Family Violence Appellate Project is seeking a fundraising and communications professional to join our dynamic team in Oakland, California, for a significant development role in support of social justice. We value diverse experiences and backgrounds. FVAP’s clientele is very diverse, and we serve individuals and advocates throughout the state, including rural, suburban, and urban populations. The ideal candidate will bring unique skills and experiences that help the candidate successfully lead the fundraising and communications strategy of a $1.1 million organization; lead donor recruitment and cultivation efforts, including major gifts; plan and manage annual fundraising events; and be willing to pitch in wherever needed to support the mission of our small nonprofit. The immediate supervisor is the Executive Director.
About FVAP: Family Violence Appellate Project is the only organization in California dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence with a second chance at justice by appealing court decisions on their behalf, for free. We are a 6-year old, statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of California survivors and their children. Our attorneys appeal and overturn court decisions that put survivors and/or their children at risk of ongoing abuse. By working at the appellate court level, our cases set legal precedent that helps countless survivors and kids throughout California. If you are interested in being part of a new and exciting resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates in California, this is the place for you! Learn more at fvaplaw.org.
Skills & Abilities: The ideal candidate is an experienced development strategist capable of leading FVAP into its next phase of sustainable funding to support our current program work, and growing our funding if necessary to support the high demand for our legal programs. You are a flexible, creative person who can wear many different hats at once. You can be productive when the demands of work pull you in many different directions. You have a passion for communicating to a variety of audiences and excel at making complex legal information accessible and compelling. You have a strong drive to take on new challenges and feel great satisfaction in setting and accomplishing goals. You perform at your best in dynamic situations and thrive in a fast-paced work environment, maintaining the grace and willingness to change direction quickly when circumstances demand. You can manage multiple short-term and long-term deadlines at once. You have an obsession for organization and follow-through. You have a reputation for being utterly dependable. People look to you to accomplish tasks because they know they will get done efficiently and successfully. You enjoy analyzing and resolving complex problems, and have the patience and creativity to find the right solution. You are filled with ideas and are eager to put them into action.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include the following (other duties may be assigned):
- Development Strategy (10%)
- Work with Executive Director to create and implement annual and long-term fundraising and donor engagement strategy;
- Stay informed of current industry best practices; and
- Bring fresh fundraising and supporter engagement ideas to the table.
- Fundraising and Donor Engagement (40%):
- Lead all donor fundraising efforts, including 2 annual fundraising campaigns;
- Implement individual donor communications and retention efforts;
- Identify and recruit high-level donors;
- Cultivate, expand, and diversify supporter base;
- Maintain databases of organizational contacts, donors, and volunteers;
- Maintain and cultivate relationships with high-level donors and foundation officers; and
- Support and monitor Board of Directors’ fundraising efforts.
- Communications (10%):
- Work with program staff to accurately, accessibly, and powerfully convey client stories, information about policy work, and other programmatic updates;
- Manage all external and digital communications, including writing engaging content for website, social media, monthly e-newsletters, email updates to supporters, and fundraising emails;
- Thoughtfully draft culturally responsive content that reflects and respects a diverse statewide community and supporter base;
- Manage website and social media channels;
- Create and implement social media campaigns, including partnering with ally organizations for larger awareness-raising campaigns;
- Draft and lead production of all external-facing print documents, including annual report, by drafting content and either designing products or liaising with outside graphic designers;
- Lead all publicity efforts and media relations, including pitching stories to local, national, and trade media following legal victories and other milestones, and cultivating relationships with media contacts; and
- Stay up-to-date with legal aid and domestic violence communications trends, and current social media/digital outreach best practices.
- Messaging and Branding (10%):
- Translate complex legal issues and cases into powerful, memorable stories accessible to legal and non-legal audiences;
- Train staff and Board on organizational messaging and recommended language, updating messaging occasionally based on supporter responses and current best practices;
- Monitor and report on website and digital communications analytics, and revise communications and outreach plans accordingly;
- Prepare program staff and leadership for media interviews and public appearances by preparing issue-specific talking points and reviewing recommended language;
- Maintain cohesive, engaging visual brand, and ensure consistent implementation; and
- Design pitch decks and other external presentations.
- Events: Plan, produce, and manage two large annual fundraising events, each for approximately 500 people (30%):
- Recruit event sponsors and lead all event-related fundraising efforts;
- Liaise with outside contractors, the venue, and volunteers to produce a successful event;
- Manage all logistical elements of the events, including PR, ticket sales, organizational details, and programming;
- Be responsible for staffing and running the event, including recruiting, training, and managing team of 40+ volunteers.
- Assist with grants as needed.
- Comply with all agency policies and procedures.
Physical and Environmental Conditions
Performance of duties and tasks uses standard office equipment, including telephone equipment and computers. Work is performed inside with exposure to heating and air-conditioning. Occasional travel may be required.
• 1-2 years of experience in nonprofit development or similar fundraising experience;
• Superb verbal and written communication skills;
• Familiarity with social media and website management, preferably WordPress;
• Experience with databases, preferably Bloomerang or other donor-relations database;
• Ability to multitask and prioritize multiple projects effectively at a given time;
• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and proofreading skills;
• Ability to adapt to and work in the fast-paced environment of a start-up nonprofit;
• Willingness to pitch in and help out as needed;
• Strong interpersonal skills in order to collaborate closely with others; and
• Proficiency with all standard office computer programs.
• 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit development or similar fundraising experience;
• Experience planning major events;
• Familiarity with nonprofit funding sources and research avenues;
• Experience with graphic design, including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop or Illustrator);
• Experience with WordPress;
• Knowledge of, or experience in, legal aid or other legal environments;
• A commitment to working on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their children and an understanding of the domestic violence field; and
• Bachelor’s degree.
Classification: The position is full-time, exempt, and at-will.
Compensation / Salary Range: Salary based on experience and commensurate with comparable development positions in Alameda County. FVAP offers a generous benefits package, including subsidized health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with 3% employer match after 1 year; FSA plan for commuting, parking, health, and dependent care expenses; 3 weeks paid time off/year, with longevity increases; and 12 paid holidays/year.
To Apply: Please email or mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Erin Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, Family Violence Appellate Project, 449 15th St., Suite 104, Oakland, CA 94612.
Application deadline: Review of applications will begin March 23, 2018, and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
FVAP is located in Oakland, California. We are convenient to multiple bus lines and BART.
FVAP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally responsive services. Individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, and gender identities, as well as differently abled persons, survivors of domestic violence, candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, bilingual and bicultural candidates, and those who are the first in their family to complete college or graduate school, are encouraged to apply.
Thank you for your interest in FVAP!