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Lifewater International

Donor Relations Manager

Lifewater International
San Luis Obispo, California, United States

Date Posted: 06/18/2008
Categories: Financial Services/Insurance
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

More than one billion people in our world struggle to survive without safe water. Almost two-fifths of our worlds population (2.6 billion people) lacks the security and dignity of a simple latrine. Lifewater International is committed to working toward a world where all people have access to these essential resources.

Established in 1979, Lifewater International is a Christian training organization that specializes in water development (through shallow well drilling, hand pump maintenance and repair, and biosand filtration), sanitation, and hygiene education. Lifewater trains qualified volunteer field trainers in North America who in turn train Lifewater-selected international partner organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Partners use these skills to provide safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education in local communities. All Lifewater training programs are rooted in participatory development principles and holistic approaches to community transformation.

Job Title: Donor Relations Manager
Category: Full-time, salary
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Closing Date: Applications accepted until position filled

Job Description
Lifewater International is seeking a full-time Donor Relations Manager to join the growing Communications & Development Department. The manager position is responsible for the care and cultivation of a growing individual donor base and the development of an endowment program. This position will work out of the organizations office in San Luis Obispo, CA and report to the Director of Communications & Development.

Major Responsibilities
Cultivate relationships with individual donors through personal visits, verbal and written communication.
Formulate and recommend specific fund raising strategies, plans, schedules, budgets and educational programs for individual donors.
Work to acquire new individual donors, retain existing donors, and encourage higher levels of gifting.
Oversight of major donor appeal strategy and letter writing.
Develop planned giving and endowment program.
Communicate current funding needs to donors and generate appropriate reporting.
Provide oversight of memorial gifting.
Provide oversight of the corporate matching gift program.
Maintain donor database.
Manage donor communication strategies.
Plan and implement annual international donor vision trip.

Qualifications and Skills
In agreement with and able to support Lifewaters Christian core values.
Ability to develop genuine passion for the work of Lifewater International.
Bachelors degree in public relations, marketing, or related field.
3+ years experience in fund-raising and major gift cultivation in relevant non-profit arena.
Experience in understanding/using large computerized databases for customers, clients, or donors (e.g., Raisers Edge)
Knowledgeable about legal and tax issues applicable to a wide variety of donation practices available to personal and corporate donors.
Overseas experience in non-profit settings preferred.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Team player with exceptional interpersonal skills.
Excellent organizational and multitasking skills.
Ability to travel both domestically and internationally.
Public speaking experience preferred.
Planned giving/endowment program experience preferred.
Proficiency in MS Office and database software.

Health insurance, life insurance, pension plan 403(b), paid holidays, and paid vacation.

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