Development and Marketing Specialist

Full-time, Exempt

The Development and Marketing Specialist is an essential role at Willis Dady Homeless Services, serving as the backbone to the agency’s development and marketing activities. You’ll be responsible for: generating donor letters, creating and distributing marketing materials, managing donor activities, and assisting the development director and executive director with administrative projects. Independent problem solving, the ability to support multiple ongoing and new activities, attention to detail and follow-through will all be essential to success in this position. The position is based in Cedar Rapids, at the Willis Dady shelter and administrative office. The position is full time (40 hours/week) and is eligible for all agency benefits, including a 4-week paid sabbatical after 5 years of full-time work.
Immediate Supervisor:  Willis Dady Development Director
Donor Stewardship
  • Manage donor database (GiftWorks) through timely data entry and generating reports as needed
  • Create and maintain positive donor relations through timely generation of donor acknowledgement, emails and phone calls; track and send pledge reminders; correspond with donors as necessary to ensure contact information or other requests are fulfilled
  • Organize and conduct fall thank-a-thon, annual church outreach and special mailings
  • Support the Development Committee with all planning and activities
  • Create print and/or digital communications such as social media graphics, presentation boards, brochures, flyers, advertisements, emails, news releases
  • Maintain agency website and social media presence
  • Create and mail quarterly newsletter, including electronic versions
Outreach with external partners
  • Assist with marketing and sponsorships for agency fundraisers
  • Help educate the public on agency programs and our client population through talks and tours of the shelter with schools, churches, news media, community groups, etc.
Data Collection and Reporting
  • Assist in tracking data for the strategic plan, grant reports, and various ongoing indicators, working with a wide range of staff to create a data system that is efficient and effective
  • Generate routine development reports, ensuring 100% accuracy by correcting any errors
  • Create visual representations of development outcomes as well as program outcomes to be used in donor impact reports
Administrative Excellence
  • Assist with editing and writing grant applications
  • Support executive director and other staff with various projects and assignments including community committee responsibilities
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and trainings as appropriate
  • Assist with general office duties, such as answering phones, receiving visitors, and maintaining relationships with agency partners
  • Contribute to the overall agency mission through miscellaneous duties as assigned
Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and some experience working in a professional office setting. Experience in fundraising, marketing or public relations is required.  
Skills Required:
  • Passion for helping further an agency’s mission through fundraising
  • Passion for serving people experiencing homelessness
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and social media are required
  • Strong independent problem solving skills, organization and initiative
  • Ability to conceive and execute creative messaging and skill using Canva and other design platforms
  • Strong teamwork: work productively and respectfully with various teammates
  • Flexibility
  • Attention to detail and consistently meet paperwork and project deadlines
  • Skill in writing for various audiences
  • Provide written and verbal communications respectfully and proficiently to various stakeholders throughout each day
This position is full-time and reports to the Development Director. Benefits of full-time employment include health insurance, paid time off and paid holidays. Salary begins at $31,200. Willis Dady is an Equal Opportunity and At-Will Employer.
Does this job sound perfect for you?
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three portfolio samples to by July 15. Applications may be sent by postal mail to 1247 4th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52403.
 Note: It is the policy of Willis Dady Emergency Shelter to provide employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status. All offers of employment are contingent on a negative report on the State of Iowa Criminal History Records Check and Sex Offender Registry. Willis Dady is an At Will Employer.