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Hope for Haiti's Children

Development Officer, Southeastern Region


Nashville, Tennessee

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Denomination: Non-Denominational |Statement of Faith

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

The Role: Development Officer, Southeastern Region

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Meet Hope for Haiti's Children:

Hope for Haiti’s Children (HFHC) began in 1995 as an all-volunteer partnership effort of two congregations – the Delmas 28 Eglise du Christ in Port-au-Prince and the Connecticut Valley Church of Christ in Windsor, Connecticut. The initial effort began through an invitation to “come and see” from church planter Jeantyrard Elmera to the Windsor congregation. 

This trip left an indelible impact on this Connecticut mission team. The team includes Ken Bever [founder and president], his wife Rhonda Bever [co-founder], and Julie Georges [founding board member]. The result of this trip was the formation of Hope for Haiti’s Children, with 13 children sponsored at the newly-built Cite Soleil Christian School.

  • Over the past 26 years, the sponsorship has grown to include more than 2,200 children who are educated in 10 HFHC-affiliated schools throughout western and central Haiti.  

  • In 1997, the ministry expanded into orphan care and now oversees two Christian orphanages, where more than 60 children are nurtured and cared for by devoted houseparents. 

  • In 2008, HFHC purchased 21 acres for a “Hope Center” in the Bois Romain region near Thomazeau, Haiti. The Hope Center now includes facilities for a summer camp for 80 teens/week, a Christian school with 400+ students, a micro-farm, a “U.S. style” mission house for teams of up to 20 members, and the Thomazeau Christian Orphanage.

  • After the 2010 earthquake, a $5M Rebuilding Hope 2020 infrastructure campaign was launched, with the goal reached in 2019.

  • HFHC has been rated as a Perfect 100 organization by Charity Navigator for 4 years in a row: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=2203

  • HFHC is listed in Charity Navigator’s 10 Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=topten.detail&listid=17

After a joint Haiti-US board assessment of the growth opportunities for HFHC, a new $30M Hope 2030 campaign was launched in 2020. This effort will greatly benefit the schools (by adding sponsored children, providing individual classrooms, sustainable funding a hot-lunch program every school day), benefit both orphanages (by building a new boys dorm at our Hope Center and providing vocational training for all teens), and grow Camp Hope (through building a health and wellness clinic, eating pavilion, expanded staff housing, and recreational facilities). Project Hope 2030 also includes building a $10M general endowment to sustain HFHC programs and facilities.

 

About the Development Officer, Southeastern Region:

Hope for Haiti’s Children (HFHC) is seeking a Development Officer for the Southeastern U.S. Region (TN, KY, AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC).  This individual will be responsible for building key relationships with individuals, churches, corporations, and foundations in the region, resulting in strengthening and growing the donor base and meeting planned financial goals.

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The Development Officer Will: 

Goals & Expectations

  • This position is a highly visible, externally facing role and the candidate must have a proven track record of excellence and integrity throughout their career. 

  •  The individual must also share a strong commitment to the organization’s mission as stated in HFHC’s Mission Statement; share the beliefs expressed in HFHC’s Statement of Faith, and be an active member of a local church that aligns to the same beliefs. 

  • Develop and implement programs that include a complementary focus on prospecting and tactics to build key relationships with individuals, churches, corporations, and foundations. 

  • This position reports to the President with frequent collaboration with the Vice-President and Board of Directors. 

Job Duties

  • In alignment with HFHC’s strategic plan, develops and implements short and long-term efforts to meet or exceed fundraising goals for the region.  This includes initiatives for the growth of congregational financial support and engagement, individual donor gifts, and foundation/corporate grants.

  • Manages prospective and existing donor engagement in the region -- pursuing opportunities to engage new donors and increase giving from existing donors.  This includes leading periodic prospective donor trips to Haiti when security considerations permit.

  • Responsible for meeting attendance goals and net revenue at all corporate HFHC events in the region.

  • Works collaboratively and creatively with staff to appropriately position development opportunities and integrate marketing messages in publications, grant submissions, reports, and collateral materials for cultivating and stewarding donors.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • 2+ years of increasing responsibility in non-profit development with a track record of success.

  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and/or Certified Development Executive (CDE) certification is preferred.

Required Skills

  • Engaging and excellent communicator orally in both public and private settings, as well as in written proposals/materials.

  • Servant-leader with a collaborative win/win mindset.

  • Deep appreciation and understanding of HFHC’s mission and the ability to articulate the transformative impact of HFHC donors’ efforts on children’s lives.

  • Willingness to travel during the week and on weekends to make presentations to congregations and leadership groups (mission committees, elders, etc.) in the region. 

  • Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Extreme discretion, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has strong communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Is detail-oriented and has the ability to manage multiple projects.

  • Is a strategic thinker with a mind for non-profit development campaigns.

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What it's Like to Live in Nashville, Tennessee: 

Hope for Haiti's Children is located in the metropolitan city of Nashville, a booming city that is a cradle for dreamers, entrepreneurs, and growth. In addition to being known as the home of country music, Nashville is a city that inspires creativity and innovation in almost every aspect of its community. The city offers amenities of larger cities with great shopping, restaurants, and a world-class airport, as well as prominent places like the Grand Ole Opry, Music Row, The Bluebird Café, and Opryland Hotel. These locations draw millions to the city on a regular basis. With a population of a little over 1.6 million people, the city is the capital of Tennessee and home to three great universities: Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and Vanderbilt University.

Nashville is a model of the American “melting pot,” with diversity being a key component of its past, present, and future. The city is ranked one of the Top 3 Most Affordable Getaways for travel and leisure, which inevitably landed on #3 on Kiplinger’s Top 10 Best Value Cities list. It consistently ranks among the lowest for the cost of living in comparable cities across the nation, ranking more cost-efficient than major nearby regions. 

What sets Nashville apart as a great place to live and raise a family are its outstanding quality of life, solid education, famous southern hospitality, abundant leisure activities, temperate climate, and the country-cosmopolitan vibe.

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