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Annual Fund Manager

Title: Annual Fund Manager
Department: Development
Reports to: Vice President for Development
Status: Regular Full Time

Major Functions and Purpose

In cooperation with the Vice President for Development, the Annual Fund Manager will design and implement an annual plan to raise operating funds, set funding priorities and oversee the implementation of a targeted strategy for fundraising from individuals, foundations and corporations. Responsible for meeting annual budgetary goals set for these areas of responsibility. Develops a strategy for grant applications.

Essential Job Functions

• Annual Operating Appeals – Oversee all direct mail appeals per year. Develop new strategies to identify, target and solicit new donors.
• Sponsorships – organize sponsor opportunities and benefits package as they relate to annual operating support, call on corporations and individuals for support of events and programs, manage volunteers to make calls.
• Grant Writing – oversees all aspects of soliciting money through grant processes. Assures that deadlines are met and that reporting requirements are achieved.
  • Coordinate and lead the activities of a grant program that supports NCSML projects, programs, operations and capital endeavors
  • Research grant programs and plans, write funding applications
  • Prepare grant applications for submittal and prepare quarterly, annual and/or final reports as required by granting agencies
  • Maintain a database of grant activity and requirements for funded grants
  • • Attend interdepartmental meetings to identify and prioritize project needs, coordinate and research grant preparation assignments
  • Work with project managers when writing applications
  • Edit draft applications for accuracy, completeness and clarity and submittal of all applications in accordance with grant requirements
  • Provide timely advice and information on funding opportunities, requirements and procedures; collaborate in defining and implementing project funding strategies
  • Serve as a resource to the vice president for development and other departments of the organization regarding city, state and federal funding programs; provide information, research, analysis, written reports and recommendations as needed
• Exhibit Fund – Arrange ongoing appeals for restricted funds for temporary exhibits.
• Special Events – Work with volunteer committee and board members to conceive, plan and hold large and small fund raising events each year, including BrewNost!. Recruit and organize volunteers as necessary, staff all volunteer committees, strategize and coordinate sponsor solicitations (with Vice President for Development), marketing and all details of events, including mailing lists and registration.
• Records, Correspondence and Acknowledgments – Work with the Database Manager to oversee the recording, acknowledgement, correspondence and paperwork associated with gifts, pledges, and memberships
• Reports – Generate reports as needed on progress and success of fund-raising activities on a regular basis.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree
• Two years of related experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the skills, knowledge and ability necessary to perform the tasks
• Experience in historical or cultural institution preferred
• Valid Iowa driver's license

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of annual fund strategies
• Experience with databases; DonorPerfect experience a plus
• Experience with a variety of software, including all applications in the MicroSoft Office Suite
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Excellent organization skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
• Ability to take initiative and utilize innovative techniques and ingenuity
• Ability to interact with various departments of the NCSML
• Ability to research opportunities
• Ability to work flexible hours
• Ability to travel when required
• Ability to participate as a team player
• Ability to develop, write and implement strategy
• Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects
• Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data
• Ability to solicit new prospects
• Ability to act as a spokesperson on behalf of the organization to engage donors, prospects, volunteers and others
• Ability to identify donor interests
• Ability to manage a caseload of prospects with varying charitable capacities and motivations to move them toward gift closings
• Knowledge of grant application process and writing of applications
• Knowledge of various grant programs available to cultural nonprofit organizations
• Ability to track the disposition of funding with project managers and funding agencies
• Sense of humor

To apply, provide letter of interest including salary history, resume and three professional references to:

Jason S. Wright CFRE
Vice President for Development
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Place SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404