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Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida is currently hiring a Development Coordinator in the Orlando and Jacksonville Office. Please find job descriptions and information on how to apply below. We do not accept phone calls or solicitations regarding job applications. 



POSITION TITLE:                         Development Coordinator - ORLANDO OFFICE

Department:                                  Development                   

Location                                        Orlando, FL

Reports To:                                   Development Manager

Type of Position:                            Full-time

Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida seeks a candidate with a minimum of one year non-profit, sales, or marketing experience. The successful candidate will have experience in outside sales and managing corporate accounts with excellent organization and time-management skills.

Job Description Summary:
The Development Coordinator is responsible for meeting the fundraising goals set by the chapter for all fundraising activities assigned. These activities include:

  • Annual Casino Night & Poker Tournament
  • Season of Wishes Holiday Campaign
  • Research and Writing Grant Proposals and Requests
  • Adopt-A-Wish Program
  • External Events and National Corporate Partnerships
  • Individual Giving and Direct Mail Donor stewardship
  • Wish It Forward and Kids for Wish Kids Support

This job requires a dynamic, motivated, energetic, and personable individual with a go-getter attitude and a drive to meet and exceed budgetary fundraising goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities to include (but are not limited to):

Casino Night and Poker Tournament:

The Development Coordinator will manage a high-level committee in charge of a Fall Casino Night and Poker Tournament, ensuring that the event meets and exceeds its revenue goals. This involves soliciting and securing sponsorship, securing auction items and prizes, advising and guiding the committee members, and managing all the logistics leading up to and on event day.

  • Actively solicit and secure corporate sponsorship from $1,000 to $10,000 to reach the sponsorship goal for the event. Development Coordinator will work with committee members and board members to develop a prospect list and follow-up with phone calls, e-mails, and face-to-face meetings.
  • Manage and work with a volunteer committee made up of business leaders in the greater Orlando area. Frequently communicate with Casino Night committee to keep members engaged, motivated, and up-to-date on the status of event.  Work closely with committee chair to set timeline, goals, and expectations for each committee member.
  • Partner with Development Specialist to ensure a smooth and successful execution of the event.

Season of Wishes Holiday Campaign:

Season of Wishes is the chapter’s holiday campaign that gives local businesses, individuals, clubs and organizations an opportunity to support Make-A-Wish during the holiday season. The campaign includes an end-of-the-year direct mail appeal and local and national promotions that raise money for Make-A-Wish.

  • Responsible for achieving the annual budgeted revenue goal of approximately $80,000 for the Season of Wishes holiday campaign.
  • Coordinates region’s end of the year direct mailing
  • Solicits and secures partners to raise money for Make-A-Wish during the holiday season through wish star sales, give-back events, personal/company fundraising pages, and in-office fundraisers
  • Writes and submits grant requests to local foundations, corporations, and organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned

Adopt-A-Wish Program:

Adopt-A-Wish offers local companies and clubs the ultimate connection to Make-A-Wish by partnering their philanthropic gift with a child’s heartfelt wish. The Development Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Actively soliciting Adopt-A-Wish partners
  • Keeping an up to date list of wishes available for adoption in the Central and Northeast regions
  • Stewarding Adopt-A-Wish donors through the process, ensuring their benefits are fulfilled once their donation has been received.

Wish it Forward:

Wish it Forward gives our families a chance to remain engaged in our mission past the wish experience by becoming advocates of our organization, guest speakers, and participating in our annual fundraising events. The Development Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Following up with families who have indicated they are interested in fundraising opportunities and connecting them with the proper event.
  • Keeping an up to date list of Wish Ambassadors for the chapter to reference for internal or external events and speaking opportunities.

