Founded in 1984, Agros International is a faith-based non-profit organization that breaks the cycle of poverty for farming families in rural Central America through economic and social opportunities. Agros creates a pathway from poverty to prosperity by advancing opportunities for land ownership, market-led agriculture, financial empowerment, and health and well-being. Over the past 34 years Agros has partnered with 43 rural communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico impacting the lives of over 10,000 people.
The Community Giving & Special Events Officer (CGSEO) will lead key strategies that support the growth of Agros’ donor community, building the “base of the pyramid” to welcome new community-level donors, retain existing community-level donors, and strengthen the pipeline for identifying new major donor prospects. The ideal candidate will be a strong people-person who enjoys telling the story of Agros’ work in compelling ways that inspire deeper interest and curiosity. Through community engagement, writing, conversations, and professionally executed events, the CGSEO will inform and inspire broad donor audiences to a greater appreciation of and active commitment to Agros’ mission. In addition to being great with people, the CGSEO will have an incredible knack for project management and detailed organizing to successfully plan and grow Agros’ annual Tierras de Vida fundraising gala. The CGSEO will also manage the production of a variety of smaller events including Lunch & Learns and cultivation events held in private homes and offices.
• Community Giving:
o Manage Agros’ participation in workplace giving campaigns including state and county employee campaigns and corporate campaigns (e.g. Microsoft, United Way). Build relationships with campaign leaders in order to raise Agros’ profile among employees as potential donors. Represent Agros at gatherings of interested employees.
o Serve as primary liaison for community tabling events at charity fairs, global awareness days, etc.
o Respond to invitations that arrive for Agros staff to speak or present at community events and coordinate Agros’ participation.
o Coordinate annual direct mail appeals, in collaboration with broader development team.
o Plan and execute crowdfunding and peer to peer fundraising campaigns.
o Identify, cultivate, and secure opportunities for Agros to be the beneficiary of community or business-based fundraising events (e.g. concerts, benefit nights at local restaurants).
o Coordinate Agros’ participation in online giving days (e.g. Giving Tuesday).
o Create and manage portfolio of community partners (e.g. corporate donors) and prospects through relationship-based cultivation and stewardship of internal contacts.
• Tierras de Vida fundraising dinner:
o Serve as primary event coordinator for Tierras de Vida annual fundraising dinner. Manage detailed event timeline and communicate with personnel relevant to specific milestones.
o Cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate sponsors to ensure corporate revenue goal is reached.
o Secure table captains and table sponsors to ensure attendance goals are met.
o Facilitate engagement of board members in event planning as appropriate.
o Engage volunteer committee in pre-event preparations and day-of event execution.
o Oversee design and production of all print collateral (invitations, programs, etc.)
o Collaborate with Communications Officer on online event presence and promotion.
o With the Vice President of Development & Communications and the Communications Officer, develop program and theme for the event including key messages, video content, speaker selection, and décor.
o Manage relationships and negotiate contracts with third party vendors including venue, catering, audio-visual, musicians, and photographers.
o Create and track event budget.
• Other special events and development support
o Manage donor cultivation events including house parties and Lunch & Learns.
o Create project timelines, coordinate staff roles, work with outside vendors for catering, parking, and other event needs.
o Develop invitation lists which align with event objectives and program content.
o Manage all aspects of the invitation RSVP process.
o Roll up sleeves and pitch in on development team projects and be a fundraising utility player when and where needed.
Qualifications and experience:
• Proven track record for successfully leading annual fund, community-level giving efforts.
• Demonstrated expertise in event and project management .
• 3+ years of nonprofit development experience.
• Great communication skills and ability to develop strong relationships with donors, volunteers, staff and various other constituents. Excellent customer service skills.
• Extraordinary organizational skills and tremendous capacity for attention to details.
• A love for fundraising and the opportunity it provides people to do good.
• Ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently.
• Strong written and verbal communications skills.
• Excellent time and resource management skills.
• Affirmation of and commitment to support Agros’ faith-based organizational values and motivation.
• Strong computer skills, including: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
• Proficiency/fluency in Spanish is a plus.
Annual salary range: $60,000-$65,000. Benefits include medical and dental, retirement, and paid leave. This is a full-time, exempt position.
How to apply:
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in this specific position. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Community Giving and Special Events Officer.” No phone calls please. Those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
Applications are reviewed as received, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.