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Area Director

Best Buddies International Peoria Full-Time
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Job Title:  Area Director

Department: State Operations and Programs

Reports to: State Director

# of direct reports: 1 (Development Coordinator)


Position Overview:  The Area Director is responsible for developing an annual area plan and implementing the plan through overseeing day-to-day operations in local office(s), securing funding for programs and special projects, supporting program efforts to ensure program consistency and success, managing local Advisory Board(s) and associated committees, and supervising local office operations. 


Job Duties include, but are not limited to:

Fund Development

Collaborates with State Director to develop and implement comprehensive local strategy for securing sustainable funding and works with local staff, Advisory Board, and volunteers on its implementation


Assumes overall operational management responsibility for all regional fundraising activities, especially annual Champion of the Year Gala and Friendship Walk events.  Other responsibility include, but are not limited to, foundation and corporate giving, individual giving, major gifts, special events, annual giving, and alumni/parent relations


Develops and implements major fundraising events to meet revenue goalsmust utilize local event committees and follow BBI event committee benchmarks/structure


Researches grant opportunities, develops proposals to foundations, maintains accurate records and submits reports as required by funders with support from BBI Grants Department


Manages government grants/contracts as directed, including reporting, maintaining relationships with key agency officials and testifying if necessary


Manages local Advisory Board(s), including recruitment, training, and retention of committee and board members in keeping 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 local donors, including processing gifts and thank you letters



Develops a comprehensive regional public awareness strategy, and works with local staff 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 needs


Oversees organization of local content and images for updates to state website and ensures that all local staff use Blackbaud Sphere database appropriately to communicate with participants and the community


Oversees creation and distribution of local newsletters/annual reports and Blackbaud Sphere e-newsletters




Oversees (and delegates when possible) management of all day-to-day infrastructure needs such as supplies, postage, IT, telecom, equipment/ utility contracts, and office lease as needed to maintain an efficient and professional work environment assumes ultimate responsibility for all logistics of moving an office if necessary


Maintains communication with State Director with timely reports and other information as directed


Collaborates with statewide leadership regarding overall direction of programmatic growth and staff initiatives for local programs


Uses the online reimbursement system to effectively track and manage reimbursement requests from local staff


Collaborates with State Director and Director of Operations & Programs to develop, monitor and balance the regional budget, including reviewing monthly financial statements, tracking all expenses and revenue, and adjusting spending/fundraising plans as needed


Oversees timely and accurate processing of all revenue and invoices, and maintains accurate records of all donations and donor information

Job Qualifications  Qualified applicants must have:

Concrete experience in fundraising including a record of success in expanding a donor base through cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, event planning/implementation, and/or board management

Strong 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. Blackbaud Sphere, Auction Pay, Raisers Edge)

At least three years of management/supervisory experience, and strong talent-building and team-building skills

Strong project management skills - including planning, analysis, decision making, and problem solving skills - and willingness to multitask

Strong initiative, drive for results, and self-assessment skills, and ability to lead individuals and teams in setting and achieving challenging goals

Must be highly dependable, lead by example and be willing/able to adapt management style to fit the situation and hold staff accountable for meeting set expectations

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

Bachelors degree or at least 4 years relevant experience in addition to above experience

Access to an automobile with applicable insurance

Skills required

Sales Management
Customer Experience
Business Acumen
Relationship Building
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Best Buddies® is
a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer
movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated
employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (IDD).

Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a
vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to
almost 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.
Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges,
Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants
in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the
lives of nearly 1 million individuals with and without disabilities around the
world. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at
no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $168
million USD.

In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with
intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on
their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

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