Fellowship Square (FS) provides affordable housing and services to seniors. We have four multi-family housing properties around Metro DC totaling 670 units for nearly 800 residents, and our corporate office is located in Reston, Va. Our focus is to help residents age-in-place by providing programs and services that help them achieve their own personal wellness goals in an independent living environment. We are seeking an enthusiastic, competent, and resourceful External Relations Manager to add to our small and effective staff.
This person plays a significant role in improving and expanding Fellowship Square’s network and brand image. The External Relations Manager is tasked with developing and cultivating long-lasting partnerships, donors and supporters. Along with creating and managing successful fundraising campaigns, the External Relations Manager will perform communications and marketing assignments that help to expand the presence and image of the organization. The External Relations Manager will serve as brand ambassador at community events; help to coordinate and plan the Fellowship Square Annual Meeting and other fundraising events; interface with vendors, volunteers, donors and others to promote Fellowship Square’s mission.
Qualified candidates will have the following characteristics:
Highly organized, manages times efficiently
Adapts to a fast-paced office environment with changing priorities
Relates to people from a diverse background
Exhibits strong interpersonal skills to manage key stakeholders
Sincere, friendly, courteous
Delivers quality customer service to residents and others
Displays a “can-do” attitude
Resourceful and makes good decisions
Productive in the office as well as out of the office
Job responsibilities fall within the following program areas:
Fundraising and Event Planning
Lead the production and planning of annual campaign and special appeal campaigns
Create and manage a planned giving society
Analyze giving trends and develop campaigns and events to generate new income
Manage eTapestry database and input new and updated donor and prospect information
Create and disseminate fundraising/donor reports as needed
Generate thank you letters to all donors
Develop and manage donor and volunteer recognition program including annual event(s)
Lead the planning of the FS Annual Meeting and other fundraising events
Conduct prospect research and grant writing; manage grant pipeline
Provide administrative support to the PR/RD and Annual Meeting committees
Meet specific fundraising goals; manage fundraising and event budgets
Other fundraising and event responsibilities may be assigned
Marketing and Communications
Develop and implement annual communications plan to promote FS, its mission and programs
Develop and implement marketing plans for the Fellowship Square Annual Meeting and other events
Promote Fellowship Square through community events; ensure availability of materials, signage; schedule staff and volunteers as needed to attend events
Develop and implement social media strategy
Write and manage production of FS eNewsletter
Develop and produce annual report
Oversee redesign of website; manage updates
Assist with stakeholder surveys as needed
Assist in development and production of collateral materials
Manage communications/marketing budget
Other marketing and communications responsibilities may be assigned
Salary range is $50,000 - $60,000, commensurate with proven experience and results. FS offers a flexible work environment and many professional development opportunities. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, paid time off, and short-term/long-term disability, and life insurance.
Education and Experience Required
A Bachelor’s degree is preferred with a minimum of five years of demonstrated leadership in the nonprofit sector including a successful track record of fundraising and development. Experience in the housing or senior service field a plus.
Candidates should understand the nonprofit sector and be able to apply their experience and expertise to several categories listed in the job description. The ideal candidate has strong written and oral presentation skills. We are looking for someone who can work well in a collaborative environment yet is very much a self-starter that is able to make good decisions on their own. Candidates should be adept at time management and organization. The ability to develop and manage multiple projects from start to finish is necessary. Strong teamwork, ethical behavior, ability to quickly adjust to change, work under pressure, travel throughout the Washington DC area and deliver positive customer service for all stakeholders is required.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. Experience with Constant Contact, eTapestry, SharePoint and WordPress are preferred.
Additional Salary Information: bonus and merit increase based on performance
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About Fellowship Square Foundation
About Fellowship Square
Fellowship Square Foundation (“Fellowship Square,” FS) was incorporated in 1960; we are a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Vision: We envision communities where there is safe, affordable and quality housing and a continuum of services for all older adults.
Mission Statement: Fellowship Square provides affordable housing and services for older adults.
• Community: We build communities to foster physical, social, spiritual, and intellectual growth.
• Compassion: We treat residents, staff, and partnership with dignity, respect, and fairness.
• Excellence: We strive to provide quality housing and services to our residents.
• Independence: We believe that older adults should live independently.
Fellowship Houses (Numbers current as of December 7, 2017)
Fellowship Square operates four multi-family apartment buildings in three communities located in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. We have a caring staff and offer a comfortable living environment to some 800 people who occupy 670 units.
• Hunters Woods Fellowship House (Reston, Va): 224 Units, 300 residents. 223 HUD mortgage, Section 8 housing assistance contract
• Lake A...nne Fellowship House (Reston, Va): 240 Units, 295 residents.
o Lake Anne I – 140 units (27 are under a 20 year contract; 113 60% AMI market rate); Section 202 loan will be paid in Spring 2018
o Lake Anne II: 100 units (87 Section 8 housing assistance contract / 13 market rate / 4 uninhabitable), all are part of the RAD2 contract
• Lake Ridge Fellowship House (Woodbridge, Va): 100 Units, 99 residents. 223 HUD mortgage, Section 8 housing assistance contract
• Largo Landing Fellowship House (Upper Marlboro, Md): 106 Units, 104 residents. 223 HUD mortgage, Section 8 housing assistance contract
Note: Each property includes one to two units rented by maintenance staff.
Why? (The Affordable Housing Dilemma)
An individual needs to make at least $62,442/annually to afford a one-bedroom apartment rental in Fairfax County (Source: Fairfax County Government). The average Fellowship House resident earns an income of $12,157 annually.
The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the Washington, DC Metro area: $1,561 (Source: Fairfax County Government; Prince George’s County Government). The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment at a Fellowship Square House is $327.
Who? (The Average Fellowship Square Resident)
• 64% Female
• 77 average age
• 33% white, 30% Asian, 29% Black
• $12,157 average income
After rent and medical expenses, the average resident only has $640 for the month.
Wegener Chaplaincy: Through generous donations, the Wegener Chaplaincy is available to all Fellowship Square residents offering free spiritual help and support especially in difficult times such as an illness, death, or experiencing difficulty or distress.
Resident Events: The Fellowship Houses offer educational, social and fundraising events to enhance the quality of life for over 750 residents that call the Fellowship Houses home.
Community Outreach: Fellowship Square works closely with national, regional and local businesses, organizations and individuals to bring greater awareness to the work of Fellowship Square and its mission.
Supporting Fellowship Square: While our Fellowship House operating costs are supported by rental assistance contracts we have with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we rely on individual, corporate and congregational donations to cover expenses of programs and services that improve the lives of residents. Consider donating at www.FellowshipSquare.org.