About This Position: Transition US is currently looking for a fundraising and development professional with a track-record for success who is enthusiastic about our work and helping to rapidly grow our organizational capacity. Our ideal candidate is already at least somewhat familiar with Transition and the wider regenerative communities movement, has knowledge of the overall fundraising landscape throughout the US, and is excited about being part of a small but highly motivated and dynamic team working together to change the world.
Summary of Duties
Below is a list of the primary responsibilities related to this fundraising and development position. However, it is important to note that we are currently in the process of redesigning our staff team structure, and many of these duties may be fully or partly shared with other team members.
- Take the lead on developing our annual year-end fundraising campaign, designing its overall theme, coordinating broadcast appeals, organizing a celebratory online event, and contacting individual donors.
- Formalize, promote, and expand our Movement Sustainers monthly giving program.
- Manage our donor database and cultivate ongoing personal relationships with major donors.
- Establish and run an organizational sponsorship program for Transition US, as well as individual sponsorship campaigns for specific programs and events.
- Continue to identify values-aligned US-based businesses and cultivate relationships with them.
- Continue to identify and cultivate relationships with foundations and other grant-making organizations throughout the US who are likely to support our work.
- Track and share upcoming grant opportunities that could support our current programs and goals.
- Lead or assist with writing at least eight grant proposals per year.
- Assess current program offerings and advise staff on their potential for generating earned income.
- Look into the feasibility of Transition US serving as a fiscal agent for local initiatives, regional hubs, and national working groups throughout the country.
- Participate in staff and Board discussions about organizational and movement strategy.
- Help to develop our annual budget and track actual versus projected revenue throughout the year.
- Develop materials and provide support for local initiatives, regional hubs, and national working groups to improve their own fundraising ability.
- Attend and represent Transition US at special events, as time and location permit.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in a related field. Minimum of one year experience successfully directing or assisting with fundraising and development efforts in an organizational setting.
Personal Qualities: Quick learner who is well-organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable taking responsibility for tasks with minimal supervision. Ability to think strategically, collaborate effectively with others, and consistently meet agreed-upon objectives.
Professional Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in basic computer skills, email, and text messaging. Familiarity with (or ability to quickly learn) Gmail, Monday.com, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Zoom, and CiviCRM. Knowledge of how to effectively research potential funders, apply for grants, and design successful fundraising campaigns.
Alignment with Transition US: Strong interest in the mission and vision of Transition US. Commitment to ecological and social justice. Familiarity with a wide range of social, environmental, and economic issues. Knowledge of or background in community organizing, climate justice, permaculture, local food systems, alternative economic structures, and/or efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption preferred.
Compensation and Other Benefits
This is a growth position in terms of time, salary, and leadership in the organization. We envision this position starting at approximately 20 hours per week, with the possibility of increasing to 32 hours per week. Salary commensurate with experience ($26-$30/hour to start). Benefits include basic health insurance, paid time off, and sick leave.
Other benefits of working with Transition US include a flexible schedule, mentoring from other staff, access to training and other professional development opportunities, connection with a national network of changemakers, and the ability to continually develop your knowledge and skills in movement-building and nonprofit management. Transition US is currently exploring a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit model, and our ideal candidate would be excited about this direction.
Our distributed team in California and Colorado works remotely, connecting through weekly Zoom meetings and annual in-person retreats.
Details at a Glance
TIME COMMITMENTPart Time Schedule
- Location: Remote, work may be performed anywhere in United States
Apply to This Job
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have and to inquire about current availability. When you are ready to apply, please send us a resume with three current references and a cover letter of no longer than two pages as .doc or .pdf file attachments. Other formats will not be reviewed and we will not consider incomplete submissions. These materials should detail your qualifications and address the following questions:
- What inspires you to work with Transition US, and how might you harness your enthusiasm to inspire others?
- How have your experiences, both professional and personal, prepared you for this position?
We also invite you to share an optional portfolio with up to three examples of your work. Examples might include grants you have written, campaign materials you have created, or promotions for fundraising events you have organized.
We will review applications as they are received and continue to accept applications until the right candidate has been hired, with priority given to applications received before October 27th. We anticipate hiring for this position by November 2021 at the latest.
Transition US is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people of all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category under local, state or federal laws. If you require an accommodation to complete an application, please contact email@example.com.