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Development Director

The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. Our staff lobbies U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to our constituency.

Our member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. Their purpose in founding the coalition was to formalize a cooperative structure for visible, unified activism to improve the civic situation of citizens with a naturalistic worldview.

We are looking for someone who is flexible, dynamic and interested in building a fundraising program from the ground up.

Position Overview

The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director and will raise funds for the coalition. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for planning, supervising and executing development activities, as well as long-range fundraising strategies.

The Development Director will also have administrative responsibilities, ensuring that the coalition office is a results-focused, collaborative environment. The Development Director will help to ensure that the administrative aspects of the office-- including Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Operations--meet industry standards and function smoothly.

Job Responsibilities

  • Major Gifts : Responsible for developing and leading a comprehensive annual work plan that focuses on major gifts and includes specific fundraising goals and targets.The Development Director will expand our major donor pool. This includes identification and qualification of major donor prospects and facilitating meetings and face-to-face solicitations for the Executive Director and select lay leaders, as well as direct solicitations. Ensure effective cultivation and training of select volunteer solicitors. Report to the board of directors on development efforts. Conduct strategic cultivation and outreach to prospective donors throughout the year. 
  • Planned Giving : Develop comprehensive planned giving programs; research potential planned giving donors; develop materials and market planned giving opportunities to coalition supporters. 
  • Endowment Fund : Establish an endowment fund for the coalition; build a campaign around high-dollar support earmarked to the fund from sustaining donors. 
  • Membership : Develop strategies for expanding membership and giving from members, utilize web-based strategies as well as direct mail drops; write persuasive appeals and keep accurate records. 
  • Foundation Grants Program : Develop grant applications; oversee prospect research; develop tracking and reporting systems and proposal submissions; cultivate relationships with foundations. 
  • Managing Gifts : Develop programs to acknowledge donors and nurture continued giving. Maintain an accurate and up-to-date donor database, including individual giving histories, profiles, interactions, etc. Oversee production of reports for accounting, analysis of gifts, trends, and projections. Keep Executive Director informed of trends and key donor information. Ensure that confidentiality and work quality requirements are met by volunteers. 
  • Materials : Oversee the development of messages and materials that advance coalition development initiatives. 
  • Event Planning : Strategically plan details of fundraising/speaking engagements for Executive Director, board president and others with the goal of attracting significant donors to scheduled events nationwide. Work with venues and vendors. Keep accurate records. 
  • Administration : Analyze and optimize the operations, financial, human resources, and logistics of the coalition; review financial reports and statements and assist in the creation of the annual budget.
  • Work evenings and weekends when necessary; 
  • Other tasks as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Three or more years proven experience in fundraising focusing on individual major gifts and fundraising campaigns. Successful track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual major donors. 
  • Computer proficiency, including list/database management and donor prospecting tools. Must be proficient in Salesforce. 
  • Demonstrated ability to make fundraising projections and meet budgetary goals. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of secular issues and commitment to church/state separation and the political rights of nonbelievers. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort making donor contacts and working with volunteers. 
  • Broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management. 
  • Excellent writing, copyediting and oral communication skills with experience developing successful written donor communications. 
  • Knowledge of e-philanthropy strategies

Additional Duties

  • Work evenings and weekends when necessary; 
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Three or more years proven experience in fundraising focusing on individual major gifts and fundraising campaigns. Successful track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual major donors. 
  • Computer proficiency, including list/database management and donor prospecting tools. Must be proficient in Salesforce. 
  • Demonstrated ability to make fundraising projections and meet budgetary goals. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of secular issues and commitment to church/state separation and the political rights of nonbelievers. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort making donor contacts and working with volunteers. 
  • Broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management. 
  • Excellent writing, copyediting and oral communication skills with experience developing successful written donor communications. 
  • Knowledge of e-philanthropy strategies

Compensation and Benefits

Salary 60k. Excellent benefits including, paid vacation and holidays, sick leave, medical insurance, 401k plan.

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Company Profile

The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. We are located in Washington, D.C. for ready access to government, activist partners and the media. Our staff lobbies U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to our constituency.

