You are a team player who is passionate about addressing racial, social, and economic injustice and eager to help an organization grow and scale. You are a well-rounded communicator, detail-oriented, and most satisfied when your work has deep, meaningful impact. You have non-profit development and communications experience, and are excited to take on new tasks and responsibilities.
You are adept at managing your own share of responsibility and will work independently on a mix of tasks, ranging from clerical to creative. You are a skilled communicator both in writing and verbally. You are flexible, self-directed, and can take both direction and initiative at the appropriate times. You are a problem solver who takes a hands-on approach to challenges and opportunities, and are skilled at building processes and systems. You are adept at managing deadlines and are able to work with a variety of tech tools to organize and complete your work.
You are comfortable with shared responsibility and are comfortable in a collaborative and diverse work environment, often working across time zones. You will have the support of teammates and a manager who look out for you and want you to succeed.
This position is full-time and reports to Defy’s National Director of Development. This is a remote position. If located near a Defy office (Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, New York), the position would be in the office a minimum of one day per week. In all other locations, the position will be fully remote.
Development & Grant Writing Responsibilities (70%):
Prepare and submit grant applications on behalf of Defy including grant writing and copy editing
Assist in researching new funding sources including grants and corporate partners
Assist in grant tracking and reporting, collaborating across departments to ensure consistency of language and processes
Manage gift processing including data entry and annual tax receipt distribution
Become an expert in Defy’s CRM (customer relationship management) database, EveryAction, to support the organization’s database management and data
Support development communication, acknowledgement, and stewardship efforts
Support Defy’s national team with fundraising campaigns such as the virtual silent auction
Collaborate with the National Director of Development on Defy’s development strategy including moves management, fundraising campaigns, creation of streamlined processes, and data management
Collaborate with national and regional leadership to meet the fundraising goals of the organization
Additional development administrative support tasks as needed
Manage Defy’s social media channels and accounts including Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and others as need
Prepare posts for Defy’s social media channels, sourcing content from the Defy team
Organize and implement a national social media and communications calendar
Draft content for digital communications such as newsletters, website, and other marketing collateral
Assist in the creation of collateral such as Defy’s Annual Report
Collaborate with national and regional leadership to meet the goals of the organization
At least 3 years of experience in development and fundraising
Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience preferred
Strong written and verbal skills, including writing and editing, for a diverse audience
Proficiency with Google Suites and Microsoft Office is essential
A commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Ability to work as a team player
Ability to manage deadlines
Friendly, confident, empathetic
Location in a state where Defy serves is a plus (CA, WA, IL, WI, NY, NJ, CT, PA)
Applicants with lived experience of incarceration are encouraged to apply
Annual salary of $65,000
Comprehensive health benefits
15 days of paid vacation time off per year
At least 12 paid holidays annually
About Defy Ventures
Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and personal development training program that recognizes the potential in many formerly and currently incarcerated people to become successful, legal entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) “defy the odds” through our program which includes intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business pitch competitions, and executive mentoring. We build a redemptive, authentic community between EITs and our executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey.
Defy Ventures is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with “Development & Communications Manager” in the subject line to [email protected].