COLAGE seeks a National Development Manager to design, coordinate & implement all major components of the organization’s fund development plan, with an emphasis on individual and major donors. The National Development Manager partners with the Executive Director and supports the fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors. To ensure the growth and long-term sustainability of COLAGE, the National Development Manager will focus on maintaining existing funding and identifying and securing new funding across revenue streams. This position is responsible for overseeing and executing all day-to-day operations that ensure an effective and efficient development department, including data management, gift processing, and acknowledgements. This full-time position is based in San Francisco, CA and reports to the Executive Director. Supervision of a part-time Development/Administrative Assistant is required as resources permit. A demonstrated passion for constituent-driven leadership and youth empowerment, an understanding of LGBTQ family diversity, and commitment to social justice is required for all positions at COLAGE.
COLAGE is the only national youth driven network of people with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parent. COLAGE connects people with LGBTQ parents to a community of peers who share our experiences. Through the COLAGE community and network, people with LGBTQ parents become strong advocates for ourselves and our families and organize to gain the rights, recognition, and respect that all families deserve.
1. Fund Development & Donor Cultivation
Participate in direction setting and implementation of COLAGE’s fund development plans. Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to establish and exceed fundraising goals across a range of revenue streams: individual/family contributions, corporate/business partnerships, and events.
Assess and develop opportunities to engage and cultivate relationships with major, mid-level, and monthly donors. Develop and manage individual donor relationships, including sustaining existing donors, prospecting new donors, upgrading, and renewing gifts.
Conceptualize and implement direct mail and on-line fundraising campaigns. This includes writing and producing content, list segmentation, coordinating with vendors, and follow-up.
Recommend, design, and coordinate events that reflect COLAGE, are cost-effective, and position COLAGE to increase its visibility and grow its base. This might include house parties, small dinners, receptions, benefit performances, and/or dovetail with existing programmatic events and trainings.
Assess and develop new and innovative fundraising strategies, vehicles, and outlets; research and implement technology to support online fundraising; keep abreast of the current socio-political environment.
Communicate achievements and articulate COLAGE’s mission and vision to internal and external stakeholders by writing content for COLAGE publications and marketing collateral, representing COLAGE at public events, conferences, trainings, forums or other relevant platforms for identifying new fundraising and marketing opportunities.
2. Internal Leadership and Management
Support and equip the Executive Director to meet monthly fundraising targets and budgeted goals, with a specific focus on mid-level, monthly, and major donors.
Support and equip the Board of Directors’ Fundraising Committee and Board initiated fundraising activities. Prepare and submit progress and financial reports to the Executive Director and board.
Establish data management and development systems and assure validity of data and execution of those systems.
Work closely with the Program Department to integrate and implement grassroots fundraising strategies within all programs and communications, including chapter activities.
Work closely with Finance & Operations Department to ensure development department systems and recordkeeping align with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, records & protocols.
Supervise a part-time Development Assistant as resources allow
3. Gift and Data Processing and Systems
Assure timely gift processing, issuing of requests, renewals and acknowledgements, pledge fulfillment, and other appropriate communications with new and renewing donors.
Directly execute and oversee gift processing of donations (mailed checks, credit cards, on-line receipts); input prospect & donor information in database and ensure integrity of data.
Manage on-line donation systems and services. Ensure functionality and integration with website; manage contracts with vendors.
Maintain organizational database, manage repairs and upgrades; devise functional and useful database reports, procedures and systems.
Monitor inventory of fund development collateral materials and manage relationships with contractors and vendors (mail house, printer, designers, etc.);
-Knowledge, passion and/or experience with people with LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ families.
-At least (5) years professional fundraising experience in the non-profit sector or significant related experience in for-profit marketing, public relations and/or communications.
-Demonstrated success soliciting funding and track record of growing and exceeding budgetary goals with a range of fundraising strategies.
-Working knowledge of current fundraising trends in LGBTQ, youth empowerment, and/or other social justice advocacy sectors preferred.
-At least 3 years experience implementing data management systems, gift processing procedures, and other administrative systems key to an efficient and effective fundraising operation. Proficiency in Salesforce a plus.
-Superior oral and written communication skills.
-Group leadership skills with proven success in facilitation, planning and ability to work independently and as an enthusiastic team player.
-Outstanding interpersonal skills; with a desire and expertise to cultivate relationships with people from a variety of different backgrounds. Must have commitment to and experience working with diverse communities as well as diversifying organizations and building anti-racist and multicultural alliances.
-Willing and able to travel within the U.S. and work occasional weekends and evenings
-Excellent computer literacy in word processing, Web 2.0 applications, data entry & manipulation, mail merges and desktop publishing.
-Fluency in Spanish a plus (please note in cover letter or on resume).
Compensation and Benefits
Base salary is $45,000 (with consideration for higher placement based on experience and within the parameters of COLAGE’s scale and current fiscal capacity). Excellent benefits include two weeks paid vacation; ample holiday time; medical, dental, vision, acupuncture/chiropractic insurance coverage (in CA); annual educational/training stipend; outstanding opportunity to help grow a leading youth, LGBTQ, family organization working for social justice.
PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATION BY EMAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write “Development Manager” in the Subject line. Include a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 professional references (contact info only). In your cover letter, please say (a) why you are interested in the position, (b) what connects you to COLAGE’s mission, and (c) what you believe are the top 1 or 2 priorities or concerns for people with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer parent. Please note if you are fluent in Spanish. You may mail your application to: Development Manager Hiring Committee, COLAGE, 1550 Bryant Street, Suite 830, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Interviews begin in November 2010. The position will remain open until filled.
COLAGE is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with LGBTQ parents, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
COLAGE is Hiring: National Development Manager