Resource Development Manager

Lawrence, Kansas

Title:   Resource Development Manager

Reports to:    Associate Vice President of Resource Development

Department:    Administrative Office of Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc.

Classification:    Exempt

Status:    Full Time

Apply By Date:     May 24, 2019


Reporting to and directed by the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Resource Development, the Resource Development Manager will have an area of focus in delivering events that inspire and engage participants in Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America’s mission.  The Resource Development Manager will provide administrative, systematic, and creative support to execute elements of the annual giving and fund development plans.  The Resource Development Manager will demonstrate high competency in oral and written communication skills, and strong organization and time-management skills.  The Resource Development Manager is responsible to help implement the vision and goals of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America, Inc. as articulated by the President and CEO.


Annual Giving & Fund Development

  • Under the guidance of the VP of Resource Development, creates and executes a comprehensive, year-round fundraising plan for targeted communities and the CIS of Mid-America agency-wide network
  • Works with members of the Resource Development Team to create an annual solicitation strategy for current and new constituents in the CIS of Mid-America donor database
  • Develops educational programs and awareness campaigns to help boost the annual giving campaign and steward/solicit donors to achieve annual giving campaign goals
  • Collaborates with the Director of Communications to create donor appeal and marketing materials, including web and social media content that aligns with the annual campaign themes
  • Organizes the annual Board Campaign, drafting solicitation letters, tracking donations, and following up with board members, as requested by the President and CEO

Special Events & Fundraisers

  • Executes a portfolio of community-based fundraisers and friend-raisers across the CIS of Mid-America network including the creation of signature events
  • Manages and executes fundraising events, activities, and communications, including identifying potential opportunities
  • Leads or supports, as appropriate, special event committee meetings and recruits volunteers for events
  • Coordinates with the Director of Communications on collateral materials for events such as save-the-date notifications, invitations, website and other online advertisements, solicitations, and more
  • Works with key members of the Resource Development Team to set annual, financial goals for each CIS of Mid-America special event and fundraiser
  • Prepares and manages budgets and projections for special events with consideration of fundraising goal objectives
  • Monitors financial expenditures and progress against budgetary plan, taking appropriate measures to meet goals and provide a high return on investment in meeting revenue targets
  • Coordinates event-related activity within the Little Green Light database by partnering with the Resource Development Support Specialist to handle setup and management of event invitations, RSVPs, attendee tracking and registration, and other donor relations
  • Solicits and secures sponsors for events and implements sponsor benefits

Donor Engagement & Cultivation

  • Develops and maintains relationship with funders, community partners, and other key stakeholders
  • Engages with the community to drive increased event participation, including but not limited to event committee, teams, sponsors, and other key stakeholder participation
  • Utilizes available tools and processes to maximize event results, including online fundraising
  • Plans, writes, prepares and conducts presentations to local funding panels, with an emphasis on current and potential funders in Kansas and metro-areas, as needed
  • Attends community events as the liaison for CIS of Mid-America, as requested
  • Maintains an active role in the fundraising community, keeping up-to-date with the latest funding trends and priorities of funders


  • Completes other resource and fund development tasks and activities as assigned by the VP of Resource Development
  • Refrains from assuming any duty that is unrelated to and/or interferes with the responsibilities of the position
  • Advocates, promotes and practices cultural sensitivity and responsiveness in all day-to-day interactions
  • Other duties as assigned by the President and CEO


At a minimum, the Resource Development Manager must have a Bachelor’s Degree.  In addition, the Resource Development Manager shall have:

  • At least 1-3 years of special events, resource development, fundraising, and/or grant writing experience
  • Demonstrated and superior interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Strong ability to prioritize multiple projects, meeting strict deadlines, while maintaining strong attention to detail
  • Dedication to relationship building and a commitment to working as an integral part of the team, while exercising significant initiative and autonomy
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of computer applications such as Microsoft Office, electronic data tracking, internet, web sites, Facebook, etc.


Work Environment         Office, School Sites, Community

Lifting Requirement       25 pounds

Travel Requirements     Recurrent travel, both day and overnight, including conferences, meetings, travel between school sites, etc. Must have valid driver’s license, transportation, auto insurance, and pass various background checks.

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Budgetary Responsibility:

Direct Budget – No

Indirect Budget – Yes

Major System (MIS) or Process Responsibility:

Little Green Light – Donor software

CISDM – Communities In Schools Data Management system

MS Office

Mandated Reporter: 

As a staff member of Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc. you are a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect as outlined in the employee handbook.  Failure to properly report to the appropriate child welfare authority and your supervisor can result in disciplinary actions up to and including termination.  See Mandated Reporter Policy in the Employee Personnel Manual for specific details.

The duties and responsibilities of this position are subject to change without prior notice.

To submit an application:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to  Applicants will be required to pass state and NSOPR background checks prior to hiring. Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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