House of Mercy - Director of Mission Engagement & Donor Relations Email

AFP Member? No
Name of Organization: House of Mercy
Title of Position: Director of Mission Engagement & Donor Relations
Starting Date: 07/22/2022
Salary Range (low): $55,000
Salary Range (high): $75,000
Organization Website:

Description of Responsibilities: 


  • Support a budget of $1.8M to $2.2M through execution of annual giving, events, and grants programs 
  • Leads the solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of donors at all levels 
  • Generates and develops new fundraising opportunities – expanding our database of regular and potential contributors to the organization 
  • Oversees gift processing and acknowledgment in cooperation with department staff and with the support of DonorPerfect software 
  • Researches grant opportunities, interfaces with foundation staff, submits grant applications and follow-up reports, and ensures stewardship of foundation donors.
  • Responds to donor inquiries and requests and, when appropriate, prepares correspondence
  • Oversees event planning and execution including donor breakfasts and our annual winter Gala in addition to 4 to 6 third party events
  • Secure food and other gifts in kind to support the annual Christmas distribution


  • Writes and oversees the distribution of annual appeal and other fundraising letters targeted to potential and existing donors
  • Crafts relevant communication pieces, such as brochures or informational sheets that align with the House of Mercy philosophy, and mission 
  • Oversees and supports the efforts of the Community Engagement Associate to recruit, engage and effectively utilize volunteers 
  • Coordinates with other staff and volunteers in the creation of a Spring and Fall Newsletter
  • At the direction of the Executive Director, creates internal communications
  • Prepares press releases and coordinates with local media outlets
  • Helps secure and arrange speaking engagements for the Executive Director and Founder of House of Mercy 
  • Oversees the department team and volunteers in the content and maintenance of social media platforms and website 
  • Manages email marketing efforts using Constant Contact


  • As appropriate, participates in board meetings to provide updates on fundraising and communications initiatives and progress
  • Cooperates with the Finance Team and Leadership to ensure proper stewardship and reporting of donor dollars 
  • Engages and supports efforts of the Development Committee of the Board – providing reports, executing strategies and pursuing leads 
  • Cooperates with House of Mercy’s leadership team to maintain awareness and engagement with funding needs and current programming and initiatives 
  • Stays connected to current events and aims to be a subject matter expert in understanding poverty and homelessness

Organizational Budget: $1.8M to $2.2M

Organization's Financial Sources:
Foundation and Corporate Grants
Special Events
United Way
Government Grants

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, nonprofit management, or related field preferred

Experience/Personal Qualifications:

  • 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and 5 years’ experience in nonprofit development and communications preferred 
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills 
  • Demonstrated experience with donor solicitation, cultivation and stewardship 
  • Demonstrated relationship builder and project manager – an ability to work well with others 
  • Strong network within the Rochester philanthropic community a plus 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 
  • Ability to use with social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIN), email systems (Gmail and Constant Contact), and website administration tools (WordPress)
  • Experience with DonorPerfect software a plus
  • Schedule is mostly daytime, Monday – Friday; some evenings and weekends are required

Specific Requirements of Position:

Annual Campaigns
Media Relations
Grant Writing
Special Events Planning
Computer - Database
Computer - Spreadsheets
Computer - Desktop Publishing
Donor Research
Personal Automobile

Position Reports to: Dr. Tammy Butler, Executive Director

Send Correspondence to:
Dr. Tammy Butler, Executive Director
House of Mercy
2185 Ormond Street
Rochester, New York 14605
[email protected]

Include with Correspondence:
Cover Letter
Writing Samples

Additional job details: Dir Finance & HR -House of Mercy.pdf