Established in 1983, the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) exists to promote civic participation as a key to making our democracy work. We serve leaders in the philanthropic community working to further this vision with heightened attention to issues of equity and historically disenfranchised and under-represented communities. Our members support nonpartisan efforts to engage voters, eliminate structural barriers to voting, advance reforms to improve government and electoral systems, and inspire public involvement in civic life.
FCCP has more than 70 institutional members and many additional philanthropic colleagues who regularly participate in its programming. Increasingly, FCCP connects with other funder networks to expand the field by helping them integrate civic engagement activities into their work. Member-driven and field informed, FCCP provides civic engagement grantmakers with programming and networking opportunities that serve as a stage for showcasing innovative ideas; a forum for strategic dialogue and collaboration; and a resource for civic participation research, tools and news.
FCCP is a Council on Foundations-recognized philanthropic affinity group that is fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy, a 501(c)(3) public charity which operates grantmaking, technical assistance, and strategic planning programs for institutional and individual donors interested in social justice and human rights.
FCCP is looking for an experienced development professional with a strong understanding of the importance of a healthy democracy to become its Membership + Development Manager. This new position will manage FCCP’s donor cultivation activities and develop member-engagement programs to deepen support for FCCP’s work and civic engagement grantmaking. The person who will thrive in this position will be a mission-driven extrovert with the proven ability to build and sustain successful relationships, write persuasively and listen effectively. They will be an exceptionally well-organized team player who knows how to think big yet is not above managing the day-to-day logistical and administrative details needed to make this position a success. Strong development experience in a social-justice setting and/or within the philanthropic community is essential to this mid-level position, as is the ability to work efficiently as a member of a small close-knit (and sometimes virtual) team. The Membership + Development Manager will report directly to the Communications and Operations Director, work closely with the Executive Director, and collaborate with program staff and Steering Committee members. This position will also develop and supervise an internship that will assist with various functions of the job.
The Membership + Development Manager will fulfill the following responsibilities by working closely with FCCP’s Communications + Operations Director, the Executive Director and the FCCP Steering Committee.
• Creates and institutionalizes a foundation and donor cultivation and engagement plan
• Manages annual membership drives and administers dues process
• Conducts research to identify prospective members and sources of grant funding
• Drafts grant proposals and reports; tracks grant deadlines
• Develops and implements a program sponsorship plan
• Manages and improves utilization of the donor database; Tracks and prepares reports on income
• Strategizes and implements networking, leadership development and peer-learning opportunities
• Leads strategic efforts to increase collaboration and expand FCCP’s membership
• Institutionalizes member recognition processes and quantifies member benefits
• Supports the Executive Director’s management of the Steering Committee
• Supports the Membership + Development Committee in implementing its annual work plan
• Manages the logistics of the annual Steering Committee election process
• Develops member-related content for the newsletter and listserve
• Leads efforts to develop evaluation tools that track member satisfaction
• Liaises with the program team on member engagement projects
• Develops and supervises a Development Associate internship program
• Additional projects as assigned
Skills and Experience
• Three to six years of development experience; donor cultivation and management experience preferred
• Experience working on political or issue campaigns, related social justice work, or in philanthropy; experience working in a non-profit setting strongly preferred
• Experience creating development plans in collaboration with senior leaders of an organization
• Knowledge of how to develop processes and protocols that monitor timeliness, efficiency and outcomes according to a plan
• Excellent written communication skills; adept at developing persuasive proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence, and related material; ability to frame complex issues clearly and concisely for varied audiences
• Comprehensive knowledge of grant writing and reporting processes
• Event coordination experience
• Demonstrated track record of stewarding partnerships, prospects and board members
• Experience supervising volunteers
• Strong public presentation skills
• Computer savvy with knowledge of donor databases; proficient in Microsoft Office suite with advanced knowledge of Excel
• Demonstrated commitment to the principles of a vibrant and inclusive democracy
• Strategic thinker with outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to listen effectively
• Energetic with high standards of excellence and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done
• Proven leadership skills with the ability to interact with culturally diverse philanthropic colleagues
• Excellent judgment, tact and discretion. Emotionally mature with a sense of humor and grace under pressure
• Demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork with ability to work virtually across multiple time zones
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines while maintaining excellent attention to detail
• Ability and willingness to travel occasionally
COMPENSATION AND LOCATION
Salary is commensurate with experience. FCCP offers an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid time off and employer-paid contribution to retirement. This position will be located in FCCP’s Austin, Texas office.
Please send a one-page cover letter, a resume with your salary history, and the names of three references to [email protected] with “Membership + Development Manager” in the subject line. Your cover letter must address your qualifications and state why you are interested in working at FCCP. An application document that is bundled into one PDF and does not exceed four pages is preferred.
Dates to know:
• Applications are due by 5pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, June 3rd.
• Two rounds of interviews will be held between June 11th and 26th.
• The preferred start date is on or before Monday, August 3rd.
To learn more about FCCP, please visit us online at www.funderscommittee.org.
FCCP is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.