Job Openings at the NCC Foundation:

Marketing and Grants Manager

The Norwalk Community College Foundation, Inc. (NCCF) is a 501(c) (3) corporation that supports and raises funds for the benefit of Norwalk Community College (NCC), its students, faculty and programs, to further the educational purposes of NCC.

The Marketing and Grants Manager is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Chief Development Officer. The Marketing and Grants Manager provides creative and innovative content and thought leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications and grant strategy for NCCF to engage NCC and the community. A successful communications strategy will enhance the image of NCCF within the broader community and serve to increase financial support for NCCF.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Marketing and Communications

  • Works with the Chief Development Officer to develop a vision of NCCF’s long-term communications strategy
  • Translates the vision into an actionable plan measurable in quantitative terms (i.e., detailing a one- two- and five-year schedule with metrics to measure success)
  • Defines messages and determines the methods to convey those messages consistently and effectively.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of implemented strategies to adjust and revise as required for sustained improvement.
  • Writes and edits a broad range of print and digital materials, including the social media channels for the NCC Foundation. Develops original content for blog and social media postings and writes a semi-monthly e-newsletter.
  • Oversees and maintains the NCC Foundation website, including written content, graphics and photos, and maintains the website with regular updates to keep the material fresh, current and in line with NCCF’s communications strategy.
  • Launches targeted and systematic effort to strengthen media relations and secure positive news coverage for NCCF.
  • Manages third-party relationships.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Grant writing

  • Deliver strong project management to ensure that grant writing deadlines are met.
  • Develop paragraph templates to compellingly describe why NCC and/or the NCCF is an excellent investment for corporations and foundations locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Write and submit customized proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects working closely with the Chief Development Officer to best represent the NCCF’s work.
  • Effectively interface with a variety of constituents within the College to stay abreast of College activities, review grant implementation, and take advantage of publicity opportunities.
  • Maintain excellent records of correspondence, grants, and formal reporting in Raiser’s Edge, Constant Contact and NCCF’s shared drive so information is accurately captured, filed, and easily retrieved as needed.
  • Develop and manage a streamlined, continually updated grant and publicity tracking process which ensures timely submission and reporting along with keeping the Chief Development Officer informed.

Knowledge – Skills & Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing or related field with a minimum 3 years of experience in strategic communications planning and the successful design and production of print and digital materials in a non-profit environment.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills as well as proficiency in engaging effectively in print and digital outlets with a wide range of external and internal constituencies.
  • Ability to think strategically, analytically, and creatively, and to reorient strategy in response to new opportunities and changing priorities.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work within designated timelines.
  • Self-starter that meets deadlines and has excellent organization, attention to detail and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to build strong relationships, work independently, make decisions, maintain confidentiality, multitask, organize, and prioritize while maintaining high standards.
  • Knowledge of fundraising goals and techniques preferred.
  • Proficiency with technology, including all Microsoft Office products, as well as experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Constant Contact, and Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Required: A successful candidate will have multiple writing samples with a portfolio of successful print and digital materials.

Please send cover letter indicating your interest in the position and a resume to: lorem@norwalk.edu

Chief Development Officer

The Norwalk Community College Foundation, Inc. (NCCF) is a 501(c) (3) corporation that supports and raises funds for the benefit of Norwalk Community College (NCC), its students, faculty and programs, to further the educational purposes of NCC.

The CDO reports to the Chief Executive Officer and provides leadership and oversight of all resource development and marketing strategies and activities. The CDO plans, manages and implements initiatives in major gifts, planned giving, grants, annual giving, special events, communications, and stewardship with the objective of securing philanthropic support for the Foundation.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Provides leadership for the overall development and marketing functions of the organization. As part of this work, the CDO will work to build successful and sustainable working relationships with the Foundation staff team, Foundation Board Directors, College staff, donors and the community to establish, sustain, and guide a strong culture of philanthropy and connection to the College.

• Create, nurture, and lead a culture of philanthropic support to advance the priorities of the Foundation by effectively recruiting, motivating, and managing training of the Board of Directors and engaging volunteers and staff in furthering the fundraising objectives of the Foundation.

• Plan and implement an annual development strategy that includes identifying measurable targets for each fiscal year.

• Manage a strategic effort to build and increase major gift donations and establish the infrastructure for a possible capital campaign in 2024.

• Oversee and implement annual campaign fundraising and the pursuit of unrestricted and temporarily restricted donations for the Foundation to strengthen the Foundation’s ability to meet the needs of the college.

• Oversee the marketing and grants function of the organization including managing the Marketing and Grants Manager.

• Oversee the donor database maintenance and functionality for the Foundation including managing a Development Associate who serves as a database administrator.

• Build the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the development team in areas including annual giving, major gifts, events, donor relations, community partnerships, grants, communications and stewardship

• Implement cultivation and stewardship efforts that include measurable targets for each fiscal year (e.g., personal visits, stewardship activities, fundraising solicitations, and major asks).

• Provide development department support for capital campaigns.

Performance Measurements

• Develop and manage a portfolio of prospects capable of making major gifts to secure commitments to meet fundraising goals.

• Collaborate with the Board of Directors, NCC, alumni and students to advance Foundation priorities.

• Manage the Development, Marketing, Major Gifts Advisory Committee, and special event task forces of the Board.

• Promote the Foundation through projecting a positive image, reputation, attitude and connection to our campus and community.

• Cultivate existing and new donor relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing donor engagement, support and overall philanthropic giving to the College.

• Work with the CEO to manage the Foundation’s philanthropic culture including coordination with campus departments and leadership to assure alignment of fundraising goals and strategies.

Requirements

• Minimum 10 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management.

• Proven track record in fundraising.

• Experience in a higher education setting, particularly a community college, is ideal.

• Capital Campaign experience is preferred.

• Experience managing people, both staff and volunteers.

• Strong written and oral communication skills.

• Strong interpersonal and listening skills.

• Ability to work independently on and off campus.

• Commitment to teamwork and willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues from across the institution.

• Maintain confidentiality and integrity of sensitive information.

• Demonstrable initiative and a strong work ethic.

• Proficiency in donor database systems and Raiser’s Edge NXT is preferred.

Qualified candidates may email both a cover letter and resume to: careers@matchnpc.com