Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a next-generation LGBTQ+ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains trans, queer, and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools. GSA Network is guided by our vision of full equality and social justice for all trans and queer people. We have developed a model of grassroots organizing that trains youth activists to understand and challenge systems of oppression, in order to develop trans, queer, and allied leaders with a vision for broad social justice. Grounded in this model, GSA Network is building the GSA movement by providing resources, training, and grassroots organizing support to youth activists working to educate schools and communities about trans and queer issues and change public policy. As the convener of the National Association of GSA Networks we bring together youth and adult leaders from state and regional GSA Networks to share best practices for GSA and youth organizing. As a national leader at the intersections of the trans and queer youth, racial, gender, and education justice movements, this is an exciting time for GSA Network as we expand our impact and grow our team. You can learn more about our work at www.gsanetwork.org.
The Donor Engagement Manager will help drive GSA Network’s fundraising efforts, contributing to the overall financial health and long-term sustainability of the organization. This position will play a key role in individual donor cultivation and stewardship, and be responsible for the creation of an Alumni Giving Program to grow and diversify our donor base. The Development Manager will also oversee internal processes and systems to support giving from all sources. This position will report to the Senior Director of Development, work closely with the Co-Executive Directors on specific projects, and support the Board of Directors in their fundraising efforts. A demonstrated passion for trans and queer youth leadership and empowerment, extensive knowledge or personal experience with the intersectional issues facing low-income trans and queer youth of color, and a commitment to social justice are required for this position.
Essential Duties and Functions
(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)
- Manage and grow a portfolio of 800+ donors who make contributions totaling $70,000 annually
- Create, execute, and manage a donor cultivation plan that engages, informs, and solicits our financial supporters and that strategically includes, but is not limited to: print and online fundraising campaigns, fundraising events, site visits, donor communications, and acknowledgements.
- Design and implement an Alumni Giving Program to engage, cultivate, and solicit GSA Network’s extensive base of former program participants as a primary strategy to grow our donor base.
- Develop a solid understanding of GSA Network’s mission, vision, and programs, and be able to clearly and succinctly articulate our work verbally and in writing.
- Develop a strong knowledge of all of GSA Network’s sources of revenue, funding cycles, and overall budget.
- Plan and execute fundraising events, donor cultivation and/or appreciation events, from start to finish, including outreach, event planning, budget, and logistics.
- Produce contribution reports as needed to measure the performance of our various fundraising activities and to support financial and accounting policies and requirements.
- Prepare donor projections annually to inform our budget planning process as well as our individual donor strategy for the next fiscal year.
- Manage and maintain accurate and complete donor-related records. Accurately record and track contributions on a timely basis. Maintain accurate and complete files of all contribution or award letters and agreements.
- Work with the Senior Director of Development, as well as the Co-Executive Directors, in crafting messaging and timing of fundraising campaigns and donor communications.
- Work in collaboration with the Leadership Team to ensure that fundraising strategies are in alignment with the organization’s core values and gift acceptance policies.
- Ensure data integrity of the donor database and foundation contacts.
- Produce donor acknowledgement letters on an ongoing basis.
- 3-5 years minimum experience in fundraising at a non-profit or social justice organization.
- Strong experience in developing and executing fundraising and/or communications strategies and measuring results.
Experience using a donor management database, such as Raiser’s Edge.
- Exceptional planning and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, establish priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
- High level of competency in analysis and problem-solving, with a focus on building strategies that move individuals to take action.
- Excellent writing skills with an ability to take complex issues and adapt the organization’s voice and tone to communicate them to our supporters in a simple and meaningful way.
- Strong verbal presentation skills with an ability to communicate with clarity and compassion.
- Keen attention to detail.
Values and Characteristics
- High degree of emotional and social intelligence.
- Be a self-starter who is comfortable taking initiative and seeks guidance to follow through on projects and tasks.
- Understands the importance of building relationships and creating connections with remote staff and supporters.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and with people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, socio-economic, educational, religious, sexual, gender, and generational backgrounds.
- Demonstrated passion for trans and queer youth leadership and empowerment, extensive knowledge or personal experience with the intersectional issues facing low-income trans and queer youth of color, and a commitment to social justice.
- Must be able to work remotely and/or in an office environment.
- Must be able to manually operate and use a computer and phone.
- Must be able to work at a desk for a prolonged period of time.
- Must be able to communicate clearly in English in complex contexts (e.g., negotiations)
May involve up to 10% travel.
- Experience working in nonprofit organizations focused on social justice, youth empowerment, youth leadership development, or LGBTQ+ issues.
- Background in the field of communications is a plus.
Apply via BambooHR at gsanetwork.org with a Cover Letter, Writing Sample, and Resume as a combined PDF. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will begin interviewing for this position in January 2022. Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we will not be able to respond to individual calls or emails regarding the status of your application.
Ideal start date for the position is February 16, 2022.
Equal Opportunity Employer
GSA Network is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from youth; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; women and femmes; people with disabilities; and people who are transgender, intersex, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer.