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Overton Park Conservancy Seeks Director of Development


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Director of Development
Posted: 9/26/17 / Open until filled

The Conservancy seeks a proven leader to build a strong development team in support of a successful, growing, and future-focused organization. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts as the Conservancy prepares for the next chapter in the park’s history.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of fundraising success and constructive leadership. The proven ability to set a vision, develop and execute strategies, hold the team accountable, and meet aggressive goals and deadlines are characteristics for success in this position.


      Strategic Direction

  • As part of the organization’s executive leadership team, assists in the development and execution of long-range planning for the continuing growth of the Conservancy within the context of an evolving city
  • Sets goals, then develops and executes strategies to grow and sustain a base of donors and partners; identifies opportunities to weave fundraising strategies into all aspects of the Conservancy’s work
  • Develops best practices, policies, and procedures for donor and prospect cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Identifies, cultivates, and solicits philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, and corporations

      Development Leadership

  • Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with major donors, partners, and collaborators
  • Develops and tracks proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Grows operational funding with key responsibilities for both Membership and Annual Giving; identifies and cultivates new donor groups
  • Increases special event revenue through sponsorships, in-kind contributions, and increased participation, i.e. ticket sales and registrations
  • Assures the accuracy of all donor records; is proficient with donor software
  • Oversees production of acknowledgement letters/receipting and benefit fulfillment
  • Prepares and delivers presentations and proposals as needed
  • Works in partnership with Conservancy staff to ensure development cultivation is a priority in the Conservancy’s messaging and activities
  • Facilitates board development activities by identifying board roles in fundraising, coordinating board development activities and assisting with training board members

      Team Leadership

  • Recruits, trains, and leads development staff members to support fundraising and earned revenue efforts
  • Motivates, inspires, and develops department staff members and other members of the Conservancy staff to perform up to their capacity, grow professionally, and set and achieve objectives; consistently models a constructive culture       


  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, leadership, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated comprehensive management skills, including but not limited to short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff, verbal and written communication skills, and nonprofit governance
  • Proven ability to manage relationships, meet goals, and articulate marketing message
  • Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money
  • Demonstrated success in writing successful grant proposals
  • The amount of knowledge required would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years fundraising experience in a professional position
  • Master’s degree and certification in fundraising (CFRE) preferred
  • Knowledge of Salesforce donor management software is recommended

Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to a vision that celebrates the diversity of Overton Park’s stakeholders
  • Collaborative spirit who works well with team members, volunteers, and park stakeholders of different races, backgrounds, experiences, and education levels
  • Relentlessly positive high-performer who embraces challenges to set and achieve ambitious goals
  • Innovative leader who elicits confidence and builds rapport; manages stress in a fast-paced, changing organization

This is a full-time position requiring no less than 40 hours per week. Work is both in an indoor environment and in an outdoor park setting. Frequent weekend and evening work may be required. Work requires some physical exertion such as walking, standing, lifting, carrying, or similar activities.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Overton Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and recruits applicants without regard to age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other status.

How to Apply:

No phone calls please. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
hr@overtonpark.org     – or –
Human Resources, Overton Park Conservancy, 1914 Poplar Avenue, Suite 202, Memphis, TN 38104

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Temple Israel Seeks Community Engagement Director


Company: Temple Israel

Position: Community Engagement Director

Temple Israel Memphis seeks a Community Engagement Director who will serve as a gateway to the Temple community for current and future Jewish Memphians. This role will serve as the face of Temple Israel in Midtown and Downtown through its new Crosstown Concourse space. Ideal candidates are self-starters with 2-3 years of work experience in fields that require outreach and unique programming, from non-profit work to communications and marketing. Ideal candidates are excited about the art of community and program creation and implementation.

