Muslim Advocates seeks an experienced and passionate professional for the full-time Director of Development position to lead and manage all aspects of the organization’s fundraising activities to ensure that Muslim Advocates raises the annual and special funds it requires in order to fulfill its vital mission. The development director will manage a growing team and collaborate closely with senior staff and board members.
Muslim Advocates (MA) is a leading national legal advocacy and educational nonprofit organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. Founded in 2005, Muslim Advocates strives towards its mission to use legal advocacy, policy engagement, and education to promote and protect equality, liberty and justice for Americans of all faiths, and to promote the full and meaningful participation of Muslims in American public life. Its experienced lawyers and policy experts address some of the most pressing civil rights and human rights challenges facing the nation today.
The program agenda for Muslim Advocates consists of the following goals:
With $3.6 million in revenue in its most recent fiscal year, Muslim Advocates boasts a full-time staff of 16 employees and is poised for additional growth. It operates from offices in Oakland, California and Washington, DC.
For more information, visit: www.muslimadvocates.org.
In 2017, Muslim Advocates worked at the national level to fight anti-Muslim hate and discrimination. Among their accomplishments, they:
For more details, visit https://www.muslimadvocates.org/annual-report-2017/
The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director.S/he will be an integral part of the organization, serving as a member of the senior team and working closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board of Directors. Duties include:
Evaluate the organization’s annual financial needs and budget, and, in collaboration with staff and the Development Committee, develop comprehensive annual and long-term fundraising plans to meet organizational and programmatic goals.
Direct strategic participation of key staff and board members in development activities, including guiding the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual, foundation, and corporate donors.
Work with staff to prepare and provide monthly, quarterly, and annual development status reports to the senior management team, Development Committee, and Board of Directors.
Coach and manage (recruiting and hiring as needed) a growing development team, including supervising two existing staff members.
Manage a portfolio of major donors and foundations to meet and exceed quarterly and annual targets and to provide ongoing stewardship.
Support the development staff to implement on-time, on-budget donor events, direct response campaigns, foundation and corporate relations, and all development systems.
Collaborate with MA communications staff and consultants to develop impactful, motivating, and coordinated messaging and communications strategies for events, phone, print, online, and social media channels of communication.
Oversee development calendar for current and prospective foundation funders, and ensuring timely development, approval, and submission of proposals and reports.
Communicate effectively with donors through both verbal and written communication, as well as face-to-face solicitation and stewardship meetings.
Provide fundraising training to staff, board and volunteers when needed.
Participate as a member of the senior team, including organizational planning.
Muslim Advocates seeks an individual with the following skills and experience:
4 to 7 years of senior leadership experience, including a demonstrated ability to manage and mentor diverse teams, juggle competing priorities and deadlines and guide decision-making.
At least five years’ of relevant experience in nonprofit philanthropic development.
Integrity, intellectual agility, and demonstrated ability to think strategically.
Experience in social justice, civil rights, interfaith, and/or American Muslim nonprofits preferred.
Success in raising significant individual gifts ($25K or more).
Proven track record of raising corporate and foundation support.
Substantial experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan that includes major gifts, annual giving, corporate, and foundation fundraising.
Both a coach and a respected strategist who can encourage staff and motivate board members to participate in direct solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship activities.
Articulate with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively.
An ability to listen to others attentively and learn from their best ideas – a sense of inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity.
Ability to function either independently or as an active team member.
Able to supervise remote staff members.
Experienced and adept at dealing with sensitive political and social situations.
Experience preparing budgets and producing reports (updates and projections).
Proficiency with Salesforce, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel highly desirable.
Strong cross-cultural awareness and the ability to build effective strategic alliances.
Willing and able to travel up to 25 percent of the time.
Demonstrated ability to manage sensitive and confidential information with integrity.
Have a four-year college degree and a demonstrated interest and commitment to the organization’s mission.
Muslim Advocates offers a generous and competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail applications are required). Only complete applications will be considered. For other inquiries contact Ginna Goodenow at email@example.com.
Muslim Advocates is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. In accordance with federal, state, and local laws, Muslim Advocates recruits, hires, promotes, and evaluates candidates for employment and personnel without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veterans status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, ancestry, or any other classification protected by law. Job applicants and current employees are evaluated solely on their ability, experience, and the requirements of the job.
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On behalf of Muslim Advocates, Raffa, PC is working with the Board of Directors and leading the Director of Development search. Founded in 1984, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious companies. We exist to do meaningful work for organizations like Muslim Advocates who are making a difference in our communities and our world.
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