Senior Philanthropy Officer

Full time – 40 Hours per week 

The Philanthropy team serves to advance the mission of the agency using a myriad of strategies and activities. The Senior Philanthropy Officer is a critical member of the Philanthropy team, and as such, works closely with the Director of Philanthropy and the Communications Officer to design and implement a comprehensive fundraising and outreach plan. This position works in collaboration with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, and Finance Director to coordinate fundraising efforts and grant submissions.  The Senior Philanthropy Officer will provide back-up support in the absence of the Director of Philanthropy. 



  • Salary: starting at $45,000
  • ReadyKids pays 100% health, dental, and life insurance premiums for employee only plans
  • Voluntary vision and supplemental insurance
  • Generous paid vacation and sick leave; paid holidays
  • Employer-matched retirement plan

Open until filled. ReadyKids is seeking a diverse pool of applicants; all are encouraged to apply. Email CV/resume to Diana Cole Connolly at  ReadyKids is a drug-free workplace. EOE/ADA/AA.



  • Bachelor’s degree required. Two to three years experience in fundraising/nonprofit sector preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to express and transmit ideas in a clear and organized manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to analyze grant proposal requirements to cull critical components and effectively and comprehensively address those critical components in completing the grant.
  • Possess strong people skills, be able to work independently with minimal supervision, exercise sound judgment in completing tasks of the position and enjoy a varied work schedule and job tasks.
  • Ability to represent the organization in public and individual settings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships within and outside the agency in a professional manner.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and donor software packages (ex. Salsa CRM).




  • Actively cultivate and engage assigned donors.
  • Grow secondary funding streams including but not limited to Online Giving, Monthly Giving, etc.
  • Participate in public speaking, fundraising and community outreach events to introduce new donors to ReadyKids and raise awareness of agency programs.
  • Manage the donor database including data entry, creation of acknowledgements, file management, creation of reports, and generation of mailing lists.
  • Participate in the development and execution of a minimum of two annual appeals.
  • Assist the Director of Philanthropy in all areas of fund and friend-raising as needed and requested.

Grant Management

  • In collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy, write and submit large public and private grants according to grant guidelines; maintain relationships with funding sources.
  • Manage and update annual grants calendar, keeping stakeholders informs of key dates


  • Lead in the planning and execution of the annual Community Lunch.
  • In coordination with the Director of Philanthropy, solicit corporate and individual sponsorships for the annual Community Lunch.
  • Plan and implement opportunities for engagement and/or social interaction among smaller groups of key donors, including Impact Lunches and the Sunshine Balloon Project


  • Meet regularly with supervisor to coordinate efforts and keep supervisor informed about progress on initiatives to most effectively meet Philanthropy program needs.
  • Be prepared for and provide input at team and other agency meetings.


  • Work with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Director of Philanthropy, and Communications Officer as appropriate to develop and maintain agency Philanthropy strategy, analyze results, work plan, and calendar, including setting fundraising goals.
  • Provide back up support for all functions of the Philanthropy department in the absence of the Director of Philanthropy.



All ReadyKids Employees will…


  • Actively promote vital connections between children, caregivers, staff, and our community partners.
  • Resolve issues with the person(s) most directly involved by sharing your thoughts and feelings directly and respectfully, remembering that others have thoughts and feelings, too.
  • Recognize each person’s uniqueness and strengths. Treat people in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual, cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Be respectful in verbal and written communication to and about participants and colleagues.
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with participants, colleagues and donors.
  • Protect privacy and confidentiality of participants, colleagues and donors.


  • Fully embrace our mission and vision, actively contribute to meeting them, and serve as an ambassador to engage the community in our efforts by providing clear and accurate information regarding the agency’s function and current programs.
  • Participate in the decision-making process as opportunities are available to inform agency and program decisions.
  • Participate in scheduled agency and other team meetings.


  • Recognize that one way does not work for everyone and stay flexible in our approach and thinking. Maintain flexibility in order to change when things change.
  • Present solutions along with problems with the goal of getting to yes. Stay open to new ideas and offer suggestions for new ways of doing things.
  • Be proactive; give and receive input and seek solutions that balance the needs of the individual, program, agency, and community.


  • Maintain the highest integrity in all aspects of agency and program operations and duties.
  • Utilize evidence-based and best practice models and strategies to provide the best opportunity for success.
  • Set appropriate priorities and make progress toward performance-based goals established for self, program, and agency.
  • Be accountable for individual and program results and give and receive feedback to improve individual, program, and agency performance.
  • Seek and utilize all available sources of data on an ongoing basis to inform decision-making in completion of all job duties.
  • Reflect on individual, program and agency results for continuous learning and quality improvement.


  • Participate in professional development and supervision to seek guidance, expand knowledge, and develop use of best practices.
  • Maintain passion and commitment to the agency’s work and participants.
  • Do your part to ensure the health and well-being of the entire organization.
  • Respect and protect agency-owned property and assets and use agency resources for business-appropriate purposes.




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