External Events:

  • Responsible for achieving the annual budgeted revenue goal of approximately $50,000 for external events.
  • Manages a portfolio of a minimum of 10-20 external events/campaigns taking place throughout the year.
  • Reviews and evaluates external fundraising proposals – works with the Development Manager to determine the feasibility of these events
  • Initiates new fundraising opportunities with corporations, clubs and organizations, and community events.
  • Acts as the liaison between the external event partner and Make-A-Wish to ensure the success of the event/campaign
  • Coordinates appropriate support for these activities ensuring the donor has the agreed upon supplies, materials, board, volunteer, and wish family representation.
  • Maintains the records and updated files for all external event partners
  • Coordinates appropriate thanks/recognition for all external event donors
  • Attends and speaks about the organization at kick-off parties as necessary to encourage and motivate employee and guest participation and support.
  • Attends and speaks about the organization at check-presentations – ability to attend in the evenings and on weekends as needed.  
  • Responsible for any follow-up with external event donors to ensure Make-A-Wish receives funds.

National Corporate Partners:

  • Responsible for achieving the annual budgeted revenue goal of a minimum of $50,000 for national corporate partnerships.
  • Manages a portfolio of approximately 15-20 National Partnerships
  • Attends and speaks about the organization at kick-off events to encourage and motivate employee participation and support – ability to attend in the evenings and on weekends as needed. 
  • Coordinates appropriate support for these activities ensuring the sponsor has the agreed upon supplies, materials, board, volunteer, and wish family representation.
  • Maintains the records and updated files for all national corporate partners
  • Coordinates appropriate thank you/recognition for  corporate sponsor contacts
  • Responsible for any follow-up with corporate sponsorship contact and maintaining a positive relationship with contact throughout the year.

Competitive Candidates Will Possess the Following:

  • Minimum one-year non-profit, sales, marketing, or business development experience
  • Self- starter with drive and motivation to meet and surpass budgetary goals
  • A positive, optimistic, and energetic personality 
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills – the ability to juggle several projects at once
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Excellent computer skills; experience using photoshop, illustrator, and indesign preferred
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Capable of building and sustaining relationships with a variety of individuals and businesses
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Articulate in person and on the phone
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • High energy level and “go-getter” attitude
  • Reliable transportation and driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Business or Non-Profit Management preferred) and one year of experience in sales, business development, marketing or fundraising.

E-mail your cover letter and resume reflecting salary requirements and experience to: khauck@cnfl.wish.org. 

No phone calls accepted.



POSITION TITLE:                         Development Coordinator - JACKSONVILLE OFFICE

Department:                                  Development                   

Location                                        Orlando, FL

Reports To:                                   Development and Events Manager and Vice President of Development

Type of Position:                            Full-time

Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida seeks a candidate with a minimum of 1-2 years non-profit, sales, or marketing experience. The successful candidate will have experience in outside sales and managing corporate accounts with excellent organization and time-management skills.

Job Description Summary: The Development Coordinator offers logistical and fundraising support for the three internal events (Wish Madness, Walk for Wishes, Handbags & Happy Hour) in Jacksonville. With a strong focus on execution as well as innovation, this position is responsible for ensuring successful event execution, including logistical preparation, vendor management, auction procurement and data-entry, and any other tasks needed to make our events and partnerships successful.

Additionally, the Development Coordinator is responsible for meeting the fundraising goals set by the chapter for Jacksonville’s external events (also known as third-party or community events that benefit Make-A-Wish), national corporate sponsorships, Adopt-A-Wish program and Kids for Wish Kids.

This job requires a dynamic, motivated, energetic, and personable individual with a go-getter attitude and a drive to meet and exceed budgetary fundraising goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities to include (but are not limited to):

Internal Events:

