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Director of Leadership Gifts

Staff Accountant

Administrative Coordinator — Advancement

Our employment strategy

Achieving our vision to #endPKD requires great people. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our team and strive to provide a collaborative, creative atmosphere where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, planning, and culture. Our staff models our culture by demonstrating our core values:

— Mission-centric: Respect the mission and those we serve.

— Professionalism: Commit to the highest standards.

— Authenticity: Communicate with candor and transparency.

— Teamwork: Advance the Foundation together.


We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation (commensurate with experience), in addition to a benefits package including:

— Full medical benefits including healthcare, dental, and vision

— Life insurance and disability insurance

— 403(b) retirement savings plan with 9.5% employer contribution, no match required

— 11+ paid Holidays and 20 PTO days per year

— Casual work environment

Physical demands

— Unless stated otherwise, all positions require the following:

— Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time

— Use hands and arms, read, stoop, crouch, talk, hear, see objects clearly at 20 inches or less

— Lift and move items weighing up to 20 pounds

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EEO Employer/VETS/Disabled. Minorities are encouraged to apply. We thank all respondents for their interest in the PKD Foundation.

These job descriptions are not intended to be all inclusive. PKD Foundation reserves the right to add, delete, or modify job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.




Director of Leadership Gifts

Supervisor: Chief Advancement Officer


The Director of Leadership Gifts (DLG) will collaborate with and report directly to the Chief Advancement Officer. The successful candidate will live and work within the region their assigned and prospect major donors are located or in the Kansas City metro area. The DLG will manage a portfolio of approximately 150–200 major gift donors and prospects to include cultivation and stewardship activities. This is an Exempt position.


— Possess a thorough understanding of PKD (the disease) and the mission of the PKD Foundation and be prepared to fully convey with donors/prospects.

— Manages a portfolio of approximately 150–200 major gift donors and prospects to include cultivation and stewardship activities.

— Partners with supervisor in establishing best practices and realistic and attainable financial goals.

— Travels within assigned geographic area establishing and maintaining excellent relations and providing written proposals to donors/prospects as needed.

— Works independently without extensive administrative support, being able to simultaneously manage multiple donors/prospects and completes tasks both professionally and in a timely manner.

— Meets regularly with the supervisor to discuss and refine portfolio plans and strategies, track progress, and maintain open lines of communication.

— Works in close conjunction with other development staff to develop optimal integrated strategies regarding major gift procurement.

— Keeps management apprised of all significant interactions, inputting contact information in Salsa CRM and consulting with department leadership when appropriate.

— Identifies and develops new prospects to reduce portfolio attrition and promote growth.

— Develops and implements strategies to re-engage donors whose giving has decreased or lapsed.

— Becomes familiar with planned giving and is prepared to collaborate with the Director of Planned Giving in developing an appropriate strategy with those donors/prospects who exhibit planned gift capability.

— Works with Chapter volunteers to make creative connections between and among constituents, events, programs and their associated circles.

— Ensures excellent customer service is provided to donors/prospects through timely responsiveness, and quality in all interactions and personalized communications.

— Participates in recommended professional training and development opportunities as time and budget permit.

Ideal qualifications:

— Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in fundraising, communications or a related field.

— Minimum of two years of increasing experience in a major gift role with a proven track record of cultivating, upgrading and closing major gifts.

— Highly effective interpersonal, conversational and presentation skills leading to developing and maintaining positive relationships with a broad spectrum of donors/prospects.

— Ability to exercise judgement and appropriately handle confidential matters and information.

To apply:

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to: Please reference “DLG” in the subject line.

We thank all respondents for their interest in the PKD Foundation.




Staff Accountant

Supervisor: Controller


Under supervision of the Controller, the Staff Accountant performs routine accounting and finance functions with a high degree of accuracy, accountability, and confidentiality. This position is primarily responsible for accounts payable. In addition, this position will participate as a key resource in the recording and tracking of the annual operating budgets, reporting, and other duties as assigned by the Controller.


— Process full cycle accounts payable, including daily invoice processing, tracking contract obligations and spending limits, and ensuring proper coding.

— Balance daily CRM activity to bank.

— Prepare weekly import from CRM to financial software.

— Maintain accounts payable files.

— Post monthly journal entries as assigned.

— Develop and maintain standard operating procedures for cash inflows and outflows.

— Support and back up Payroll during vacations and absences.

— Maintain permanent retention files.

— Maintain and update Operations Manual as directed.

— Assist with the annual audit, including preparation of financial audit schedules as assigned.

— Support the annual budget process and monthly budget vs actual variance reporting as assigned.

— Provide general administrative support and other duties as assigned to assist in meeting department and Foundation goals and deadlines.

Ideal qualifications:

— Bachelor’s degree in accounting preferred. A combination of experience and education will be considered.

— Two years’ experience in a not-for-profit environment preferred but not required.

— Technical experience with accounting software such as Blackbaud’s Financial Edge is highly desirable, as is experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel.

— Strong organizational skills with careful attention to detail.

— Ability to work collaboratively with others and to communicate financial information effectively, both orally and in writing.

— Ability to identify problems and review related information to develop recommendations and implement solutions.

— Self-direction; proven ability to prioritize work and manage deadlines independently.

— Excellent customer service, interpersonal, and written communication skills required.

— Ability to exercise judgement and appropriately handle confidential matters and information.

To apply:

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to: Please reference “Staff Accountant” in the subject line.

We thank all respondents for their interest in the PKD Foundation.




Administrative Coordinator — Advancement

Supervisor: Chief Advancement Officer


Under the supervision of the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), this position will provide administrative and program support for various programs and to improve the overall functioning of the Foundation’s corporate office by performing a variety of general office activities.

Primary function:

— Provide administrative support to all development, strategic partnerships and community fundraising functions as directed by CAO.

— Provide administrative support to all areas of the office, as directed by CAO.


— Facilitate administrative duties for Directors as assigned.

— Accurately use the CRM, including: entering data, updating donor records, and running reports.

— Effectively handle in-bound and out-bound donor communications.

— Support distribution of donor cultivation and stewardship mail/email pieces.

— Review and support the accurate processing of donor gift acknowledgements and tribute activity reports.

— Prepare Director receipts and prospect materials as directed.

— Maintains schedule and applications for state charity registrations.

— Manage all onsite donor files.

— Demonstrate ability to continually improve processes.

— Have a strong understanding of the information/reports that can be pulled from the database through CRM.

— Answer incoming calls.  Seek to assist callers and serve as a referral bridge as necessary.

— Distribute daily mail.

— Process outgoing shipments (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc).

— Process daily donations.

— Perform office facility non-janitorial tasks as assigned.

— Other administrative and clerical duties as assigned.

Ideal qualifications:

— Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.

— Two years experience in not-for-profit field or minimum of three years of professional experience.

— Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and excellent computer skills.

— Ability to work in a team environment.

— Advanced problem solving skills.

— Be self-motivated and punctual.

— Experience with donor software preferred.

— Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.

— Prior experience with fundraising databases preferred.

— Familiarity with basic office equipment.

To apply:

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, résumé, and salary requirement to: Please reference “Administrative Support Coordinator — Advancement” in the subject line.

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