POSITION TITLE: Development Officer

SUPERVISOR: Chief Development Officer

FLSA STATUS: Full-Time Regular, Exempt

SALARY: Commensurate With Experience

The Development Officer will work with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) in securing funds for the Soulsville Foundation to support initiatives of The Soulsville Charter School, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and the Stax Music Academy. This position will work to influence and build relationships with individual donors, corporations, foundations, and volunteers and will assist in planning, developing, and maintaining fund-raising program initiatives, campaigns and events.

• Assist with creating and maintaining annual fundraising plan and related calendar.
• Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
• Support the CDO in the solicitation of individuals, corporations, foundations, and other groups.
• Maintain timely and consistent contact with donors and potential donors in order to establish, sustain, and enhance positive relationships leading to ongoing gifts.
• Work to create and implement ongoing campaigns designed to build the donor base.

Grant Writing
• Research grant opportunities to find potential new funding sources.
• Collaborate with CDO and Directors within the organization to prepare narrative and related materials, complete applications, and follow up with related reports and stewardship.
• Maintains comprehensive schedule of grant opportunities, deadlines, follow-up activities and reporting requirements for grants received.

• Responsible for gift acknowledgement process and thanking donors in a timely manner.
• Monitor Foundation compliance with donor gift intent.

Special Events
• Develop strategies and oversee fund-raising events that are consistent with the Soulsville Foundation’s mission and supportive of the strategic goals of the organization.
• Maintain events calendar.
• Manage the implementation and logistics of Soulsville Foundation fundraising and donor stewardship/cultivation events.
• Assist with securing corporate sponsorship for events via proposals and grant requests as needed.
• Solicit in-kind goods and services as needed.
• Recruit and manage volunteers for events.
• Screen requests from business and community groups requesting permission to do a Soulsville Foundation fundraiser
• Schedule and document post event de-briefings.

Database Management:
•Manage gift entry and donor acknowledgement process.
• Maintain donor and foundation records to ensure accuracy and efficacy of donor database.
• Create monthly and annual fundraising reports

• Act as a member of the Soulsville Foundation team by attending meetings and providing input to strategic initiatives.
• Participate in long range planning and annual budgeting

• Perform other reasonable duties as assigned by Soulsville management

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.

• Bachelor degree in marketing, public relations, communications, or related subject.
• Minimum of two (2) years fundraising experience.
• Working knowledge of special events and fundraising for organizations.
• Knowledge of the grant writing process and experience writing grant proposals.

• Excellent communication skills, including writing, presentation, and public speaking.
• Excellent organizational and planning skills. Ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects and work assignments from a variety of staff and volunteers.
• Possess a strong sense of protocol, tact, and diplomacy and ability to work well with a variety of people and personalities.
• Able to maintain confidentiality.
• Willingness to take and utilize constructive feedback.
• Computer skills (Microsoft products, MS Word, MS Excel. PowerPoint and database management desirable).
• Capable of working with professional and lay volunteers and staff with sufficient maturity, judgment, confidence, and poise in a dynamic environment.
• Ability and willingness to work irregular hours.
• Ability to track and maintain expenses within an established budget.

Physical requirements include ability to sit for extended periods at a desk and at meetings on airplanes and automobiles, standing, climbing stairs, walking, mental pressure; lifting files, boxes, suitcases, etc., weighing up to 25 pounds. Ability to work flexible hours, including some weekends and holidays.

Fast paced office environment and travel to client locations, events, etc.

TO APPLY: Applicants need to send a resume, cover letter, and list of possible references to