About Birthing Beautiful Communities

BBC was formed in 2014 by African American trained Perinatal Support Persons (PSP) in the Glenville neighborhood. Since its inception, the organization has served as an agency for training, certifying, and employing PSPs who provide services for the women at highest risk for infant death. In April 2016, with support from the Cleveland Foundation, BBC began its pilot program, in the Hough neighborhood, where the infant mortality rate was nearly 4 times the national rate of 5.748% of deaths per 1000 live births. This support enabled the organization to formalize its platform for recruiting, retaining, training, and hiring women from neighborhoods highly impacted by infant mortality to join our mission.

Since receiving 501c3 nonprofit status in 2017, BBC has served more than 600 clients and trained more than 75 women as Perinatal Support Professionals, combating the social determinants that lead to poor birth outcomes. Today, the organization sees between 250 and 300 clients between Summit and Cuyahoga County. The organization continues to train, prepare, educate, and employ women to become birth workers. BBC’s grassroots and culturally centered model improves infant health, strengthens families, and establishes support to ensure ongoing family success.

 

About the Position:

Now in a period of growth, Birthing Beautiful Communities seeks a Director of Development & Communications to report directly to the CEO and work closely with the Board Development Committee in coordinating the organization’s fundraising efforts. The Development & Communications Director will be responsible for supporting and coordinating multiple fundraising campaigns and events, and communicating with individual donors, foundation program officers and corporate funders. The Development & Communications Director will work in concert with the Board Development Committee as well as with other volunteers and staff to increase Birthing Beautiful Communities’ financial sustainability through foundation and corporate grants, events and major gifts. The Development & Communications Director should maintain strong relationships with donors and cultivate new relationships with potential partners.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the CEO and Board of Directors in creating and implementing an organization wide development strategy and growth plan
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual, corporate and foundation partners
  • Develop an integrated communications program that includes comprehensive messaging across all print, web and outreach materials
  • Expand individual donor program through direct appeals, e-newsletters, social media outlets and other marketing opportunities
  • Manage event planning committees, working with board and staff to plan fundraising events, including the production of Birthing Beautiful Communities’ annual gala and smaller cultivation events
  • Support the creation of new grant proposals while overseeing existing grantor correspondence, including the donor acknowledgement process
  • Maintain comprehensive fundraising calendar, ensuring that all deadlines and targets are met
  • Support the identification of fundraising & solicitation training resources for board members, staff and volunteers as needed
  • Oversee donor database, ensuring accurate records and donor information
  • Actively participate in organizational planning with 9-person staff

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years of fundraising and development experience in the nonprofit sector, with a strong track record managing fundraising activities to successfully meet targets and deadlines
  • Experience supporting donor relationships, including experience in preparing proposals, reports, and presentations
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organization and project management skills, with the ability to plan effectively, meet all deadlines, and coordinate others’ involvement within a dynamic and fast-paced setting
  • Proficiency in web content management, social media, and e-marketing tools; experience with WordPress preferred
  • Familiarity with the Cleveland philanthropic community
  • Flexible approach, with the ability to be successful in both independent and collaborative efforts within a highly dynamic organization
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice and empowerment of low-income communities
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred

 

Pay/Benefits

The hiring range for this position is $80,000 – $85,000 per year depending on experience. The position will receive generous company benefits to include paid health, dental, for the employee, as well as company paid retirement contributions.

 

To Apply

Please complete our application survey below. Please note, you will be asked to complete a few questions, as well as upload your cover letter, resume and (3) three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be assured that BBC will not contact references until later rounds of interviewing and only with applicants’ explicit permission. Interested parties are encouraged to submit application at their earliest convenience, but applications will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls please.

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