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FULL-TIME POSITION:

Director of Development

Reports to:  President & CEO

Position Summary:  This is a career making opportunity for a highly motivated individual to create something truly amazing in our community.   Candidate will grow a small organization into our vision of becoming a World Class organization that ignites creativity and shapes the future of a million kids and families each year.   Candidate will be responsible for building the SPARK! Development program and department to prepare for and execute an upcoming capital campaign.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute the development strategy to grow SPARK! from a prototype facility into our future vision
  • Develop and build the SPARK! Development Department to a level that achieves the capital campaign objectives
  • Promote the work of SPARK! throughout the community in a manner that will encourage people to share of themselves and their finances; and to become engaged in providing regular support
  • Manage donor care, recognition, cultivation and solicitation processes
  • Develop and implement an infrastructure for the strategic cultivation and stewardship of event donors to become long-term donors to SPARK! ensure proper post-event follow up plans are executed
  • Plan, organize, and direct all fundraising initiatives, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events, grants, online giving and capital campaign and other areas as specified by the CEO
  • Develop new strategies to expand net proceeds of all events
  • Make public appearances and speaking engagements both inside & outside SPARK! to share the work of SPARK! with the community
  • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a regular basis to maintain donor engagement
  • Manage, support and provide professional development for staff members assigned to Development
  • Coordinate the work of The Board of Directors’ Development Committee
  • Ensure that advancement related materials are distributed in a timely and appropriate manner for the Advancement Team
  • Work closely with Marketing on development materials for fundraising events

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 plus years of demonstrated leadership success in designing and managing comprehensive annual giving programs and fund raising events for nonprofit
  • Creative problem-solver who will excel in a new, growing and fast paced environment  
  • Good judgment, unquestionable ethical integrity and unfaltering attention to detail
  • Ability to work well independently while maintaining strong collaborative relationships throughout the organization
  • Demonstrably high level of confidence gained from experience as a successful fundraising professional; emotionally resilient
  • Passionate and genuine service-oriented disposition
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the dynamics of this area’s political, educational and corporate entities
  • Innovative strategies for networking, team building and growing revenue streams
  • Relational in all types of business cultures and to a variety of constituents
  • Visionary with a strong ability to lead boldly
  • Diversified oral communicator who excels in the art to engage and inspire potential donors
  • Cultivator of long-term relationships and legacy givers, as much as first-time donors
  • Passion for the work and programs of SPARK! and ability to effectively communicate the organization’s vision to a wide range of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteers
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time
  • Strong computer skills and donor database knowledge including: PowerPoint, Excel and Salesforce
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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.  

Please send cover letter & resume to: info@sparkdallas.org

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INTERNSHIPS:

Development and Events Intern

Term: Fall Semester with option to continue in Spring Semester

Level: College Student

Reports to:  Development Associate

Position Summary: Intern will assist SPARK! Staff in planning and execution of major fundraising and awareness building events to ensure success in raising funds for the organization, building a loyal donor base, and cultivating existing relationships. In this position, the intern will learn valuable project management and event execution skills in addition to gaining experience working with a young and growing nonprofit organization. 

Responsibilities:

Assist SPARK! team with planning and execution of three major SPARK! events:

  • Whimsy (awareness building event) – October 21, 2017

                       Responsibilities include:

      • Capture and track RSVPs
      • Communicate and confirm details with all event vendors – catering, entertainment, decorations, instructors, etc.
      • Assist SPARK! staff with other items as needed
  • Passport to SPARK! Silent Auction and Fundraiser – November 11, 2017

                       Intern will assist SPARK! Team with:

      • Marketing and communications
      • Guest list management
      • Volunteer recruitment
      • Auction item management
  • Student Creativity Showcase – takes place during Winter/Spring with culminating event on April 19, 2018

                      Responsibilities include:

      • Expand SPARK! database of local teachers, schools, and children-focused nonprofits
      • Draft all communications for teachers and parents – informational letters, flyers, showcase rules and requirements, FAQs, etc.
      • Review and maintain organization of all student submissions (Spring Semester)
      • Coordinate and manage both judging schedules, prepare judging rubric (Spring Semester)
      • Oversee distribution of prizes to all showcase winners (Spring Semester)
      • Assist with planning and execution of showcase event on April 19 (Spring Semester)

Qualifications:

  • Current college student
  • Interested in Nonprofit
  • Able to work up to 20 hours a week
  • Passion for the work and programs of SPARK! and ability to effectively communicate the organization’s vision to a wide range of audiences
  • Highly organized, with ability to work in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work well independently while maintaining strong collaborative relationships within the organization
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbal and in written
  • Creative problem-solver who will excel in a new, growing and fast paced environment
  • Good judgment, unquestionable ethical integrity and unfaltering attention to detail
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must provide own laptop and transportation

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter with contact information to info@sparkdallas.org.