Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a project of Tides, is seeking a part-time, temporary assistant to help manage the cultivation and unlocking of resources across the EPIP Network. This is a great opportunity for an early-stage philanthropy or development professional to gain experience in both arenas while building skills and networks. The position is remote with the possibility of becoming full-time and/or permanent later this year.
The position reports to the Director of Network Resources (DoNR) and forms a vital part of EPIP's Network Resources team. In this position, you will research, maintain, analyze, and provide the organization with the necessary information and data to nurture existing relationships and prospect new ones; position for and secure new funding; onboard new institutional members; and, play a part in the overall network resources strategy, policy, and systems development. This position will require you to write and think creatively around donor communications, requests, and an experimental annual campaign.
Duration and Compensation: This is a part-time, temporary position for an engagement of up to six months, with the potential to become a permanent and/or full-time position depending on the long-term needs of the organization and the performance of the selected candidate. This position will be compensated at $20 - $24 per hour, based on experience, and includes health benefits.
EPIP is a growing community of foundation professionals and other changemakers working to advance equity within and through philanthropy. Our mission is to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. EPIP has established itself as a leading network for diverse early- and mid-career philanthropic professionals, particularly those who identify as people of color, women, and/or LGBTQ. Our 16 member-led chapters span the country and provide peer-to-peer programs, networking opportunities, and support while serving as platforms for member leadership. National programs like our webinar series and our biannual conference connect members to additional supports, knowledge, and opportunities.
Given the nature of this position, you will work closely with the Director of Programs to prioritize needs among the various core responsibilities listed below.
Your Core Responsibilities will include
Data Entry & Analysis
Essential in securing critical revenue streams, you will ensure that donor and member data is up-to-date and ready to inform strategy and action by working with staff and consultants to:
- Conduct regular data cleanup and maintenance of Salesforce, Google Drive, and NationBuilder;
- Craft and run Salesforce and Google Analytics reports;
- Reconcile Salesforce with other units and EPIP’s fiscal sponsor;
- Maintain financial tracking documents related to network resources; and,
- Maintain the development calendar, including: reports, proposals, and other cultivation plans.
Research & Strategy
As essential as clean internal data is, external research is also necessary as we craft and adapt our overall and account-specific strategy throughout the year. In this role, you will conduct critical research related to:
- Sector trends and reports;
- Market analysis of comparable organizations;
- Prospective funders and funding opportunities; and,
- Positioning research, such as conference attendance or donor meetings.
With your growing understanding of the sector, you will support the DoNR in developing EPIP's:
- Annual resource development strategy;
- Account-specific strategies;
- Institutional Membership Program; and,
- Policies, procedures, and guides.
Your role will be key in developing meaningful relationships with our supporters. As such, you will be responsible for:
- Working with the DoNR to enroll and welcome institutional members ;
- Collaborating with chapters to support their fundraising efforts; and,
- Undertaking efforts to increase organizational visibility and positioning for new funding.
Telling our story in a way that mobilizes support for EPIP is at the core of the Network Resources team's responsibility. As the Associate for this team, you will write the first drafts of fundraising materials, such as:
- Proposals; and,
- Sponsorship materials.
Campaigns & Institutional Membership
This year we are going to launch an annual campaign and review our institutional membership program. This is an exciting new opportunity for us to mobilize our community and we need this position to think through these new ventures with us. As such, you will:
- Support the development & implementation of a #GivingTuesday campaign;
- Support the review of EPIP institutional membership and donation websites; and,
- Implement & monitor metrics & analysis of online fundraising campaigns.
Our board members are key advocates, leaders, and allies in our work. We partner with them and meet with them regularly to move forward and check in around our progress. Your position will:
- Support the scheduling and coordination of board meetings;
- Manage the preparation of board books;
- Attend board meetings to serve as note taker; and,
- Support the Executive Director in preparing board meeting minutes.
- Additional administrative functions as needed.
Hours spent per week on the categories of work above will likely vary over the course of the engagement. The above responsibilities will not all be active at the same time. Rather, assignments will be developed from among the items on the list in consultation with the employee’s supervisor.
- Eager to contribute to an organization working to advance justice and equity within and through philanthropy
- Able to think big but willing to do the little things that add up to larger-scale results
- Willing to approach the work with humility, humor, and optimism
- Highly organized, with attention to detail
- Able to drive multiple projects to completion with minimal supervision
- A compelling writer and storyteller
- A phenomenal proofreader
- Experienced in developing and organizing proposals for varying audiences
- Analytical and constantly using critical thinking skills
- Able to use good judgment, take initiative and make recommendations
- Advanced in computer literacy with knowledge of Salesforce, Google Suite, & Microsoft Office (NationBuilder is not necessary)
- Able to thrive, grow, and work in a diverse and small team
- Coming with some basic graphic design skills
- Experienced in online fundraising, nonprofit advocacy, membership cultivation
What You’ll Need
- 1-2 years of overall professional experience with nonprofit resource development
- A track record of commitment to EPIP’s values, particularly social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Ability to engage and support professionals of all backgrounds, in particular, people from historically marginalized communities. You're always asking: “Whose voice is not represented?”
- We value formal education and lived/worked experience equally, so long as candidates possess the necessary skills to do the job.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.
Equal Employment Opportunity
We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, bilingual and multicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS related conditions. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a project of the Tides Center. The Tides Center is an equal opportunity employer.
How to Apply
EPIP has designed this hiring process in order to limit the impact of structural discrimination within our society. As such, we focus on relevant work skills, experience and approach first, while filtering out information that can allow for implicit bias. Our process, based on a pilot conducted by Rework by Koya Partners, de-identifies candidates, schools and past employers from in the early stages, removing these factors from view while zooming in on the work itself. This ensures that the candidate’s work is the primary informant of our decision making and makes opportunities like this one more accessible. In practice, our hiring process is:
- Round 1: Brief written questionnaire for initial screening. DEADLINE: Friday, March 8th, 12:00PM PST.
- Round 2: 30-minute phone interview with the Director of Network Resources. DEADLINE: March 11 - 15.
- Round 3: Fundraising-related writing sample exercise or sample submission (résumé submitted for the first time). DEADLINE: March 22.
- Round 4: Interview with EPIP team. DEADLINE: March 25 - April 1.
- After Interview: Reference checks. Offer issued. DEADLINE: April 5.