Charleston, South Carolina

Stewardship Officer, Coastal Community Foundation

The Organization

Thank you for your interest in joining the Coastal Community Foundation team. Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer with offices in North Charleston and Beaufort, as well as four affiliate foundations. We serve all nine counties on South Carolina’s coast: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties.

Established in 1974, Coastal Community Foundation works to create vibrant communities by identifying the challenges facing the region and bringing together resources to address them. Coastal Community Foundation is the largest community foundation in South Carolina, managing more than 700 charitable funds established by individuals, families and organizations and awarding tens of millions of dollars in grants and scholarships each year.

Financial resources are among the many tools we employ in our purpose to create vibrant communities. Throughout our history, we have served as a community convener to bring residents and leaders together to tackle major structural challenges, such as housing shortages or inequitable school systems. We also have a long history of helping nonprofits build their capacity, and incubating grassroots causes to provide them with structural support so they grow into fully operational organizations.

Why work for us?

When you join Coastal Community Foundation, you join a dedicated staff and Board of Directors working to be the reason why education, housing and access to opportunities are more equitable; working to be the reason why donors advance positive outcomes in their communities; and working to be the reason why our region thrives, together.

This dedication from our team is one of the main reasons we’ve been successful in earning the trust of communities we serve, and ensuring we adapt to their evolving needs. That is why we are deeply committed to supporting our staff members to ensure their success at work and outside of work. We offer a competitive salary and a full benefits package, including Paid Time Off, Holidays, Insurance (health, dental, vision, life, long-term disability), 401(k), and training and development opportunities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Inclusion with equity is one of our four core values at Coastal Community Foundation, so we not only work to recruit diverse candidates, we work to ensure our team members have all the tools they need to be successful. Our purpose is most effectively fulfilled through proactively supporting the values of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Diversity may be measured by, but is not limited to, differences in age, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, class, religion, disability, geography, and profession. We acknowledge and respect the many differences that comprise thriving communities and seek diversity in our staff to ensure that a range of perspectives, opinions and experiences are recognized and acted upon in achieving our purpose.

It is our intention to promote a fully equitable philanthropic sector that justly represents and serves all our constituencies. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, of LGBTQ+ identity and of other historically marginalized communities.

About this position

The Stewardship Officer works, in cooperation with the Development and Stewardship Team, to advance the growth, development, and reputation of the Foundation to become the philanthropic partner of choice. He/She helps advance the work of the Foundation in the region by working across the areas of stewardship, development, and planned giving. His/her goal is to deepen relationships with current and prospective donors, to instill trust in the Foundation and stimulate new gifts. In conjunction with the Director of Stewardship and Director of Development, he/she educates donors, prospective donors, and Professional Advisors on giving vehicles and works closely with Staff on individualized solicitations of prospective and existing donors. The Stewardship Officer works closely with staff to ensure effective collaboration and communication. Additionally, the Stewardship Officer will be the primary point person within the Department managing CCF’s online donor portal.

Essential Functions

Development and Stewardship

·         Protects the legacy of donors by fulfilling the terms of fund agreements.

·                  Proactively and consistently communicates data from organizations and programs supported by their donations.

·                  In collaboration with the Stewardship & Events Officer, helps coordinate events that educate donors about community issues and how they can get involved to address those issues.

·                  Communicates with fund holders on a regular basis, provide advice when needed particularly around fund development, as well as, relevant field of interest information.

·                  Provides executive level administrative staff support at divisional meetings such as the development and stewardship committee, field of interest meetings (giving circles, county specific funds, etc.), and donor and professional advisor education series.

·                  Proactively manages a portfolio of donors by building relationships with current and prospective supporters of the Foundation.

·                  Works with Development and Stewardship team and others to successfully support development efforts to expand resources within Fund types and support programmatic needs.

·                  Initiates focused and time-limited special projects which may straddle focus areas between Development and Stewardship and other departments.

General Responsibilities

·         Responds to requests for information from donors, grantees and the general public with a target of one working business day turn around (or less).

·         Supports the Foundation’s practice of encouraging diversity, equity and inclusiveness as the cornerstones of all that it does.

·                  Remains current with events and trends in local, national and international business, finance and philanthropy.

·                  Acquires and maintains current knowledge of public activities and internal projects, policies and procedures of CCF.

·                  Assists Director, Vice President and team with meeting preparation and calendar tracking of department (development contact metrics).

·                  Understands the various functions of each of the Foundation’s Departments, in order to gain an overall understanding of the Foundation’s work.

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Skilled in managing multiple tasks simultaneously and successfully.
  • Ability and comfort with significant degree of file organization, administrative support, and data entry.
  • Excellent relationship management skills and familiarity with “moves management” fundraising principles.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and completely comfortable with learning new software.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.

·                  Knowledge of customer relationship management software, such as Raiser’s Edge and/or Foundant Community Suite a plus.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Physical Requirements

·                 Must be able to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time.

·                 Needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. and lift small items (less than 20 pounds).

·                 Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity equipment, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

·                 Frequently communicates with colleagues and the public. Must be able to exchange accurate information.

How To Apply

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and essay response to the question listed below:

·                 Why do you want to work for Coastal Community Foundation?

Please submit materials to combined in one (1) PDF document by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021 for consideration.

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