Manager of External Relations
At the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), we believe that, in order to fully actualize their abilities, children require strong academic and personal development programs provided by skilled educators, administrators, and professionals. IEA is not limited to one approach to learning, but seeks the best strategy for each individual child. As one of the nation’s leading organizations for gifted and talented youth, we are committed to the whole child, inspiring students to grow and find balance among all five aspects of self: intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical.
IEA is seeking a Manager of External Relations who will work with the president, executive team, and staff to develop and implement a comprehensive and proactive stewardship and donor communications program to maximize the organization’s development, marketing and outreach efforts. Candidates must be committed to the long-term success of IEA’s mission, program goals and constituents.
The Manager of External Relations will ensure recognition of all donors, fulfill reporting obligations and provide communication materials to support development and marketing activities. The Manager directs the grants process, the acknowledgment for all donors, creates personalized correspondence as appropriate and creates and implements stewardship plans for major benefactors and endowment donors, serving as a personal steward to a portfolio of donors.
The Manager of External Relations has direct involvement with the IEA community and oversees planning and implementation of major events. This position also serves as the liaison to Marketing and Outreach, Public Relations, Educational Services, and Finance on stewardship and donor communications.
- Develop and implement standards, procedures, and tools that enable and encourage best practices and consistency in acknowledgement, recognition, and reporting across all fundraising program areas and develop creative and imaginative methods to show appreciation to donors.
- Manage IEA’s connection with media, oversee public relations and communication with other organizations, the IEA community and the general public.
- Perform regular audit of donor communication efforts to ensure highest quality and timeliness of stewardship for all donors.
- Responsible for the management of donor stewardship involving the President, the Chairman of the Board, and Program managers. Serve as a personal steward to a portfolio of Board of Directors and high-end donors.
- Work in collaboration with and oversee the marketing and outreach teams.
- Lead strategy discussions and recommend and coordinate next actions for stewardship of and communication with donors, working closely with gift officers and manager of major gifts.
- Attend Meetings of the Board of Directors as needed.
- Responsible for the stewardship of endowment donors, including serving as a point person to Finance, preparing impact reports, and finding opportunities for engagement including educational and stewardship events.
- Maintain and expand a repository of donor stories and testimonials to use in publications to help reinforce the impact of philanthropy at the IEA, working closely with gift officers and key volunteers.
- Partner with Marketing and Communications to maximize donor recognition opportunities in various publications, and facilitate changes regarding development and marketing initiatives on the website and other platforms.
- Serve as point person for all Development Department lists, articles, and ads.
- Collaborate with Development Services, Finance, and IT on systems and tools that ensure best practices in stewardship and donor communications.
- Maintain accurate records and information on prospects and donors in the central files.
College degree with a minimum of five years of development experience required. Managerial experience required. Experience in communications, marketing, writing, event planning and project management is desirable. Fundraising expertise is essential; knowledge of nonprofit educational organizations is a plus. Writing samples will be required.
- Exceptional communication skills including writing experience for the full-range of development activities.
- Ability to communicate information about IEA with passion and enthusiasm.
- Ability to work collaboratively across entire IEA, internally and externally.
- Good decision-making skills, excellent listener and communicator, willingness to search out answers.
- Knowledge of principles and techniques relevant to major gift fundraising.
- High degree of organization and attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently and take initiative on new projects.
- Ability to manage a multitude of tasks.
- Ability to work with confidential information.
- Advanced skills in MS Office, with a strong proficiency in Excel, and development software.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Routine for office environment. The employee will be required to attend meetings/events during evening and weekend hours.
If you would like to be considered for a position, please submit a cover letter and resume