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  • Development Manager (Iowa)

    At Heartland Family Service, we are committed to building a culture that is trauma informed and values and celebrates diversity and inclusion. We believe this allows for better service delivery and innovation, as it encourages our employees to bring various experiences and uniqueness to the workplace.

    Trauma Informed Care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.  Trauma Informed Care also acknowledges the effects of working with trauma survivors on our workforce, and seeks to build collaborative and supportive working environments and relationships.

    If you believe in our mission of creating healthy families and communities, and like a fast pace, collaborative and team oriented environment, then Heartland Family Service is the agency for you. 


    Plans fund-raising strategy and carries out specific projects relative to Heartland Family Service special events. Identifies potential sponsors and settles on the appropriate targets for funding relative to Heartland Family Service special events. Both alone or with other agency personnel, approaches individuals, corporate and foundation officials and negotiates the terms of their support to the agency through special events. Builds relationships and works with a wide range of internal and external customers; meets deadlines; juggles multiple events; identifies, cultivates and stewards donors and volunteers; takes high initiative and responsibility for identifying, planning and completing specialized projects.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with some evening and weekend hours.
    Compensation: $43,000 to $45,500

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • *Plans and implements agency’s special events to meet and exceed fundraising and cultivation goals. Events include but are not limited to the Strike a Chord Gala in Council Bluffs, Safe Haven Golf Tournament, Giving Tuesday and assisting with Do Good Days. Assists as needed with planning and implementation of the Carnival of Love Gala.
    • *Identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate sponsors and donors required.
    • *Identification, cultivation and stewardship of community members to serve on advisory committees in cooperation with the Southwest Iowa Advisory Committee and the Sarpy County Advisory Committee.
    • *Evaluates and reports on successes and challenges of special event initiatives. Identify and implement modifications and improvements for special event initiatives, including but not limited to systems to improve revenue, number of stakeholders, visibility and awareness.
    • *Maintains management records and statistical reporting for special events and maintains event process and procedure notebooks/manuals.
    • Serves as HFS staff liaison to the Sarpy County Advisory Committee and Southwest Iowa Advisory Committee, including member recruitment, retention, and engagement; committee programming; and administrative support. Assists as needed in cultivating and maintaining the agency relationship with the Heartland Family Service Friends Guild.
    • Maintains accurate data entry for projects and special events. Communicates frequently and consistently with internal and external customers.
    • Ability to be courteous, caring and professional to internal and external customers at all times.
    • Ability to work with all agency staff, including program area staff and volunteers, in a collaborative and cooperative manner.
    • Ability to plan, manage, organize and implement projects to meet and exceed agency’s fundraising goals.
    • Exhibit strong organizational skills, initiative and comfort with results/goal-driven focus balances with relationship building skills.
    • Is dependable and punctual.
    • Abides by all specific program and HFS procedures, policies and requirements.
    • Develops personal and program-related skills through participation in formal and informal internal and/or external training and networking opportunities.
    • May be asked to participate in agency committees and QIT groups.
    • Creates, maintains and shares, as appropriate, a dynamic self-care plan.
    • *Strives to make connections between the agency and the larger community whenever possible in order to contribute to the agency’s ongoing fundraising and friend-raising efforts.
    • *Essential functions of this job are to be performed on company physical work site.
    • Performs other program related duties as assigned.                   

                                                                                            *DENOTES ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS


    • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in nonprofit management, communications, or related field.
    • Experience in fundraising and event planning strongly preferred.
    • Some nights and weekends required.
    • Valid driver’s license/acceptable driving record required.
    • Preferred applicants will live in Southwest Iowa and/or have strong knowledge of the Council Bluffs community.


    Leadership- Good managers should be able to lead the employees they manage. Leadership traits include coaching, emotional stability, enthusiasm and self-assurance, Warmth and competence are unique qualities of leadership.

    Communication- Good managers must be able to communicate well, listen effectively and be aware of nonverbal communication. 

    Problem-Solving-Good managers are able to identify and solve problems and take responsibility for problems that arise rather than seeing them as someone else’s responsibility and take an ethical approach to problem-solving. 

    Accountability- A manager with strong accountability qualities will take action and responsibility for their goals and objectives.

    Integrity- Key attributes of a good manager are derivatives of legitimate character and integrity. 

    Initiative and Creativity- Plans work and carries out tasks without detailed instructions; makes constructive suggestions; prepares for problems or opportunities in advance; undertakes additional responsibilities; responds to situations as they arise with minimal supervision; creates novel solutions to problems; evaluates new technology as potential solutions to existing problems.



    (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


    (Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).        

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    Position Type: Full-time