Website Camp High Hopes

The mission of Camp High Hopes is to provide a fun, safe, and adaptive recreational experience for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.

Job Title: Advancement Director
Classification: Exempt
Office location: Sioux City, IA
Reports to: Executive Director

  • Bachelor’s degree – prefer major in fund development or business, minor in marketing, public affairs or related discipline and three years of experience in a mid-level fundraising position or related field such as sales management.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to supervise and motivate volunteers and staff.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Sound computer skills including word processing and database management.
  • An understanding of the non-profit sector.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle.

Position Summary:
The Advancement Director is responsible for the growth and implementation of the development and marketing strategies and activities to assure for funding of the annual, capital, and endowment needs of the organization and to assure that the organization’s mission is properly presented to various publics. Includes cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective donors, managing and writing grants, special events planning, marketing, and management, and serving as a spokesperson for the organization.

Essential Job Functions:

Human resource management

  • Responsible for establishing the staffing structure of the Advancement department, which is comprised of Development and Marketing staff. Includes selection, hiring, coaching, and discipline of the development and marketing employees.
  • Direct, plan and coordinate the work of the development and marketing staff including supervision, evaluation, training, and team building.
  • Organize and attend individual and departmental meetings to maintain effective communication.
  • Ensure adequate and qualified staff and volunteers to carry out the development and marketing activities.

Annual giving

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, marketing, management, and evaluation of all activities related to annual giving.
  • Responsible for the development of a Major Gifts Program, including research, identification of potential donors, developing the case for giving and developing and maintaining relationships.
  • Remain current on all legislation and ethical practices pertaining to fundraising.

Foundations, corporate and service club funding

  • Research and develop funding proposals/grants for charitable foundations, corporate charitable funds, service clubs, and other similar funds.
  • Maintains comprehensive schedule of grant opportunities, deadlines, follow-up activities, and reporting requirements for grants received.

Capital campaigns

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, marketing, management, and evaluation of all activities related to capital campaigns.
  • Guides the Board in the organization and execution of any major and minor capital campaigns

(typically every 3-5 years).

  • Communicates with outstanding pledge holders and they complete their pledge obligations.

Endowment and planned giving

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, marketing, management, and evaluation of all activities related to endowment and planned giving.
  • Identifies endowment and planned gift prospects.
  • Organizes communications and materials for solicitation.
  • Organizes targeted solicitation.
  • Remain current on all legislation and ethical practices pertaining to endowment and planned giving such as gifts of stock, estate gifts, and gifts of life insurance.

Special events

  • Responsible for the development, planning, implementation, marketing, management, and evaluation of all activities related to special events.
  • Manage the annual fundraising events (Rib Fest, Miles for Smiles Poker Run, and The Haunted Lodge Party), annual Smiles Ambassador, annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet, and key milestone events (ie, 10 year anniversary) including, but not limited to, volunteer recruitment, support to the volunteer committee, budget development and management, project plan development, management and evaluation, and solicitation of gifts in-kind and sponsorships.
  • Liaise with and support third party fundraising initiatives.
  • Support program events such as open houses.

Marketing and Communications

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of all activities related to marketing and communications. Includes the marketing activity plan.
  • Calls on and meets with donors regularly for updates, increased commitments, and opportunities to involve new ways including visits to and tours of the camp.
  • Schedules regular presentations to service clubs, community groups and potential funding organizations – both off and on-site. Provides consistent messaging to educate and recruit new support.
  • Coordinates with consultants and vendors to complete assignments including graphic designers, web developers, and tv/radio personalities.
  • Design and distribution of news releases, news conferences, radio/tv ads, print ads, brochures/posters, newsletters, mass emails, videos, web site, and social media platforms and associated campaigns.
  • Communicates with the general public through television, radio, social media, and print media.

Includes serving as a spokesperson for the organization.

Database (

  • Monitors and enters donation opportunity data and runs reports as needed.
  • Codes/reviews all donations and works with office staff to enter data.
  • Responsible for the supervision and management of the fundraising database and ensuring the timely distribution of thank you letters/cards and tax receipts.
  • Compiles, maintains, and reports on the fundraising statistics including per donor gift, campaign participation, etc.
  • Analyze trends in the various fundraising campaigns, identifying opportunities and challenges, and developing strategies to ensure goals are met.


  • Shall perform all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Regular and punctual attendance at location determined by employer.
  • Be at work on time and clean in appearance.

Other Job Duties:

  • Plan and facilitate meetings including staff meetings, committee meetings, and vendor/partner meetings.
  • Maintain clear and positive written and verbal communication with all camp staff, volunteers, partners, Board of Directors, and vendors.


  • Reports to the Executive Director. Supervises the Development and Marketing staff. Works closely with the Board of Directors, volunteers, and office staff.

Equipment Used:

  • Personal computer
  • Telephone
  • Smart Phone
  • Calculator
  • Copier

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to strategize, lead, manage, and direct others.
  • Ability to innovate and plan accordingly, to be flexible, creative, innovative, and responsive.
  • Ability to work productively through effective communication with board members, staff, volunteers, and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate and work with various board members, staff, and volunteers.
  • Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate policies and procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.

Physical Aspects of the Position:

  • Ability to be in proximity to children and adults with disabilities.
  • Ability to work irregular hours when needed to support special events and donor meetings.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  • Physical requirements include endurance, climbing, standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate office and special event equipment and office and special event activities. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate board, staff, and volunteer relations and the occasional ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. with the assistance of other staff members, volunteers, or moving equipment.

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

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