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Director, Mission Advancement at Best Buddies International

Director, Mission Advancement

Best Buddies International Detroit, MI Full-Time
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00 / year
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Salary Range: 60000.00 To 65000.00 (USD) Annually

Job Title:   Director, Mission Advancement

Department:  State Operations and Programs

Reports to:  Director, Expansion Development 

Location: This is a work from home position but the candidate must be located in Detroit, Michigan.


Position Overview:  The Director, Mission Advancement is responsible for building the volunteer infrastructure within the incubation state, developing and implementing state events, securing foundation and/or grant opportunities and the managing of local advisory boards and associated committees.  

 Job Requirements – Qualified applicants must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or at least 4 years’ relevant experience in addition to above experience
  • 3-5 years of fundraising experience including special events planning and donor cultivation
  • 3-5 years’ experience and knowledge of working with volunteers and boards
  • Superior persuasive writing and presentation skills with the ability to exert influence, inspire others, and articulate the mission, goals, and activities of Best Buddies with passion and enthusiasm
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and familiarity/comfort with database management systems (i.e. Bene, BBO, Raisers Edge)
  • Superior project management skills - including planning, analysis, decision making, and problem solving - and willingness to multitask
  • Superior initiative, drive for results, and self-assessment skills, and ability to lead individuals and teams in setting and achieving challenging goals
  • Must be comfortable engaging with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)
  • Must travel, use personal cell phone, and work evenings and weekends as necessary in order to accomplish job responsibilities
  • Access to an automobile with applicable insurance 

 Job Duties include, but are not limited to:


  • Works with expansion programs teams to support any local programmatic need and facilitates introduction of new chapter leads or employer partner leads to the appropriate expansion programs support



  • Develops and implements comprehensive statewide strategy for securing sustainable funding
  • Assumes overall operational management responsibility for all fundraising activities statewide, including, but not limited to, foundation and corporate giving, individual giving, major gifts, special events, annual giving, and alumni/parent relations
  • Manages local advisory board, including recruitment, training, and retention of committee and board members; builds structure into expansion board (leadership roles, committees, term limits, etc.) to bring in line with BBI Advisory Board guidelines 
  • Identifies, cultivates, and develops volunteers capable of making personal commitments and becoming directly involved in the solicitation process on behalf of Best Buddies - develops and manages stewardship process of all donors, including processing gifts and thank you letters
  • Develops and implements major fundraising events to meet revenue goals–must utilize local event committees and follow BBI event committee benchmarks/structure
  • Researches grant opportunities and cultivates relationships with local funders; works with Grants Manager to determine appropriate grant targets, assists with development of applications and reports, and works directly with the funder to build the local relationship


  • Develops a comprehensive statewide public awareness strategy, and works with volunteers on its implementation
  • Creates a strong presence for Best Buddies in the local area through public speaking, community involvement, public service announcements, social media, special events, news releases, and other media initiatives  
  • Develops relationships with local graphic artists, public relations professionals, and advertising agencies to support local need
  • Contributes to the organization of content and images for updates on state website and utilizes Bene database appropriately to communicate with participants and the community
  • Contributes to the creation and distribution of local newsletters/annual reports and Bene e-newsletters
  • Manages state social media pages


Human Resources

  • Recruits, trains and supervises program and development staff as budget grows and staffing needs increase


  • Maintains communication with the Senior Director, Expansion with timely reports and other information as directed
  • Oversees timely and accurate processing of all revenue and invoices, and maintains accurate records of all donations and excellent donor information through Raisers Edge


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