BRC-HH (Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill) is hiring for a Development/Public Relations Director. The Development/Public Relations Director is responsible for designing, implementing and managing Bidwell Riverside Center’s and Hawthorn Hill’s fund development and public relations/marketing strategies. The Development/Public Relations Director will work closely with the Executive Director to achieve fundraising and communication goals.
Develop an annual budget and plan for fundraising with specific annual goals.
Cultivate major donors including identification of prospects and facilitating meetings and person-to-person solicitations for the Executive Director.
Develops program to acknowledge donors and nurture continued giving.
Research and develop grant opportunities that will assist with funding operations and projects.
Write grant proposals in accordance with grantor standards or requirements and provides grant reporting when required.
Plan and manage annual fundraising events.
Create print materials, multi-media presentations to generate interest and support.
Prepare press releases and manage media relations.
Plan and supervise the implementation of social media tools to advance Bidwell Riverside Center’s and Hawthorn Hill’s missions and inform our supporters of opportunities to give, volunteer and advocate.
Responsible for creation and distribution of e-communications.
Help plan and implement capital campaigns.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or related field. CFRE status preferred.
Minimum three to five years progressive fundraising experience with demonstrated success.
Thorough knowledge of fundraising practices.
Strong communication skills, oral and written.
Experience in grant writing and implementation, and knowledge of sources of funding.
Events management experience.
Ability to effectively communicate through use of written and social media.
Capacity to prioritize and handle multiple projects.
Ability to effectively represent Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill in the community and to develop rapport with funders and donors.
Willing to work outside regular business hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.
Current driver's license with good driving record and adequate auto liability insurance coverage.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive pay based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits include PTO; health, dental, disability & life insurance; and 401(k) plan retirement program.
About Bidwell Riverside Center-Hawthorn Hill
Bidwell Riverside Center envisions a future where no one lives in poverty and every person has the opportunity for a positive future. Bidwell has been in existence for 126 years. Bidwell has two programs: Child Development Center and Distribution Center. The Child Development Center serves low and very low income families and provides comprehensive education and care for children two to five years old. The Distribution Center is the largest-serving food pantry in Iowa, serving more than 4,000 individuals per month.
Hawthorn Hill operates housing programs for families with children experiencing homelessness and has been operating since 1978. Hawthorn Hill has two programs that serve homeless families: New Directions Shelter and The Home Connection. New Directions Shelter provides emergency shelter and supportive services for approximately 30 days. The Home Connection provides affordable housing and supportive services for families for 2 -4 years to help families achieve financial independence.