Start Date: Flexible
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until filled
Reports to: Executive-Level Staff
Status: Exempt; Full-time
Location: The position is fully remote but strongly preferred in Los Angeles or New York City.
ABOUT FREEDOM FOR IMMIGRANTS
Freedom for Immigrants is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. Since 2012, we have been monitoring conditions inside immigration detention facilities. Our network of 4,500 volunteers visits immigrants in ICE detention centers throughout the country, breaking their isolation and advocating for those in detention. Freedom for Immigrants also operates a national hotline, which people in detention can use free of charge to report abuses or request support. In the policy arena, we work alongside local and national partners to support federal and state-level policies that call on the government to divest from immigration detention and instead invest in systems of care that strengthen immigrant communities. In fact, Freedom for Immigrants is modeling a community-based program that welcomes immigrants into the social fabric of the United States as part of the vision for how we build a world without detention.
Freedom for Immigrants is an award-winning non-profit whose founders have been recognized for their vision and leadership by Ashoka, Echoing Green, the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and the James Irvine Leadership Awards.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Freedom for Immigrants is looking for an experienced and committed leader with a successful track record in organizational or high-level philanthropic management and fundraising with diverse donors. This role requires a person with strengths in strategic thinking, expert stakeholder engagement, and grant writing and administration. The role will be responsible for developing and building positive relationships with existing and new donors and implementing communication strategies that continuously cultivate these relationships with foundation and individual donors.
The Development Director will lead all aspects of individual giving, oversee and grow FFI’s diverse funding portfolio including private foundations, individual giving, corporate matching, major gifts, special events, and more. The Development Director will report directly to and work closely with executive level staff and the Development Coordinator.
The ideal candidate is a self-starter with experience leading a development strategy who can work independently and in collaboration with others, whether in our office or remotely.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Provide inspiration and leadership to effectively resource the organization to ensure its ongoing capacity
- Develop an annual fundraising plan in partnership with the Executive Directors and Director of Finance in line with the annual budget and strategic plan, and manage the execution of the fundraising plan
- Oversee all components of the foundation portfolio, including researching, tracking proposals, and drafting persuasive solicitations, proposals, and reports
- Support, engage, recognize and grow individual and major individual donor portfolios through identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
- Persuasively write donor communications and materials, such as quarterly newsletters, annual reports, and other fundraising materials
- Manage a fundraising committee to engage programmatic staff across departments to incubate new ideas and build out philanthropic support to meet these needs
- Collaborate with communications team to develop digital fundraising strategies, and oversee content of our website to ensure it uplifts our work properly and in line with our fundraising goals
- Manage the implementation of FFI’s development software, Aplos, segmented donor lists, and coordinate with staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
- Serve in a public-facing role in the organization, including speaking at events geared toward funding network and regularly attending networking events
- Extensive experience, and track record of success, in managing a multi-million dollar development plan across departments on behalf of progressive organizations;
- Demonstrated commitment to immigrants rights, incarceration or other social justice causes impacting communities of color, and a basic competency in race equity and inclusion;
- Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically, tactically and creatively;
- Outstanding communication skills, written and verbal;
- Ability and comfort with prioritizing competing deadlines and managing multiple projects;
- Exceptional attention to details and time management;
- Self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
- Personal qualities of integrity, humility, and a passion for Freedom for Immigrants’ mission;
- Knowledge of donor databases is strongly preferred;
- Past experience working in a decentralized start-up nonprofit is a plus;
- Past experience fundraising at an international level is a plus;
- Candidates who have been directly affected by immigration detention or the mass incarceration system are highly encouraged to apply.
- The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written English is essential; the ability to communicate effectively in another language (preferably Spanish, Arabic and/or French) is a plus.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office