Director of Development
DC CENTRAL KITCHEN 18 reviews - Washington, DC

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DC Central Kitchen seeks a Director of Development & Communication to join our dynamic team and support our mission. Our Mission is to use food as a tool to: Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community; Empower Minds by providing leadership and service learning opportunities. The DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) is a national leader in the future of hunger relief, empowering the next generation of leaders to implement innovative models for combating hunger, developing food systems, and helping communities to help themselves.

  • The Director of Development is a member of the organization’s executive team reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. The Development Director plans, directs, and coordinates all development activities, major fundraising activities and special projects, by performing duties personally or through subordinates.
  • Work closely with individuals, corporations and foundations who support and advocate for DCCK’s goals and initiatives through charitable gifts that improve, enhance and expand the vitality of our programs and initiatives. Develop a strong base of financial donors and bolster opportunities to receive major gifts.
  • Develop both short and long-term funding goals and research private and public sources of grants for the organization.
  • Draft grant proposals and write reports concerning money collected from government agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals.
  • Identify prospective, manage existing and cultivate new foundation, corporate and individual relationships.
  • Manage grant calendar while developing and implementing annual foundation & corporate fundraising plan.
  • Work with executive and program staff to design new and enhanced program activities, integrating funder priorities and knowledge of the development landscape.
  • Work with Finance Department to generate proposal budgets and accurate, timely financial reports.
  • Reconcile monthly figures with Finance Department.
  • Exhibit a high comfort level with “initiating relationships,” proven track record of creating or establishing initiatives, programs, or organizations is extremely desirable.
  • Expand DCCK’s funding database, evaluate marketing options; develop, coordinate and implement a major gifts program.
  • Lead the initiative to develop, coordinate, maintain and implement the annual fundraising plan.In consultation with program staff and the CEO, prepare grant proposals and reports.
  • Develop and grow our individual donor base; manage annual giving campaign; cultivate major gifts.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy.
  • Complete solicitations including revocable intentions, and new face-to-face meetings.
  • Implement a thorough donor acknowledgement and stewardship system and maintain consistent contact with major donors.
  • Utilize appropriate development reporting processes; monitor and objectively evaluate all DCCK fundraising appeals; develop standard activity and progress reports for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Manage the solicitation process; including recommending proposal ask amounts and monitoring committee/volunteer assignments.
  • Undertake special projects/events such as but not limited to Capital Food Fight, Sound Bites, Arena Stage and annual donor events as requested.
  • Actively participate in quarterly Board and Development Committee meetings as well as monthly Finance Committee meetings of the board of directors.
  • Directly supervise employees in the Development and Communications Department. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Minimum of 5 years of development, fundraising, public relations/marketing, management or business development in a service industry or with a non-profit; emphasis on corporate sponsorships or corporate giving is required.
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexible, team focused, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively. Public speaking and presentation skills are critical to this position.
  • Proficient in the use of technology, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Access, PowerPoint and social media.
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, supervisory, administration and management skills. Ability to lead and train others.
  • Self-starter, comfortable working independently and collaboratively with a team; ability to make critical decisions while adhering to organizational policies, procedures and goals.
  • Ability to stay flexible and keep a sense of humor while working successfully in a fast-paced environment.
  • Desiree to be part of a large non-profits whose mission is to "combating hunger and creating opportunity".
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and/or quota of over $4.5 million annually.
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new accounts. Resourceful, creative, able to demonstrate strong partnership-building, problem-solving and event planning skills.
  • Knowledge of and connections to the funding community in metro Washington, DC and nationally.
  • Team-player with strong dedication to the purpose and mission of the Kitchen, combined with the confidence that comes from experience and achievement.
  • Personal value system that encompasses a solid work ethic, personal integrity, conscientiousness, strong moral character, political astuteness and discretion with confidential information.
  • Positive, enthusiastic, professional image in representing the Kitchen with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to think clearly and reason well, and willingness to ask questions, solve problems and figure things out.
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports.
  • The successful applicant will work well in multicultural teams and with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with donor tracking systems.
  • Articulate the mission, vision, goals and core values of the Kitchen.
  • Manage a portfolio of major gift level prospects through the entire cycle of development from research and identification through cultivation, solicitation, closure and stewardship.
  • The desired candidate will possess strong community development skills, a precise mixture of tenacity and approachability.

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