Community Development & Engagement Director

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity
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Spooner, WI
$35,000 - $45,000 a year - Full-time

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  • $35,000 - $45,000 a year

Job type

  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • Weekends as needed
  • Evenings as needed
  • Monday to Friday


Spooner, WI

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  • 403(b)
  • 403(b) matching
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance

The Community Development & Engagement Director will leverage a global brand, organization history, and the ReStore in leading, planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive fundraising program (includes but is not limited to individual giving, including major gifts; direct mail; capital campaigns; planned giving and special events) with an emphasis on building philanthropic relationships with individuals; oversee marketing, communications, and public relations; and establishing and maintaining a high level of accountability for fundraising quality, ethical standards, and effectiveness. This position will be responsible for careful stewardship of the organization’s brand and telling “the Habitat story” with creativity, thought, and intention throughout the organization. This position serves as a member of the leadership team, effectively communicating the goals, impact, and the importance of donor contributions.

Key Responsibilities:


· Develop, implement, and oversee clearly defined and set metrics with timelines and calendars for fundraising strategies and set outcome measurements. Responsible for preparing well written meeting briefings, strategy documents, and solicitation proposals to support the organization’s fundraising goals and mission.

· Cultivate and maintain relationships with individual donors, corporate partners, community groups, and others ensuring sustained support for the mission. Implement personalized acknowledgment strategies to express gratitude for specific contributions and demonstrate the organization's appreciation. Schedule and conduct one-on-one meetings with potential and existing donors to build relationships, share updates, and discuss philanthropic opportunities. Acknowledge all gifts in a timely and appropriate fashion, with high-touch approaches for major donors.

· Develop and implement targeted communication campaigns, including mailings, newsletters, emails, and personalized updates, to keep donors informed about the organization's impact and upcoming initiatives. Closely monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities and programs to ensure all communications with current and potential donors and/or stakeholders and the processes set meet established guidelines and partner agreements.

· Plan and organize events to express gratitude and appreciation to donors, fostering a sense of community and connection with the organization. Establish and maintain donor recognition programs to publicly acknowledge and honor contributors, both online and through physical displays at organizational events and facilities.

· Organize and execute fundraising events (fundraising breakfasts, donor open houses, special events), take lead on securing event sponsorship, fostering donor engagement and participation.

· Manage donor databases, maintaining accurate and up-to-date records to enhance communication and stewardship efforts.


· Lead outreach initiatives to enhance Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity's visibility and impact in Northwest Wisconsin.

· Organize open houses or information sessions for potential beneficiaries, providing an opportunity for them to learn about the organization's programs, application processes, and eligibility criteria.

· Host events to engage potential partners, sharing insights about the organization's mission, ongoing projects, and how they can get involved. Foster new and existing partnerships with local businesses, schools, and community organizations to expand the organization's network and reach a broader audience for both fundraising and programmatic purposes.

· Work closely with local churches to grow partnerships and build campaigns to fund builds Develop and facilitate mission focused events, workshops and Skills Labs related to housing, community development, and homeownership, contributing to the organization's educational outreach efforts.

· Develop and implement ways to receive more corporate material donations for the ReStore and build projects including finding ways to cultivate these donors to move them into the financial donor pool.

· Attend and actively participate in community events, meetings, fairs, and forums to raise awareness about the organization, engage with the public, identify potential supporters, program participants and volunteers, and advocate for affordable housing solutions and building collaborative relationships.


· Develop and articulate persuasive and impactful messages that resonate with potential donors and stakeholders. Create narratives and stories to communicate the organization's mission, goals, and the impact of donor support.

· Collaborate with leadership team members to create compelling materials showcasing our local success stories, statistics, and the impact of our work.

· Ensure a high degree of professionalism and consistency in messaging and graphic identity across various communication channels. Develop materials that effectively communicate the organization's mission and initiatives including brochures, newsletters, social media posts, annual appeal letters, holiday cards, Giving Tuesday, and other promotional materials.

· Create press releases and media outreach. Regularly identify and develop opportunities to publicize Habitat’s work. Arrange media announcements and interviews as needed.

· Oversee the creation and distribution of personalized and timely communications to donors, acknowledging contributions and expressing gratitude.

· Oversee the organization's online presence, ensuring that website content is up-to-date, engaging, and reflective of the organization's development goals.

· Develop and implement social media strategies to promote fundraising campaigns, engage with donors, and increase overall awareness.


· Proven track record of achieving targets year over year record of accomplishment in fundraising or sales in generating significant revenue from public, private and nonprofit sources.

· Ability to think strategically, develop plans and execute and evaluate them successfully.

· Excellent relationship-building skills to cultivate and sustain donor and community partnerships. Professional and comfortable with a variety of people and audiences.

· Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, marketing, and public relations skills, with the ability to convey the unique impact of Habitat for Humanity.

· Familiarity with the communities that Wild Rivers serves, including the community at large.

· Excellent problem solving skills, research skills, and ability to manage multiple priorities well under tight deadlines.

· Self-motivated, results-oriented, and able to work both independently and collaboratively within a team.

· Ability to travel as required within our service area and out of state as needed.

· Passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity and a commitment to making a positive impact in Northwest Wisconsin.

To thrive in this role, you must be enthusiastic, highly organized, innovative, and self-motivated. The role involves in-person work at our offices in Spooner and/or St Croix Falls, with regular travel throughout the entire service area. Some evenings and weekends are required. The position requires a physical presence at the offices and travel (up to 25% of the time) throughout Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, Price, Rusk, Taylor, and Washburn Counties. There is also the flexibility for a hybrid work arrangement, allowing for a combination of in-person and remote work. This provides an excellent opportunity for candidates to balance the benefits of working on-site with the convenience and flexibility of remote work.

If you’re ready to make a lasting impact, drive change, and help to create a better future, you’re invited to apply for this influential role. Together, we’ll build a better future for all.

About Us:

Join the dedicated team at Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to financing, building and repairing homes and transforming lives in Northwest Wisconsin. Our mission is to eliminate substandard housing in communities and provide affordable homeownership opportunities for all.

Our Work:

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity has been a cornerstone in the community, addressing housing needs and creating lasting change. Since our inception in 1997, we've built over 52 homes and repaired over 450, providing stable and affordable housing for families in need. Our commitment extends beyond construction; we actively engage in community development initiatives, empowering families to build a better future.

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $35,000.00 - $45,000.00 per year


  • 403(b)
  • 403(b) matching
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance

Patient demographics:

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Older adults


  • Evenings as needed
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Work Location: In person

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