Development and Communications Specialist
Homeward Bound of WNC
Asheville, NC US
Posted ago
Homeward Bound of WNC

 In collaboration with the Senior Resource Development Director and Major Gifts Officer, the Development and Communications Specialist will create and execute a strategy to increase Homeward Bound’s donor base including soliciting and cultivating business sponsors. The Development and Communications Specialist will manage all internal and external communications and collateral ensuring Homeward Bound’s message is consistent, appropriate, and engaging. The Development and Communications Specialist will be responsible for creating informative and creative social media, marketing, and advertising content, updating and maintaining Homeward Bound’s website. The ideal candidate will be well adept at fundraising and communicating through the written and spoken word, social media, film, and web content. 

Responsibilities

DONOR RELATIONS

  • Collaborate with the Resource Development team to ensure that donors, volunteers, and community stakeholders are nurtured and appreciated
  • Assist Senior Resource Development Director and Major Gifts Officer in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors. This includes recognition and fundraising events and activities
  • Educate, table at events, and speak in public on behalf of the agency
  • Organize collateral and materials needed for RD team appointments and events
  • Assist Major Gifts Officer with agency tours and follow up with attendees

COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES

  • Take the lead in coordinating bi-monthly e-newsletters
  • Generate content and layout for e-newsletter, annual report, and printed newsletter
  • Update website regularly and add new content
  • Either take photographs or coordinate a photographer for all events and occasions
  • Draft and design direct mail pieces and coordinate with print shops
  • Design promotional materials and flyers as needed
  • Develop a social media strategy including crowdfunding campaigns
  • Produce, film, edit and distribute video and podcast content
  • Design of annual report

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • Take the lead in soliciting businesses for annual sponsorships
  • Meet with sponsors before and after events to ensure fulfillment of sponsorship benefits
  • Coordinate with Business Engagement Specialist on the promotion (social media, e-newsletter, etc.) of community-initiated events and REACH events
  • Coordinate with Grants Manager on thanking grantors on social media

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, certificate in nonprofit management a plus
  • Three years of successful experience in fundraising and development work required
  • Graphic design experience required
  • Marketing experience preferred
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Videography and video editing skills a plus
  • Extensive experience crafting social media posts, maintaining and updating the agency website, crafting newsletters and e-newsletters
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and Adobe
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team

Compensation
$45,000 yearly
About Homeward Bound of WNC

For over 30 years, Homeward Bound has been the leading nonprofit in Buncombe County focused on ending homelessness, using the Housing First model since 2006. We have an annual operating budget of approx. $7.1 million, with 90 dedicated staff members, including case managers trained in motivational interviewing and trauma-informed practices. We work collaboratively with community partners and have a proven track record of helping individuals and families achieve long-term successful housing stability.


Since adopting the Housing First model, we have moved more than 2,236 people from homelessness into permanent housing, 89% of whom remain successfully housed. For more information, visit: https://homewardboundwnc.org/


Mission:

To prevent and end homelessness in our community through permanent housing and support.

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