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Development Specialist

Springfield, MO | Full Time
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Job Description

Description

About FosterAdopt Connect


FosterAdopt Connect (FAC) works with children, youth, and families as they navigate the complexities of the child welfare system. With the help of innovative tools, a dedicated professional staff, and over 20 years of experience working in the Kansas and Missouri foster care systems, we’re equipped to connect children with families that provide love, healing, and stability for a brighter future and offer programs to ensure their success.


Be part of a diverse, inclusive, exciting team! FosterAdopt Connect works with children, youth, and adults as they navigate the complexities of the child welfare system. Join us in changing the lives of foster children, one family at a time. 


Job Summary: The Development Specialist performs duties related to fundraising, and grant writing. They will execute both community fundraising and grant writing to increase the capacity of FosterAdopt Connect Springfield. The development specialist will work with the Development Director to create and implement the fundraising strategies for FosterAdopt Connect in the Springfield Resource Center. The position will also be responsible for donor and grant research and tracking. 


Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  

  • Assist with the implementation of the Springfield development plan that includes, but is not limited to: annual appeals, major donor identification, grant research and writing, corporate and individual appeals, social media, and special events. 
  • Work to establish annual grant calendar and responsible for all grant submissions for Springfield opportunities, under the leadership of the Development Director.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of special events as directed by the Development Director. 
  • Assist with website management and social media content in collaboration with the Marketing Department at Headquarters. 
  • Grow social media avenues, focusing on visibility outreach and actionable engagement.  
  • Assist with donor database management, updating all information in a timely and consistent manner. 
  • Generate donor acknowledgment letters and other donor communication language in conjunction with yearly development plan. 
  • Work collaboratively with Development Director and Marketing Department on creation of print materials, such as brochures, fliers, invitations, as related to Springfield region.  
  • Other duties as assigned.



Requirements

Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Previous grant writing experience  
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work  
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to make presentations and speak to groups 
  • Knowledge and experience with data entry systems and reporting
  • Knowledge of social media tools
  • Experience using Canva, and graphic design skills


Compensation and Benefits

  • Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Medical and dental insurance with 80% of monthly premiums covered for employee and dependents.
  • Vision insurance with 100% of monthly premiums covered for employee and dependents.
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) with generous employer contribution.
  • Life insurance and long-term disability provided at no cost to employee. 
  • Voluntary life and short-term disability options available.
  • 403(b) retirement plan with up to a 6% employer match.
  • Flexible Spending Account with medical expense and dependent care options.
  • Employee Assistance Program, with 8 annual visits 100% covered.
  • Education Tuition Assistance available.
  • Generous paid time off and holidays.


FosterAdopt Connect does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs or services. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and members.


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