Standard office work environment. Travel required to accompany LG officers and senior staff on donor visits. Occasional international travel required to see IRC programs.