Development Coordinator

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Elected Officials to Protect America seeks a talented nonprofit fundraiser who is skilled in fundraising, grant writing, and donor enrollment and stewardship and is excited to build a growing base of committed of financial supporters to organize thousands of state and local elected officials across the U.S. to become our democracy’s champions on the climate emergency, environmental justice, and land and water protection.

The ideal candidate is talented at major gift and foundation fundraising, a prolific and skilled grant writer, passionate about solving the climate emergency and ensuring environmental justice, talented at enrolling people to support a mission, an excellent writer and communicator, and diligent and proactive project manager.

Elected Officials to Protect America is committed to centering, connecting, and supporting leadership of public servants who represent frontline and historically marginalized communities. Indigenous people, people of color, women and LGBTQ+ people, and people from immigrant and working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

ABOUT ELECTED OFFICIALS TO PROTECT AMERICA

Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) is a network of current and former elected officials who care deeply about protecting our planet and people. EOPA is committed to solving the climate crisis, ensuring environmental justice, and protecting our lands and waters. We educate through value-based storytelling, training lawmakers, and connecting elected officials to inspire strong environmental leadership. 

Led by representatives from frontline communities and lawmakers who are veterans, EOPA has a consistent track record of successfully organizing elected officials to promote bold climate action. In New York, our network of more than a thousand lawmakers played a key role in banning fracking statewide and divesting the state from fossil fuels. In California, we organized 400+ elected officials to help prompt Governor Newsom to declare an end to oil and announce 3,200-foot setbacks on oil and gas drilling. At our nation’s capital, we organized veterans who are lawmakers from 50 states to secure permanent funding for the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund. We organized hundreds of elected officials to advance the Green New Deal and phase out fossil fuels.

Extraordinary times require extraordinary leadership. With the accelerating climate emergency, environmental injustices, and ecological crises, the window of opportunity to protect our planet and people is shrinking. With President Biden elevating climate as a key national security priority, we are expanding our work to inspire public officials to leverage our collective power to protect our communities and nation.

Our work has been covered in hundreds of news outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, CNN, ABC News, and BBC News. Our video production arm, Code Blue, has exposed Saudi Arabia buying up American water, which was later covered in The Guardian.

Now, we are organizing thousands of state and local lawmakers, led by lawmakers who are veterans and represent frontline communities, to mobilize our nation to enact a federal Climate Emergency Plan to create a rapid, just transition away from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy, and take imperative action at state and local levels to protect our public health, communities, and ensure environmental justice.

Our Core Principles:

  • Public Stewardship. Elected officials are publicly entrusted to steward our communities, democracy, and future. We believe it is the responsibility of our elected officials, who take a constitutional oath of office to protect the general welfare, to represent and act to secure the common, long-term interests of all who they represent, including marginalized peoples, children, future generations, and all life. 
  • Courageous Leadership. Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary leadership. When a problem threatens our public welfare, it is the responsibility of our elected officials to step up and lead the solution. The consequences of failing to address the climate and ecological emergencies are so severe that it threatens our survival as a nation.

Collective Power. We have the power to join together and collectively lead, no matter the challenge. When a problem crosses jurisdictional boundaries, our elected officials must come together to provide collective leadership to solve the problem. We must provide the collective leadership necessary to protect our people and communities and restore our environment and democracy.

ABOUT YOU

If you are a talented nonprofit fundraiser who is skilled in fundraising, grant writing, and donor enrollment and stewardship and are excited to build a growing base of committed of financial supporters to organize thousands of state and local elected officials to protect our planet and people, led by representatives from frontline communities and lawmakers who are veterans, this may just be the perfect job for you.

The ideal candidate is talented at major gift and foundation fundraising, a prolific and skilled grant writer, passionate about solving the climate emergency and ensuring environmental justice, talented at enrolling people to support a mission, an excellent writer and communicator, and diligent and proactive project manager.

While no candidate will bring all of the following skills, experiences, and characteristics, ideal candidates will bring most:

Talented at connecting with and and inspiring people to support a mission

  • Mission-driven: passionate about the purpose, mission, core principles, and values of the organization and enrolling people to help realize them.
  • Written communication: talented in writing, editing, and proofreading; consistently produces clear, concise, and compelling copy with attention to clarity, grammar, punctuation, spelling, readability, relevance, and style.
  • Relationship-oriented: talented in building strong relationships and trust. Positive energy, concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability.
  • Proactive communicator: communicates proactively; ensures timely flow of relevant information; ensures team members and stakeholders have situational awareness; seeks input.
  • Enthusiasm: energetic and proactive; strong desire to build relationships; a  “self-starter” and goal-driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls; works with, motivates, and supports staff, board members and other volunteers to effectively fundraise.
  • Emotional intelligence: uses empathy and shared values to build powerful relationships and trust with people, including team members, elected officials, partners, advisors, and funders.

