The Corporate and Community Relations Officer will manage activities and staff involved in corporate and community relations, individual and planned giving, grant development, and event management. Primary responsibilities include representing Memorial Blood Centers in the community, back-up for the Director, providing leadership and direction to team members, and managing philanthropic efforts that further the vision and mission of the organization.
Corporate and community relationship development
- Develop and manage community partnerships, including those with blood drive sponsors, vendors, foundations, and other affinity groups (e.g., Caring Bridge, BeTheMatch). Identify new opportunities for collaboration.
- Actively participate in market research efforts, including targeted data collection, and strategically apply findings to community development and fundraising activities.
- Attend community, educational and philanthropic events to increase MBC’s exposure in the community.
- Work collaboratively with the Director to build cross-functional synergy; develop long-range objectives for marketing and development campaigns that leverage the engagement of blood donors, financial contributors, volunteers, and others to maximize all avenues of their support to MBC.
- Enhance MBC’s visibility and reputation as a key healthcare resource among local and industry media, including serving as a spokesperson when necessary.
- Develop annual operating plans for all fundraising efforts that include dollar and donor goals, specific strategies to achieve the plan’s objectives and a supporting budget. Manage this annual plan with the key goal of increasing net contribution to MBC operations.
- Plan, organize and implement fundraising programs that target corporations, foundations, grantors, individuals, and other constituents, including: special events, planned giving and employee giving campaigns, direct mail appeals, in-kind contributions, memorials, event sponsorships, and other means of financial support.
- Develop and manage relationships with financial contributors to cultivate individual and planned gifts to MBC.
- Establish and implement a communications plan to strengthen MBC’s connection to financial contributors.
- Personally solicit financial contributions from individuals.
- Oversee and manage the grant development function at MBC, including direct management of Grant Writer.
- Expand grant development efforts, applications and success rate.
- Manage recognition and fundraising events, including all aspects of planning and results.
- Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field. Master’s degree in non-profit management a plus.
- More than 7 years experience and success in developing and managing individual, community and social responsibility relationships, plus experience with a proven track record of fundraising success required.
- At least 5 years experience in event planning and management, including demonstrated success soliciting financial sponsorships and support for fundraising events.
- Proven experience in community building, media relations, public speaking, including press interviews. Local media contacts a significant plus.
- Must consistently be able to professionally and constructively interact with the general public as well as corporate executives, boards of directors, managers, peers, et al. Must be self-motivated and able to initiate, manage and complete projects.
- Highly developed planning and organizational skills required.