Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 03-Jun-2019 to 02-Jul-2019
  • - Indy Reads
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • very attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary
  • Full Time
  • health, 401(k), and generous PTO/days off benefits

Indy Reads is seeking a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to provide strategic leadership to meet the defined revenue generating, communications, and fiscal goals of the organization. The CDO will guide Indy Reads' fundraising efforts, is a relationship builder for the $1.2 million dollar organization, and ensure a diversified and balanced funding stream.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected record of accomplishment.

About Indy Reads
Indy Reads builds literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. For over 30 years, we've worked toward a vision of 100% literacy for all. High literacy levels give access to greater developmental, educational, and career opportunities, but current statistics show that 1 in 6 adults in Indiana read at or below a fifth-grade level. Through our Community Classrooms literacy program we help adult learners increase their literacy and English language proficiency, and our certification programs help to improve employment opportunities for adults of all literacy skill levels. Our student-centered curriculum is led by experienced instructors and trained classroom volunteers, and staff are there for students from the intake process through program completion.

Position Duties:
The Indy Reads Chief Development Officer (CDO) provides strategic leadership to meet the defined revenue generating, communications, and fiscal goals of the organization. The CDO guides Indy Reads' fundraising efforts, is a relationship builder for the $1.2 million dollar organization, and ensures a diversified and balanced funding stream. Along with the CEO, the Chief Development Officer serves as a public face of the organization to all stakeholders and constituents and, as such, must operate with integrity, professionalism, and demonstrate the highest level of passion for the mission. In addition, the CDO will work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members as they serve their fundraising and ambassador roles.
 
This position has the following direct reports: VP of Development and Marketing, Bookstore Manager, and Finance Manager (PT).
 
Primary Role and Responsibilities

Development 70%
• Collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to develop and implement Indy Reads' financial capacity strategy to sustain the organization
• Support and partner with the CEO and board members on all major fundraising initiatives
• Actively work with the CEO and development team to create and implement a comprehensive development strategy that includes corporations, foundations, government grants, and fee for service
• Has primary responsibility for development of grant strategy and execution of all proposals; collaborates with grant writer to create proposals focused on long-term relationship-management
• Oversee research of funding sources and opportunities, with foresight that positions Indy Reads ahead of major funding changes or trends
• Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
• Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program
• Identify, develop, and mentor the development team

Indy Reads Books/Marketing 20%
• Work with store manager to develop annual operating plan, including annual/monthly sales targets
• Provide leadership and guidance to the Indy Reads Books team
• Ensure Indy Reads Books is an integral part of the Indy Reads development and marketing plan
• Continually find and create opportunities to tell the Indy Reads story in fresh and relevant ways to partners, donors, funders, supporters, and the community at large
• Expand Indy Reads' influence in addressing Central Indiana's workforce development needs
• Position CEO as a speaker or presenter for mission-related events and panels; provide event support including attendance, talking points and marketing materials
• Supervise creation of all external communications and promotional materials in all formats, including digital newsletters
• Ensure that Indy Reads branding standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to by all departments within the organization
• Oversee writing and distribution of press releases, respond to media and public information requests
• Review and manage all marketing and media promotion related to special events
 
Finances 10%
• Guide and support the annual budget process
• Provide leadership and support to Finance Manager
 
Organizational Leadership
• Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the Development, Bookstore, and Finance teams
• Serve as a vital member of the leadership team by staying abreast of organizational issues and contributing to the development and achievement of the organization's long-term vision, positive culture, and strategic operating plans
• Maintain an effective relationship with the Indy Reads Board of Directors, responding to information requests in a timely manner.
• Participate in all Board meetings and other Board Committee and Task Force meetings as needed
• Collaborate with VP of Program to understand their objectives and align those objectives in revenue generating strategies and functions
• Serve as strategic thought partner to the CEO
 
Position Qualifications:
Prerequisite experience in building a highly performing fundraising and development program. The candidate must have established connections and relationships throughout the Indianapolis community. 

Additional area specific qualifications include:
 
Results' Proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; High level of business acumen including successful P&L management; Ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; Creative resourcefulness in problem-solving and project management; Proven experience with  expanding and cultivating existing donor relationships over time.
Strategic Vision and Agility' Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and construct, articulate, and implement them in annual revenue generating plans.
Capacity Building' Ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, and develop a top-notch workforce and processes to ensure the organization runs smoothly.
Leadership and Organization' Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people: a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations and ability to connect with staff both on an individual level and in large groups; Capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower top-notch leaders from the bottom up, lead from the top down, cultivate entrepreneurship, and position people to succeed by learning the strengths and weaknesses of the team.
Action Oriented' Enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; Able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; Not afraid to take charge of a situation; Can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary.
General Management' Thorough understanding of finance, systems, and HR; Broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing.

Position requirements:
• Undergraduate degree required. MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired. CFRE preferred.
• 10-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization with demonstrated success in a development role
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and foster long-term relationships
• Flexible and adaptable leadership style that can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
• Ability to work independently without close oversight, take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
• High energy and passion for Indy Reads' mission is essential
• Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
• Customer focused
• Experience with Clifton StrengthsFinder
• Retail experience preferred, but not mandatory

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