Washington, DC, USA
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Chief Development Officer Position Description
Americans United for Separation of Church and State seeks a Chief Development Officer to begin October 1, 2018. The Chief Development Officer, who reports to the President and CEO, will develop and lead the organization’s overall development strategy and provide leadership and management for all day-to-day fundraising operations. Key responsibilities include strategic fundraising leadership, Development Office management, major gift fundraising, and Board Development Committee staffing.
Advancing the Constitutional Principle of Church-State Separation
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all Americans.
Founded in 1947, Americans United is a diverse and dynamic organization composed of people from all walks of life: lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders and impassioned Americans. Americans United includes people of faith and people who don’t profess any particular faith. It is a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, classes and abilities.
Americans United use s high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:
Religion does not dictate public policy.
The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith.
Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religious beliefs.
Through a strong, diverse national supporter network, both on the ground and online, AU defends the separation of church and state and protects religious freedom for all in communities across the country.
Americans United has over tens of thousands of members, with a national network of independent state affiliates. It is a 501(c)(3) organization. Americans United is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Building a National Fundraising Program
Americans United welcomed current President and CEO Rachel Laser in spring 2018. With a new, dynamic leader, AU has embarked on a robust strategic planning process and is preparing for a more prominent role in light of the issues that have taken center stage in the national conversation: discrimination in the name of religion, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, religious freedom, government support of religion, school prayer, vouchers and churches and elections. There is a need for a pro-active, dynamic fundraising leader to take the program to the next level.
AU is building a fundraising program to match the ambitious scale of its programs. It has considerable strengths to draw on in building this fundraising program, including:
Tens of thousands of members, from which it raises in excess of $4 million annually;
A number of members who are making unsolicited, significant, five-figure annual gifts with valuable connections to prospective donors outside the current membership;
Engaged, energized senior staff, with a mix of long-standing and new members;
Strategic planning that will be completed in early 2019 to ensure a goal-oriented roadmap with which to increase engagement;
Current fundraising assessment process by outside counsel to provide guidance to the President and CEO, Board and incoming CDO;
Persuasive public message, focused in an intelligent, non-partisan way at one of the most compelling issues facing the nation today: church-state separation; and
Board members who are eager to define and solidify a more prominent fundraising role for themselves and the organization.
Americans United aims to combine these strengths with the abilities and experience of a skilled development professional to create a development program of national reach, securing support far beyond the present levels — enlisting the aid of donors of all backgrounds as well as foundations, corporations and other funding sources.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking a Chief Development Officer to lead the expansion of a comprehensive fundraising program. The immediate task of a new Chief Development Director will be to assume strategic, management and tactical roles within the organization in support of current fundraising and funding the new strategic plan. This includes building a robust major gifts program.
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Chief Development Officer will manage all integrated fundraising strategies, including membership/annual giving, major and planned gifts, corporate giving, foundation giving, gift processing/acknowledgement, data management and events. She/he will work closely with the senior staff team and board members on fundraising strategy and high-level donor cultivation, donor engagement activities and lead a three-person development team.
The responsibilities of the Chief Development Officer include:
Strategy and Direction
Provide strong, energetic, strategic leadership by setting ambitious but attainable goals that will increase annual operating funds;
Determine vision, direction and execution of plans to build and manage a full-scale development program, both near- and long-term;
Manage the expansion of the major gifts program, implementing systems and processes to build an effective pipeline;
Coordinate and integrate all fundraising strategies and tactics in such a manner that every component aligns with and advances AU’s Strategic Plan;
Enlist the senior staff and senior volunteers to help craft effective messages and build an effective system of prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; and
Manage the current development team to achieve or exceed their revenue targets.
Manage a portfolio of high-level donors and prospects at all times and personally solicit and close significant major gifts; and
Act as an effective ambassador to external supporters, partners and donors.
Board and Staff Role
Staff the Development Committee of the Board and Partner with the Chair of the Development Committee;
Serve as a member of AU’s senior management team;
Manage a team of three people - including revenue targets, personnel and budgets - to ensure high-performing department;
Cultivate strong working relationships with senior staff, volunteer leaders and consultants; and
Promote a collaborative and positive work environment aimed at elevating skills and exceeding targets.
