Development Officer

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DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (FT)

About Living Classrooms


Founded in Baltimore in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore – Washington, DC nonprofit that disrupts the cycle of poverty and helps our community become safer, stronger, and healthier by building skills for life. Living Classrooms inspires children, youth, and adults to achieve their potential through hands-on education, workforce development, health and wellness, and violence prevention programming. Living Classrooms has developed a distinctive competency in experiential learning – learning by direct experience – or what we call “learning by doing.” We utilize our environmental campuses, athletic fields, community centers, and historic ships as “living classrooms.” We work with one child, one teen, one adult, and one family at a time to identify existing barriers towards success and provide resources and opportunities to help each person reach their full potential, thus supporting stronger family units and more resilient communities.

While each of our program areas is distinct, in combination they create a powerful synergy. Our maritime heritage sites create opportunities for employment training. Our education programs use our environmental and maritime resources as living learning laboratories. Our employability programs create stronger communities that are better prepared to exercise environmental stewardship.

Living Classrooms Foundation is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Development Officer.  The Development Officer reports to the Vice President of Development and will have strong interpersonal, writing/communication, and organizational skills. 

Responsibilities:

Proposal Writing/Prospect Research

-          Write compelling proposals, solicitation letters, and reports

-          Continually research and seek new sources of funding including government, corporate, and foundation grants

-          Work cohesively with other grant writers and members of the Development Team

-          Work cohesively with program directors to stay up to date on programming and needs

Fundraising and Special Events

-          Assist in planning and staffing fundraising special events

-          Sell sponsorships

-          Secure food donations and other vendor donations including, but not limited to lighting, sound, stages, music, and other donated goods and services as needed

-          Secure silent auction items; assist with on-site or online auctions at Foundation special events as needed

-          Attend and assist at fundraisers and networking opportunities

 Neighborhood Outreach

-          Create opportunities to connect with neighboring restaurants, retail, corporations, and residents with the goal of garnering new supporters and/or volunteers for the organization. Design creative ways to do so such as hosting open houses, tours, direct solicitation, etc.

Rising Stars Program

-          Lead the Rising Stars Program in partnership with the BBJ. The Rising Stars Program is aimed at engaging young people under the age of 40 in philanthropy. Leading this program will include recruiting nominations, selecting honorees, supporting honorees throughout the year to reach their fundraising goals, arming them with fundraising tools, facilitating key networking events as engagement touchpoints, and tracking their fundraising. The program culminates with a celebration in conjunction with Maritime Magic

 -          Any other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Development

Disclaimer

Living Classrooms Foundation is An Equal Opportunity Employer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

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