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Abby’s House Job Announcements

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Development and Communications Specialist (Full-Time)

Posted: January 5, 2018

1. Organizational Background

Founded in 1976, Abby’s House was one of the first shelters specifically for homeless women in the US. Our mission is “to provide shelter and affordable housing, as well as advocacy and support services, to homeless, battered and low-income women, with or without children.” Abby’s House currently has 77 units of affordable housing and nine overnight shelter beds that are supported by advocacy services.                                                                                              

Abby’s House is a safe and welcoming place that values everyone who walks through its doors. We provide a home to residents and guests, not just a place to live. We believe that each person is unique and deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion. Abby’s House is a community of people - residents, shelter guests, staff, volunteers, board members, donors, and community partners -  working together to achieve our mission. The contribution of each is valued and respected.

2. Position Overview

The Development and Communications Specialist affords the opportunity for a qualified individual to have significant impact on expanding public awareness of Abby’s House and our impact in order to achieve organizational and philanthropic goals.  The position is responsible for every aspect of Abby’s House marketing and public relations efforts, including telling the story of our impact on women’s lives and engaging new and existing supporters through presentations,  printed materials, social media, agency website, presentations, and the media . It is a highly collaborative position and requires the ability to work effectively with staff, donors, Board members, volunteers, our residents and guests, shelter and the public. The Development and Communications Specialist is a key member of the Development Team and reports directly to the Director of Development.

Essential Responsibilities:

·Public Relations & Donor Cultivation – Print, Radio, TV, Online Media

o   Develop media strategy to promote the organization

o   Research media outlets and develop and maintain media relationships

o   Manage external media requests

o   Manage speaking requests and develop presentation materials

o   Train and support a cadre of volunteer speakers

o   Deliver presentations

o   Participate in strategic networking events

·Marketing & Donor Stewardship – Print and Electronic Materials and Social Media

o   Coordinate the production of the printed newsletters (3x per year), including design and content

o   Coordinate the design and development of the Annual Report

o   Develop regular electronic communications and develop strategies to expand online audience

o   Expand visibility on social media, especially Facebook, and engage new and existing audiences

o   Coordinate website redesign & maintain engaging and informative website content

o   Working with the Supportive Services Team, develop women’s stories to be used in multiple development and communication strategies

o   Take, collect, and store photos for easy access

·Direct Fundraising & Special Events

o   Participate in the design and development of the Annual Appeal

o   Develop content and messaging for the annual Giving Tuesday campaign

o   Develop and manage publicity for special development events, both pre and post event

o   Develop flyers, programs, handouts, etc. for a variety of purposes and audiences, including events

o   Help support grant applications to foundations and corporations, as requested

3. Qualifications

Candidates must possess the following qualifications: a bachelor’s degree; a minimum of 2-4 years of relevant experience; excellent ability to communicate verbally and in writing; ability to work in a collaborative manner and demonstrate appreciation for the contributions of others; exceptional time management and project management skills and ability to meet deadlines; strong skills with Microsoft Office products; ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Knowledge of website management and graphic design experience, specifically in InDesign, are a plus.

4. Salary and Benefits.

This position is a regular, full-time position. Regular, full-time employees are scheduled to work 35 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget. On an annual basis, Abby’s House offers 4 weeks of paid vacation time, up to 40 hours of paid sick time, and 11 paid holidays, and provides a flexible work environment.  Abby’s House contributes 70% toward the premium of a family or individual insurance plan that is offered through Abby’s House.  Abby’s House is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes diversity at all levels of the organization.

5. Application Instructions.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to applications@abbyshouse.org. In your cover letter, please describe your interest in helping to achieve the mission of Abby’s House. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Please apply as soon as possible.

 


Job Announcement: Development Director (Full-Time)

Date Posted: October 4, 2017

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

Founded in 1976 by Annette Rafferty and a cadre of volunteers, Abby’s House was one of the first shelters specifically for homeless women in the US. Our mission is “to provide shelter and affordable housing, as well as advocacy and support services, to homeless, battered and low-income women, with or without children.” Abby’s House currently has 77 units of affordable housing and nine overnight shelter beds that are supported by advocacy services.  Abby’s House has a long and rich history of working with the complexities of homelessness and abuse, and has developed an innovative and flexible program model based on respect and hospitality. We help each woman to recognize her own inner strengths and abilities and to connect with the resources, information and support to get her life back on track. 

Abby’s House has a $1.3 million annual operating budget. Abby’s House receives no government funds for its annual operations and instead depends on the generosity of individual donors, local businesses and corporations, and local foundations. The Development Team is responsible for raising close to 60% of the annual budget, and the Development Director serves as the primary fundraiser for individual and leadership giving as well as foundation and corporate gifts and grants, working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Abby’s House has successfully raised over $1 million for the Opening Doors, Transforming Futures Capital Campaign to renovate and preserve 54 units of housing at 52 High Street and to fund organizational sustainability initiatives, and seeks to complete the $2 million campaign in the coming 12-18 months. 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Development position is responsible for every aspect of Abby’s House development program, with the goal of achieving annual fundraising targets established in the annual development planning process. The Director of Development will manage and supervise a small development staff, including a Communications and Development Specialist.  Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for the following duties associated with this position:

1. Planning, Goal-Setting, Performance Management

·Develop annual fundraising plan to align with annual operating budget and strategic plan and include metrics for all fundraising areas.

