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Vice President of Mission Resources - Fort Lauderdale office

JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the President & CEO, the Foundation’s Vice President of Mission Resources will work closely with the President/CEO, Board members and other key volunteers to realize the success and sustainability of annual operating needs while ensuring the Foundation’s future growth. Enthusiastically leading a staff of eight (8), manages a comprehensive development program, including: individual giving, corporate support, grants and special fund-raising events. Broaden the base of support and recruit/cultivate key volunteers and leadership.

Major responsibilities include:
• Work closely with the President and Board of Directors to set organizational strategy and priorities and plans for development.
• Manage a “best practices”, comprehensive development program, including solicitation strategies, donor recognition and stewardship activities; responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting existing and potential donors, with an emphasis on realizing leadership and major gifts.
• In conjunction with the President and CFO, establish annual development revenue goals and expense budget.
• Supervise and direct the activities of the mission resources staff.
• Work directly with the Board of Directors to: 1) engage them in fundraising activities; 2) develop fundraising strategies; and 3) implement the agreed upon strategies to support the annual and long-term goals of the Chapter.
• Establish a thorough understanding of Make-A-Wish -- its history, culture, operations and mission; and understand its base of financial support and funding requirements.
• Build solid working relationships with chapter and national office staff; be an interactive and synergistic partner with colleagues throughout the organization so that all work together for the advancement of the mission.
• With attention to detail, develop fundraising schedules and objectives; help maintain databases and systems; comply with appropriate procedures for tracking and soliciting donors.
• Other duties as assigned by the President & CEO of the Foundation

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree; strategic approach to development with significant experience in cultivating and managing donors and stewarding gifts through to fruition; a record of quantifiable success in development which encompasses many areas of donor segmentation, research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; strong interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied and changing constituencies including staff members, board members, potential donors and volunteers; a superior orientation to serving donors; excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to inspire and connect donors to our mission; highly organized and detail-oriented with the ability to work effectively in a team environment; a self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, forging ahead when appropriate and holding back when necessary, with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others.

Please submit resume along with a cover letter to Norman Wedderburn at ajrqqreohea@fsyn.jvfu.bet. No phone calls please.

Administrative Assistant - Fort Lauderdale office

JOB SUMMARY: This position will oversee the day-to-day administrative responsibilities of the foundation’s front desk and administratively assist the CEO and President. A friendly and positive attitude with a desire to work as efficiently as possible with excellent client-facing communication skills. The ability to work in a team environment with little supervision while managing multiple tasks.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Distributes and process in-coming and out-going mail according to established audit policy and procedures.
• Responsible for individual donor acknowledgements under $250, including memorial and honor donation notifications.
• Answer incoming calls and assume other receptionist duties as needed.
• Assume responsibility for maintaining and replenishing the postage machine. Order and maintain general front desk office supplies. • Update and distribute chapter phone list including emergency contact information.
• Write “wish stories” using the establish Adopt-A-Wish guidelines.
• Assist in scanning photos of wish children as provided by the wish department into the child’s raisers-edge card.
• Assist the CEO with expense reports, daily calendar, office files, travel itineraries, meeting logistics and telephone calls.
• Generate memos, emails and reports when appropriate.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree preferred; proficiency in MS Office with expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Excel, Word and Outlook; ability to revise operating practices to improve efficiency; detail-oriented and comfortable working in a fast-paced office environment; exceptional communication skills; superior organization skills and dedication to completing projects in a timely manner; ability to thrive in a teamwork environment.

Please submit resume along with a cover letter to Wanda Trouba at jgebhon@fsyn.jvfu.bet. No phone calls please.

Internship Requirements

Internships are available during the Fall, Spring & Summer semesters and applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Interns are expected to work between 15 to 20 hours a week during an 12 to 16 week period. Internships are also available for course credit (contingent upon university approval). All internships are non-paid.

Qualified applicants will possess strong written and oral communication skills, working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite which includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and demonstrate maturity and responsibility. Ability to handle multiple tasks and possess strong organizational skills is also encouraged.

To apply for an internship in the Ft. Lauderdale office, potential candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Melanie Holley at zubyyrl@fsynjvfu.bet or fax (954) 967-2468. No phone calls please.

To apply for an internship in the Bonita Springs office, potential candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Lesley Colantonio at ypbynagbavb@fsynjvfu.bet or fax (239) 992-2833. No phone calls please.

To apply for an internship in the Sarasota office, potential candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Rebecca Blitz, Regional Director at eoyvgm@fsynjvfu.bet. No phone calls please.

To apply for an internship in the Tampa office, potential candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Lisa Andrews, Regional Director at ynaqerjf@fsynjvfu.bet. No phone calls please.