Our member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. Their purpose in founding the coalition was to formalize a cooperative structure for visible, unified activism to improve the civic situation of citizens with a naturalistic worldview. A number of additional organizations have endorsed our mission statement.

While the Coalition was created expressly by and for nontheistic Americans, we also enthusiastically welcome the participation of religious individuals who share our view that freedom of conscience must extend to people of all faiths and of none. Accordingly, our staff works in cooperation with a variety of other organizations and coalitions where common ground exists on specific issues, and our e-mail Action Alert system is open to all who visit our site.

How to apply

  • Please send a letter of interest and resume to: Edwina Rogers (edwina@secular.org), Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America, Attn: Human Resources

Applications accepted until position is filled.

The Secular Coalition is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and applications from all qualified individuals, including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.


Internship Programs at the Secular Coalition for America

 

The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) seeks highly motivated undergraduate, graduate, or law students for unpaid internship positions in the spring, summer and fall semesters. SCA is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.

As a small non-profit, this internship will provide ample opportunities to take on responsibility and produce work samples for addition to a portfolio. Interns work directly with SCA staff and have the opportunity to learn and assist in the four main departments of the office: lobbying and advocacy; research and outreach; development and fundraising; and communications through traditional and new media.


Summer 2014 Internship Program (Virtual Internships Available)

Communications and Social Media Intern

The Communications and Social Media Intern will work directly with the SCA Communications Director, Lauren Anderson Youngblood. Experience in journalism and familiarity with Wordpress preferred. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Writing press releases and blog posts
  • Posting the SCA Morning Read to social media platforms
  • Updating the SCA website
  • Researching and updating media contact lists
  • Developing SCA’s social media presence by promoting SCA content, expanding the SCA base of followers and managing interaction with current followers  

State Chapter Intern

The State Chapter Intern will work directly with the SCA Lobby Assistant and State Chapter Coordinator, Diana Castillo. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Periodically checking and posting state and local news, primarily relevant legislation and court cases
  • Updating state chapter websites
  • Producing and monitoring content on state chapter social media platforms

Research Intern (Virtual)

The SCA Research Internship is an opportunity to work on one of SCA’s most important and extensive annual projects: Congressional Report Cards. The Report Cards are designed to provide constituents with a well-rounded assessment of each candidate’s ability to represent secular values. Research interns, under the supervision of SCA Communications Director Lauren Anderson Youngblood, are responsible for conducting electoral research to support this project. Applicants who do not live in the Greater DC area have option of interning remotely.

Legislative Intern (Law Students Only)

The Secular Coalition for America is seeking a current law student to directly assist the Director of Federal and State Government Affairs. This internship is ideal for first or second year law students seeking substantive, hands-on experience in the field of public policy. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting memoranda
  • Analyzing statutes  
  • Writing policy papers 
  • Attending Hill meetings 
  • Researching case law and precedent 

Summer Internship Schedule

The internship is a minimum 12 week program, but with flexible start dates between Wednesday, May 7th and Wednesday May 28th and end dates between Thursday July 31st and August 22nd. Interns must be available a minimum of 40 hours per week between 9 am and 6 pm. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected. Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided. Applicants interested in conducting research who do not live in the Greater DC area have the option of interning remotely.

How to Apply

To apply for the Secular Coalition for America Summer 2014 Internship Program, please submit a resume and cover letter to internship@secular.org. Applications will continue to be accepted until April 30th, but positions may be filled and accepted candidates notified prior to that date. 


Fall 2014 Internship Program (Virtual Internships Available)

The internship is flexible, but generally will run from Wednesday, September 3, 2014 through Friday, November 21, 2014. Interns must be available a minimum of 10 hours per week between 9 am and 6 pm, on a schedule to be set in coordination with the intern’s class schedule. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected. Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided. Applicants who do not live in the Greater DC area have the option of interning remotely.

To apply for the Secular Coalition for America Fall 2013 Internship Program, please submit a resume and cover letter to internship@secular.org preferably by July 31, 2014, but accepted up to start date.

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