Our Turn isn’t here to improve education. Our Turn is here to fight for education justice. Education justice looks like students exerting decision making power for their education. It is students and families elevating what works for them, and resources flowing to support their aspirations. It is students serving as the evidence base. It is the centering of Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color in data, curriculum, culture, communications, and funding. Our Turn activates the next generation of diverse civic leaders who know what’s possible for all students because they’ve built power in their communities to dismantle inequities through grassroots organizing. In the past few months, our work and members have been recognized by Fast Company, Buzzfeed, The 74 Million, and more.
We are hiring a Manager of Development to strengthen the design and implementation of Our Turn’s fundraising work. With guidance from the Director of Development, the Manager of Development will support the advancement and stewardship of external stakeholder relationships including individual donors, foundation partners, and corporations. The Manager of Development will co-lead coalition-based fundraising efforts in specific geographic areas (Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, and Los Angeles) and work closely with local Managers of Organizing to understand and appropriately resource short- and long-term funding needs. This includes managing existing funder relationships, as well as seeking and securing new philanthropic relationships through prospect research/qualification and strong application/proposal writing. The Manager of Development will also lead coalition-based donor retention efforts including crafting and sharing quarterly communications pieces, as well as supporting in-person and virtual donor engagement events.
WHY WORK FOR OUR TURN
We approach our work with the audacity of believing that students have the power to rewrite the rules of education in our country and the humility to know that thousands have come before us in this fight. We know that young people, especially BIPOC youth, have been shut out by decision makers who shape their educational experience and respond by providing transformational leadership development and grassroots organizing experience that flip the traditional power dynamic on its head. Our team is highly collaborative and works with urgency, passion, and — most importantly — a lot of joy. We are looking for strategic, entrepreneurial social justice activists to join us and continue the fight for education justice.
We believe that supporting, developing, and retaining our team is the most critical investment we can make for achieving bold outcomes. To ensure that our team is prepared and excited to do their job with excellence every day, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: a performance-based culture with generous paid time off; flexible working environment; opportunities for internal and external professional development; health, dental, and vision insurance; retirement plan with an employer match.
Annual Giving - Institutions:
- Support and maintain grants management processes and projects, including ensuring deadlines are met for proposals, reporting, and renewals
- Identify, research, and maintain process and outreach to prospective funders
Annual Giving - Individuals:
- Work with Director of Development to design and launch an individual giving program for Our Turn including identifying and qualifying major gift prospects, supporting the fundraising efforts of Our Turn’s Young Professionals Council, and co-developing an alumni giving program
- Manage prospect research, moves management, and portfolio management processes
- Work with the Director of Development to build close relationships with prospective donors and solicit annual and multi-year gifts
- Support the design and implementation of individual giving strategies
- Manage and lead the development of donor resources and communication materials
- Identify and execute strategies for prospect research and moves management
- Frequently use research and insights to inform staff about shifts in the philanthropic landscape and how those changes should impact Our Turn’s fundraising practices
- Use data to reflect and inform recommendations for programmatic changes within and between functional teams
- Work closely with cross-functional teams to understand resource needs and insure effective fulfillment of existing grant metrics
- Demonstrated experience contributing toward a seven-figure fundraising effort including securing gifts over $50,000
- Minimum two years experience supporting the execution of an individual giving program
- Knowledge and familiarity with fundraising and grant-seeking processes and procedures including experience with prospect research and qualification, aligning prospects’ giving priorities with organizational needs, and writing effective applications/proposals that resulted in new donor relationships
- Professional and/or lived experience related to youth organizing, education justice, or racial/social justice preferred
- Detailed knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive, Docs, etc.)
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills and an ability to distill complex and detailed information into an accessible and approachable writing and verbal communication style
- Practical expertise in project management and constituent engagement
- Experience with and/or knowledge of fundraising principles, practices and frameworks
- Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and communities
- Collaborative work ethic and ability to work effectively across lines of difference
- Ability to work autonomously and as part of an innovative team
- Complete alignment with Our Turn’s Mission, Student Agenda, and Theory of Change
- Must be willing to work flexible hours that will include time outside of the traditional work day and weekends
Read more about our student agenda for education equity here:
Salary range for this position is 57-67K and a comprehensive benefits package is included.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
Our Turn encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position and is committed to recruiting a team that reflects the diversity of our student movement (BIPOC, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, first generation college students). Our Turn does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation of origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, or parenthood.
HOW TO APPLY
Fill out an application and upload your resume. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please email [email protected] with any questions or requests for accommodations. We’re happy to help! Please visit Our Turn’s website (www.itsourturn.org) for more information.