Location: Washington, D.C.*
Application Deadline: until filled
*Solidarity Center staff enjoy a hybrid telework/in-person schedule. Candidates applying for this role will be expected to work in the Washington, D.C. office three days per week unless an ADA or health-related exemption is approved.
Solidarity Center seeks an early-mid career professional to fill a newly created position assisting the Executive Director and Resource Development Lead with private fundraising. The Resource and Development Officer (Professional Level II) will support annual giving campaigns with individual donors and help implement annual #GivingTuesday and year-end campaigns. This individual will assist with regional outreach and education, including prospect research and communication, and stewardship with potential private foundations and high-level individual donors in assigned regions. Other tasks include coordinating special events, conducting campaign solicitations during emergency fundraisers in collaboration with affinity partners, and managing direct mail programs.
The Resource Development Officer will be the primary person monitoring and implementing the existing individual donor database through Network for Good and private foundation outreach and education. This includes generating data reports and organizational management of the fundraising drive on Google Drive in alignment with the organization’s fundraising strategy. As part of the year-end campaign, this individual will draft tax-acknowledgment letters and enter gift data in coordination with the finance department and in compliance with legal requirements as per the International Revenue Services.
In regard to private foundations, the Resource Development Officer will utilize a wide range of prospect research databases to ensure partnership alignment with Solidarity Center’s mission, strategy, and standards. This individual will draft relevant, attractive, and high-quality fundraising products and proposals for private foundations, particularly non-labor or new-to-labor audiences. The Resource Development Officer must ensure that written material is grammatically and factually correct and in compliance with donor grant requirements.
In addition, this position will support the Executive Director and the Resource Development Lead in expanding staff knowledge and capacity around fundraising by providing information, tools, and resources. This includes drafting and delivering training curricula and course material, such as talking points to help tailor programs for private foundations and corporate donors. The Resource Development Officer will coordinate the development and implementation of education, training, and other programs with the communications department as related to external fundraising materials. This individual will need to develop creative ideas for new uses of fundraising tools through social media and other avenues.
The Resource and Development Officer may be required to write persuasive proposals describing complex activities, develop proposal budgets, and produce well-written program reports and evaluations. This will entail exchanging information with other departments regarding the work of the Solidarity Center and serving as a liaison with internal stakeholders for resource development purposes. This individual will represent Solidarity Center at meetings and donor engagement events. Limited program-related overseas travel may be required.
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, political science, international relations, labor relations, or a related field and/or seven years of related work experience in a non-profit setting
- Broad knowledge of international relations including but not limited to trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad.
- Experience in various aspects of fundraising and database management working with a range of external stakeholders within a nonprofit organization
- Trade union experience (highly desirable but not required)
- Sound verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to be clear and concise in all communication with a wide range of groups and individuals
- Demonstrated ability to interact easily with a wide variety of people, maintaining positive, collaborative, and productive relationships with staff and external audiences at all levels
- Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills developing donor relationships to enhance year-round interaction with the Solidarity Center and individual donors and private funders
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to balance multiple competing priorities while maintaining strong attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and complete assignments with limited supervision, and to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
- Ability to collaborate and coordinate with others across the organization, as well as with donors, to ensure that language and design are on-brand and consistent with the organization’s mission, standards, and processes
- Computer literacy for word processing, simple spreadsheets, and databases
- Familiarity with CRM databases, such as RaisersEdge, NetworkForGood, or Salesforce (desirable but not required)
- Familiarity with prospect research and charitable giving, such as DonorSearch’s Gift Search, Blackbaud, Inside Philanthropy, or Foundation Center Online/Guidestar (desirable but not required)
- Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite including graphic design (desirable but not required)
- Passion for Solidarity Center’s mission and a dedication to organizational nonprofit management and donor stewardship
- Fluency in a foreign language (helpful and desirable but not required).
Supervisor: Executive Director, under the guidance of the Global Lead for Resource Development
- Conduct research and use it to create fundraising products;
- Work directly with the Global Lead of Resource Development on donor-related engagement for income-generating activities at the grassroots level, including: the Combined Federal Campaign CFC, #GivingTuesday, year-end fundraising, and emergency fundraising activities with special events in coordination with constituency groups.
- Create fundraising graphics for customized fundraising appeals including direct mail, partner presentations, briefing materials, and other collateral materials.
- Draft visually engaging fundraising collateral and graphics for donor funding propositions and impact reporting in close collaboration with the Communications Department.
- Leads aspects of design under the guidance of the Global Lead for Resource Development, from conception to completion, including donor pitch decks, standardized design templates, reports, and customized campaign and fundraising curriculum collateral for internal and external usage.
- Compile briefing materials, such as summaries, for fundraising purposes.
- Support on proposal and report monitoring and supervision.
- Collaborate with Communications and Campaign Departments on larger fundraising moments as needed, such as emergency fundraising events or International Women’s Day, End of Year, and others.
- Represent Solidarity Center as directed during the year-end giving campaign and directed donor-specific events.
- Create and maintain contact, event, and other CRM databases.
- Interact with vendors to facilitate print and web publishing.
- Draft and/or edit proposals, budgets, reports, letters, and other correspondence.
- Monitor programs to meet budget targets.
- Coordinate activities with Solidarity Center’s program departments.
- Maintain relationships with other organizations.
This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $76,138 USD based on experience. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, a retirement plan and pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave. Pre-tax deduction programs are also available for commuting, dependent care, and health care expenses. In addition, we offer opportunities and funds for professional development.
The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to apply for this position, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Solidarity Center works in partnership with the AFL-CIO on recruiting and filling positions. Our policy is to notify the AFL-CIO prior to interviewing any of its current employees.
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