Start Date: July 2018
Compensation: $37,440 to $42,000 (dependent on experience)
Status: Full time
Benefits: Benefits available after 90-day introductory period: Health, vision and dental insurance fully covered by CWC, along with SIMPLE IRA retirement plan including CWC contributing 3% of salary. Job-related professional development and training opportunities.
Reports to:Executive Director
The Development Associate is responsible for community fundraising and coordination of donor activities of the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC).
CWC is seeking a Development Associate with excellent writing and communications skills, interpersonal skills and a passion for both people and the planet.
The Development Associate position is an entry-level position at CWC, an environmental nonprofit working to transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource.
The Development Associate will provide support to and work in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Outreach and Development Manager. The position requires close attention to detail, organization skills, written and verbal communication skills and an ability to prioritize a variety of tasks. The ideal candidate will excel in this role because they are inspired by CWC’s work and are dedicated to securing the resources necessary to support CWC programs.
The Development Associate will be responsible for maintaining CWC’s donor database system; managing community fundraising activities, including annual direct mail campaigns, phone-a-thons and donor events; maintaining relationships with CWC’s donors and reporting on fundraising progress to CWC’s staff, Board of Directors and committees.
This full-time (40 hours/week) position requires a detail-oriented, personable and energetic individual who is passionate about environmental issues and genuinely enjoys communicating with others about their community and the environment.
Typical Physical Activities:
Sit and stand for extended periods of time.
Use of basic office equipment including computers, phone, photocopiers, etc.
Drive via motor vehicle to event sites.
Lift and carry ~25 lbs.
Bachelor’s Degree in relevant subject.
At least two years of relevant volunteer or job experience.
Knowledge and experience working with database system management, ideally with specific experience using Salesforce.
Natural networker and relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills with diverse stakeholders.
Highly organized and detail-oriented individual with strong organizational and time-management skills.
Self-motivated in identifying challenges/opportunities and recommending creative solutions.
Team player who demonstrates a willingness to jump in and help the team wherever needed.
Ability to Perform the Following Duties:
Manage community fundraising activities including mail campaigns, e-mail campaigns, phone-a-thons, donor events, house parties and other fundraising activities.
Building and maintaining relationships with CWC donors through meetings, events, phone calls and regular correspondence.
Support CWC’s Executive Director to grow the organization’s Leadership Circle ($1,000+ annual donors) through the research, cultivation and stewardship of donor prospects.
Manage Salesforce database system and prepare Salesforce reports.
Organize fundraising campaigns including writing letters and emails, generating mailing lists and managing Board and staff phone-a-thons.
Process donor gifts with CWC’s bookkeeper and coordinate acknowledgement processes.
Plan, promote and organize events.
Participate in the development of fundraising strategy for the organization and programs through meetings and discussions with program staff.
Work with volunteers to host events, conduct peer to peer fundraising and to collaborate with CWC’s Board of Director’s Philanthropy Team.
Quickly learn and utilize fundraising best practices.
Positively represent CWC at public events, donor meetings and in the community.
Create and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, partners and donors.
Strategize key activities to achieve organizational and fundraising goals and objectives using sound professional judgement.
Respond in a timely and efficient manner to all incoming inquiries and correspondence, both internal and external.
Balancing taking initiative with positively accepting direction.
Articulate your individual interests in CWC’s work.
Proficiently use the internet for research, problem-solving and finding best practices.
Other job duties as assigned.
Fundraising best practices.
Basic environmental principles.
Microsoft Office (mostly Word and Excel).
Salesforce database management, Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress.
Modern office procedures.
Ability to communicate with donors and volunteers in Spanish.
Ability to create marketing and communications materials.
Working occasional evenings and weekends for CWC events.
Employment is contingent upon employee background check.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Sunday, July 8.
Submit your application via email to Laurie Egan, Outreach and Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Development Associate” in the subject line of your email and attach the following:
1-2 page writing sample (on any topic)
About the Coastal Watershed Council
The Coastal Watershed Council is a dynamic and growing 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Santa Cruz, CA, working to transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource. When people care for the river, learn about its significance and build a connection to nature, it benefits the river ecosystem and the community we serve. Learn more about CWC’s approach for a cleaner, healthier San Lorenzo River.
CWC is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination. CWC prohibits unlawful discrimination in any term or condition of employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, disability, membership or service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all personnel transactions, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, placement, training, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, transfer, promotion, demotion, discipline, layoff, and termination. Beyond following the law, CWC leadership is committed to making this the best place in the county to work, where we’re all proud of what we’re doing with the Santa Cruz community.