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Planned Giving Officer

The Planned Giving Officer will be responsible for marketing and solicitation of planned gifts to support a comprehensive campaign. In addition to identifying and cultivating potential benefactors, the Planned Giving Officer shall promote the involvement of community leaders and other advocates of the National Parkinson Foundation in enhancing the image and visibility of the organization. The person in this role reports to the Senior Vice President of Constituent and Community Relations, and works collaboratively with the VP of Constituent Relations and major gifts team to execute a comprehensive planned giving program.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Expand and manage a Planned Giving fundraising program with specific short-term and long-term objectives.
  • Maintain your knowledge of Planned Giving news and trends in the industry. 
  • Manage the Legacy Society program and develop a strategic plan to increase membership.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors for planned and blended gifts; track and monitor donor histories; determine which donors to target and ensure appropriate outreach is designed and pursued for them; follow up with all prospects (personal visits, phone calls, letters) who have made or expressed interest in making a planned or blended gift; ensure all donors are recognized for their contributions (correspondence, recognition and dedication events, celebrations, invitations to special events.)
  • Strategize and consult with volunteer leadership, donors, and staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, and upgrade donors/prospects with gift planning strategies.
  • Prepare charitable gift tax calculations for prospects and donors. Supply necessary information to donors' attorneys and financial advisors.
  • Develop a planned giving marketing plan, overseeing planned giving marketing materials, e-newsletter and web site for constituencies. Review content and design; coordinate all aspects of mailings, including coordinating with annual fund direct mailings.
  • Serve as resource to staff and donors on charitable giving issues and tax law; advise attorneys, financial advisors, and other professionals on gift policies; attends staff meetings to discuss and consult on major gift reviews and strategy sessions.
  • Conduct planned gift presentations to donors, constituents, board members, staff, and other constituencies.
  • Ensure that all materials, including letters, proposals and reports, are well-written, accurate and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Contribute to the planning of high-level cultivation and stewardship events to further engage major gift prospects and donors in the Foundation’s work and more deeply connect them to the organization.
  • Utilize the Raiser’s Edge database and prospect tracking system to carefully assess the prospect pool and analyze fundraising effectiveness to assist leadership in the forecasting of potential revenue as accurately as possible for strategic and operational planning purposes.
  • Communicate the goals and needs of the National Parkinson Foundation to prospective donors, the business community and the public and represent the National Parkinson Foundation as needed. 
  • Experience/Skills Required:
  • A minimum of 5 years of successful fundraising experience in a $10M organization.
  • Must have a proven track record in soliciting, closing planned and blended gifts, a demonstrated success in growing planned giving commitments.
  • Ability to exercise independent initiative and execute and analyze effectiveness of program goals.
  • Ability to represent the National Parkinson Foundation with a wide range of constituencies in a manner that heightens the quality of the relationships and advances the positive perceptions of the Foundation in the community.
  • Working knowledge of, and experience with, Planned Giving software such as Raisers’ Edge and PG Calc. and Crescendo.
  • Exceptional ability in high level strategic planning, project management and organizational skills.
  • Superior written communication and presentation skills with a keen attention to detail; commitment and ability to articulate the organization’s mission and purpose.
  • Tactful exercise of judgment and discretion with sensitive and highly confidential information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to relate well with individuals at every level of an organization, both internally and externally.
  • Seasoned professional with the savvy, composure and skill to navigate across a comprehensive organization
  • Estimated amount of travel associated with this position is 40%.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to jbussotti@parkinson.org . Discuss in your cover letter your qualifications, why you think you would be a good fit for this position and your salary requirement (range is fine).

National Manager of Signature Events (Telecommuting Position)

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is an international nonprofit organization. The mission is to make life better for people with Parkinson's through expert care and research. 

