CORE MISSION: With roots in the struggle for educational justice, Padres & Jovenes Unidos has evolved into a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for educational excellence, racial justice, immigrant rights, and quality healthcare for all. Padres & Jovenes Unidos builds power to challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as developing effective strategies to realize meaningful change.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION: We are looking for a Director of Development to help lead our fight for racial justice. The Director of Development is a key leadership team member and an active participant in advancing the work of Padres & Jovenes Unidos by ensuring the appropriate growth of resources. In partnership with the Co-Executive Directors, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships with significant national funders with the goal of building PJU’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.
The Director of Development will be responsible for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to continue to grow a multi-million dollar budget through the solicitation of major gifts and foundation support. The Director of Development will work closely with the Co-Executive Directors and support the leadership team as they take on a more active fundraising role. This position requires growing the general operating grants with key local and national funders to afford P&JU the flexibility and freedom needed to grow the work of the organization on a regional and statewide basis. It also will include the generation of substantial funding for civic engagement.
To reach our strategic expansion goals, a successful candidate will support communicating our vision and winning over support. It is expected that the amount raised by PJU will increase from $1.3M to $2M by the year 2021 as the Director of Development strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity by building on current successful strategies and exploring alternative funding models to make this growth sustainable.
The ideal candidate will be a natural leader with excellent verbal/communications skills and a thoughtful, persuasive personal style; self-starters, who can easily grasp the political goals, history and campaigns of P&JU, who are able to oversee the expansion of our grant-making goals, including the growth of individual donors.
KEY SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
Uniting with P&JU Principles of Unity (POU’s): The Director of Development must have unity with our POU’s, including a racial and class equity lens; promoting the leadership of those most directly impacted by an issue; building unity with friends and allies as part of movement building and working towards institutional change and reform through organizing. This position requires working well with all campaign leads to ensure continuity between grants and work on the ground.
Strategic Vision and Agility – Ability to think strategically, identify and take full advantage of available trends and opportunities in the funding world; make the case for general operating grants when possible; build solid relationships with funders by engaging them in the campaigns and projects they will be funding. Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
Powerful Communicator - Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships. Overall, convey excitement and a passion for the work with both funders and donors. Understand that funders want to be a part of something that is exciting and great!
Action Oriented – Enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation and reach out for answers.
Proven winner with high accountability - Experience in driving and delivering results. Creates Key Performance Indicators to measure progress against goals.
Reporting to the Co-Executive Director of Operations, the Director of Development will lead all development activities and will have the following responsibilities:
Support research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position PJU ahead of major funding changes or trends and to grow general operating funds
In partnership with staff leadership, create an annual development plan that focuses on diversification of revenues
Work closely with Co-Executive Directors, Directors and grant writer consultant to ensure all grant proposals are aligned with strategic goals
Using a team approach, assist grant writer in the development of clear project descriptions, goals and objectives, scope, feasibility, work plans, and budgets
Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation donors; work with finance to gather information necessary to report to foundation funders on current grant programs
Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting
Interact and communicate with the senior team, campaign staff, and foundation representatives during the proposal design, development, implementation, and reporting phases
Maintain a tracking system of grant opportunities, inquiries, and proposals, contributing regularly to fund development progress assessment and pipeline maintenance
Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with foundations and individuals by ensuring appropriate staff lead is communicating regularly with funders, providing written updates to foundation and key donors, documenting program success stories and key accomplishments
Design and launch an individual donor campaign including assessment of organizational capacity and development of plan
Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred. Minimum of 7+ years of professional experience; demonstrated capacity for cultivating new funders
Excellent organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail
Extremely persuasive with a proven ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with a wide variety of stakeholders
Thorough understanding of development process with special focus on grants management
Entrepreneurial spirit and eagerness to work in a changing environment
Enthusiastic to work within a high-performing team, while developing personally and professionally
Keen to quickly step into a leadership role in a fast-paced, rapidly-growing program
Ability to respond to changing circumstances and maintain a flexible approach
Motivated by the program's high potential for widespread impact and promoting that within grants, etc.
Interested in a work environment that is flexible, creative, analytic, and data-driven
Work collaboratively across all levels of the organization to drive and successfully implement change.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary is based on experience. We offer an exceptional comprehensive benefits package, including: medical, dental, 3 weeks vacation first year, 10 paid Holidays and 12 sick days per year.
BACKGROUND: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for racial and health justice, educational equity, and immigrant rights. Our parents and youth members work together to organize in their communities to challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as dev...eloping effective strategies to realize meaningful change.
Padres Unidos was formed in 1992 by a group of parents who joined forces to remove the principal at Denver’s Valverde Elementary School who was punishing Spanish-speaking students by forcing them to eat lunch on the cafeteria floor. Their win propelled their organizing forward taking on other racist practices throughout the district. Jóvenes Unidos, the student branch of Padres Unidos, was formed in 2000 when youth came together to turnaround their school, Cole Middle School, which at the time was the state’s lowest performing middle school. Since then, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos has evolved into a racial justice multi-issue organization whose historic wins, rooted in members’ demands to achieve institutional change, have gained local and national recognition.