NEC seeks a Director of Donor Organizing to guide our efforts in building a cross-class, multi-racial network of people bringing resources into the Solidarity Economy movement. We strongly encourage people of color, working class, LGBTQ, and/or womxn candidates to apply.
Title: Director of Donor Organizing
Location: Remote, U.S.
Compensation: $68,000 – $80,000, plus a generous benefits & PTO package. As a worker self-directed nonprofit, all full-time NEC employees are paid at the same base rate.
Time Commitment: Full-time Salaried Position (32 hours per week).
Application Deadline: September 20, 2021
Start Date: Ideal start date is Fall 2021.
WHO IS NEC?
New Economy Coalition (NEC) is building the power and scale of the solidarity economy movement in the United States. Our national network of 200+ members are transforming the current system — creating in its place an economy that places power in the hands of people, uproots legacies of harm, and preserves the planet. Our members represent a diverse cross-section of the solidarity economy movement, from worker cooperative developers and technical assistance providers, to community loan funds and policy advocates.
NEC is a fully remote organization. In a typical year, we expect staff to travel within the United States several times a year to staff retreats, conferences, and donor visits. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently traveling and are convening all programs virtually.
NEC is seeking a full-time Director of Donor Organizing (DDO) to join its Resource Development team. The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to racial, economic, and environmental justice, and will have skill sets at the intersections of individual giving, community organizing, fundraising, and communications.
The DDO’s main objective is to grow a cross-class, multi-racial network of people moving resources towards the solidarity economy movement. Primary responsibilities are two-fold:
- Guide the operations, growth, & development of NEC’s individual giving efforts: Key efforts include annual campaigns, relationship-building, and stewardship.
- Guide the operations, growth & development of NEC’s re-granting efforts: The Movement Support Fund is NEC’s primary vehicle through which we redistribute resources to working-class communities of color building the solidarity economy movement. In 2020, we launched the Black Solidarity Economy Fund.
Additional key roles include managing gift processing, donor acknowledgment, and maintaining donor records in our database.
NEC is shifting our structure from a traditional top-down nonprofit to a worker self-directed nonprofit model. As a member of a worker self-directed nonprofit, the Director of Donor Organizing is a member of the staff General Circle, which oversees the management of the organization. As we shift towards a worker self-directed nonprofit model, we are experimenting with peer supervision (rather than a traditional supervisor-supervisee relationship) as our approach to support, accountability, and decision-making.
Within this context of shared decision-making, the DDO will hold responsibilities that range between an “Individual Giving Manager” or “Development Director” in other organizations. At NEC, these responsibilities fall under a wider objective of donor organizing; the work of growing a politically-activated, cross-class, multi-racial base to resource the solidarity economy movement.
This is a full-time (32 hrs/week), salaried position, and can be performed remotely from anywhere in the U.S. Our work is rigorous, but we prioritize space for joy, for healing, and for connection. The ideal candidate will contribute to the creation of a liberatory work culture in which folks can bring their whole selves to the work.
Individual Donor Organizing [45%]
- Lead and support staff to cultivate relationships with and build a network of individual donors. This includes researching prospects, developing talking points, drafting correspondence, & participating in donor meetings.
- Lead the design and coordination of two fundraising campaigns per year. This includes an end-of-year appeal, and a spring appeal for the Solidarity Circle monthly giving campaign.
- Lead a team of 2-3 staff to craft compelling appeal language, integrate political education, and develop segmented mailing lists.
- Track and report results of appeals and special campaigns, adjusting strategies as needed with support from the Resource Development team.
- Work in collaboration with the Communications team to design and produce fundraising-related marketing material, including but not limited to: appeal letters, brochures, and annual reports.
- Work with the Communications team to ensure that inspiring stories from our membership reach current and prospective donors.
- Coordinate acknowledgement of gifts and pledges.
- Collect, maintain, and update donor and prospect information in NEC’s CRM software (Powerbase).
Growing NEC’s Movement Support Programs [35%]
- Lead & co-design the growth of NEC’s re-granting work to our member organizations. The primary vehicle for this is the Movement Support Fund.
- Serve as NEC’s point of contact to the Black Solidarity Economy Fund working group, assisting the working group with capacity needs.
- Alongside the Resource Development team, co-create NEC’s long-term resource redistribution strategy.
Additional Responsibilities [20%]
- Participate in weekly staff meetings, weekly development meetings, and biweekly General Circle meetings with staff and board, including supporting with occasional facilitation and note-taking.
- Assist in creating the annual development plan.
- Participate in staff-wide trainings, staff study group, and strategic planning processes.
- Attend and support annual NEC Member Gathering (virtual in 2021/2022).
- When possible, attend virtual membership meetings, including supporting planning and facilitation.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Any combination of formal education, paid work experience, unpaid/volunteer experience, and life experience will be considered to meet the following:
- Experience with community organizing, fundraising, individual donor programs, and/or annual giving programs.
- Demonstrated ability to encourage, train, and support people as collaborators, fundraisers, and donor organizers.
- Skilled at asking supporters, members, and others for donations of money and time.
- Strong writing and editing experience.
- Commitment to solidarity economy values, such as racial, economic, and climate justice; cooperative ownership; democratic governance; and systems change.
- Strong time management skills: self-motivated with accuracy and attention to detail.
- Proficiency with Google Workspace & using CRMs (NEC uses Powerbase).
- Desire and ability to work in a remote environment.
- Willing to learn from mistakes, receive feedback, and give feedback to others.
- Commitment to building a culture of mutual accountability, liberation, and respect.
- Experience in building networks, whether through fundraising or community organizing, is a plus.
Full benefits including healthcare, dental, short and long term disability, retirement fund, employer-provided laptop and home office stipend, flexible schedule, and 20 vacation days (in addition to federal holidays).
NEC aspires to build an inclusive and liberatory organization. We value having a diversity of life experiences, identities and perspectives on our staff. We are an equal opportunity employer.
How to Apply:
To apply, please submit an application through this form. You’ll need to upload:
- Cover letter
- A link or attachment that represents you. For this last one, some examples might be: a writing sample, social media profile, campaign on which you’ve worked, or article you’ve written, or perhaps an interview you’ve been in. We want to get a sense of your magic!
The application deadline is September 20th. All applicants can expect to hear from New Economy Coalition in September regarding next steps.
NEC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions). Women, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.Apply Now