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Growth Manager (Development/Fundraising)

Voices for Progress Education Fund

A Project of Tides Center

Job Title: Growth Manager
Reports to: Engagement & Growth Director
FLSA Status: Exempt


ABOUT US

Voices for Progress (V4P) galvanizes the advocacy of major political donors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent individuals who unite to champion a healthy climate and environment, strengthen our democracy, and ensure economic and social justice for all. V4P staff equip donor members with policy information and opportunities to personally advocate through one-on-one outreach, at campaign trail events, Capitol summits, sign-on letters, and more.

V4P donor members recognize that they have an unusual amount of access to policymakers and that their views are sometimes given increased weight. Understanding this and believing our democracy shouldn’t work that way, they use their positions to ally with, and amplify the concerns and solutions put forward by, historically marginalized communities. V4P members believe that the communities closest to the problems are closest to the solutions, whether regarding criminal justice reform, pay discrimination, or environmental justice. Simultaneously, V4P members advocate for strong campaign finance reform to lessen their own influence and voting protections to give a more equal voice to all communities.

V4P was founded in 2010 and has an annual budget of over 2 million dollars. Our 19 staff are based in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Sacramento, and New York. Our work is currently focused on federal and CA state policy and politics. Advocacy priorities have included economic inequality, budget and tax policy, health care access, climate change, immigration reform, voting rights, criminal justice reform, gender equality, campaign finance reform, judicial nominations, environmental justice, and more.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Growth Manager will be an integral part of the Engagement & Growth Team. This position will manage recruitment of new donor members and coordinate raising funds from existing donors, institutional funders and other potential sources, including personally soliciting contributions from a portfolio of existing major donors. This position is an exempt position and reports to the Engagement & Growth Director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Donor Member Enlistment

  • Oversee research and relationship-mapping to identify new politically-connected major donors and other grasstops leaders (business owners, etc.) to financially support and join V4P as donor members.
  • Manage efforts to connect the President and Engagement & Growth Director with prospective donor members and to recruit them to become donor members and financially support V4P.
  • Edit, draft, and help shape the message of communications to prospective donor members in proposals, annual reports, collateral materials, website, social media, etc.

Development

  • Personally ensure annual renewals and increased contributions from a portfolio of existing donor members contributing $10,000 or less.
  • Coordinate annual fundraising from existing larger donor members with involvement by Engagement & Growth Director and President.
  • Help envision and oversee logistics of periodic additional fundraising campaigns from existing donor members.
  • Manage all aspects of institutional fundraising, including overseeing research and identification, calendaring, coordinating cultivation, writing proposals, and creating reports for relevant foundations, unions, and other institutional donors.
  • Support efforts to expand/create other organizational revenue streams, potentially including corporate sponsorships, labor/ally fee for service arrangements, joint proposals for foundation funding, Board fundraising, etc.
  • Oversee data management, recordkeeping, reporting, and analysis regarding all organizational fundraising.

Travel

  • When COVID restrictions allow, travel occasionally around the Washington, D.C. area and, as needed, East Coast donor hub cities to attend conferences and meetings. Reasonable alternatives may be available.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • General office and administrative management tasks that come with being a part of a small, start-up operation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least four years of experience in a related field (e.g. non-profit development, political fundraising, philanthropy, or other types of relevant experience). An advanced degree may substitute for experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
  • Strong fundraising experience, preferably with major donors and foundations or unions.
  • Relationships with progressive/liberal major political donors and foundations or unions are a plus.
  • Able to quickly learn relevant policy and programming topics to raise funds for work in these areas.
  • Excellent at writing for fundraising.
  • A team player who collaborates well with others and can manage multiple priorities, including urgent situations. Proven ability to own and oversee projects with numerous staff involved.
  • Superb attention to detail and ability to organize significant amounts of information.
  • Very strong computer skills, and willingness to learn new software as needed. Competency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite required. Experience with Salesforce or similar donor database preferred. Experience with DonorSearch or similar donor prospecting software is a plus.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced multi-office organization, in which change is not uncommon.
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
  • During COVID, this position is remote. Eventually the position will be based in Washington, D.C. or remotely in New York City.
  • Part of the National Office and Engagement & Growth Team.
  • Reports to the Engagement & Growth Director based in Houston, TX.
  • Supervises the Growth Associate based in Washington, D.C. May supervise interns, temporary staff, or consultants as needed.
  • Collaborates regularly with the President and other Engagement & Growth Team staff based in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles, CA.
  • Interacts with current and prospective donor members, institutional funders, and donor advisors and assistants via phone, email, and in person.
COMPENSATION
  • The starting point for the annual salary for this position is over $70,000(+). Final salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Generous benefits, including full medical, dental, vision, and life insurance at $1/month.
  • 12 federal holidays and 1 floating holiday per year.
  • 12 days’ vacation and 12 days sick leave.
  • Retirement savings account immediately vested with generous employer contributions.
  • Pre-tax public transit/parking, childcare, flexible spending account options.
  • The position meets the requirements for federal public service loan forgiveness.
INTERESTED

Please apply here.

V4P is committed to a diverse staff and to an inclusive culture that holds equity as a value and a priority. V4P welcomes applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and competencies. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ persons are strongly encouraged to apply. V4P is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The employee will be sitting in a stationary position, operating a computer and other office productivity machinery such as a copy machine and computer printer, and occasional movement within the office. Also requires communicating with internal and key external stakeholders of the organization in person, via the telephone, or via email. V4P is committed to supporting employees of varying abilities and to providing reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to thrive at V4P.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The position is located in an office environment in Washington, D.C. Currently, under COVID considerations, all staff are temporarily working remotely. The noise level in the work environment is generally moderate when in the office. Office is accessible via elevators. Office space has a mix of private and common offices. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential function of the job.

Voices for Progress Education Fund, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.