Evergreen Life Services

Development Specialist


Corporate Office (Haughton, Louisiana)


Full Time

Position Description: Development Specialist
Reports To: Chief Development Officer
FLSA: Exempt
Created: August 6, 2009
Revised: May 31, 2023
Job Summary 
Responsible for helping meet the goals of the development department in the North Central LA and Northwest LA divisions, national accounts, and grants within the Evergreen Life Services regions.   This position will report to the Chief Development Officer and work closely with Regional Vice Presidents, Executive Directors, and Evergreen senior management. This position is a growth-focused role for a professional interested in expanding their skills in non-profit fundraising.

Essential Job Functions  
The Development Specialist is primarily responsible for working with the Chief Development Officer to grow and maintain philanthropic support in the assigned divisions, building relationships with vendors and national accounts, and writing and submitting grants for their divisions and divisions without a Development Director present.

  • Promote favorable public relations.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with family members/guardians/others for persons supported, contributors, volunteers, board members, vendors, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent the organization to parents/family members/guardians of persons served at civic functions, political forums, and other functions associated with developmental disabilities.
  • Foster positive relationships with current and potential donors supporting the Evergreen mission.
  • Assists the Chief Development Officer with church relations and special projects related to churches.
  • Represents Evergreen at meetings as requested by the Chief Development Officer.
  • Work closely with the social media department to establish plans for marketing events and programs.
  • Establish a realistic budget for events and account for anticipated fundraising outcomes.
  • Works with the marketing departments to promote fundraising events using flyers, advertisements, and digital marketing outreach.
  • Assume responsibility for various fundraising efforts, including obtaining items for sale in auctions and acquiring donations.
  • Assist in writing grant proposals and developing event opportunities.
  • Analyze fundraising outcomes to determine effectiveness for future projects.
  • Research and identify prospective new donors and proactively initiate sponsorship and funding.
  • Remains current with fundraising and donor recognition programs, practices, and procedures utilized in the not-for-profit sector and works with the Chief Development Officer to create a timeline of events, public relations, and marketing plans in the assigned divisions.
  • Completes other duties as requested by the Chief Development Officer. 
Evergreen is looking for exceptional people who want to help create a place where everyone can thrive. Whatever background or skills you bring with you, please apply if this role would make you excited to go to work every day. We encourage you to apply even if you do not have all the traits listed. To be successful, we expect that you possess most of the following characteristics:

Qualifications/Experience/Job Knowledge 
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field preferred. 
  • Two or more years of successful experience in personal philanthropic fundraising and/or consultative sales are required.
  • Excellent listening, speaking, and writing skills are required.
  • Public speaking experience is a plus.
  • Ability to obtain appointments with donors/prospects and understand their philanthropic goals and connection with ELS. 
  • Interest in and passion for the ELS mission. Ability to explain its case for support compellingly and persuasively.
  • Must be able to deal with questions and objections professionally and effectively. 
  • Must have high ethical standards, be self-directed, and work productively without direct supervision.
  • A combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Knowledge of MS Suite of products as well as Google applications. Ability to learn additional software programs as needed.
Physical Requirements 
  • Constantly moves about to coordinate work 
  • Regularly works in a fast pace environment with multiple task deadlines 
  • Periodically moves and positions objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally exposed to viruses and infectious conditions 
  • Constantly alert and observant during working hours 
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities or medical conditions to perform essential functions. 

Special Requirements 
  • May attend seminars or job-related training courses.
  • Must have understanding, patience, and tact in dealing with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Must be able to maintain good working relationships with Evergreen staff and contacts from other agencies or entities.
  • Must be able to prioritize work tasks.
Employment Variables
Must have a good driving record that meets the minimum requirements for Evergreen and reliable transportation. Must pass a drug screen and criminal background check. Must be able to work nights and weekends when required.
Working Environment 
General office environment.

Company Website: evergreenls.org

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