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Senior Director of Development

Senior Director of Development

Friends of the Children – Detroit is seeking an extraordinary leader to take our fundraising and marketing efforts to the next level as Senior Director of Development. The Friends’ innovative model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the highest risks and we have a recent opening in the Detroit chapter.

The Senior Director of Development will be relentlessly driven to advance the Friends’ brand, achieve best-in-class marketing to reach prospective donors, and increase the organization’s fundraising capacity (through donor stewardship, events, and grant writing).

The ideal candidate will have a smart head for business, a creative spark, outstanding communication skills, and a soft heart for kids.  He or she will be proactive, results driven and possess a sense of urgency while at the same time, look to focus their talents to make a real difference for children facing the highest risks.

 Here's what we have to offer you: 

  • Opportunity to work with an engaged, motivated Board that works hard, gives generously, and raises funds.
  • Strong, cohesive National team support committed to innovation and high standards.
  • A team of talented employees who are passionate about working together to create an extraordinary and impactful organization.
  • Respect for work-life balance for yourself and others. You'll bring your full self to work and lead by example by integrating work and personal life with attention to self-care so that your work schedule is not depleting.
  • A comprehensive benefit package
  • Compensation commensurate with experience. 100K - $115K (salary/incentive)

Basic Function / Position Objective:

Our Senior Director of Development will be instrumental in accomplishing the fundraising goals of the chapter. They will work alongside our Executive Director, the Board of Directors with support from the Development and Program staff and in coordination with the rest of the Friends National network, to actualize the organization’s fiscal goals and values.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations
  • Work effectively – with ED, Board, and independently -- to identify and cultivate donors including individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Support the ED and Board of Directors with revising and implementing a development plan, systems and strategies as necessary to move our fundraising to the next level
  • Supervise the development team, including but not limited to the Director of Marketing/Communications/Grants as well as the Development Assistant.
  • Develop and implement a fundraising plan to increase annual fundraising efforts by 25 – 30% year over year for the next 3 years.
  • Perform prospect research on individuals, corporations, and foundations evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
  • Demonstrate and create stewardship plan & processes for showing gratitude in timely, appropriate, and delightful ways
  • Actively participate in aspects of planning, budgeting, and managing the growth and development of the organization through philanthropy
  • In partnership with the team, plan and implement a minimum of two successful events each year
  • Excellent organization, time management, delegation and follow-up skills
  • Coordinate with ED and board on revenue targets and achievements
  • Plan, coordinate and execute special funding opportunities (parlor/house parties, end-of-year-end appeal, Annual Report, etc.)
  • Collaborate with Director of Marketing/Communications/Grants on a basic communications plan that will focus on educating and raising visibility for donors and prospects. This should include social media channels and electronic newsletters
  • Familiarity with state, local, and national philanthropic, governmental, and business communities
  • Ability to research, prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and reports
  • Make, and in some cases attend, appointments with/for ED with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees)
  • Prepare timely, specific, and relevant materials for development meetings and conversations
  • Identify and utilize creative methods for gathering stories from Friends to be shared as appropriate
  • Strive to ensure that organization’s commitment to equity is reflected in all decisions, communications, and processes

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Be willing and able to attend and actively participate in team meetings, staff functions, and development events
  • Possess commitment to extreme attention to detail, including but not limited to ability to implement self-checking procedures for data entry, produce accurate correspondence and reports, and produce and edit written materials accurately and consistently
  • Have excellent project management and organizational skills to routinely manage and prioritize daily work and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously, especially during high-volume times of the year
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Have a passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations
  • Be a self-starter with high level of initiative and willingness to learn
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be social media savvy

Required Education, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 7 years equivalent experience required
  • Provide specific evidence of success in fundraising

Preferred Experience, and Abilities:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of direct fundraising experience working with individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Proven experience in increasing fundraising efforts year over year.

At Friends of the Children – Detroit you get to think globally and act locally. We are a new chapter within a growing established national network that provides professional mentors to thousands of children across the country.  As the Senior Director of Development, you’ll receive expert support from our National team, which is in Portland, Oregon. You will also work with a talented team of leaders from the 28 other sites, who collaborate to support the award-winning National scaling plan.

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely based on their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12 ½ years. No matter what.

