Development & Communications Director

Website EVOLVE Family Services

Growing Families, Enriching Lives

Job Title: Development & Communications Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisor: Executive Director
Revision: May 2024
Primary Department: DEV – Development
Pay Band: $80,000 – $85,000


Position Summary

This key leadership role serves as a bridge between all programs and services of the agency and those in the larger world. This position is responsible for leading the fundraising efforts, cultivating donor relationships, and crafting the marketing efforts. This role is perfect for someone who enjoys connecting with others, building relationships, and telling stories.

Our Agency

At EVOLVE Family Services, we fight to build a world where everyone has nurturing, permanent, and supportive familial relationships. We accomplish this by connecting youth with adults, by giving adults the tools to succeed, and by giving youth a voice in a system that has been developed from a place of oppression. We serve youth and families across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, often within and alongside the child welfare system. We serve all, regardless of race, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status. EVOLVE is an antiracist, anti-oppressive agency, and expects our workforce to hold one another accountable for continued growth. Please our standards of antiracism and anti-oppression HERE. BIPOC and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Core Competencies

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates EVOLVE’s mission, vision, and values. Demonstrates desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Advances the mission through volunteerism and philanthropy. Leads a culture of engagement, inclusion and fundraising.

Collaboration: Builds rapport and relates well with others. Nurtures relationships with others. Serves as an agency and community leader; uses influence to move projects and initiatives forward. Works cohesively with people from across diverse backgrounds and working styles.

Leadership: Provides tools and resources for the development of others. Builds trust and credibility within department and agency-wide. Builds and nurtures relationships with others. Champions inclusive activities, strategies, and initiatives. Contributes to organizational decision making.

Quality Results: Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Meets or exceeds goals and delivers high-value experiences for youth and families.

Essential Functions

  1. Cultivate, engage, and maintain philanthropic relationships with individuals, foundations, and businesses.
  2. Effectively craft compelling and actionable messaging surrounding the mission-driven work of EVOLVE.
  3. Bring leadership, critical and creative thinking skills, and solutions around the organization’s financial needs.
  4. Collaborate with Board members and the Board Fundraising Committee to execute development goals.
  5. Develop relationships that increase foundation awareness, recognition, and interest.
  6. Research, develop, and complete the applications for local, state, and national grant opportunities.
  7. Provide original content and seek out compelling stories and statistics to communicate EVOLVE’s impact.
  8. Work collaboratively with EVOLVE leaders to complete all reporting, licensing, and accreditation requirements.
  9. Attend local networking opportunities to share EVOLVE’s impact and to source perspective donors and clients.
  10. Coordinate outreach activities, including meetings, conferences, education sessions, and vendor tables.
  11. Oversee the website and supervise the creation, editing, and management of online forms, newsletters, graphics, and media releases.
  12. Coordinate with agency teams regarding the implementation of social media and marketing strategies.
  13. Provide leadership and supervision to Marketing Specialist and any other assigned employees or contractors.
  14. Every 6 months, set 2 personal goals for growth in Diversity Equity Inclusion work, and share progress.
  15. Participate in monthly discussions or learnings about Diversity Equity Inclusion topics at team meetings.

These are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this role. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this job. Additional functions within the same scope are expected.

Desired Characteristics and Experience

Three to five years’ demonstrated leadership in nonprofit fundraising, cultivating donor relationships, marketing and communications. Understanding of nonprofit finance and the philanthropic community in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  Familiarity with the principles and tactics of Community Centric Fundraising. Enjoys and excels in community engagement and individual relationship building. Strong verbal and written communication. Passion for social justice and familiarity with child welfare. This person must be able to pass a background check and FBI clearance check. This role requires reliable transportation and a current driver’s license in good standing.

Work Environment

This flexible hybrid role is for a Minnesota or Wisconsin based employee who can reliably commute to Oak Park Heights, MN 2-3 times each week. The EVOLVE workspace is a shared office space in close proximity to other department peers. The EVOLVE office is a pet-friendly workplace. All employees are provided with a laptop to work from home, provided the employee maintains high-speed internet and cell phone service. Your home workspace must be conducive to performing your role. Whether at home, or at the office, this role requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk, while utilizing a computer to complete work. The hours of this role typically fall between 8:30a-4:30p with some afterhours required for connection with the community. EVOLVE has opportunities to work at weekend outreach events and special programs.

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