The National Manager of Signature Events is an integral part of the national signature events team. This role will work in conjunction with local Moving Day staff, where NPF has established a branded signature walk event, to ensure we are meeting and exceeding budget and raising awareness to further the organization's mission. The individual in this role will execute this event in coordination with NPF senior leaders as well as local chapter leaders.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work collaboratively with NPF Moving Day staff, other internal NPF departments and volunteer leaders to implement NPF signature walk events.
  • Ensure Moving Day staff establish and implement best practices, organize event logistics, recruit participants, and produce a successful fundraising event.
  • Assist with local walk events as needed.
  • Establish close relationships with top participants, key volunteer leaders and sponsors.
  • Provide training and support to NPF Moving Day staff in corporate walk development, volunteer development, and team development.
  • Work with the National Director, Signature Events, to develop and manage event budgets and provide post-event analysis.
  • Work with National Director, to review budget and forecasts to inform Chapter and field teams of areas of opportunity and risk for the Walk campaigns.
  • Innovate and implement new and creative fundraising strategies throughout the campaign year.
  • Work with the National director to manage and grow the corporate team program strategy and supporting resources to expand the participation of companies and their employees.
  • Work with NPF corporate development team to secure national corporate partners for signature events and help chapters secure local corporate and media sponsors.
  • Work with NPF Communications Department to implement a national marketing campaign to promote the walk event and drive participation.
  • Work with the Communications Department, Chapter Services Technology Director and outside vendors to implement and improve online fundraising platform to support chapter walk events.
  • Create content for walk communications tools and materials.
  • Additional national projects, as needed.

Experience/Skills Required:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in nonprofit management, communications, marketing or related field.
  • Minimum (5) years' experience with a national nonprofit walk program, including successful career track with a national voluntary health organization with chapters.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to work in a remote environment.
  • Strong customer service and presentation skills required.
  • Strong technical skills, including experience with the Microsoft Software Suite and web-based media, required.
  • Familiarity with donor/customer database and online fundraising tools.
  • Overnight travel to NPF Chapters, Trainings and conferences (estimated at 40%).

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Kayln Henkel at khenkel@parkinson.org. Discuss in your cover letter your qualifications, why you think you would be a good fit for this position and your salary requirement (range is fine).

Community Development Manager (Golden Valley, MN)

The Community Development Manager is responsible for the implementation of the mission through corporate relationship development, fundraising, event management and volunteer development. The person in this role will cultivate partnerships and alliances that will promote growth and awareness within the community.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement and monitor an annual budget and work plan, including fundraising, leadership-development and volunteer-development.
  • Lead fundraising efforts, leadership development and volunteer development with corporate partners.
  • Create and implement strategies to meet fundraising goals through the Moving Day® event(s) program and other Chapter fundraising events as assigned.
  • Oversee all logistics and volunteer management for Moving Day event(s) and other events as assigned.
  • Recruit volunteer leaders and committee members to assist in implementing the fundraising work plan.
  • Serve as a consultant and resource to volunteers. Provide professional leadership in planning and implementing their tasks and/or responsibilities.
  • Assure appropriate utilization of volunteer skills and resources and provide guidance in carrying out assignments and recognition for their time and effort.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records and files for fundraising events, programs and activities and routinely review the status of each with your supervisor.
  • Direct the cultivation, solicitation, follow-up and recognition process for individual, corporate and foundation participation and donations related to Moving Day and other Chapter events as assigned.
  • Coordinate all collateral materials (printed and electronic) related to fundraising events, programs and activities.
  • Coordinate public relations, social media and promotion for fundraising events.
  • Perform all other duties and tasks required to support all new and/or proposed fundraising events.
  • Keep abreast of National Office activities and properly utilize the resources available.
  • Be knowledgeable about Parkinson's disease and the Foundation's strategic plan and operations.
  • Assure the proper use, management, security and upkeep of the facilities, equipment, and documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

CHAPTER-SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for acquisition of corporate sponsorships, participation in corporate volunteer programs, and acquisition of corporate grants.
  • Develop Parkinson-friendly Workplace participants among Corporate partners.
  • Proactively keep the www.parkinsonmn.org website up to date on upcoming fundraising events, volunteer opportunities and recognition, and acknowledgment of corporate sponsors, grantors, and Parkinson-friendly Workplace participants.

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED

  • BA/BS degree
  • Five to seven years in not-for-profit fundraising, preferably within a health-related organization.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising experience that includes special events, corporate/foundation giving, donor cultivation and recognition, donor records and acknowledgment.
  • Proven and applicable skills in strategic planning and budgeting and volunteer development.
  • Self-motivated, results-oriented leader with strong organizational skills.
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Raiser's Edge and Convio/ Luminate Online a plus.
  • Proficiency in WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

The National Parkinson Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE M/F/D/V.

To Apply: Please email your resume to Julie Steen, NPFM Executive Director; julie@parkinsonmn.org.

