External Relations Director
Working together to transform lives and our community.
CityLink Mission: To show God’s love to those in need by providing an integrated path to holistic life change.
CityLink Center External Relations Director
Position & Description:
Join a small but mighty team on a big mission to bring our neighbors hope and a path to a better future. The External Relations Director is responsible for establishing and executing the strategy for developing and managing donor relationships to match their investment intent with opportunities at CityLink Center to fuel our mission.
Responsibilities includes identifying, researching, developing and maintaining relationships with donors and supporters to fund the operations of CityLink Center, our programs, our partnerships, and amplify our mission. Donors include private foundations, corporations, individuals and churches. Supporters include key external constituents and the general public.
In this role the Director will be a key interface between CityLink Center and organizations, individuals, and entities interested in investing in the work of the center. The Director will assist the Executive Director in setting annual support raising goals and then be responsible for fulfillment of those goals. This role will lead team members who are responsible for events, grant-writing, and communications. The role will keep the Executive Director and Board of Directors apprised of the activity and outcomes associated with cultivating and securing funds for the organization.
Mission and Vision Support:
The External Relations Director directly supports CityLink’s vision and mission through fostering a network of supporters which enables the financial sustainability of the center. Through engagement and communication, we will help to educate, inform, and enlist the support of a broad range of individuals and entities for a sustainable long-term path for the center and its operations.
Job Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned as appropriate):
Lead Total Development Strategy:
Set development strategy, approach, and processes for organization to effectively engage donors through individual giving, grants, corporate sponsorship, and events
Create and manage pipeline of potential donors to introduce and connect them to our mission
Individual Donor Development:
Identify and engage individuals interested in mission
Facilitate relationship through correspondence, tours, visits, events, meetings, etc.
Maintain correspondence and engagement with donors
Work closely with the Board to continuously research, cultivate, solicit new sources of revenue
Lead execution of annual individual appeals (2x per year)
Support Development Manager research of funder priorities and historic giving
Prioritize potential donors and determine path to engagement (LOI, Grant Application, etc.)
Review and ensure grant applications and compliance are meeting objectives
Work with Communications Manager to create materials to support development objectives
Support Communications Manager in other efforts focused on external relationships
Support Communications Manager with coordinating workload across organizational responsibilities
Lead team in execution and support of special events (3-5) throughout year
Support sponsor and guest enlistment for events and work to promote event attendance
Mature in faith and committed to continuous growth
Possess extremely strong relational skills, able to easily engage with broad range of individuals
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to think strategically across multiple priorities and initiatives
Self-starter and solution focused
High organizational skills and follow-through
Works well with diverse groups of people and able to lead collaboration
Ability to work through challenging situations
Education and Experience
Possess a bachelor’s degree in applicable field
Demonstrated success in designing and implementing campaigns and fundraising initiatives
Success in mobilizing financial resources, knowledge of local philanthropists and foundation directors a plus, experience in donor management
Proficient in basic computer applications, such as Microsoft suite, web applications (WordPress)
and communications platforms (Mailchimp, Adobe)
Experience in design, implementation, and operation of financial campaigns
Organization and planning skills
Grant proposal writing experience preferred but not required
Ability to create narrative and shape story of our mission and progress
Demonstrated capability to conduct one’s self in a professional demeanor
Demonstrated capability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff and volunteers
Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job
Ability to effectively manage a wide array of tasks, projects, and responsibilities
Ability to work productively in an unstructured environment with frequent interruptions
Ability to simultaneously work on multiple initiatives in a dynamic and undefined environment
Ability to inspire and mobilize individuals to carryout initiatives, events, and other engagements
Full Time – 40 hours /week
Hours as determined, typically Monday – Friday
Must be available for special events, meetings, and training
Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience and education
Full benefits including health insurance, retirement, paid time off, sabbatical, learning stipend,
service days, and more
Reports To: Johnmark Oudersluys, Executive Director of CityLink Center
To Apply: Send email with “Director of External Relations” in the subject line to [email protected]
Include a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations.
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Please send your resumé and cover letter to [email protected]