The Vera Project (Vera) seeks a full-time Development Director to co-direct the organization and lead development efforts.
The Development Director reports directly to the Board, and works with Board and Vera’s youth-led governing Membership to raise funds and cultivate donor relationships. This position must work respectfully and collaboratively with young people to engage them in Vera’s development efforts, develop fund-raising skills, and balance these efforts with Vera’s focus on independent/grassroots music and culture. The ideal candidate will have experience creating and implementing comprehensive fund-raising strategies, along with an understanding of the ethics and culture of grassroots music, arts and youth activism.
The Vera Project’s mission is to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people. Vera fundamentally believes that popular music is a vital force, and that young people and adults have the ability and right to participate in and shape their culture. In keeping with these values, Vera uses an innovative three-director model, with the Program, Managing and Development Directors collaboratively leading the staff team; and Vera incorporates youth leadership throughout the organization.
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The Vera Project - Development Director
Position Overview: Development Director co-directs the Vera Project in equal partnership with the Managing Director and Program Director to fulfill the organization’s mission and vision. The Development Director plans, implements, and evaluates Vera’s development efforts.
- Meet annual contributed income goals, currently 70-75% of the Vera Project’s $777,000 operating budget
- Develop, plan and implement strategies for:
o Individual giving, including outreach, cultivation, requests and acknowledgment for individual donors
o Corporate giving, including sponsorships, grant proposals and reporting, merchandise-related relationships, in-kind and matching gifts relationships; Work closely with the youth-led Steering Committee to vet sponsorship opportunities and develop sponsor relationships that fit Vera’s mission and culture
o Foundation giving, including grant proposals and reporting
o Public funding, including maintaining good relations with relevant government officials; public funding applications, contracting and reporting; and coordinating advocacy efforts to ensure public funding for the Vera Project
o Events, including planning and execution of Vera’s annual A Drink For The Kids event and annual auction, and serving as a staff contact for event committees and outside benefit event organizers
- Act as the primary development liaison for the Vera Project’s Board of Directors, Youth-led Membership and Fund-raising Committee, and support these groups’ efforts to raise funds on behalf of the Vera Project
- Develop and implement cohesive fund-raising messages and strategies, including but not limited to direct mail, print and online efforts; work collaboratively with Managing Director/communications staff to implement these efforts
- Ensure efficient and thorough tracking and management of development information in Vera’s Salesforce database
- Work with bookkeeper to ensure accurate accounting of contributed income; ensure clear communication of funding requirements/restrictions to bookkeeper and co-directors
- Collaborate with staff on fund-raising aspects of the organization’s overall communications, programming, annual planning/evaluation and long-term strategic planning
- Attend monthly Board of Directors, quarterly Member; attend other meetings and networking functions as necessary
- Act as staff liaison/coordinator for the volunteer-driven Fund-raising Committee, and develop the committee structure and agenda
- Participate in staff recruitment, management and evaluation
- Act as a general representative and advocate for the Vera Project to the greater community
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree (significant relevant work experience may be substituted for education)
- Three or more years of development experience, including grant writing and individual giving
- Knowledge of local and national youth, music and arts non-profit funding models
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong, detail-oriented research and organizational skills
- Ability to collaborate and communicate professionally with individuals of diverse backgrounds, especially young people
- Ability to maintain confidentiality when appropriate/required
- Available for evening and weekend work as needed
Reports to: Board of Directors
Supervises: Development Coordinator, Development Events Coordinator, Fund-raising Intern
Salary/Benefits: Starting salary of $40,000-55,000 per year DOE. Benefits available after 90 days include: medical, dental reimbursement (up to $300/year), 3 weeks of paid vacation, 12 days paid sick leave
The Vera Project is an equal opportunity employer. Vera assures equal opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, political ideology, or military status. This policy is based on the principles of equal employment opportunity and diversity action guidelines as set forth in federal, state, municipal and local laws.