Siskin Children’s Institute is a multi-faceted organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs and their families through assessment, diagnosis and early intervention. For 70 years we have helped children and families in Chattanooga Tennessee and surrounding areas. We recently opened a location in Nashville Tennessee and we are seeking to expand our reach throughout the state and region.
The Institute seeks an energetic leader who will create and execute the development and communications agenda. Specifically, the Director will lead a team responsible for a fundraising program that secures significant support from individuals, corporations, foundations and governmental partnerships and effectively disseminates the Institute’s messaging via advertising, marketing, social media, printed materials and the web site.
Specific responsibilities of the Director and the Development & Communications department include:
Maintain close working relationships with the philanthropic community, donors, board members and volunteers.
Manage two major annual events and numerous smaller events.
Identify and pursue foundation, corporate and government grants. Maintain proposal deadline calendars.
Cultivate major and planned gifts.
Actively seek new corporate cause related marketing partners and manage current relationships.
Evaluate, improve and leverage the existing fundraising database.
Hire and supervise staff needed to successfully accomplish goals.
Guide the activities and membership of the volunteer based Ambassador’s Club.
Oversee all strategic and tactical communications initiatives that increase the visibility of Siskin Children’s Institute locally, regionally and nationally.
Craft compelling direct response communications and work to significantly increase individual giving.
Work with senior staff to create and implement marketing, advertising, social media and public relations strategies that support and promote programs and initiatives.
Create and manage communications, marketing and project budgets.
Generate new ideas for raising general awareness of the Institute and its programs in the community, professional circles and the media.
Serve as a knowledgeable, positive, and public representative of the Institution.
Recruit, train, supervise, develop, support and evaluate development and communications staff as well as volunteers.
As a member of senior management, maintain a culture that values high quality, high expectations, innovation, ideas, positive attitude, and accountability in a manner that attracts, retains and motivates staff and volunteers.
Participate in relevant networks and key events to ensure that Siskin Children’s Institute is well respected and positioned to advance the organization externally.
Participate in organizational planning and goal formation as needed.
Strongly creative, well-organized, detail oriented, proactive, with a bias toward action.
Superior written and verbal communication skills.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institute is required. A relevant master’s degree or CFRP is preferred
Experience with annual fund/direct mail, major gifts, grants, special events and communications/marketing.
Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge fundraising software is a plus.
Strong internet and social media skills.
Experience managing staff.
Drive, dedication, desire.
Chattanooga TN or Nashville TN (negotiable). Travel required
About Siskin Children's Institute
Founded in 1950, Siskin Children’s Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving its mission: to improve the lives of children with special needs and their families through education, pediatric healthcare services, home and community based programs, and outreach services in the field of developmental disabilities.
The Institute is comprised of the Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics in Chattanooga and Nashville, TN, the Siskin Early Learning Center designed to provide a high quality preschool education for young children with and without disabilities; andthe Siskin Home and Community-Based Early Intervention program designed to provide early intervention services for families and children with special needs.