Talented and skilled in project management, developing standard processes, and achieving results

  • Project Planning: ability to plan complex projects, work backwards from the desired end state to define all specific steps that must be completed, specify and coordinate who does what by when, and manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Dependable: consistently reliable, delivers results that are on time and high quality, follows guidance, proactively supports the strategic mission, holds self accountable to high standards.
  • Thorough: thinks through problems and potential solutions carefully, seeks advice and input, ensures high quality work, meticulous attention to detail.
  • Results- and process-oriented: relentless focus on overcoming challenges and ensuring practices are in place to achieve the results.
  • Coachable: open to guidance, seeks and accepts input and feedback for continuous improvement, demonstrates continual learning and professional development.

Desirable qualifications, but not required:

  • Major gift and foundation fundraising: experienced and knowledgeable in nonprofit development with a track record of effectiveness and success, particularly major gift and foundation fundraising; strong prospect identification, qualification, and trust-building skills.
  • Grant writing: prolific and skilled grant writer; talented in digesting new information quickly and thinking critically about what information is needed to craft compelling cases for nonprofit support. 
  • Creativity and innovation: ability to think creatively and effectively implement new ways of finding and securing new sources of support from a variety of funders.
  • Accounting software: skilled with using Quickbooks or equivalent accounting software to manage nonprofit financial information, reporting, and fulfilling tax obligations.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The mission of the Development Coordinator is to facilitate building powerful relationships with supporters, donors, and funders, and raise the resources required for EOPA to accomplish our program objectives, strategic goals, and mission of solving the climate emergency, ensuring environmental justice, and protecting our land and water. 

Strategic outcomes of the role are that EOPA meets or exceeds our fundraising goals. Our fundraising programs are planned, organized, and executed, including the major gifts program, foundation and business funding, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns. Members of the fundraising team including the President, Executive Director, and finance committee are supported for success in development and fundraising endeavors. Information technology systems to support the function are implemented and managed.

Specific accountabilities and outcomes of the role:

  • Fundraising Strategy: Fundraising strategy is developed and implemented to cultivate powerful supporter and donor relationships and to raise resources in alignment with the organization’s core principles, values, mission, strategic goals, and program objectives
  • Funder & Donor Engagement: Powerful relationships with funders and major donors are cultivated; fundraising meetings are excellently prepared with agendas and preparation materials shared in advance with all participants, with notes taken and added to database and timely follow ups sent
  • Major Donors: A large sustained base of major donors is cultivated
  • Individual Donors: A large sustained base of individual annual donors is cultivated
  • Foundations, Businesses, Government, Partners: Excellent, relevant, compelling, and timely funder proposals and reports are submitted and status tracked
  • Finance Committee: A world-class finance committee supports and facilitates EOPA in raising funds
  • Supporter Events: Donors and funders come away from our events inspired to support EOPA
  • Fundraising Data: Fundraising outreach, contact, proposal, report, and funding status data is managed in a central database with excellence

Optional accountability, depending on applicant skill sets:

Finance Administration: Organizational financial and cash flow information is managed in accounting software with excellence, facilitating reporting and fulfilling tax obligations

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • Starting compensation $31,000 to $45,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications, experience, and location
  • Paid graduate education and premium training via University of San Francisco Certificate in Public Leadership ($10,000 tuition value) 
  • Location flexible: remote position
  • Flexible schedule
  • Opportunities for job advancement, pay increase, and significant responsibility in a growing start-up national organization
  • Contribute to a strategic, high-leverage initiatives with direct national, intational, local, and state policy impact
  • Exclusive networking with elected officials, government leaders, members of the media, national organizations, and funders across the country

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HOW TO APPLY

Apply online here: https://forms.gle/tjpmWTxFW33AsLqg6

Please note: a Google account is required to fill out the application form.

If the form is not accessible or for troubleshooting questions, please email: talent@protectingamerica.net

In your cover letter, tell us what’s motivating you to apply, and what talents, skills, and expertise you have that will be most important in this role. 

Our hiring process is thorough. In addition to a screening interview and competency interview, we will conduct a chronological career history interview in which we ask about your entire career and professional development. Finalists are asked to arrange reference calls with some of your former managers, supervisors, and others.