  • Sponsorship:
    • Follow-up after sponsorship is committed to ensure all sponsorship benefits are delivered in an accurate and timely manner
    • Collecting and organizing attendee and participant information pre-event utilizing OneCause, TeamRaiser, and other platforms.
    • Creating invoices and following up with sponsors for prompt payment and recording payment details in appropriate budget sheets.
  • In-Kind Donation & Auction Management
    • Oversees all details of the silent and/or live auctions for Handbags & Happy Hour, Wish Madness and Walk for Wishes.  
    • Assistance with in-kind donor solicitation and strategy. This includes prospecting of new donors as well as filtering through past donors to build master prospect list for auction items, goods, and services for events.
    • Creates multi-event asks and proposals when appropriate.
    • Processing of donated items once received, including data entry, tracking, and organization. 
  • Vendor Management:
    • Serves as liaison for all vendors and partners for internal events.
    • Cultivate and solicit in-kind donations for events. Identify needs of the chapter and determine how we could be more strategic with asks to ensure we are receiving the most from the partnership. Whenever possible create multi-event asks.
  • Website Management & Digital Marketing:
    • Facebook event management for all internal events ensuring that sponsors are properly thanked, a variety of posts are created and are visually appealing, and ensuring that posts are engaging to participants and attendees.
    • Event website creation and management for all internal events
    • E-mail creation and scheduling for internal events that follows the timeline and e-mail plan that the Development and Events Managers have created.
  • General:
    • Serve as lead for wish families for event day. This includes recruitment, sending itineraries, and being their day-of point of contact.
    • Serve as a liaison for vendors and partners pre-event, day-of, and post-event.
    • Works with Volunteer Coordinator and in collaboration with the volunteer chairperson for event to ensure appropriate number of volunteers are recruited and job descriptions are updated for Handbags and Happy Hour, Wish Madness, and Walk for Wishes.
    • Assist with registration drives, company team captain kick-offs and lunch and learns for Jacksonville Walk for Wishes.  

External Events and Kids for Wish Kids:

  • Manages a portfolio of external event partnerships and is responsible for achieving the annual budgeted revenue goal of approximately $100,000.
  • Reviews and evaluates external fundraising proposals – works with the Development and Events Manager and the Vice President of Development to determine the feasibility of these events.
  • Initiates new fundraising opportunities with local businesses, schools, clubs and organizations, and community events.
  • Acts as the liaison between the external event partner and Make-A-Wish to ensure the success of the event/campaign
  • Coordinates appropriate support for these activities ensuring the donor has the agreed upon supplies, materials, board, volunteer, and wish family representation.
  • Maintains the records and updated files for all external event and Kids for Wish Kids partners
  • Coordinates appropriate thanks/recognition for all external event and KFWK donors
  • Attends and speaks about the organization at kick-off parties as necessary to encourage and motivate employee and guest participation and support.
  • Attends and speaks about the organization at check-presentations – ability to attend in the evenings and on weekends as needed. 
  • Responsible for any follow-up with external event and KFWK donors to ensure Make-A-Wish receives funds.

National and Local Corporate Partners:

  • Manages a portfolio of accounts and is responsible for achieving the annual budgeted revenue goal for national corporate partnerships.
  • Attends and speaks about the organization at kick-off events to encourage and motivate employee participation and support – ability to attend in the evenings and on weekends as needed. 
  • Coordinates appropriate support for these activities ensuring the sponsor has the agreed upon supplies, materials, board, volunteer, and wish family representation.
  • Maintains the records and updated files for all national and local corporate partners
  • Coordinates appropriate thank you/recognition for corporate sponsor contacts
  • Responsible for any follow-up with corporate sponsorship contact and maintaining a positive relationship with contact throughout the year.
  • Solicits and secures local corporate support for our Adopt-A-Wish program.

Other duties as assigned including support for grant applications, Wish it Forward program, and other administrative tasks for the Development department.

Competitive Candidates Will Possess the Following:

  • Minimum 1-2 years non-profit, sales, marketing, or business development experience
  • Successful track record of revenue generation and fundraising through corporate sponsorship and events and community engagement
  • Self- starter with drive and motivation to meet and surpass budgetary goals
  • Proven ability to lead, motivate, and effectively communicate with key community members and corporate partners
  • Success in cultivating corporate relationships and securing corporate partners for $1,000 and more
  • A positive, optimistic, and energetic personality 
  • High energy level and “go-getter” attitude
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable and confident presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills – the ability to juggle several projects at once
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Excellent computer skills; experience using photoshop, illustrator, and indesign preferred
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Capable of building and sustaining relationships with a variety of individuals and businesses
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Reliable transportation and driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Business or Non-Profit Management preferred) and 1-2 years of experience in sales, business development, marketing or fundraising.

E-mail your cover letter and resume reflecting salary requirements and experience to: acuba@cnfl.wish.org. 

No phone calls accepted.





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