·Establish performance measures, monitor results and help the Executive Director, Development and Campaign Committee and Board of Directors evaluate the effectiveness of Abby’s House development program.

·Assure implementation of fundraising strategies employ economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and solid return on investment.

·Coordinate with staff to produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports on fundraising progress for distribution to Executive Director, Development Committee and Board of Directors.

2. Individual and Leadership Gifts

·Develop and implement strategies to acquire new donors, to facilitate donor loyalty, and upgrade existing donors through direct mail, email and web communications. 

·Identify leadership gift prospects and develop strategies for elevating donor commitment.

·Proactively manage a portfolio of a predetermined number of active major donors/prospects and create and execute cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for each.

·Work in partnership with Executive Director to shape and implement strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of Executive Director’s annual and campaign prospect portfolio.

·Track and manage annual and campaign donor prospect portfolios of volunteers and Board members.

·Maintain high visibility with the community and remain accessible to community members.

·Oversee the planning and management of annual special events in the annual fundraising plan, including event logistics, marketing, and solicitation of sponsors and donors.

3. Foundation and Corporate Giving

•Manage and grow foundation and corporate giving program

•Maintain grant tracking system

•Prepare, write and submit applications to foundations and corporations, and submit required follow-up reports

4.Donor Recognition/Stewardship

·Assure design and implementation of donor recognition and stewardship program

·Write personal acknowledgment and stewardship letters for signature by executive director, board members, and key volunteers

·As needed, plan, manage and execute meetings and events that advance donor involvement, cultivation and stewardship for major gifts

5. Data Systems, Gift Acknowledgement and Gift Reporting

·Oversee gift entry and gift acknowledgment process to ensure timeliness and accuracy.

·Oversee database to ensure individual donor information and other data is captured in a timely and accurate manner.

·Oversee accurate gift crediting and reporting for both annual gifts and the capital campaign.

6. Collaborations/Coordination

·Staff the Board’s Development Committee and Campaign Committee, organizing meetings and working with volunteers one-on-one to ensure they are prepared and supported in their fundraising and campaign-related assignments.

·Maintain effective and timely communication with Abby’s House Executive Director and program directors to incorporate funding priorities in donor cultivation and solicitation strategies.

·Work with communications staff and external vendors to develop donor communications, ensure consistent messaging and develop/refine needed fundraising and campaign materials, including case for support, newsletters, brochures, and all website and social media.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must possess the following qualifications:

·5-10+ years of relevant fundraising experience that includes leadership gifts and corporate and foundation relations.

·Must have a proven track record of success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual leadership gifts.

·An understanding of leadership gift fundraising principles and best practices and experience with portfolio development and management.

·Demonstrated success in identifying prospects and building donor relationships.

·Aptitude for producing donor-centric communications to strengthen the relationship with supporters from diverse backgrounds.

·Experience with racially, culturally and economically diverse individuals and communities and a commitment to inclusiveness in all facets of the development program.

·Ability to successfully plan and manage a multi-faceted development program and prioritize competing priorities.

·Experience with database management and attention to detail.

·Persuasive verbal and written communication skills and strong presentation skills.

·Ability to work collaboratively with a sense of humor and compassion.

SALARY & BENEFITS

This position is a full-time, exempt position and requires 35-40 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.  Abby’s House offer generous benefits, including  4 weeks of paid vacation time, up to 40 hours of paid sick time, and 11 paid holidays.  Abby’s House contributes 70% toward the premium of a family or individual insurance plan that is offered through Abby’s House.  Abby’s House is an equal opportunity employer, and in keeping with our values, is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to applications@abbyshouse.org. In your cover letter, please describe your fit with the mission and values of Abby’s House. We will review applications on a rolling basis, and we will accept applications until the position is filled. Please apply as soon as possible.


Job Announcement: Receptionist (part-time)

Posted: July 17, 2017

Abby’s House is looking for a part-time receptionist to start on August 28.   Hours are weekends from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and/or 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and occasional week nights from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Responsibilities include:

·Handling all inquiries in the reception, including phone calls and walk-ins with a respectful and friendly manner. 

·Respond respectfully to any needs that may arise among residents and shelter guests during your shift.  

·Receive all in-kind donations (thrift shop, Kitchen, etc.)

·Respond to emergency situations, contacting 911 and/or emergency on-call staff, according to Abby’s House protocol.

·Record all activities and observations in daily log book each shift.

·Assist residents with the completion of maintenance request forms or incident report forms.

The receptionist has to exemplify hospitality and respect to volunteers, donors, guests, residents, and staff at all times and to value people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. He/she must maintain the confidentiality standards of Abby’s House and must keep a safe, secure and respectful environment at 52 High St. Spanish speaking abilities are preferred but not required.

If you are interested, send your resume to applications@abbyshouse.org. In your email, please explain why you are interested in the position.