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November 28, 2023 | Tom Ballard

CO.LAB recruiting for a Growth Officer

The primary duties involve securing financial resources necessary to support the nonprofit's mission and programs.

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) in Chattanooga is seeking a dynamic and driven individual to join the nonprofit organization as a Growth Officer.

According to the announcement, the successful individual “will lead and coordinate all aspects of our fundraising and development activities. Your primary goal will be to secure financial resources necessary to support our mission and programs. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a passion for making a positive impact in the community and a track record of successful fundraising.”

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Development Strategy: Create and implement a comprehensive development strategy aligned with the organization’s mission and goals. This includes identifying and cultivating funding sources, establishing fundraising goals, and developing long-term sustainability strategies.
  • Fundraising: Lead all fundraising efforts, including individual giving, corporate partnerships, grants, and special events. Cultivate and maintain relationships with current and potential donors, sponsors, and partners. Develop compelling fundraising campaigns and materials to engage and motivate supporters.
  • Donor Cultivation: Identify, research, and engage high-potential donors, sponsors, and partners. Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, effectively communicating the organization’s impact and financial needs. Steward existing donors to ensure long-term support and engagement.
  • Grant Management: Research, identify, and pursue grant opportunities from foundations, government agencies, and other relevant sources. Develop compelling grant proposals and applications, ensuring alignment with funder priorities and guidelines. Track and report on grant activities, ensuring compliance with all reporting requirements.
  • Budget and Financial Management: Collaborate with the finance team to develop and monitor departmental budgets, ensuring alignment with organizational goals. Provide regular reports on fundraising progress, financial projections, and return on investment for various fundraising activities.
  • Board and Volunteer Engagement: Work closely with the Board of Directors, providing guidance and support in fundraising efforts. Engage and mobilize board members and volunteers in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities. Develop and implement strategies to increase board participation and volunteer involvement in fundraising initiatives.
  • Public Relations and Marketing: Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to develop and execute strategies to enhance the organization’s visibility and brand. Utilize various channels, including social media, website, and traditional media, to showcase impact stories and fundraising campaigns. Act as a spokesperson for the organization at events, conferences, and in public engagements.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Foster and maintain strong relationships with staff members across different departments, ensuring a collaborative and nurturing work environment. Work closely with program managers to identify funding opportunities aligned with programmatic needs and impact.

Among other requirements, the successful applicant must be from the Chattanooga area or willing to relocate. More information can be found here.

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