#ThePowerOfOne https://friendsdetroit.org/how-it-works/power-of-one

To learn more about Friends of the Children Detroit, go to https://friendsdetroit.org/

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Professional Mentor " Friend"


PROFESSIONAL MENTOR “FRIENDS” SEARCH

Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is impacting generational change by empowering youth through relationships with professional mentors. We do this by providing children facing the most obstacles with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12+ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Friend at our Detroit Chapter.

At Friends of the Children we put children first and use our values to change the way the world treats and views youth facing great barriers. As a Friend you will nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. Do you want to help eight of our youth discover their limitless potential, by fostering their internal resiliency? Are you ready to help build relationships within the communities of our youth and families to strengthen social networks and provide bridges to new opportunities? If so, the impactful role of a Friend might be for you.

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a mentor for our Childhood program (Kindergarten to 5th Grade) to serve as a positive adult role model to eight elementary children and develop loving, caring, and sustained relationships with each child. For each child, a Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote each child’s strength, talents, and abilities; help ensure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior. A Friend will fully document activities and participate in the ongoing evaluation process. Friends will work primarily one-on-one with their children, while also building trusting supportive relationships with parents/caregivers. A Friend must know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each child
  • Spend time with children, one-on-one
  • Partner with parents/caregivers to provide concrete and social emotional supports for the family.
  • Set realistic expectations and goals based on each child’s strengths, talents, abilities, and needs
  • Teach life skills and help develop a talent/skill/area of interest with each child
  • Provide enrichment resources and activities that include opportunities for cultural awareness
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life
  • Reinforce basic academic skills
  • Maintain a 40-hour work schedule that includes afternoons, evenings, and weekends (normal working days are Tuesday through Saturday with Sundays and Mondays off)
  • Maintain spending within budgetary guidelines
  • Complete, distribute, and collect time summaries, activity journals, short-term plans, expense reports, and evaluations materials accurately and in a timely manner
  • Attend and actively participate in team meeting and staff functions
  • Maintain First Aid/CPR certification
  • Provide information and support to the development and executive team on related activities
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested Additional qualifications:
  • Two-year experience working with children
  • Willingness to commit for a minimum of three years
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred
  • Advocate to secure additional resources, opportunities, and services for youth as appropriate • Assist with systems navigation in schools to secure conditions for optimal academic success • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with children, families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • A sense of humor is a plus

SALARY RANGE

$48K annually

BENEFITS

Comprehensive

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL:

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:

2-degree required. 4-year degree preferred.

Location: Detroit, MI

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely based on their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne

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Caregiver Engagement Specialist – Detroit

Caregiver Engagement Specialist

Detroit MI

Friends of the Children—Detroit is looking for a passionate, committed trauma informed candidate to perform the role of Caregiver Engagement Specialist to provide comprehensive resource navigation and direct service support to families. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the most barriers by providing paid professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country. The Caregiver Engagement Specialist will be tasked to support the establishment and expansion of our innovative, evidence-based model in Wayne County. The Caregiver Engagement Specialist will partner closely with caregivers who have experienced significant trauma themselves, with community-based organizations, and with the mental health and foster care systems to build parental protective capacities and improve family stability. He or she will engage and empower caregivers to reach their individual goals for their families.

The ideal candidate will have a smart head for data, and be an innovative leader deeply connected to the communities we serve. He or she will be proactive, results-driven, and possess a sense of urgency while at the same time look to focus their entrepreneurial talents to make a real difference for children whose families are most at risk of entering the foster care system. The Caregiver Engagement Specialist will work closely with the Program Director (PD) and will help guide the Detroit site’s implementation, assessment, and evaluation of our two-generation model of support. The right candidate will be fiercely committed to equity and will ensure that every aspect of the organization’s mission is executed with full engagement of communities impacted by our work.

Here’s what we have to offer you:

  • The ability to implement and supervise a proven evidence-based mentoring model.
  • A strong, cohesive Local and National team committed to innovation and high standards.
  • A team of talented employees who are passionate about working together to create an extraordinary organization.
  • Respect for work-life balance. You’ll work hard, and we expect you to recharge your batteries.
  • A comprehensive benefit package
  • Salary $55K annually
  • Most of all, you get to serve in an exceptional organization that helps children facing incredible odds change their life story every day.

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended as a comprehensive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Essential Functions/Core Job Accountabilities:

Responsible for assessing risk factors, improving overall protective factors for each family, and collecting outcome data.