The ideal candidate for this position is a confident and creative fundraiser with a strong interest in the constitutional principle of church-state separation; a development professional who recognizes the value of education and advocacy organizations and relishes the opportunity to take on a major role in shaping the future of an organization in the national spotlight; a professional who is comfortable working with the President and CEO, staff and volunteer leaders to develop and implement strategies for AU to meet and exceed its goals; and an experienced manager to lead the team of three development professionals.
A successful candidate will have earned a bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree, while not required, is preferred. The candidate should possess the following additional qualifications:
Experience and Skills
At least ten years of progressively more responsible fundraising experience; work experience with an advocacy organization, while not required, would be very useful;
Demonstrated ability to design and implement a comprehensive set of development strategies that lead to diversified funding and sustainable growth in organizations without an organic donor base, including both long-term and of-the-moment opportunities;
Experienced in developing and implementing world-class major gift fundraising operations, including major donor pipelines and cultivation and stewardship programs, with a clear impact on revenue;
Established track record of personally securing six- and seven-figure gifts from a national pool of individual donors;
An important role in at least one major fundraising campaign, including responsibility for engagement of volunteer and leadership committees;
A history of successfully working with senior staff and organization volunteers in fundraising activities;
Demonstrated ability to motivate and manage a team of development professionals; and
Polished communication abilities, including listening, writing and public speaking skills, including the ability to craft and articulate a persuasive case for support.
Equal parts smart, savvy and fun to work with. Culture and leadership both matter;
Advocate for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU's mission;
Inspirational, equitable and effective as a manager and leader;
Meets high personal standards while fostering a deep sense of employee engagement;
Ability to manage up and work effectively with high-level principal as well as other senior colleagues in the organization;
Tact and diplomacy in building strong working relationships with colleagues;
Capacity to manage multiple tasks and negotiate several priorities simultaneously; and
Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings and to maintain a travel schedule necessary to visit donors, prospective donors and constituent groups.
Competitive Salary and Generous Benefits: Americans United offers a comprehensive benefit package including health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) with match and commuter subsidy. Competitive salary and benefits
How to Apply
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San Diego Association of Governments - SANDAG
San Diego, CA, USA
Overview of the Communications Office
With public outreach and education as the foundation of their work, the Communications Department is focused on developing and implementing strategic communication and marketing plans to support a variety of projects. Through close collaboration and coordination with internal project managers, outside stakeholders, and member agencies, the team provides professional expertise for all public involvement and outreach, marketing, promotions, publicity, and media efforts to build awareness and gain support for the agency’s programs and projects including regional highway, transit, and active transportation system investments, the design and implementation of capital projects, long-range regional planning, environmental management, toll road operations and traffic-reduction initiatives, and inter-governmental coordination. Examples of current major agency projects include the under-construction 11-mile extension of the Mid-Coast Trolley from Downtown San Diego through the communities of Linda Vista, Clairemont, La Jolla, and University City; Bus Rapid Transit service in the I-15 and I-805 corridors, infrastructure for extended FasTrak service throughout the region, regional traveler information services through iCommute and 511, and San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.
Public Outreach Officer Role
The Public Outreach Officer will coordinate public involvement and information strategies that promote the Mid-Coast Trolley Project and ensure a strong, positive identity among all audiences. This work includes coordinating multiple concurrent projects, developing and implementing outreach and communication plans, responding to requests for information, developing news stories for mass media, and contributing to a variety of internal and external publications.
This is a Limited-Term employment opportunity and it is expected to be funded through June 30, 2022. Limited-Term Employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.
This position will be based in the downtown SANDAG office and at the Mid-Coast Trolley construction offices in University City along the Mid Coast Trolley project corridor. Time will be spent at construction sites and community meetings.
This opportunity is ideal for an experienced communications professional with an interest in furthering their expertise in public outreach programs for large-scale capital development projects. We anticipate significant career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff. Examples of primary responsibilities for this position include:
Provide public outreach and communication efforts during the planning and construction phases of the Mid-Coast Trolley Project; collaborate with project managers and employees to increase awareness of significant project milestones.