Temple Israel’s Community Engagement Director will launch Temple Israel Crosstown as a dynamic second campus focusing upon engaging Temple’s diverse demographics by:

  • Building community between Temple’s East and Midtown members and potential members.
  • Building understanding for how Temple Israel’s members can use Crosstown as a tool for continuing Temple’s sustainability work in protecting its future.
  • Managing the Temple Israel Crosstown space and its usage.
  • Welcoming and connecting new Jewish Memphians to people, programs, and opportunities within or in partnership with Temple Israel.
  • Serving as a proactive, reliable ambassador for Temple Israel and the larger, young professional community.
  • Developing and implementing a strategy that successfully recruits and retains 20-something young professionals in the Memphis Jewish community – in partnership with Development and Membership Director – with an end goal of lifelong Temple Israel engagement and membership.
  • Leading and maintaining ConnecTI’s dynamic programming and communications efforts (i.e. social media, web and email marketing) in partnership with the ConnecTI board and Communications Director.
  • Creating a system for documenting engagement that can be used as tool for assessing growth and future growth opportunities.
  • Utilizing an internal communications process (in partnership with the Communications Director) that will provide Temple Israel staff, clergy, and Board of Trustees on engagement developments.
  • Building philanthropy and investment in Temple Israel in partnership with Development and Membership Director.
  • Overseeing and submitting applicable grant allocations and applications for funding in partnership with Development and Membership Director.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to: timemphis@gmail.com

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Facilities Manager Position with Soulsville Foundation


Company: Soulsville Foundation

Position: Facilities Manager


The Facilities Manager is responsible for maintaining the functional operations and appearance of the Soulsville Campus and grounds (including all fixed structures), managing contracts with campus security and campus janitorial services, limited transportation of certain objects, aiding with Museum exhibition installations, and helping with special events.


  • Campus Operations
  • Security
  • Janitorial Service
  • Transportation
  • Exhibit Installations
  • Events
  • Vendor Procurement and Management


  • Oversee interior and exterior maintenance of Soulsville Campus including exterior grounds appearance and lighting.
  • Manage office and facilities operations; interact with janitorial and security vendors and staff to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Handle day-to-day operational issues such as replacing light bulbs and other light maintenance.
  • Understand and oversee the care, condition and performance of facilities plumbing, electrical installations, security, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems.
  • Direct and/or perform repairs on facilities equipment.
  • Arrange for and supervise the care and maintenance of parking lots, outdoor walkways, exterior lighting systems, lawns, plantings, and other maintenance requirement for the Campus grounds.
  • Maintain a list of service and supply vendors and maintain the primary relationship with the vendors.
  • Regulate access control to Soulsville Campus.
  • Control ingress and egress of students, employees, vendors and entry doors not open to the public.
  • Manage daily operation of physical security controls; assist in development of security plans for the properties.
  • Monitor and act on information from fire alarm, intrusion alarm, closed circuit television and the emergency telephone.
  • Supervise security guards contracted for special events.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Technical School or Community College certificate (2years) in Building Services/Maintenance, HVAC, Electrical, etc. preferred;
  • in lieu of degree, 8 years experience in facilities management, engineering, construction, etc.; or a combination of education and experience that totals 8 years.
  • Experience with OSHA worker safety, local building codes and/or fire safety is also preferred.
  • Facilities Management (FM), Certified Facilities Manager (CFE) or Certified Plant Engineer (CPE), etc. certification preferred.

This position requires excellent PC skills; experience with Windows, Word, and Excel; aptitude and willingness to learn new software programs through hands-on use and self-study.

1. Strong management and organizational skills.
2. Ability to work flexible hours, including some weekends and holidays.
3. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including excellent customer service in person and on the phone.
4. Ability to handle and prioritize multiple complex tasks within a deadline and with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
5. Excellent attention to detail and strong follow-through skills for completing projects and accomplishing goals.
6. A strong sense of protocol, tact, and diplomacy and ability to work well with a variety of people and personalities and a willingness to take and utilize constructive feedback.
7. An understanding of non-profit organizations and events.
8. Enthusiastic self motivation, the ability to motivate others, and little need for direct
9. Ability to maintain expenses within an established budget.
10. A commitment to personal professional growth.

