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Internal Application: Philanthropy Manager, Riverside County

Riverside | Riverside, CA | Full Time

Job Description

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Voices for Children (VFC) was founded in 1980 as a grassroots organization that was one of the earliest adopters of the “CASA” model of volunteer court advocacy; it has since grown to become the third largest Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs in the United States, and is responsible for the CASA programs in San Diego and Riverside Counties.  The overall FY21-22 fundraising goal is $7 million for both San Diego and Riverside Counties.  Of that, the Riverside County fundraising goal is $1,100,000.

Voices for Children transforms the lives of children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and are living in the foster care system by providing them with trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).  For more information, visit www.speakupnow.org.  Currently, in Riverside County, more than 4,000 children spend time in foster care each year. 

The CASA program in Riverside County was launched in 2015 and has grown steadily since its inception.  In FY20-21 more than 450 children will be served with CASA volunteers.  The Riverside County program currently has a staff of 11, led by Jessica Muñoz, Esq., the Riverside Executive Director who reports to the VFC President/CEO.  As additional philanthropic contributions are received, the program will grow to serve more children

OVERVIEW OF POSITION

The Philanthropy Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for planning and implementing a strategic and comprehensive fundraising program designed to provide support to Voices for Children’s Riverside County CASA Program from diverse private and public sources, with an emphasis on individuals.  This role performs duties in all aspects of the donor development cycle, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgment, and stewardship. The Philanthropy Manager also serves as a key member of the Riverside County CASA program team and as a full member of the Voices for Children team.

The Philanthropy Manager handles all management, personnel, donor, and other internal agency matters confidentially and with the strictest security when the need arises, whether the items are labeled confidential or not

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Travel daily throughout Riverside County and travel occasionally to San Diego County and other southern California communities to complete donor development activities.  

  • Develop an annual fundraising plan for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship in consultation with the Riverside County Executive Director.

  • Research and find new donor prospects and retain existing donors through monitoring and analyzing past donations.

  • Develop a portfolio of prospects who are cultivated and stewarded by meaningful and substantive contact.

  • Connect individuals, corporations, and foundations with giving opportunities for Voices for Children’s Riverside County CASA Program.

  • Collaborate with VFC’s San Diego-based Philanthropy and Marketing teams regarding donor communications and the donor acknowledgement process.

  • Working collaboratively with the Riverside County Executive Director and the San Diego-based Philanthropy team, as needed, to create a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to meet the needs of the Riverside County activities with specific focus on identification, cultivation, and solicitation of new donors.

  • Develop donor funding proposals and other materials that support agreed-upon development strategies and activities.

  • Raise the program’s profile as well as raise funds by designing, developing and implement special events using available VFC resources.  

  • Track prospect and donor contacts in Raiser’s Edge timely and accurately.  

  • Serve as an ambassador of Voices for Children at community or donor events, as required.

  • Proactively cultivate meaningful relationships with donors and volunteers as well as stakeholders and community leaders which further the goals of the program and overarching VFC goals. Manage difficult or complex interpersonal relationships and with professionalism, tact, confidence, and diplomacy

Other Duties

  • Continually work to further the Mission and Vision of Voices for Children.
  • All other duties as assigned by Voices for Children’s management / executive leadership team.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Essential Criteria

  • College Degree or equivalent (e.g. relevant experience in fundraising)
  • Proficient with current Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, Outlook PowerPoint, and donor database software
  • Outstanding oral communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Strong organization skills and detailed oriented
  • Strong time management and resource management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take the initiative and motivate others towards development related goals
  • Creative, motivated, enthusiastic and goal driven
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative while working both independently and collaboratively as part of a team to meet goals
  • Willingness to learn and desire to grow professionally
  • Willing and able to work flexibly to adapt to change/changing demands
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Willing and able to travel throughout Riverside County daily and occasionally San Diego County and throughout southern California
  • Willing to work remotely as required/needed
  • Must meet all screening requirements as set down in the California Rules of Court, Rule 5.655

 Preferred Criteria

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5 years’ relevant work experience
  • Proficient in using Raiser’s Edge
  • Experience raising funds for a community-based nonprofit organization
  • Experience raising funds in inland southern California (Inland Empire region)

COMPENSATION

STATUS:       Regular, Full-Time, Exempt, Managerial

PAY TYPE:   Exempt (Salaried) 

BENEFITS:   Vacation, medical and other benefits consistent with Board-adopted personnel policies

WORK SCHEDULE

Standard work week is 40 hours; however, employees are expected to work any additional time necessary to meet deadlines and complete assignments. Early mornings, evenings, and weekends may be required.  

 This position will require extensive travel throughout Riverside County on a near daily basis and occasional travel to San Diego County and other southern California locations.   This position will be based remotely.   

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential function of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

 Physical Demands

Must be able to:

  • Occasionally lift, carry, push, pull 25 lbs.
  • Regularly bend and stoop
  • Sit for prolonged periods of time (up to 8 hours per day).
  • Constantly sit at a desk and view a computer screen for up to two hours at a time / 7 hours per day.
  • Consistently speak into and use a telephone for long periods of time.
  • Travel throughout Riverside County daily
  • Work remotely as needed

Work Environment

  • Professional office environment
  • Small team environment
  • Fast paced working with multi-level distractions

 Special Conditions

  • Able to regularly work extended hours as needed, including nights and weekends in order to attend meetings, donor functions and any other philanthropic activities as needed to support donor relationship-building efforts.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please apply via our careers site at the following link: https://jsco.re/9ys6g 

No phone calls, please.  Position open immediately and will remain open until filled.

Please include a cover letter with salary requirements. 

The person who is offered the position will undergo a background check, including a DMV record review, FBI and DOJ fingerprinting, and a check of the Child Abuse Central Index. Our hiring process includes an initial phone interview and at least three in person interviews with current VFC employees. We offer a competitive salary with full benefits. Please submit all application materials to be considered.  

Voices for Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer.