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Events & Fundraising Coordinator

Abingdon, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Entry Level
Full time
1 - 2 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 12 Sep 2022

Expires on 12 Sep 2022

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Events & Fundraising Coordinator

United Way of Southwest Virginia is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for vacancies without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, or status as a veteran or other category protected under applicable state or municipal law. United Way of Southwest Virginia will reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants to permit them to perform the essential functions of the subject position.

Purpose of the Position:

The Events & Fundraising Coordinator works directly with other Development Team Members to achieve UWSWVA’s fundraising goals by providing resource development expertise, strategic accounts management, and hands-on coordination.  As a member of the UWSWVA team, the Events & Fundraising Coordinator contributes to the strategic goals and priorities for the organization’s year-round resource development efforts by building and sustaining resources.  The Events & Fundraising Coordinator reports to the Director of Development to carry out the work of United Way’s mission of leading community change to improve people’s lives in Southwest Virginia. 

Areas of Responsibility: (Other duties may be assigned)

  • Organize and manage the annual campaign within assigned geographical and/or divisional areas, meeting specific goals, timelines, and strategies for each area and/or division as established by the Director of Development.
  • Plan and carry out the recruiting, orientation, and training of fundraising volunteers and provide ongoing motivational support, aid, and technical assistance within assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Follow weekly call plan as assigned by the Director of Development to include cold calls to generate new revenue.
  • Track and record donor touchpoints using donor database.
  • Maintain relationships with key donors to ensure year-round support and assistance to promote the United Way and its programs to the community.
  • Develop new partnerships and give opportunities to broaden the base of financial support for United Way by furthering current and prospective donors’ engagement and retention and fostering their long-term relationships with the organization.
  • Work in conjunction with other Development Team Members in the planning, organizing, and carrying out of special events.
  • Review and process gifts in the donor database from assigned accounts and individuals as assigned by the Director of Development.
  • Work closely with the Director of Development and Finance to ensure accurate pledge/gift processing in the donor database.
  • Collaborate with the Development Team and the Director of Development to review previous campaign performance and giving histories, possible areas for improvement or increase, local economic conditions, and other relevant information to help determine realistic, yet growth-oriented fundraising potentials.
  • Assist with donor mailings, recognition of donors, and communication with donors regarding inquiries, donations, and invoices as requested.
  • Monitor campaign progress tracking and other data-oriented campaign processes.
  • Engage people in giving to United Way and advocacy and volunteering to support the United Way mission.
  • Promote United Way as a community impact agent.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all donor information.
  • Support Development and Finance by providing donor reports as needed.
  • Provide excellent customer service to partners, key donors, and prospects.
  • Participate in all events and activities demonstrating the ability to be a good colleague, proactive collaborator, and team builder.
  • Perform other duties and assume additional responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements of the Position:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • “Can Do!” attitude and a heart for serving people in need.
  • Strong commitment to maintaining integrity and confidentiality of donor information.
  • Ability to assign, direct and coordinate the activity of volunteers and monitor progress on delegated work.
  • Ability to build strong relationships among donors and key stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively with other staff, volunteers, and community leaders while managing multiple priorities and tasks, achieving results, and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to develop, implement and manage budgets and project plans.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and groups.
  • Computer Proficiency and Experience:  Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Adobe, and Publisher.
  • Knowledge of audiovisual production and event planning.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; organizational and prioritizing skills; and relationship-building skills.

Educational and/or Experience - Bachelor's Degree from accredited four-year college or university preferred; and related experience in development, including gift solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, and administration.

Residency and TravelIt is preferred that applicants reside in the service area and be available to attend early morning, evening, and/or weekend meetings on a periodic basis, and should be able to travel independently throughout Southwest Virginia.  This is not a remote position. 

Language Skills - Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills - Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, accounting, and geometry.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations - Valid driver's license and automobile insurance.

Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. This job’s specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment - The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Additional Information - This job also requires the following skills: Strategic thinking, leadership skills, problem-solving, professional demeanor, customer service, persuasive/negotiation, people skills, and extensive knowledge of fundraising techniques, volunteer management, and public speaking.