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Development Director

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves. 

Job Description

The Development Director will be responsible for creating and implementing the fundraising and donor stewardship strategy for True Colors United. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director & CEO, the Director will significantly grow and further diversify the organization's 9 revenue streams, while working to raise the next year’s budget of over $3 million. The Director will have the opportunity to further innovate how the organization fundraises, while strengthening its relationships with all of its donors and funders.

The Development Director will play a key role in the continued growth and expansion of True Colors United by managing all aspects of fundraising, including: donor acquisition and retention, major gifts, foundation giving, corporate giving, government funding, direct marketing, online auctions and raffles, and special events. The ideal candidate will have a proven-track record of mentorship, supervision, and building a collaborative team. They will also manage day-to-day tasks related to fundraising and donor stewardship, while creating and executing a longer term development plan.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director & CEO, the Development Director will:

  • Create and implement an innovative and solid annual fundraising strategy, as well as a long term plan to further grow and diversify the organization's 9 revenue streams (including international support) over the next 2-3 years
  • Enhance the organization's stewardship program for existing donors to ensure strong enduring relationships and an ongoing awareness of the impact of their support
  • Expand the organization’s prospecting efforts to identify new funders, including major donors, foundations, and corporations
  • Ensure that fundraising and stewardship efforts are conducted through a racial and gender equity lens including meeting the goal of expanding the organization's donor base to better reflect the population it serves. 
  • Grow the organization’s individual low-dollar donor base, including monthly donors, and manage annual giving campaigns 
  • Strengthen the organization’s major gifts program, the Prism Society, and serve as a relationship manager for this growing donor base
  • Act as a primary liaison to the organization's corporate partners and further develop the program’s reach and impact
  • Supervise and work with the Grants and Database Officer to grow the foundation giving and government funding programs, serve as a liaison to funders, and provide guidance and feedback on grant proposals and reports.
  • Implement and develop innovative “out of the box” approaches to fundraising  and build off the success of the organization's original revenue stream, semi-annual online auctions
  • Partner with the organization's Board of Directors and Executive Director & CEO to support their fundraising efforts
  • Partner with the Grants and Database Officer to work with young leaders and expand their knowledge and experience of fundraising
  • Partner with and support the Communications team in building and executing a marketing plan for the organization
  • Oversee a strong and consistent acknowledgement system to ensure that donors are recognized in a timely manner for their support
  • Ensure accuracy in donor records and, in partnership with the organization's accountant, accurate reporting of all income

Qualifications

  • At least 7-10 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience, preferably with significant major gifts, corporate, foundation fundraising experience
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets of over $2 million annually
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and steward new and existing donors and funders, as well as a proven commitment to relationship-focused fundraising principles
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thorough understanding of growing a diversified funding base
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
  • Proven project management and leadership experience
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ+ and racial equity issues and principles
  • Self-motivated, possess a high degree of initiative, work well under pressure and be able to handle several projects at once
  • Be able to think “outside the box” and be comfortable in a fast paced environment 
  • Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of database programs, ideally Salesforce
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports

More Information

True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package. In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. If selected to take part in the interview process, the salary range for the position will be provided prior to the interview taking place. 

During the pandemic, this position will be remote. Post-pandemic, it will likely be based out of True Colors United’s Washington, D.C. office, with the possibility of working in our New York City office. Candidates outside of NY and DC are still encouraged to apply, as the organization is exploring the possibility of post-pandemic remote work.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no college degree requirement for this position.

Please submit to [email protected] a one page cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please highlight in particular why you would like to work at True Colors United.


Digital Communications Officer

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves.

Job Description

True Colors United is seeking a Digital Communications Officer who is eager to join and grow at a collaborative team at a fast-growing organization committed to social justice, LGBTQ and racial equity, and elevating the voices and leadership of people with lived experience of homelessness. We are looking to add a team member who will bring creativity and passion to telling the story of our organization and work and who is excited at the prospect of helping shape the narrative of youth homelessness and housing justice across the United States and beyond.

This is an exciting time to be joining the True Colors United team. We continue to grow internationally and the demand for our work is only increasing. We need an experienced Digital Communications Officer to support our team and grow our channels as we navigate these exciting changes amid an ever evolving digital landscape. This is an opportunity to not only make an impact at True Colors United, but also to advance the human right to housing on a global scale. As the Covid-19 crisis continues, it becomes ever more important that our messaging opens hearts and minds, challenges people to think big, and builds political and public will for solutions to youth homelessness based on LGBTQ and racial equity.

The Digital Communications Officer will work with the Associate Communications Director and Public Policy & External Affairs Director, as well as members from the Program and Development teams, to connect with our audiences, and further our reach, and demonstrate the importance of True Colors United’s work.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Public Policy & External Affairs Director, the Digital Communications Officer will:

Creative responsibilities:

  • Develop visual and written content for distribution across multiple channels including social media posts, blogs, and email campaigns
  • Coordinate editorial calendars for social media; create/cultivate “evergreen” content
  • Direct creative consultants (graphic designers, web developers, etc.) and provide design support on bigger projects
  • Build community on True Colors United social media channels through authentic audience engagement (two-way dialogue!)
  • Collaborate with partners and coalitions on communications efforts relevant to True Colors United’s work (ex. Developing social media toolkits for partners to use on #TrueColorsDay; participating in partner org social media campaigns on intersecting issues)

Technical responsibilities:

  • Manage communications channels (including social media, email marketing (Pardot))
  • Use digital media analytics to drive communications decision-making  (including Google Analytics, social media)
  • Provide writing and editing support for programs
  • Manage website content
  • Manage Google Ads account/consultant

Minimum Qualifications

  • Professional Experience & Dedication
    • 3-5 years professional experience in nonprofit, government, or political communications roles
    • Demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ and racial equity, and ending youth homelessness
  • Creativity & Innovation
    • Creativity and openness to expressing new ideas
    • Unafraid to veer away from traditional nonprofit voice and tone
    • Interest in cutting edge digital and social media trends
    • Willingness to take risks
  • Communication & Teamwork Skills
    • Above average writing skills
    • Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks
    • Effective interpersonal communication skills
    • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Digital Skills
    • Experience managing social media for brands and/or campaigns (paid and organic)
    • Graphic design experience
    • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) knowledge
    • Content Management System (CMS) experience (ideally WordPress, BuddyPress, Gravity Forms)

Preferred Qualifications

  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management) experience (ideally Salesforce), including integrations
  • Press, PR savvy
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and/or InDesign)
  • Video production and editing 
  • Google Ads experience
  • Familiarity with audience segmentation, targeting, and lead generation
  • Interest in politics and LGBTQ and racial equity 
  • Interest in fundraising

More Information

This is not an entry level position. True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package. The salary range will be provided to anyone selected to interview. In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. During the pandemic, this position will be remote. Post-pandemic, it will likely be based out of True Colors United’s Washington, D.C. office, with the possibility of working in our New York City office. Candidates outside of NY and DC are still encouraged to apply, as the organization is exploring the possibility of post-pandemic remote work.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no college degree requirement for this position.

Please submit to [email protected] a resume and an introductory message highlighting why you would like to work at True Colors United. This can be in the form of a traditional cover letter, a video, or another creative method. Be yourself and let your creativity shine!

Please also submit examples of your work that showcase the diverse skill set this position requires. We don’t necessarily need to see your full body of work, rather we want to see what you believe is the best representation of your skills - written, visual, and anything else you’d like to include.