Job Title: Development Officer with RISE Foundation

RISE Foundation, Inc. Position Announcement – Friday, January 22, 2015

RISE is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Title: Development Officer

Location: 2650 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 2400 Memphis, TN 38118

Division/Department: Administration

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Reports to: President and CEO

Recruitment: External-Open Date: Friday, January 22, 2015

Closing Date: Monday, February 2, 2015

Projected Start Date: February/March of 2015

How to Apply: Email or mail a cover letter, resume and three professional references (name, contact information) in one email to no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 2, 2015. All correspondence sent via the US Postal Service must be received by the same day.



A partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Memphis Housing Authority and the United Way of the Mid-South led to the creation of RISE in October 1999. With its original mission to help public housing residents achieve financial independence, and on a first year budget of only $22,000, RISE served 48 families and helped them create assets of $83,000.

Since that time, RISE has provided over 600 families with financial information that has assisted them with purchasing their first large assets, encouraged over 500 youth to excel in school, improved the money management skills of over 2,500 area employees, and brought together more than 130 organizations to address predatory lending practices and educate citizens about ways to avoid costly alternative lending traps. To date, RISE’s work has created over $6 million in assets in the City of Memphis/Shelby County. Simply put, RISE empowers people to stand on their own feet financially and have long-term financial sustainability. For more information, please visit


Reporting to the President and CEO, the Development Officer serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting RISE. In partnership with the President and CEO, this position is responsible for fundraising and marketing activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build RISE’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Development Officer will also update and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support. The Development Officer will have responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $2M budget through the solicitation of major gifts, grants, and corporate support. The Development Officer will expand and diversify RISE’s donor base and work closely with the Board of Directors as they take on a more active fundraising role. It is expected that the amount raised by RISE will increase in future years as the Development Officer systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity. Additionally, the Development Officer will be responsible for integrating marketing into the development plan supporting the programs and activities of the organization.


Support and partner with the President and CEO and board members on all fundraising and marketing initiatives. Meet regularly with the President and CEO to provide strategy for resource development.

Implement and revise (as necessary) the organization’s comprehensive development strategy to include individual, corporate, and foundation support, as well as communications efforts. Collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to develop and implement RISE’s financial and program strategies.

Actively work with board members to engage them in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts. Research funding sources and trends to help position RISE ahead of major funding changes or trends. Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior

leaders. Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.

Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program. Perform other duties as assigned.


Five (5) years or more experience in development and marketing. Proven track record in major gift fundraising. Excellent interpersonal, as well as written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships. Experience working with boards and senior management. Self-motivated, strong team player, highly organized, high energy. Strategic thinker. Ability to prioritize. Passion for RISE’s unique mission and work.

Willingness to travel locally. Willingness to spend the majority of time meeting prospective donors or otherwise building relationships. Knowledge of marketing and communications. Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent), CFRE preferred. Knowledge of traditional fundraising software. Raiser’s Edge knowledge is a must.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Base salary $40K-$50K annualized.

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