Physical requirements include ability to sit for extended periods at a desk, at meetings, and in automobiles; standing, climbing stairs, walking, mental pressure, lifting boxes, large pieces of glass, tables, chairs, speakers, etc., weighing up to approximately 35 pounds. Ability to work flexible hours, including some weekends and holidays.

Fast paced office environment and some work outdoors and travel to vendor and client


Please send cover letter and resume to facilitiesmanager@soulsvillefoundation.org.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and as-needed basis.

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Development Director – RISE Foundation, Inc.


RISE Foundation, Inc. Position Announcement 

June 2013

RISE is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Title: Director of Development

Location: 2650 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 2400 Memphis, TN 38118

Division/Department: Administration
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: President and CEO

Recruitment: External-Open Date: June 20, 2013  Closing Date: July 5, 2013 at 5 o’clock p.m.
Projected Start Date: August/September 2013

How to Apply: Please note that only qualified individuals need apply. You will only be contacted if you are selected for an interview.

Email or mail a cover letter, resume and three professional letters of reference (in one email) to humanresources@risememphis.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013. All correspondence sent via the US Postal Service must be postmarked by Friday, July 5, 2013.

A partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Memphis Housing Authority and the United Way of the Mid-South led to the creation of RISE in October 1999. With its original mission to help public housing residents achieve financial independence, and on a first year budget of only $22,000, RISE served 48 families and helped them create assets of $83,000.

Since that time, RISE has provided over 450 families with financial information that has assisted them with purchasing their first large assets, encouraged over 500 youth to excel in school, improved the money management skills of over 1,600 area employees, and brought together more than 130 organizations to address predatory lending practices and educate citizens about ways to avoid costly alternative lending traps. To date, RISE¡¦s work has created over $6 million in assets in the City of Memphis. Simply put, RISE empowers people to stand on their own feet financially and have long-term financial sustainability. For more information, please visit http://www.risememphis.org.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting RISE. In partnership with the President and CEO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and marketing activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build RISE¡¦s visibility, impact, and financial resources.

The Director of Development will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support. The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $2M budget through the solicitation of major gifts, grants, and corporate support. The Director of Development will expand and diversify RISE¡¦s donor base and work closely with the Board of Directors as they take on a more active fundraising role. It is expected that the amount raised by RISE will increase in future years as the Director of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization¡¦s overall fundraising capacity. Additionally, the Director of Development will be responsible for integrating marketing into the development plan supporting the programs and activities of the organization.


  • Support and partner with the President and CEO and board members on all major fundraising and marketing initiatives
  • Meet regularly with the President and CEO to provide leadership on vision and strategy for resource development
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy, to include individual, corporate, and foundation support, as well as communications efforts
  • Collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to develop and implement RISE¡¦s financial strategy
  • Actively work with board members to engage them in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts
  • Research funding sources and trends, to help position RISE ahead of major funding changes or trends
  • Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program
  • Provide supervision of development and marketing support staff
  • Qualifications
  • 5 years or more experience in development and marketing
  • Proven track record in major gift fundraising
  • Excellent interpersonal, as well as written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Experience working with boards and senior management
  • Self-motivated, strong team player, highly organized; high energy
  • Strategic thinker; ability to prioritize
  • Passion for RISE¡¦s unique mission and work
  • Willingness to travel locally; willingness to spend the majority of time meeting prospective donors or otherwise building relationships
  • Knowledge of marketing and communications
  • Bachelors Degree (or equivalent), CFRE preferred
  • Knowledge of traditional fundraising software; Raiser¡¦s Edge knowledge is a plus.

Commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit current resume/vitae to humanresources@risememphis.org by July 5, 2013.

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Ideas for Jobs in Faith-Based Service

Tis the Season.. To Start Looking for a Job (With a Faith-Based Service Program) by Wayne Meisel, Director of Faith and Service, C.F. Foundation
Posted: 01/07/2013 10:30 am on Huffington Post

What did you ask for this Christmas?

