Blessings in a Backpack (Blessings) mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Each week of the school year, Blessings and its thousands of volunteers and partners send a bag of food home with children who, during the week, are at risk of going hungry when school meals are unavailable.
During the 2018-2019 school year, approximately 87,000 children at over 1,000 schools nationally received a Blessings bag each week.
This position requires a take-charge, self-starter to lead the Blessings program in the Frederick area. The Managing Director will have overall responsibilities for implementing Blessings strategic plan with a focus on board development, local fundraising, volunteer management, program sustainability and expansion, and operations. The Managing Director will conceptualize and manage complex project plans, working in close collaboration with the Blessings senior management team and local advisory board.
The Managing Director is a direct report to the Chief Program Officer of Blessings, working closely with the local Advisory Board to build on the success of the existing Frederick program.
The Frederick County Blessings Chapter was established in 2014 and estimates serving 3,100 children in 22 schools in the 2020-21 school year. Over 250 community members volunteer with the chapter program operations, special events, and community functions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Key responsibilities include:
- Fundraising: Secure support to fund the chapter’s budget, utilizing materials and campaigns created jointly with the national fund development team. This includes:
- Individual giving: annual fund, monthly giving program, major gifts, family foundations, and planned giving
- Corporation Partnership Program: Sponsorships, school investor partnerships, employee engagement packing events, and regional general support
- Grants: United Way, corporations, foundations, etc.
- Events: Giving Tuesday, community open house, and others as identified
- Develop and maintain local “School Partner” program
- Work closely with Counselors, Community Liaisons, Administrators, and FCPS leadership
- Public relations and marketing: Maintain and enhance brand recognition and relationships in the geographic region, utilizing materials and campaigns created jointly with the national marketing team and local materials. This includes:
- Back-to-school campaign
- Giving Tuesday campaign
- Local storytelling and PR efforts
- Attending community events, such as the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, etc.
- Maintain and develop local corporate partnerships
- Volunteer management: Engage members of the community to give their time to help feed more kids on the weekends, including:
- Board: Working with the national office, recruit, train, and support the local advisory board in their efforts to help fundraising, build brand recognition, and drive growth
- Program: Recruit, train, and support local program volunteers
- Program operations: Working with the local volunteer team and Blessings School Coordinators to ensure weekly program management and operations, including, but not limited to;
- Manage food ordering process
- Ensure weekly bag distribution at partner schools runs smoothly
- Develop and monitor chapter and program location budgets to ensure appropriate resource availability and allocation
- Maintain understanding of chapter budget status and communicate with internal stakeholders as needed
- Coordinate the annual chapter budget planning process
- Ensure that donor requirements are met within chapter financial operations
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum five years of fund development experience in the geographic area, or comparable sales/revenue generation experience
- Proven track record of managing portfolios of donors from diverse sources, securing $500,000+ annually
- Experience in donor cultivation, stewardship, and grant writing
- Experience in planning and executing special events for fund-raising
- Knowledge of, and connections to, the local Frederick community
- Experience in working with a volunteer Board (Advisory Board or Board of Directors)
- Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse groups of people
- Ability to build and maintain effective internal and external interpersonal relationships
- Experience in budget review and development
- Experience in managing the overall P&L of an operating unit or department
- Writing skills for effective presentations, reports, memos, and grant-writing
- Experience in public speaking to address various sized groups in both informal and formal meetings
- Measurement and Results Orientation
- Demonstrated success in working in organizations with accountability systems with metrics for outcomes and results
- Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks/projects while maintaining attention to detail
- Willingness and ability to attend local business and social events that require both workday and evening availability, plus travel within the geographic area
- Ability to travel overnight by airplane on a limited basis
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
- Home office in the geographic area
- Personal car transportation (mileage is reimbursed in accordance with IRS rules)
- Valid driver's license
- Desire to make an impact on food-insecure children in your community
- Sales and customer relationship management experience
- Knowledge of effective marketing strategies and tactics
- Work experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented, entrepreneurial organizational environment
- Project management experience
- Knowledge of Raisers Edge
Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid time off (PTO), Paid Holidays, Paid Winter Break, Summer Fridays, FSA Plan, 403(b) Plan
Relocation assistance is not available.
Interested individuals should send cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
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