Communications Intern (Miami, FL)

Start date: Spring Semester: January 2017 – May 2017
Paid or Unpaid: Paid

Description:

The National Parkinson Foundation is looking for an exceptional undergraduate/graduate student communications intern to work directly with the communications team on an array of marketing and web projects.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in building a resume and learning from a great team.  You will work with passionate professionals, learn first-hand how to apply best practices in communications and enjoy a real opportunity to make an impact on a debilitating disease.  We need a commitment of 20-25 hours a week.  Start and end dates are somewhat flexible, but we ask that you commit to a 4-month internship timeframe for a Spring internship.

About the National Parkinson Foundation:

Our mission is to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease through expert care and research. Everything we do helps people actively enjoy life with their friends, families, children and grandchildren until there is a tomorrow without Parkinson’s. We have funded more than $200 million in research and support services to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s. NPF Centers of Excellence comprise the first international network to focus on how to provide expert care for people with Parkinson’s. Our local Chapters provide the Parkinson’s community with a range of enriching services including support groups, wellness classes and education programs. NPF provides a community of support so no one has to face this disease alone. NPF is here to help people with Parkinson’s and their families fight this disease every day.

Requirements:

We are looking for a high-caliber intern to support our Communications department. We need an individual who is committed to a high standard of excellence and can thrive in a small organization with an ambitious agenda. Our ideal candidate is a:

  • Current college student (junior/senior) or graduate student
  • Self-starter who takes initiative, comfortable wearing many hats, can solve problems self-sufficiently, but takes direction well
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Graphic Design & HTML skills preferable 
  • Detail-oriented; can be counted on to produce high-quality work
  • Interested in non-profit sector
  • Prior work and/or intern experience a plus

Responsibilities:

  • Conducting research and communications audits
  • Media monitoring
  • Social media management: listening, reporting and creating content 
  • Development of secondary social media networks
  • Various marketing activities
  • Array of administrative duties

Contact: Please e-mail your cover letter and resume by December 30 to Kristy Pomes, Communications Coordinator, at kpomes@parkinson.org. Please be advised: resumes without a cover letter will not be reviewed. 

Community Development Manager (D.C. Area)

The Community Development Manager is responsible for the implementation of the mission through programs, fundraising events, corporate development, and volunteer development. The person in this role will cultivate partnerships and alliances that will promote growth and awareness within the community. The focus of the work for this position will be based in the DC area and surrounding states.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement and monitor an annual budget and work plan, including fundraising, public education programs, support services, leadership development and volunteer development.
  • Create and implement strategies to meet fundraising goals through the Moving Day® walk program and other events as assigned.
  • Lead fundraising efforts, leadership development and volunteer development with corporate partners.
  • Oversee all logistics and volunteer management for Moving Day event(s) and other events as assigned.
  • Recruit volunteer leaders and committee members to assist in implementing the fundraising work plan.
  • Serve as a consultant and resource to volunteers. Provide professional leadership in planning and implementing their tasks and/or responsibilities.
  • Assure appropriate utilization of volunteer skills and resources and provide guidance in carrying out assignments and recognition for their time and effort.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records and files for fundraising events, programs and activities and routinely review the status of each with your supervisor.
  • Direct the cultivation, solicitation, follow-up and recognition process for individual, corporate and foundation participation and donations related to Moving Day and other events as assigned.
  • Coordinate all collateral materials (printed and electronic) related to fundraising events, programs and activities.
  • Coordinate community-based public education programs and attend local support group meetings.
  • Coordinate public relations and promotion for fundraising events, programs and activities.
  • Perform all other duties and tasks required to support all new and/or proposed fundraising events, programs and activities.
  • Seek opportunities to address community needs and positively impact local community while advancing the mission, goals, and values.
  • Utilize the resources available and keep abreast of National Office activities.
  • Maintain knowledge about Parkinson's disease and the Foundation's strategic plan and operations.
  • Assure the proper use, management, security and upkeep of the facilities, equipment, and documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED

  • BA/BS degree
  • Five to seven years in not-for-profit fundraising, preferably within a health-related organization.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising experience that includes special events, corporate/foundation giving, donor cultivation and recognition, donor records and acknowledgment.
  • Proven and applicable skills in strategic planning and budgeting and volunteer development.
  • Self-motivated, results oriented leader with strong organizational skills.
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Raiser's Edge and Convio a plus.
  • Proficiency in WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

To apply: E-mail Kayln Henkel at khenkel@parkinson.org your cover letter and resume. Please be advised that a resume without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

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