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Development Associate

Employer
RespectAbility
Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
$45,000.00 - $55,000.00
Closing date
Sep 17, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Other Fundraising
Fields
For-Profit Companies
Employment Type
Full Time
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Development Associate

RespectAbility’s mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. RespectAbility is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities, and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future.

RespectAbility knows that most people with disabilities can and want to fully participate in – and contribute to – all aspects of society. RespectAbility shifts narratives and creates progress by centering people with lived disability experience in leadership roles, ensuring authentic representation in entertainment and news media, advancing successful public policy, and pushing for faith-based and other inclusion. The following are RespectAbility’s core programmatic areas, which we will deepen and expand over the life of our new strategic plan:

  • Entertainment and News Media– Increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people in media so people with disabilities are seen for what they can do, instead of what they cannot.
  • Leadership– Enable diverse people with disabilities to participate fully in decision-making.
  • Policy– Promote best practices in education, employment, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and access.
  • Faith Inclusion – Ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in faith-based communities.

RespectAbility’s Development Associate will work with the organization’s CEO, Director of Inclusive Philanthropy, staff and board to generate contributions from foundations, individuals, corporations and governmental agencies, as well as maintaining relationships with current funders.

Founded in 2013, RespectAbility is a small but growing organization with a goal of substantially expanding our budget so we can have the impact needed on behalf of people with disabilities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Support existing staff in development operations, including grant applications and reports, annual fund solicitations, major gift solicitations, database management, lead generation and relationship management with existing funders and prospective donors.
  • Support the Director of Inclusive Philanthropy and Development in prospect research and establishing contact with prospective funders.
  • Produce donor engagement materials, including special letters, gift acknowledgments and other communications with donors, in collaboration with the Communications Department.
  • Work with the Director of Finance and Administration and other staff to process gifts and pledges, handle data entry and donor record maintenance.
  • Work with team to create, cultivate, empower and support our Board of Directors in development activities. This includes helping to recruit and cultivate new board members with high integrity, commitment and fundraising/gift capacity.
  • Maintain a development and outreach and reporting program infrastructure that includes a donor and contact tracking database, donor communications calendar and evaluation and reporting systems.
  • Manage National Leadership Program Fellows who are working with this department.
  • Plan and oversee organization of fundraising events including luncheon presentations and parlor meetings.
  • Work closely with grant writing advisors and consultants.
  • Other tasks as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • Ability to work with CEO, board and staff to identify, research and connect with potential funding sources – especially high net worth philanthropists and major foundations.
  • Talented, detail oriented, highly motivated, and honest professional with proven fundraising success.
  • Experience with data entry and database management required.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Minimum of two years of development/administration/grant writing and major gifts outreach experience required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent internet research skills—not just Google!
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic nonprofit environment.
  • Team player who is upbeat and excited to work in a new, growing and mission-driven organization.
  • Bilingual (Spanish proficiency) a positive.
  • Experience with eTapestry or other Blackbaud databases a big plus.

Salary 45-55K plus health insurance, vacation, and other benefits.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: FranklinA@RespectAbility.org.

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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