Foundation Director - Royal Neighbors of America Foundation

Job Title:  Foundation Director                  Location:  Rock Island, IL               Status:  Half-Time                                               



Provides stragetic leadership and directs all policies, objectives, programs, campaigns, and initiatives of the Royal Neighbors of America Foundation. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates strategies and specific objectives and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support foundation goals
  • Develops member focused programs that support Royal Neighbors mission
  • Cultivates and directs high-quality relationship-based donor engagement strategies
  • Develops policies designed to maximize foundation funding and develops goals and strategies for fundraising campaigns, grant review, and approval process.
  • Develops and coordinates activities including annual fundraising campaigns, facilitating online and written development campaigns; researching appropriate public/ private funding sources; requesting information on grants, endowments, and foundations; obtaining grants/endowments; and providing written documentation or reports required by the various sources.
  • Meets with donors and prospective donors to create and foster relationships.
  • Maintains efficient systems for gift acknowledgment, donor record keeping, recognition of gifts, prospect research, cultivating donors and other key development support functions
  • Directs planning, solicitation and follow up of fundraising appeals in a well-rounded development program including annual, major, corporate, planned gifts and grant writing.
  • Supports and directs public relations activities to build and maintain relationships with other organizations and the public
  • Serves as a resource to donors and the professional community
  • Manages a data software system including gift recording, reporting & querying, constituent data entry, statistical reporting and analysis, mailing list management, and donor/prospect research
  • Develops a support team to successfully implement events and outreach activities.
  • Monitors and reviews foundation communications and appearance for quality, consistency with branding and image standards, as well as approved marketing messages.
  • Works in coordination with the Foundation Board of Directors to facilitate a successful program
  • Participates in routine meetings to ensure the Foundation Board is updated regarding fundraising and outreach efforts; obtains board input and feedback to ensure proper execution of internal and external projects
  • Manages the foundation budget
  • Travel required


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty skillfully and with a high level of efficiency. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's  degree from a four-year college or university, MBA helpful; ten to fifteen years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ten to fifteen years-experience in development of volunteer boards, successful fundraising, and leadership experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Designations, Registrations:

  • Fundraising and/or Philanthropy designations and certifications preferred such as Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) or Chartered Advisory in Philanthropy (CAP).



Communicates Clearly and Effectively, Knows the Job, Achieves Results, Builds Partnerships, Makes Decisions; Adapts to Change, Strategic Thinking; Demonstrates Leadership, Manages Performance; Integrity and Trust; Deals with Paradox.


Technical Competencies:

Strategy, vision, and ability to provide future direction and lead the foundation; demonstrated successful fundraising campaigns, strong communication and public relations skills.


Mathematical Skills:

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Broad experience working with compensation and incentive design


Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should possess working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, communication and project management software tools.


Industry Competencies:

General life insurance industry knowledge.


Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of executives, board of directors, managers, employees, field staff, retirees, and the general public.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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posted  03/25/2021