Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) is an
energized, future-focused organization devoted to providing quality
early learning and care across the country.
Our desire to close the opportunity gap and build more equitable
early learning experiences for our youngest learners guides
everything we do. As a leader in early learning and care, we scale
our deep expertise across program, policy, and research through
partnerships across the country.
Start Early Washington, a state office of Start Early, is
committed to promoting equity and increasing the visibility and
voice of early learning. We work across policy and program to
ensure that early learning systems support all children and
families with equitable access to services that nurture healthy,
lifelong positive outcomes. In partnership with public and private
organizations, we support comprehensive prenatal-to-5 learning
experiences for children and families statewide with a unique focus
on home visiting services. We are recruiting individuals who want
to join our newly launched Washington state office in this mission
and share a commitment to our core values
of appreciation & respect, empowerment, diversity,
excellence, learning and communication.
Become part of our rewarding, mission-driven culture! We want
our employees to feel empowered, motivated, energized, and
passionate about the work they do.
The Advancement Officer, Washington State is a frontline
fundraising position responsible for relationship management
leading to the identification, engagement, cultivation and
solicitation of new individual major gifts, family foundations and
corporate partnerships to support Start Early Washington. This
position will also serve as lead Washington state writer for
private funding proposals and reports, partnering with program
leads and New Business, Corporate and Foundation Relations teams to
ensure programmatic objectives are aligned with funder
expectations. This position joins an experienced Individual Giving
team currently raising $8 million annually, experiencing high
growth, and focused on building a major gifts program focused on
supporting our Start Early Washington work.
Candidate will have demonstrated frontline fundraising
experience, with a proven track record of cultivating high net
worth individuals for significant annual or multi-year gifts to
support the organizations strategic plan, geographic focus areas,
endowment and/or high priority programs. Must have the ability to
collaborate with different levels and parts of a diverse
organization, be skilled in synthesizing complex initiatives for an
individual donor audience, and ability to work autonomously in the
initial outreach and communication with high-net-worth
Reporting to the Executive Director of Start Early
Washington you will:
Serve as a key member of the Start Early Washington team to
help build and launch our development strategies to grow and
support our Washington state team and expand our early learning
Serve as a key member of the Start Early Development team and
be responsible for building and sustaining a new major giving
program that supports Start Early Washington.
Build and manage a portfolio of individual gift donors, family
foundations and/or corporate partnerships generating significant
annual and multi-year investments for Start Early Washington.
Establish and track progress against revenue goals and other
related fundraising activities.
Manage relationships and develop cultivation and solicitation
strategies for a portfolio of 125+ national and Washington-based
major gift donors and prospects capable of considering a
significant gift of $50k or more annually and building from
Seek referrals and introductions from Board members, high net
worth individuals, national or IL major gift donors, and others.
Consider other prospecting strategies.
Build a pipeline for qualification and prioritization working
with prospect research, development staff, and others to evaluate
and determine giving potential.
Work in partnership with programmatic and development
colleagues to create and deliver donor strategy documents, gift
proposals, stewardship, and cultivation materials needed for the
donor cultivation cycle. Serve as lead writer on several funding
applications, proposals, reports, and other related materials for
institutional donors. Partner with internal New Business and
Foundation Relations team to ensure program execution is aligned
with funder expectation.
Collaborate with the individual and development teams on shared
goals, priorities, and activities to best leverage resources.
Bachelor’s degree (minimum); Master's degree Preferred.
At least 8+ years of relevant experience in major gifts with
experience working in Washington state.
A track record of successful major gift fundraising and
extensive experience with prospecting and new donor
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Ability to work in a start-up environment.
Ability to work 100% remotely, with occasional travel, when
Belief in the Start Early mission and core values.
A strong work ethic with an ability to work alone and within a
larger team. Ability to collaborate within and across
Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and familiarity with
appropriate fundraising tools. Knowledge of computerized systems of
donor recordkeeping and data-tracking of prospects and donors, such
Optimally establish and maintain relationships with
colleagues/clients and gain their trust and respect.
Deep commitment in advancing diversity, racial equity, and
inclusion into organizational routines and practice.
Effectively establish and maintain effective relationships with
customers and gain their trust and respect.
Comfort and experience in handling risk and uncertainty to move
We recognize that few candidates might meet every
single piece of knowledge, experience, or education listed
here. Research shows that women and people of color, among
many other historically excluded groups, are less likely to apply
to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. Start Early is
dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable
workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your
qualifications don’t perfectly align with everything in the job
description, we still encourage you to
Our generous benefits plan includes:
Comprehensive Health Plans, Commitment to Diversity, Equity,
& Inclusion, Holistic Wellness Program, Professional
Development Program, 401k Contribution, Paid Volunteer Days, 6
months paid parental leave, and much more.
Start Early is an equal opportunity employer. We
celebrate diversity and are committed to our core values by
creating an inclusive environment for all staff.