Location: Springfield, MA
Status: Exempt, Non-Bargaining Unit
Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.
Working with an assigned portfolio, this position assists in accomplishing the fund raising goals of the Funds Development program of CWS/CROP. She/he assists with the implementation of a national strategy for resource development activities in support of the overall work of the agency. Primary responsibilities carried out by the position will vary based on the constituent populations and potential donor make-up within the portfolio.
The Community and Congregational Engagement Specialist carries responsibility for supporting a variety of fund raising activities from two major four funding streams: community events and congregations. Primary activities will include the organization of community-based special events—i.e., CROP Hunger Walks—through volunteer networks; building relationships to secure donations of funds and commodities from congregations, women’s groups, and other organizations in support of CROP Programs. She/he will enhance the fund raising efforts through appropriate education of various constituencies about the issues of hunger, poverty, and its related causes and interpreting CWS/CROP’s response.
The exempt position requires an average 80% time allocated to relationship building and direct fundraising with volunteers and various other constituencies, including intensive and intentional travel within the assigned area as defined by one’s portfolio. Other activities will include event leadership capacity building and consultation and follow-up as well as donor relationship creation, maintenance and cultivation. The remaining 20% time on average is allocated to fundraising strategic planning, collaboration with Income Stream team members, office administration, constituent services, and reporting. Occasional travel to national management and training meetings is expected. The ability to work a typical work week averaging 45-50 hours, including evenings and weekends, is required.
CROP Hunger Events Fund Raising:
Other Fund Raising:
Primarily by implementing cross-marketing strategies through on-site community presence and electronic communications:
Perform other related duties and special projects as requested.
Undergraduate degree in related field.
Minimum three years of proven experience in multiple fundraising methods, constituent engagement, program management, office administration, and volunteer management. Motivational public speaking and writing skills essential. Strong interpersonal and public verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively. Preference given to previous employment/volunteer experience with a non-profit and/or congregational experience.
Must possess ability to think creatively and strategically; demonstrate initiative, be self-motivated and function independently; work within a team environment; and be flexible. Computer and electronic communications competency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, electronic, Internet, Intranet, and social networking applications required. Must have a valid automobile operator’s license.
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