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We currently have two open senior leadership positions:

  • Director of Development
  • Director of Communications

Director of Development

Reports to: Managing Director
Terms: Full-time
Location: Hartford, CT  

To Apply: Email your resume to jobs@everyday-democracy.org

Position Summary:

The Director of Development will spearhead the fledgling development efforts of Everyday Democracy.  As the organization launches its new plan for growth and expansion, this newly created senior-level position will play a key role in building development capacity, establishing the organization’s development strategy and advancing it through individual gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources.  The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and overseeing development strategies and tactics to support the organization’s expanding impact. This exciting opportunity would be right for someone with non-profit fundraising experience to build something meaningful from the ground up, to have a significant role in an organization working to ensure democratic practice, the advancement of racial equity, and the power of community engagement at a crucial inflection point both in the organization’s trajectory and in United States history.

Desired Outcomes of the position include:

•    Partner with Executives, the Board and other Directors to create and advance a development strategy that is aligned with the organization’s mission and strategic direction;

•    Develop prospect management strategies.  Proactively identify prospects to include individuals, corporations and foundations. Pursue opportunities for philanthropic support of the organization, by influencing donors and building development capacity;

•    Communicate and deliver clear and consistent messages about the organization’s fund development goals with major funders and prospects. Build and maintain strategic relationships with key stakeholder;

•    Manage the implementation of a new donor database, internal development operations and systems.

Essential Duties: 
•    Partner with staff and Board to fully understand Everyday Democracy’s work and to foster collaborative relationships to best position our work for development activities and increased financial support. 
•    Stay abreast of current events relevant to Everyday Democracy’s mission, engage with philanthropic and civic leaders at all levels, and network to advance development goals. 
•    Set up and maintain systems and operations to achieve development targets, utilize resources within budget, and adhere to the legal requirements for accepting and recording monetary donations and gifts.
•    Collaborate with the Executive Director, Managing Director, the Board and consultants to solicit major gifts, cultivate and steward donors, provide an impetus for donating to our cause, and attract new supporters, while retaining current  donors and maintaining an ongoing program for giving. 
•    Oversee the creation and maintenance of a donor database and systems to track development activities and outcomes, and to support ongoing activities including stewardship of donors, special events, create reports for financial and management purposes and contribute to the creation of fundraising collateral, both online and print  
•    Supervise, mentor, and manage the Development Unit. 

Required Education:
•    Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) is required. Master’s (M.S. or M.A.) or a post-graduate degree in Finance, Business Administration, Non-Profit Management, or a related field is preferred.

Required Work Experience:
•    At least seven (7) years of experience working in the field of development, with at least four (4) years working at the level of management having responsibility for development strategy; experience building development capacity within a non-profit organization is preferred.

•    Work experience should:
o    Demonstrate excellence in development;
o    Show responsibility for developing and executing development strategy for social change, racial justice, democratic reform, civic engagement or related fields;  
o    Provide evidence of organizational, managerial and communication skills; 
o    Describe supervisory experience, including coaching, inspiring, and effectively leading a diverse team to high performance;
o    Indicate development and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with a broadly diverse group of people and institutions.

•    Computer skills:
o    Have facility with donor management databases;
o    Have knowledge of and ability to utilize Spreadsheet software (Excel); Word Processing software (Word); Electronic Mail software (Outlook); Presentation software (PowerPoint); Timekeeping software; and Project Management software.

Desired knowledge, skills and abilities:  
•    Knowledge of: not-for-profit organization and management, including budget management; full range of development techniques, particularly goal setting and tracking, donor relations, marketing, and grant writing;  
•    Excellent skills in writing and editing; 
•    Interpersonal, listening, communication, and persuasive skills;
•    Ability to engage people; 
•    Show concern for people and community, demonstrate self-confidence;  
•    Embrace the mission of Everyday Democracy and have a strong understanding and passion for racial equity;
•    Knowledge of civic engagement, participatory democracy, racial justice, and/or related fields;
•    Ability to manage multiple projects, time, shifting priorities, and expenses defined by a budget. 
   
Work Environment: 
•    Works in office setting  
•    Up to 30% travel is required 

Disclaimers:
Everyday Democracy is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. Everyday Democracy will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at jobs@everyday-democracy.org or via phone at 860-928-2616. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.  Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with Everyday Democracy prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to jobs@everyday-democracy.org.

Director of Communications

Reports to: Managing Director
Terms: Full-time
Location: Hartford, CT  

To Apply: Email your resume to jobs@everyday-democracy.org

Position Summary:

The Director of Communications plays an integral role in the work of Everyday Democracy by coordinating and strengthening the public presence of the organization and, in collaboration with other Directors, executing a multi-faceted plan that enables Everyday Democracy to advance its mission. The successful candidate will be a seasoned marketing and communications professional who can promote the organization’s vision of participatory democracy and develop communications strategies and tactics that convey racial equity as central to Everyday Democracy’s dialogue-to-change and movement-building processes.

