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Director of Development

Aug 4, 2020
lavender rights
Tacoma, WA

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Director of Development (Full-Time) 

The Lavender Rights Project (LRP) advances a more just and equitable society by providing low-cost civil legal services and community programming centered in values of social justice for trans and queer low-income people and other marginalized communities. LRP is excited to bring a passionate and committed Full-time Director of Development to the team. This position will lead LRP’s fundraising efforts, provide strategic planning support, and coordinate LRP’s efforts.

The Director of Development will manage our fundraising program and supervise our Grants and Communications Manager. Our hope is that the  Director of Development will help grow our fundraising capacity while encouraging community, Board, and staff participation in fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will diversify and grow each of our fundraising sources, ensuring that LRP remains fiscally secure and healthy.  In addition to these duties, the Director of Development will work closely with the Black Trans Task Force to stabilize and grow their funding sources as well as mentor a Black Trans person in development and fundraising. This position reports to the Executive Director.

LRP’s operating budget is approaching $1.5 million and growing. Our funding sources include federal and state grants, civil legal aid, fee for service work, program revenue, as well as foundations and grants. 

Responsibilities
• Provide monthly reports to the Board of Directors and works with the Board and/or Board committees on fundraising efforts
• Carry a portfolio of contributing income for Lavender Rights Project
• Carry a portfolio for growing and supporting the Black Trans Task Force
• Mentor a Black Trans person in fundraising and development work
• Help develop the organizational budget for LRP, track monthly development projections, and maintain the budget for development at LRP
• Prepare the Executive Director for development related meetings
• Review development plan, find strengths and weaknesses, revise and strengthen plan in collaboration with the Executive Director
• Responsible for stewardship of current donors, donor correspondence, and leading retention strategy
• Collaborate with Executive Director to create and maintain a community of sustaining donors
• Manage donor appreciation, including acknowledgement, and any relevant recognition events
• Manage donor database and develop a pool of prospective donors
• Direct fundraising events, periodically holding direct appeals at tent pole moments (especially around LGBTQ+ and Trans Pride), and develop an annual ask campaign
• Consider alternative development plans such as endowments, planned giving, sponsorships, and membership after stabilizing current development plan
• Work closely with the program team on incorporating asks into program events
• Remain informed of LRP programs and communicate current program plans to donors
• Work with Grants and Communication Manager in writing appeals, announcing campaigns via social media and emails, and composing appreciation and information letters
• Work with the Grants and Communication Manager on the annual report
Preferred Qualifications: Has lived, volunteer, or work experience with QTBIPOC TLGBQ2SIA communities. Master’s degree in philanthropy or related field. Extensive experience in communications, development, grant management and/or public relations.
Required Qualifications: Education or experience, or a combination related to this position. Relevant experience in communications, development, grant management and/or public relations. Can work occasional evenings and weekends.
Skills: Current WA state driver’s license, required insurance, and vehicle for local travel (preferred). Can learn or has experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word. Comfortable working with donor databases.
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How to apply:
Please include a cover letter, two reference contacts (at least one previous supervisor/employer and an acquaintance), and your resume to jaelynn (at) lavenderrightsproject.org.
BIPOC, Trans, Nonbinary, TLGBQ2SIA persons are highly encouraged to apply.
Lavender Rights Project provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race; religion; creed; color; national origin, including accents/ESL speakers; sex; marital status; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; age; tribal affiliation; disability confirmed, perceived, diagnosed or self-diagnosed; blood-borne pathogen status; union membership; military or veteran status; previous gender identities; previous names; previous gender markers; genetic information; pregnancy; chest/breast feeding status; immigration status; political ideology; use of public benefits; use of service animal; hair type as defined by the CROWN Act and RCW 49.60; housing status; criminal background and history; or any intersection thereof. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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