Director of External Relations, PA/NY/NJ

Administrative · PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Department Administrative
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $55,000 - $60,000

The Director of External Relations is responsible for fundraising, community outreach and communications for Depaul's programs in Philadelphia and New York City. The Director will cultivate and steward relationships between Depaul Philadelphia and corporations, individuals, and foundations as well as plan and execute revenue generating special events. The Director will also create a development plan for Depaul's newest project in Queens, NY and assist the NYC Coordinator in executing it. The Director of External Relations serves as a passionate, enthusiastic and visible spokesperson for the organization, and the people it serves. The Director will be based in Philadelphia. 

The ideal Director of External Relations will be an experienced professional with at minimum 3 years of experience in developing relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders; fundraising; and organizing events.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

-Represent the organization in external facing opportunities.

-Constantly liaise with and meet with donors; develop, cultivate and promote positive relationships with key corporations; engage with volunteers and board members with a focus on building strong, sustainable relationships.

-Develop long-term cultivation and pipeline management strategies for Depaul USA’s supporters to inspire growth in donor commitment through research, data mining and analysis, relationship-building, and use of ambassador networks. Create personalized cultivation plans that can be communicated to all involved parties, and assure the plan is documented and subsequent contacts with the prospect are recorded in the DonorPerfect database.

-Business development: proactively identify new opportunities for growth for Depaul USA in collaboration with the Philadelphia Director and Executive staff.

-Develop a supporter/donor communications plan (i.e., email updates, funder briefings, etc.) to ensure foundations, government agencies and community members and are kept informed of timely or new developments.

-Assist with all aspects of preparation for foundation or government agency meetings. Represent Depaul USA at funder meetings or gatherings as needed.

-Organize cultivation and stewardship events with volunteers and other staff to introduce new prospects to Depaul USA

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

-Bachelor’s degree required;

-Basic knowledge of Philadelphia’s philanthropic community, social services landscape, and

-Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple requests and the ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment.

About Depaul USA:

Depaul USA is the Chicago-based, US affiliate of the international homelessness services organization Depaul International. We support homeless and marginalized people around the world, providing people experiencing homelessness with purpose and hope for a positive future. Our vision is that everyone has a place to call home and a stake in his or her community. In cities across the nation, we meet people where they are to address their needs. Through a combination of homelessness services and a growing social enterprise portfolio, Depaul USA is innovating and bringing real solutions to those facing homelessness. 

In Philadelphia, PA we provide transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing program and medical respite case management. Philadelphia is also home to Immaculate Cleaning Services (ICS)—a subsidiary of Depaul USA and for-profit janitorial company whose profits flow back to Depaul USA. In NY, Depaul opened a housing program for homeless college students at St. John's University in May 2021.

Our benefits include the following to cover your health, well-being, family and future.

Medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability benefits

10 paid holidays/year

10 paid vacation days/year

7 paid sick days/year

Retirement savings plan with employer contribution

Sabbatical available after 7 years of service


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  • Location
    PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $55,000 - $60,000