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Development Officer

Company: Make-A-Wish Mid-South
Date Posted: August 8, 2017

General Summary

Increase financial resources and awareness for Make-A-Wish Mid-South.  Meet set fundraising goals through the management of all fundraising areas in Central and South Arkansas.   


Job Responsibilities

  • Develop strategies and implement plans to renew, upgrade and acquire corporations through Wishmakers at Work efforts, matching gift opportunities, cause marketing, corporate giving and sponsorships.
  • Coordinate external special events to ensure that event policies are being adhered to and meet the requirement for maintaining the Make-A-Wish® brand.
  • Create and implement plan for solicitation and cultivation of schools and youth groups through the Kids for Wish Kids program.
  • Manage the Central Arkansas Regional Board program and activities
  • Oversee and execute the planning, production and logistics of Evening of Wishes event and Heart-filled Wish-A-Thon.
  • Solicit and secure donations from Clubs and Organizations, Family and Community Foundations, Individuals and Monthly Wishmakers. 
  • Represent the Foundation positively at speaking engagements/presentations to various groups and donors.
  • Manage the Young Professionals Group growing their membership and their fundraising.
  • Oversee development intern and supervise their progress and activity.
  • Establish and maintain excellent donor relationships by implementing the chapter donor stewardship plan.
  • Attend fundraising events when appropriate and approved.  Evening and weekend work and/or travel are required with varying frequency.
  • Participate in weekly Development Department Meetings, quarterly Department Meetings and one-on-one meetings with the VP of Development as scheduled or requested.
  • Act as a liaison between Wish Sponsors and volunteers when needed and as appropriate.
  • Prepare regularly scheduled or special reports accurately and efficiently. 
  • Work independently and efficiently with minimal onsite supervision.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested. 


Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university
  • Minimum two years fund-raising, sales or event planning experience preferred.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on details
  • Manage and prioritize multiple tasks effectively
  • Strong written and verbal communications
  • Ability to motivate and support a diverse constituency
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Make-A-Wish
  • Thorough understanding of the Little Rock community as well as regional area
  • Has the ability and willingness to travel regionally as required in this position
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional appearance
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge


This position is located in Little Rock, AR. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.