Responsibilities include providing the primary source of empowerment support and encouragement, tracking caregiver progress toward individualized goals; building intentional partnerships that advance targeted parent outcomes; providing resource referral, parent skill-building, and, crisis intervention; delivering a caregiver survey and collecting outcome data. The Caregiver Engagement Specialist works directly with Friends to ensure a “whole family” approach that promotes family stability and well-being.

Primary Responsibilities:

A. Caregiver Assessment

  • Collect, record, and administer participant self-assessments and all other participant data for outcomes progress and grant data reporting.
  • Co-develop individual goals plans with families that build protective factors in caregivers and advance family stability.
  • Assess and monitor families’ needs over time and provide ongoing support.
  • Maintain efficient, confidential and organized records; provide timely and appropriate case notes in our Efforts to Outcomes database.

B. Caregiver Empowerment

  • Model and coach the client family in multiple forms of parenting and communication skills, anger management, and problem-solving.
  • Empower and build skills in parents to positively and proactively engage in their youth’s education.
  • Mobilize parents to implement plans that advance the goals they have for their families.

C. Partnership Engagement

  • Work closely with PD to build intentional partnerships so that parents can meet their goals
  • Support families to build positive social networks.
  • Collaborate and strategize with parents to effectively partner with outside support systems and organizations.
  • Complement the work of the PD Friends by serving as an additional resource specialist in a variety of life domains that include, but are not limited to, mental health, workforce development, housing, and public benefits.

D. Program Support

  • Work closely with the PD to ensure caregiver outcomes are achieved.
  • Support PD in the child identification and selection process.
  • Solicit and obtain feedback from parents on monthly basis. Document and maintain all feedback and include in quarterly reports.
  • Collaborate with other employees to ensure quality, seamless service delivery to youth and families.
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead parent support groups/activities.
  • Collaborate with the Program Director in planning, training, retention, and provide support to families, Friends, and volunteers.

E. Additional Responsibilities

  • All Friends-Detroit employees are mandated reporters and are legally required to ensure a report is made when abuse is observed or suspected.
  • Be willing to work flexible hours and non-traditional hours on a regular basis and be on call in crisis situations.
  • Participate in Friends of the Children training to have a baseline of the content, skills, and language used throughout program for participants and staff.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in all directions regarding organizational issues, concerns, policies, and procedures. Raise and resolve issues appropriately.
  • Participate in regular conference calls with Program leads in the network, and otherwise communicate with personnel at the National office and other chapters about the program. Research, develop, implement, and sustain best practice programming to serve current and future needs of the organization as required.
  • Utilize program data to help develop, implement, and sustain enrichment activities and program excellence.
  • Be relentlessly committed to ensuring that youth and families reach their long-term outcomes.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with the Program Director about key aspects of the program, including the status of families, recommendations for improvement of the program.
  • Develop trusting, supportive relationships with families, and guardians of the children we serve.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; organizational and time management, delegation and follow-up skills.
  • Proven ability to deliver trauma-informed, culturally responsive services to families and their children.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships and work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies, including staff, program children, parents, schools, organizational supporters, Board members, and community partners.
  • Ability to represent, effectively and professionally, the organization to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to research, analyze data, design/develop, propose, implement, and sustain programming.
  • Ability to solve problems, work in a team environment, manage several issues concurrently, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced constantly changing work environment.
  • Strong project management skills. Proven ability to manage multiple deadlines, responsibilities, and competing priorities.
  • Ability to work in diverse work environments.
  • Knowledge of child development and child issues, particularly those most relevant to our program youth.
  • Awareness of community resources, and the ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with these resources.
  • Enthusiasm for helping to plan and manage the anticipated growth of Friends-Detroit in Wayne County, and commitment to developing personal skills and knowledge as appropriate to that growth
  • Master's degree in a mental health field from a nationally recognized accredited school or program offering mental health service delivery or related health care field, plus two years of experience in an appropriate and relevant setting.
  • Licensed for 2 years preferred (i.e. LCSW, LMFT, Ph.D., or PsyD; if licensed in another state, must meet the prevailing requirements for licensure in Michigan).
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license, driving record, and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Brown & Brown insurance carrier.

Friends-Detroit is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne

To learn more about Friends of the Children go to https://friendsdetroit.org

Apply Now