ETF RECRUITING FOR REGIONAL ADVANCEMENT OFFICER

September 03, 2019

POSITION DESCRIPTION

East Tennessee Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 community foundation serving 25 counties in East Tennessee.  Governed by a volunteer board of directors, our mission is to provide philanthropic leadership inspiring donors to make lives better and communities stronger in enduring ways across generations.

The Regional Advancement Officer will work independently and as a member of the advancement team with the Foundation’s Board of Directors and its Advancement Committee, affiliate funds, community organizations, professional advisors, and donors throughout the region.  Indicated below are the responsibilities and qualifications.

The position requires a demonstrated ability and willingness to work with others in a team-oriented structure and to perform a variety of tasks, ranging from detail-oriented administrative projects to complex management of advisory boards, organizational planning, strategic initiatives, and project implementation.  The candidate must be comfortable working with and presenting to diverse groups (office colleagues, board and affiliate fund advisory board members, prospects, donors, grantees, community leaders, volunteers, etc.) to help accomplish the strategic work plan of the Foundation. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate initiative within the advancement team, as well as support the work of the program team.

           

Responsibilities:

            Provide primary staff leadership and support to affiliate fund advisory boards, help to coordinate and lead meetings, assist in strategic planning, development of work plans, and implementation. 

            Prepare and maintain all documentation related to affiliate fund and regional advancement activities (includes both original composition and revision/updating of existing documents, meeting agendas/minutes, plans, schedules, agreements, etc.)

            Perform general tasks related to affiliate funds and other regional advancement activities, including data entry, photocopying, scanning, filing, making file folders, and maintaining electronic and written office records.

            Serve as a staff liaison between the Foundation and its affiliate funds and their constituencies, including board members, professional advisors, prospective and current donors, and local organizations.

                     Serve as a member of the advancement team in providing prompt and efficient service to donors, prospective donors, and professional advisors throughout the region.

            Direct affiliate fund grantmaking with assistance from the program team as needed/requested.

            Gain proficiency in Foundant-Community Suite, the Foundation’s system-wide software platform, with shared responsibility for adding new profiles, maintaining current forms and lists, updating with pertinent information, and general maintenance, especially as it pertains to affiliate fund and regional advancement activities.

            Prepare general correspondence and content for marketing materials including both original composition and revision of existing documents.

            Assist in the preparation for ETF board and committee meetings, special events and community meetings.

            Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

B.S. or B.A. degree in a related field preferred.  At least five years of experience working in advancement, development, fundraising, community building or with nonprofit organizations required. 

Education or experience in soliciting and administering planned gifts.

            Excellent relational and communications skills, both written and verbal.  Must be comfortable interacting with individuals as well as small to large groups (advisory boards, committees, community groups, etc. with diverse and differing skills-sets, knowledge, and experience).  Public speaking skills/acumen are essential.

            Affinity, willingness, and flexibility to travel and work a variable schedule (days, nights, occasional weekends) as needed to accomplish regional        advancement and affiliate fund goals. 

            Strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude, and ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with diverse individuals.  Ability to advance numerous complex projects simultaneously.

            A superior knowledge of databases, Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), website maintenance, Microsoft Windows and other software systems.

The Foundation offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.  Search will be kept open until appropriate candidate is identified.

Please send written inquiries and resumes (with cover letter and list of employment references) to:

Trudy Hughes

Vice President for Regional Advancement

East Tennessee Foundation

520 W. Summit Hill Drive

Suite 1101

Knoxville, TN 37902

thughes@etf.org

EAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATION (ETF) IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER OF SERVICES AND EMPLOYMENT AND RESPECTS, CELEBRATES, AND ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY THAT POSITIVELY CONTRIBUTES TO THE COMMUNITY.  ETF DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, GENDER, FAMILIAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AGE, DISABILITY, COVERED VETERAN STATUS OR ANY OTHER CLASSIFICATION PROTECTED BY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAW.  ETF ENCOURAGES ITS GRANTEE AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS TO ADHERE TO THESE PRINCIPLES.