Director of Fundraising & Public Relations

Thrive in Southern New Mexico
Job Description
Please submit resumes to Thrive in Southern New Mexico via email to Linda Elliott at, mail to PO Box 14, Alamogordo, NM 88311 or drop it by our office at 1601 E. 10th St. Suite A, Alamogordo, NM

Thrive in Southern New Mexico
Job Description
FLSA STATUS:         Exempt
REPORTS TO:           Executive Director
APPROVED BY:       Board of Directors
DATE:                        May 20, 2013
AMENDED:               August 23, 2017
SUMMARY:  Establish  aggressive, innovative and collaborative relationships within the community for Thrive in Southern New Mexico in developing financial resources and identifying and responding to our community priorities.
  • Prepares and implements strategy of planned fundraising activities (including the annual THRIVE campaign and any additional events); makes presentations and enlists support from the Board of Directors (“Board”), community volunteers and affiliated agency staff.
  • Identifies potential donors for all fundraising needs through examination of past records, individual and corporate contracts and knowledge of community.
  • Plans and coordinates annual benefit events.
  • Develops and writes brochures, articles and other promotional material.
  • Informs potential donors of special needs of agency and encourages individuals, corporations and foundations to establish or contribute to special funds through endowments, trusts, donations of in-kind gifts or bequests.
  • Researches public-private grant agencies and foundations to identify other sources of funding for research, community service or other projects.
  • Serves as the THRIVE liaison to various community organizations, representing and promoting the mission of THRIVE.
  • Represents THRIVE in meetings with other agencies, coalitions, donors and public officials.
  • Explores potential opportunities for business and fundraising development.
  • Coordinates all activities relating to public awareness and external communications, including but not limited to marketing and media relations.
  • Directs all medial relationships including preparation of new releases and feature articles, responses to media inquiries, make arrangement for interviews between agency representatives and the media.
  • Plans and oversees agency’s promotional activities, including print, electronic and direct mail.
  • Keeps abreast of community and member newsletters and publications.
  • Provides design and content input for the THRIVE web site with the goal to keep the site current.
  • Must further the public understanding and acceptance of THRIVE objectives and activities.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Must have the highest degree of integrity, honesty, pleasant disposition and extreme tact are essential. Must be able to handle numerous assignments simultaneously without becoming distressed.  Must be dependable and timely.  Must be able to answer routine questions regarding media relations and member programs.
Preferred: A two-Year degree from an accredited college or university, at least five (5) years experience and/or training in non-profit organizations, or other documented experience in the public sector.  
Ability to read, analyze and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or styles.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to top management, public groups and the Board.
Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.  Ability to deal with non-verbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.) in its most difficult phases.  Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
New Mexico Driver’s License
  • Ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned
  • Strong working knowledge of modern fundraising practices and principles
  • Extensive working knowledge of the non-profit sector
  • Strong working knowledge of public and media relations
  • Computer literacy and proficiency, web design and modifications
  • Ability to perform all tasks and responsibilities with no direct supervision
  • Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry or otherwise move goods weighing up to twenty five (25) pounds. 
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