Internship - Program Services

This individual will assist the Program Services Department in planning and follow-up of wishes for eligible children. This intern will maintain communication with wish families, communicate with medical professionals, assist with referral calls, complete file close-outs, and update the wish database. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Life or related fields. All majors are welcome. Applicants that are bilingual in Spanish or Creole are needed and encouraged to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Development/Fundraising

The Development - Fundraising Intern will assist in all areas related to fundraising and will support major fundraising programs. General responsibilities include strategic planning to grow programs such as Kids For Wish Kids, Wishes in Flight, Corporate partners, and Workplace giving; research and solicit local companies, schools, clubs and civic organization etc.; cultivate new donors; set up speaking engagements for new donors; form and manage a youth advisory board to grow our Kids for Wish Kids program; and help update and maintain files for donors and events. Ideal for applicants with ease and comfort speaking with others, organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, working knowledge of social media, excellent writing and communications skills and a positive attitude. Bonita Springs office only.

Development Internship - Suncoast Office

The Development Intern in the Suncoast regional office will assist in areas related to fundraising and will support external fundraising events. Applicants should be energetic and have the following: strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, experience in design programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Publisher preferred) and Raiser’s Edge. Applicants must also have the ability to work events as needed outside regular scheduled hours. Responsibilities may include: Assist with planning and executing new external events, Coordinate appropriate support for these activities ensuring the donor has the agreed upon supplies and materials, Assist with records of events, Coordinate thank you/recognition for external events, Follow-up with external event donors, Compile mailing and distribution lists for all communications, Writing and design electronic communications including updates and email blasts, Develop and run event reports, Assist Regional Director with event web sites, Maintain database of media contacts, Create office forms and additional documents as needed, Maintain out of office calendar, Scan all incoming donations, Input all donor information into Raiser’s Edge, Manage the maintenance of office equipment, Maintain inventory of supplies and print materials. All majors are welcome to apply. Suncoast regional office only.

Internship - Development/National Alliances

The Development/National Alliances Intern will provide assistance and support to annual fundraising campaigns that include, but are not limited to, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual and corporate donors to help build relationships with our local and national alliances. Intern will play a role in the coordination and implementation of fundraising initiatives including promotions with national corporate partners, and learn how for-profit corporations partner with nonprofits to further their initiatives. Additionally, there will be some event planning assistance, including an opportunity to participate in and organize logistics for wish celebrations and donor cultivation events. This role will directly participate in the coordination of key national partnership campaigns including Subaru’s Share The Love & Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaigns. Applicants should have strong organizational and time management skills, excellent customer service skills and be passionate about learning non-profit work. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations, the intern will gain an understanding of nonprofit fundraising, community outreach and marketing. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business, Public Relations or Non-profit Management. All majors are welcome to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Development/Stewardship

The Development/Stewardship Intern will provide assistance and support to the Development department with annual fundraising efforts that include, but are not limited to, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, corporate and foundation donors. Responsibilities will include cause-related marketing projects, community outreach, grant research, help in coordinating donor stewardship that includes, but is not limited to, gathering wish story information to share with donors, coordinating donor mailings  etc. - all in an effort to raise funds needed to grant wishes.

Applicants should have strong organizational and time management skills, excellent customer service skills and be passionate to learn about  this aspect of non-profit work . Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations, the intern will gain an understanding of nonprofit fundraising, community outreach and marketing. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business, Public Relations or Non-profit Management.  All majors are welcome to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Special Events

The Special Events Intern supports Make-A-Wish's major special events. The primary responsibilities include assisting with marketing of events, facilitating the donation of high-end auction items and designing and implementing the visual aspects of silent auction displays. The Special Events Intern will also provide general assistance and office support to Development Team, and interact with donors and vendors relating to the events. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Business or related fields. All majors are welcome. Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa offices only.

Internship - Volunteer Relations

The Volunteer Relations Intern will assist the Volunteer Coordinator in all aspects of the Volunteer Program including but not limited to recruitment and training volunteers, managing volunteer files, processing applications, and communicating with volunteers. Must be comfortable and confident communicating over the phone. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, or other related fields. All majors are welcome. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Inc.
4491 S State Road 7
Suite 201
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 967-9474
Toll Free (888) 773-9474
Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Southwest Florida Regional Office
3655 Bonita Beach Road
Suite 3
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 992-9474

Make-A-Wish® U.S. Virgin Islands
PMB 547
8168 Crown Bay Marina Ste 505
St Thomas, VI 00802-5819
(340) 474-0798

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Tampa Bay Regional Office
324 North Dale Mabry Hwy
Suite 203
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 288-2600

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Suncoast Regional Office
3430 Magic Oak Lane
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 378-9474