Provide project management and coordination support for communications consultants and contractors; prepare project plans, and identify deliverables, resources, and activities; ensure work products are completed at a consistent high-quality level.
Visit the construction sites along the Mid-Coast Trolley corridor to develop a detailed understanding of upcoming milestones; participate in the planning and implementation of a variety of media, promotional, and special events including groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies, public workshops, and outreach events; develop strategic media outreach programs to secure news coverage for projects.
Support the development, preparation, implementation, and coordination of a diverse range of communication, public information, and community outreach plans, services, and activities; collaborate with key stakeholders such as local, state, and federal agencies, local jurisdictions, project partners, consultants, contractors, operating agencies, and vendors to ensure effective project delivery.
Work with project managers to provide information to various municipal planning groups, service organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders.
Provide technical writing for web pages, newsletters, news releases, fact sheets, social media, advertorials, opinion pieces, and other collateral materials; write speaking points and assist in preparing Board members for media interviews, public presentations, and other events.
Develop in-depth knowledge of the Keep San Diego Moving (KSDM) website and identify project updates to the website, coordinate with Corridor Directors and project managers to develop new content.
Assist in the preparation of written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors, policy and stakeholder committees, member agencies, community groups, private organizations, and members of the public.
Experience and Qualifications
Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for an articulate, outgoing, and conscientious candidate experienced in all aspects of public communication and outreach programs, event coordination, and customer service. Strong project management, writing, and public speaking skills, and the ability to exercise discretion, judgment, and diplomacy when working with clients and staff are key characteristics.
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in journalism, communications, marketing, planning, or a related field, and one to four years of progressive career development in a fast-paced communication/public information environment, preferably supporting regional planning and/or capital improvement projects.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.
Experience supporting the development, implementation, and coordination of proactive and effective community involvement and public outreach programs and activities.
Experience working on multi-disciplinary project teams with project managers, project stakeholders, contractors, and communications staff; experience identifying ideas and concerns and incorporating them into planned actions and strategies.
Outstanding writing and editing skills; experience writing engaging and compelling communications for a variety of audiences and purposes including social media; demonstrated knowledge of web-writing techniques and experience developing and maintaining website content.
Experience researching, analyzing, interpreting, organizing, and designing informational material for publication and presentation.
Experience planning and coordinating meetings and special events such as ribbon cuttings and community meetings.
Understanding of the practices and operations of news gathering and reporting organizations; experience arranging press conferences and securing media coverage to promote public understanding of projects; familiarity with regional information resources and local news media sources.
Demonstrated ability to establish rapport and engage the public in meaningful conversations and to gather feedback for planned projects and initiatives; experience working with diverse populations in a public outreach setting is desirable.
Demonstrated knowledge of effective communication techniques and public outreach strategies; ability to take initiative in identifying and meeting communication needs.
Experience coordinating outreach projects through consultants; experience coordinating with consultants to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and at a high level of quality.
Familiarity with the SANDAG political environment and sensitivities; ability to function effectively within that environment.
Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and perform multiple tasks simultaneously and to coordinate several concurrent projects at various stages of completion; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite and other PC-based applications.
The final candidate selected for this position must successfully pass a pre-employment driving record check; annual re-checking of the driving record will be a condition of employment.
Salary and Benefits
SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible and generous offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.
This Public Outreach Officer position will be filled at the I, II, or Associate level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The annual salary ranges are: Public Outreach Officer I - $44,011 to $70,417 per year; Public Outreach Officer II - $48,522 to $77,635 per year; Associate Public Outreach Officer - $53,496 to $85,593 per year.
Our benefits include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays. Contributions to financial security are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program
How to Apply
We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form and providing responses to the supplemental questions. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.
The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.
This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, September 28, 2018.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), fax (619) 699-6905, or email@example.com .
To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, candidates are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.
Briefly describe your professional experience, priorities, and approach in interacting with internal project teams, agency or company partners, the public, the press, community stakeholders, and elected officials.
Provide an overview of a project you have been involved in. What was your role in the project and what would you consider your most significant contribution to the project?
Candidate Selection and Notification
Following the first review date listed above, candidates will receive written confirmation that their application has been received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the first review date. Based on this evaluation, the best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.
The SANDAG website contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.
SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer