Black Feminist Future Seeks Director of Development
Status: Full Time Employment/ 40 hours a week
Salary: $85,000 – $100,000 annually with a generous benefits package.
This position will be a welcomed addition as Black Feminist Future’s innovative Black feminist organizing, leadership development and movement building work continues to grow.
About Black Feminist Future
Black Feminist Future (BFF) is an initiative informed by the legacy of Black feminist organizing, grounded in the current pulse of movements, and located at the emergent need to amplify the power of ALL Black women and girls in organizing and building power for the 21st century. BFF is a movement incubator that focuses on the dynamic possibilities of galvanizing the social and political power of those who have the lived experience of being a Black woman or girl including but not limited to trans, cis, gender non conforming, non binary, LGBTQI, and other gender marginalized people. Our vision of Black feminisms values and centers those who are most marginalized within our communities. This project intends to amplify and build the leadership of Black feminist leaders and increase the capacity of Black feminist movement building. Our organizational culture is one of inquiry, debate, experimentation, learning and fun. To learn more about BFF, visit www.blackfeministfuture.org.
The Director of Development at Black Feminist Future is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all development fundraising activities including but not limited to, an annual fund, special events, and other targeted campaigns. The Director works closely with the Director of Black Feminist Future and the head of the Advisory Committee /Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.
Develop and implement strategies for identifying, cultivating, and successfully soliciting individuals, foundations, and corporate foundations for gifts in support of mission fulfillment.
Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects through an active schedule of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship to retain current donors and expand donor base in support of strategic priorities.
In conjunction with Director of Black Feminist Future and Advisory Committee (later, Board of Directors), lead annual and strategic fundraising planning and goal setting.
Lead a collaborative process with colleagues and team members to craft annual goals, development plans, budgets, work plans, and calendars that align with broader organizational strategic plan goals
Foster strong communication, cohesion, and morale across departments, ensuring cross-department alignment of messaging and collaboration on the crafting of marketing communications, reports, proposals, and other key external deliverables.
Provide leadership and training to the staff and Board on fundraising efforts, including sharing best practices and providing tools, information, and resources to strengthen fundraising efforts.
Lead, supervise, support, and align additional development team members bringing expertise and recommendations on how to grow the department.
Be the primary liaison for Advisory Committee Development meetings, and partner with the Director of Black Feminist Future and [Chair of Advisory Committee Development Work Group] on the regular assessment, analysis, reporting, and projections of development and campaign activity, income, and pledges, including any significant variances or unforeseen shifts in budget.
Build toward solicitation of midlevel and major gifts in support of the mission of Black Feminist Future.
Establish and steward relationships among funders, current and prospective donors, members, and other constituents to support programs and organizational priorities.
Develop and oversee writing/production of appropriate fundraising materials including, but not limited to, case statements, brochures, solicitation letters, grant proposals, acknowledgement and appreciation letters, donor reports, and campaign status reports.
Maintain information on donors, funders, and prospects including contact reports in EveryAction/CRM system.
Travels to meet with donors, or hosts funders/donors as needed.
Manage, support and/or mentor professionals that may include fundraisers, and/or staff from communications, programming, movement and network building teams to achieve organizational goals.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
BFF is seeking an accomplished Director of Development who has at least 7-10 years of development experience, ideally in in-house organizational leadership roles, and covering areas such as designing development strategy, donor outreach and relationship management from small to major gift levels and team leadership skills. The ability to share the powerful message of BFF with current and potential donors to expand the critical mission of BFF. Experience in movement organizations, BIPOC-serving organizations, women-serving organizations and knowledge of Black feminist thought preferred.
The most successful candidates will:
Embrace the mission and values of Black Feminist Future.
Promote a culture of philanthropy in and around Black Feminist Future.
Demonstrate integrity, professionalism, ethical conduct, transparency and grace under pressure.
Have strong interpersonal and writing skills.
Proven track record in leading fundraising within a nonprofit organization, [with preference for combined c3 and c4 experience]
Have knowledge of and experience in development techniques, annual giving, foundation/corporate solicitations, communications, and special events management and fundraising. [building a major gifts program?]
Strong experience using a race, class, gender lens in verbal and written communications
Communicate in ways that are donor-centric and further the strategic goals and priorities of Black Feminist Future.
Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, leadership and other constituents to grow Black Feminist Future’s resources.
Be a “self-starter” and goal driven – excited to initiate donor visits, fundraising calls, and funder outreach to promote Black Feminist Future, and build/sustain external relationships.
Exhibit “follow through” to complete tasks and goals in a timely fashion.
Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
Ability to write clearly and concisely as well as edit copy for clarity and grammatical accuracy; strong public speaking skills
Excellent team building, facilitation, and organizational skills, with the ability to work effectively under pressure
An expert relationship-builder, with the EQ to support and coach staff at all levels
Impeccable judgment and discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential information.
Have the ability to travel as needed, including overnight travel for events, donor meetings, etc. when COVID-related restrictions are lifted, and it is safe to do so.
Experience serving on a senior level organizational leadership team
Undergraduate degree and/or equivalent training, with a minimum of 5-8 years of experience in fundraising and/or donor/community relations activities, at least three years at the Director level or above
Prior work in grassroots organizing or with Black womxn and/or girls, LBGTQI community, or BIPOC-led groups, a plus.
Benefits: Excellent benefits package including IRA with employer contributions, medical and dental coverage and professional development.
Travel: 20-25% post COVID19
Location: Black Feminist Future is an Atlanta based national organization. This position is full-time remote. Occasional in-person meetings and activities may be required (in accordance with public health guidelines).
EEO: Black Feminist Future (BFF) is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Details at a Glance:
Time Commitment – Full-time 40 hours/week
Start Date – ASAP
Application Deadline – May 2022
Professional Level – Senior Staff