Given the economy, you might have asked for a job after you graduate.

Maybe what you’d really like isn’t just any job, but one where you can engage in the world for a year and explore and deepen your spiritual life!

You may think this is bad timing on my part and a wonderful way for me to ruin the end of your vacation. Why start worrying about what you’ll do after graduation? I can assure you that you’d rather hear it from me now than from your commencement speaker in just a few months!

Other things you won’t want to hear on graduation day: how much money you owe and how the economy is doing.

You want good news — so here is some:

Back when I graduated from college (yes, a long, long time ago) service jobs were few and far between, mainly available through the Peace Corps or VISTA. Most parents didn’t encourage their college graduate kids to pursue service placements. After all, why would someone spend all that money on college to get a job that doesn’t pay very well or might not have the prestige of a “regular job”?

Today, however, the environment is different.

There are tens of thousands of service jobs available. And more and more young people — and their parents — are recognizing the opportunities for personal growth and the benefits of engaging in our communities.

These days, you get a job with AmeriCorps, City Year or Teach for America, and folks say “Way to go!” and “Nice job!”

Keep in mind that getting a job with AmeriCorps is not a slam-dunk. In a recent article by Michael Brown, co-founder and president of City Year, as many as 580,000 individuals apply for the 80,000 AmeriCorps positions that are available annually.

Many placements include a stipend, as well as education awards and plenty of ways to gain new skills and experience.

There are other service options that are particularly designed for those who want to integrate their passion for service with their spiritual exploration.

For nearly a decade, my colleague Jim Ellison, who is the Fund for Theological Education’s director of Volunteers Exploring Vocation, and I have worked with a number of these faith-based organizations. Collectively, they hire more than 2,000 individuals annually to work in yearlong service positions.

These programs recruit talented, energetic and committed individuals who want to engage in the world and explore their faith. Many offer opportunities that are very similar to AmeriCorps, but have added elements, including:

  • A distinct connection to spiritual exploration and vocational discernment
  • Opportunities for intentional communal living
  • Connections with local congregations and mentors that offer support and entry points into the community
  • A commitment to simple living and sustainable environmental practices
  • Placements that engage in public policy, politics, religion and advocacy (in ways that AmeriCorps does not permit)
  • Service opportunities in a wide range of issue areas including education, housing, immigration, human rights, legal assistance and public health, to name a few.

These programs offer other advantages, such as:

  • Quality leadership training
  • Enrichment activities and retreats for personal and professional development
  • Orientations and end-of-year events for preparation and training
  • Committed alumni, who will help with transitions to new possibilities
  • Partnerships with graduate programs that offer reduced or free tuition to specific graduate schools

These programs are highly regarded and capture the attention of future employers. Many offer a second year of employment; some employers hire volunteers on a full-time basis with full salary after they complete their service.

But do you have to be religious to serve with these organizations?

My first repose is: What does it meant to be religious? My other answer is that it depends. Some are very Christian-centered and demand a strict lifestyle that is rooted in Christian discipline and faith formation in authentic and challenging ways. Others merely ask participants to be faithful seekers and to respect and honor the different paths of others.

There are other differences between these programs. Some require you to raise funds, while others do not. All offer small stipends, each month ranging from $50 to $500. Most provide some type of food allowance that is on top of the stipend. Many offer AmeriCorps education awards, but some don’t.

Again, to be clear, some of these programs are very competitive. I know of one program that receives more than 100 applications for a site in New York City that only has space for five residents.

But not all of them are over-subscribed, meaning your odds of getting a placement and having the possibility of a great year of service, personal growth, resume-building and growing up is within your grasp — if you start working on it now.

Below is a list of organizations that are worth considering. You can also access this list by going to the FAITH3 website.

The programs lifted up here are all coming from some type of a Christian connection. It is not because they are the only faith-based programs out there; they are just the ones I know about. Other faith traditions have their own. Among the many others to look at are Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

So think, research, pray, talk and apply. Tell them Rev. Wayne sent you. It might help. You never know!

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