Director of Development & Public Relations

Posted: 09/18/2022

Riverview Center has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Development & Public Relations!  This position will be based in Waterloo or Cedar Rapids, IA and serve our 16 county IA/IL service area.  The ideal candidate will have experience in development, fundraising, public relations or related fields and have a passion for our work.

Salary: $48-52k
Benefits:  Comprehensive benefit package offered
Work Site:  Waterloo or Cedar Rapids, IA
Supervisor:  Executive Director

General Role Description:

The Development Director coordinates work with the Executive Director, Directors Team and Board of Directors to implement a comprehensive development program. Provide vision and management of Riverview Center’s development and marketing strategies in the designated area of a 16-county region that includes rural and urban environments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director and Board in the development of the major gift program including prospecting, cultivating, and renewing major individual gifts.
  • Initiate and connect new donors to the mission of Riverview Center.
  • Lead the development and cultivations of foundation and private support.
  • Develop and maintain fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and implement current and new fundraising events.
  • Attend and assist in leading the Development Committee meetings, special event committee meetings, all agency and staff meetings, management team meetings, et al as requested.
  • Keep staff and Board of Directors informed of fundraising and development activities.
  • Lead and coordinate fundraising events through the Board of Directors Development Committee and volunteer groups.
  • Recruit, motivate and retain volunteers (non-40 hour trained) to assist with fundraising committees and events.
  • Design and initiate agency public relations/media relations plan with Executive Director and management team.
  • Maintain and update agency website and all social networking sites.
  • Maintain agency mailing list.
  • Responsible for donor recognition.
  • General Requirements

  • Requires a minimum of a BA or BS in Public Communications/Development/Marketing or minimum of two years work related experience.
  • Previous experience in working in donor relations and cultivation preferred.
  • Self-directed with excellent planning and management skills.
  • Ability to work across cultural lines with a strong appreciation and respect for the urban and rural needs of the service area.
  • Experience in fundraising, donor solicitation, public relations and marketing.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must possess the ability to meet deadlines and manage complex interrelated tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Must complete sexual assault and domestic violence training to meet legal requirements for confidentiality.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to travel locally, in and out of state. (Valid driver’s license and insured transportation.)
  • Knowledge of general development concepts and principles.
  • The ability to direct programs with a focus on quality and measurable outcomes.
  • The creative energy and initiative to design and implement new fundraising ideas.
  • Congenial work style.
  • Commitment to the philosophy and program of Riverview Center, which includes helping to create a society free from violence.
Riverview Center is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

Type of Employment: Full-Time