Fundraising Organizer

Job Title: Fundraising Organizer
Supervisor: Executive Director
Position Status: Full-time
Position Location: Virtual with an office in Cambridge, MA. Preference given to candidates located in the Boston area or one of the states in which we currently have staff.

 

Summary

Mothers Out Front seeks an experienced, creative, and innovative development professional to create and manage an individual giving program that includes both grassroots/digital fundraising and a major donor program.  We are looking for someone to develop a new approach to fundraising that is effectively integrated into our broader organizing framework, and involves volunteers and staff from across our organization.  Candidates should be comfortable working with ambiguity, willing to take risks, and excited to take on a new challenge that will be transformative for our organization!

About Mothers Out Front

Mothers Out Front is building a diverse national movement of mothers, grandmothers, and caregivers dedicated to convincing elected officials and business leaders to work aggressively for a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy.   Our goal is simple:  To enable mothers to take active leadership in protecting their children, by providing the structure, training, and tools for them to work together on campaigns in their communities and at the statewide level.  We are a volunteer-led, national organization, with an annual operating budget of $1.2M and 15 staff working in 3 states.  Founded in 2013, the organization has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  

Position Overview

The Individual Giving Manager and Organizer is a management position that will include supervising one to two staff while working closely with staff and teams of volunteers across our organization.  Reporting to the Executive Director, responsibilities will include working strategically with our organizers (staff and volunteer) to:  

  • convert our existing volunteer base to dues-paying members;

  • increase our total number of individual donors through grassroots fundraising efforts that include digital campaigns, direct mail solicitations, house parties and other organizing events;

  • grow and manage our Giving Circle; cultivate major donors; and plan our annual May luncheon and other fundraising events. 

The broader goal will be to increase the portion of our total budget that comes from individuals from 45% to over 50%, even as our budget grows (current budget is $1.2M with an estimated 2017 budget of $1.6M). 

Why a Fundraising “Organizer”?

We believe that fundraising is organizing.  Both involve developing our message, framing our issue to build power and influence, educating people, and developing leadership.  We are poised to make an essential and exciting shift from depending on foundations for our primary support to enabling us as mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers to truly own and sustain our movement.  Our organizing is working. Decision-makers are listening and responding, the media is paying attention, and mothers are reaching out to us from all over the country, wanting to catch on to our momentum.  Now we need to integrate fundraising into our practice and our success.  We are looking for a Fundraising Organizer who will bring experience and skills, as well as creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm for working in partnership with staff and volunteers to achieve this vision.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work directly with Executive Director, Board Chair, staff organizers and volunteer leadership teams to develop a national individual donor strategy and plan that addresses grassroots development of an annual fund as well as cultivation of major donors.

  • Work in close partnership with Executive Director, Chair, staff organizers and volunteer leadership teams to oversee all aspects of execution of individual donor plan.

  • Work with organizing and communications staff to develop plan to convert volunteers and people on our email list to dues-paying members.

  • Develop and implement our year-end appeal, both direct mail and digital.

  • Work with staff organizers and volunteer leaders to ensure they are all playing a role in making the year-end appeal a success.

  • Develop and implement additional digital appeals throughout the year as part of the overall individual donor strategy.

  • Manage and grow our Giving Circle of major donors (who give $1000+).

  • Cultivate major donors, working closely with the Board Chair and other members of our National Leadership Team.

  • Plan Annual May Luncheon and other fundraising events as needed.

  • Develop and manage a national volunteer Fundraising Task Force; work with state lead organizers to develop and manage their state volunteer Fundraising Task Forces.

  • Work with Communications staff and volunteers to develop fundraising materials.  

  • Work with staff and volunteers across our organization to continually look for opportunities to integrate fundraising into our organizing efforts and to share best practices and challenges.   

  • Oversee the use of our CRM for donor tracking and management, ensuring that constituent and donation information is accurate.

Qualifications

  • Five to seven years of experience in developing and implementing strategic fundraising plans, including both grassroots and major gifts.

  • Demonstrated leadership in working with teams to achieve established fundraising goals -  including ability to partner with, motivate, and mentor both staff and volunteer team members.

  • Demonstrated success identifying, cultivating, securing, and growing a network of major donors with evidence of securing gifts of $10,000 and greater.

  • Proven success in developing and implementing appeals through both traditional and emerging methodologies.

  • Proven experience in the execution of high-quality and strategic special events, with a preference for experience overseeing significant fundraising events.

  • Experience in managing fundraising databases and data analysis.

  • Ability to succeed in a changing, fast-paced environment, to plan and prioritize effectively, to manage multiple projects, and to meet competing demands and deadlines. Experience working in a virtual environment across multiple locations a plus.

  • Excellent communication, including written, public speaking, and presentation skills.  Strong interpersonal skills with evidence of successful relationship management and donor communications.

  • Experience and comfort working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities.

  • Interest in learning and growing within an entrepreneurial environment and an increasingly virtual office space.

  • A strong commitment to support the mission of Mothers Out Front.

  • Ability to travel.

 

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Location:  Preference for the Boston area or one of the states where we are currently organizing. Travel is a requirement of the position.

Serious applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to jobs@mothersoutfront.org.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled. No calls please.

Women, people of color, LGBTQs, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.


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