Desired outcomes of the position include:

• Proactively identifying relevant opportunities to position the organization, promoting stories and facilitating conversation with staff, media, policy makers, donors and the public; and engaging and maintaining communications networks;

• Delivering clear and consistent organizational messaging across all organizational platforms, both internal and external;

• Developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies that align with the organizational strategy and promote ideas, resources, materials, events, and training guides for diverse audiences;

• Collaborating across all Units of the organization to integrate communications strategies, objectives, and tactics with Development, Programmatic, and Operational goals;

• Providing thoughtful direction of staff and consultants who produce content, design, digital media, print, and marketing data for Everyday Democracy’s various external channels (website, social media, reports, etc.)

• Creating and producing marketing collateral as needed, and advancing brand identity;

• Managing of internal communications systems;

• Recruiting and managing an internal team of communication professionals;

• Serving as a spokesperson for the organization and maintaining and growing media relations;

• Observing and listening for relevant events and building communication networks that inform the organization and generate ideas to engage colleagues and partners;

• Partnering closely with the Executive Director and the Development Director to advance and support fundraising strategies.

Essential Duties:
• Develops and implements integrated multi-channel communications strategies, using research, marketing, mass media and public relations, to convey and promote Everyday Democracy’s mission and dialogue-specific programs and core messaging.
• Analyzes and interprets public opinion, trends, policies and issues relevant to racial/social equity, using observation and evaluation skills to identify opportunities for engagement.
• Builds and maintains relationships with key opinion leaders, funders, academics, colleagues, public officials, media representatives and civic practitioners in local, state and national organizations, to promote and advance our mission.
• Collaborates with Unit Directors (internal leadership), using reasoning and decision-making skills as well as conceptual and intuitive abilities, to lead the development of messages and stories and other creative resources that convey Everyday Democracy’s position as a change agent to further racial equity.
• Directs the work of writers, designers and electronic media associates, using organizational and problem solving skills as well as project management abilities, to produce printed and electronic tools and other materials used for issue-specific dialogue resources and training guides.
• Produces speeches, presentations, talking points, op-eds, reports, news releases, articles, email, letters, video treatments, web copy and other print or online content.
• Oversees the ongoing development and maintenance of Everyday Democracy’s website, using digital best practices to produce informative and accessible tools for our primary audiences as well as providing staff with data about our website visitors. 
• Manages and participates in creating campaigns to advance Everyday Democracy’s fundraising and development strategies through internal and external communications.
• Manages vendor relationships, including writers, designers, researchers, printers, photographers, and videographers, to meet deadlines, manage within budgets and assure unified communications.  
• Actively maintains an awareness of emerging communication practices for nonprofits and foundations, and informs the executive team of findings, to keep current in our fields of practice. 
• Oversees the development and maintenance of the organization’s intranet and other internal communication systems to keep staff and Board members informed about resources and news that supports our daily work and mission.   

Required Education:
• Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S) in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Business Administration, Media Production, or related field is required.
• Master’s degree (M.A or M.S.) or other post-graduate degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field is preferred.

Required Work Experience:
• At least seven (7) years working in the field of communications, public relations, or marketing, with at least four (4) years working in a supervisory or management position; experience working for a not-for-profit organization is preferred.
• Work experience should:
o Describe responsibilities for developing and executing communication strategies for social change, democratic reform, or democratic participation;
o Provide evidence of inspiring and managing a diverse team to achieve goals;
o Provide evidence of ability to advance a culture of high performance, accountability, and continuous learning and improvement;
o Show development and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with a broadly diverse group of people or institutions;
o Demonstrate the ability to network with agents for change;
o Indicate an understanding of racial equity and related structural inequities, civic engagement, and/or public policy processes.
• Computer Skills:
o Have knowledge of and must utilize: Spreadsheet Software (Excel); Word Processing Software (Word); Electronic Mail Software (Outlook); Presentation software (PowerPoint), Timekeeping Software, Project Management Software, and CRM Software.

Desired knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Knowledge of: not-for-profit operations, including budget management; business communications methods; journalistic methods of gathering information, reporting, and writing; marketing and promoting strategies and tactics; public relations strategies and tactics; visual and audio communication platforms, especially digital media tailored to broadly diverse audiences. 
• Strong written and oral communications and presentation skills.
• Ability to manage and maintain relationships with target media contacts; strong media relations skills
• Ability to successfully plan, execute and market public events.
• Research, analytical and evaluation skills.
• Interpersonal, listening, communication and persuasive skills.  
• Organizational, problem solving, and decision-making skills at the upper-management level.
• Ability to manage multiple projects, time, shifting priorities and expenses defined by a budget.  
• Ability to grasp abstract concepts and subsequently produce relevant messages which are understandable to various audiences.
• A team player and builder, receptive to new ideas from others. Shares information and keeps team members and partners informed. Works effectively with others to identify and resolve issues.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills required in English.
• Bi-lingual in Spanish is preferred.

Work Environment: 
• Works in office setting
• Some travel required (15-20%)

Disclaimers:
Everyday Democracy is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. Everyday Democracy will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at jobs@everyday-democracy.org or via phone at 860-928-2616. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.  Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with Everyday Democracy prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to jobs@everyday-democracy.org.

 

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