Formal Education Requirements
- Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Public Relations, Marketing or closely related field is required. Candidates with equivalent combination of education/work experience will also be considered.
Formal Experience Requirements
- Minimum 3-years prior experience as a fundraiser in a non-profit environment strongly preferred. Candidates with proven professional sales experience in a client facing role may also be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with working knowledge of standard development practices, annual fundraising programs, and one on one personal solicitation experience.
Skills and Abilities
- Proficiency in various computer applications, including Microsoft Suite, SharePoint/One Drive and Fundraising/Client Management Software (e.g. Raiser’s Edge).
- Excellent interpersonal and professional communication skills (written/verbal) to build professional relationships with management and staff at all levels, as well as patrons and donors.
- Exceptional organizational skills/attention to detail coupled with ability to take initiative and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast paced, high demand environment.
- Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically.
- Active learning and listening skills to understand implication of new information for current/future problem solving and decision making as well asking questions as appropriate.
- Social perceptiveness and persuasion as related to reactions and responses to those reactions.
- Demonstrate a fluency of ideas and commitment to a collaborative approach to fundraising.
- Willingness to travel and meet with donors and prospective donors.
Working Conditions and Environmental Hazards
- Normal levels of office noise from conversation, computers and systems. Risk of eye strain due to heavy computer usage. Employee should seek to change visual focus every twenty minutes to alleviate potential discomfort.
- Primarily light work with approximately 85% of work performed sitting at a desk and using substantial/ repetitive motion of fingers, wrists and hands (including grasping).
- Exerting up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
- Stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching and when organizing office, filing paperwork and managing daily administrative tasks using resources at floor/desk/overhead levels.
- Standing, walking, pushing, pulling and lifting to travel to work events and assist with transportation of materials and/or event set up.
- Visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal and extensive reading.
- Talking by expressing ideas and conveying instructions as well as hearing to perceive sound with or without corrections. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication.
- Executive, Senior and Management Teams at Chautauqua Institution
- Board of Trustees of Chautauqua Institution
- Board of Directors of Chautauqua Foundation
- Donors and Prospective Donors
- Chautauqua and Western New York Communities
- Guests and Visitors to Chautauqua Institution
- Vendors and Suppliers
Hours of Work
- The work schedule requires a commitment of 35-hours/week with flexibility to work evenings, weekends and holidays as required and a willingness to flex up in scheduled work hours (based on business need) – particularly during summer seasonal operations.