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Founded in 2014, Rainier Valley Corps has launched a fellowship program where cohorts of talented leaders are recruited, trained by RVC, provided a living salary and healthcare, and placed at grassroots organizations led by communities of color, with the hopes that these fellows will help these organizations develop their capacity.

RVC works in partnership with a variety of communities-of-color-led organizations in Rainier Valley, including Got Green, Ethiopian Community Center, East African Community Services, Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle, Families of Color Seattle, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, Horn of Africa Services, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Filipino Community of Seattle, and Somali Community Services of Seattle.

RVC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, especially those from Southeast Seattle, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Email: ananda@rainiervalleycorps.org

Ananda Valenzuela
Rainier Valley Corps
3715 S. Hudson St
Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98118

Web: https://rainiervalleycorps.org/

Development Director

Seattle, WA

Job Overview and Requirements

Are you ready to apply your talent in fundraising to the creation and growth of an innovative nonprofit that is developing leaders and organizations within communities of color? Do you want to be challenged all the time at work,  learn a ton of stuff, be on the cutting edge of equity and community engagement work, have a lot of fun, be inspired frequently, and make a significant impact? Rainier Valley Corps is looking for a Development Director to build and implement a new major gift program, while managing and developing our existing donor programs and fund development practices.

Our story: In light of the recent election and the current political climate, the need to invest in communities-of-color-led nonprofits is more urgent than ever. Without the involvement of the communities most affected by injustice, policies and practices are often ineffective. Recognizing these challenges, Rainier Valley Corps was formed in 2014. We focused on the lack of staff capacity and launched a fellowship program where cohorts of talented leaders are recruited, trained by RVC, provided a living salary and healthcare, and placed at grassroots organizations led by communities of color, with the hopes that these fellows will help these organizations develop their capacity. RVC is strategically moving from a single leadership program model toward holistic capacity building focused on organizations led by communities of color. This new model combines our existing fellowship model with four new core capacity-building areas: operations support, capacity-building coaching, fund development, and collaboration. We believe that the combination of these strategies will unlock the potential of communities of color to mobilize, shape policies, and respond to the current political climate.

As RVC grows, we need an experienced Development Director who can work with the rest of the team to shape and implement an ambitious fundraising strategy. The Development Director is responsible for overseeing all fundraising initiatives and activities of the organization. With support from the Communications and Development Manager, the Executive Director, and the Board, this person will build and manage a major gifts program, increase local business support and corporate sponsorship, and oversee grant management. While Rainier Valley Corps has already put frameworks for these fund development arenas in place, our hope is to add an amazing leader to our team who will partner with us to bring this work to the next level.

REPORTS TO: Managing Director

SUPERVISES: Development and Communications Manager, interns, volunteers, and consultants

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Individual Giving (50%)

  • Build and implement a major gifts program
  • Oversee donor communications and grow the monthly sustainer program
  • Guide and support the Board and the Fundraising Committee in development efforts

Fund Development Management (40%)

  • Remain current on research, legislation, and ethical practices pertaining to fundraising
  • Evaluate fund development practices regularly and make improvements
  • Oversee grant management
  • Develop and maintain sponsorship program with local businesses and corporations
  • Oversee special fundraising events

General Operations (10%)

  • Collaborate with staff in making key strategic decisions affecting RVC’s future
  • Direct, plan, and coordinate the work of the fundraising and communications staff, including supervision and evaluation, training, and team building
  • Participate in staff meetings, attend community events, and otherwise contribute to strengthening the deep roots within our community, both internally and externally

OUR HIRING PROCESS & TIMELINE:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling phone interviews on June 15th.
  • We will conduct short phone interviews in June and begin in-person one-hour interviews in late June or early July.
  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for two work samples relevant to this position, e.g. a process you created, a writing sample, or other relevant materials.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in July or August.

RVC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, especially those from Southeast Seattle, are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Essential Requirements
  • A great sense of humor!
  • A minimum of five years of fund development experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Commitment to our mission and our values of Equity, Integrity, Community, Action, and Transformation
  • Excellent fund development strategy, planning, and donor cultivation abilities
  • Experience working with communities of color and grassroots organizations, with a nuanced understanding of systemic oppressions
  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
  • Impeccable written and oral communication skills
  • Love of continuous learning

 

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary range of $60,000 to $70,000 based on experience
  • Full-time, exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week. We believe in work-life balance, and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked
  • 23 days of PTO, 11 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule
  • We provide medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package