The development officer is responsible for managing, cultivating, and soliciting a select group of donors. This is an exciting time in our nation to support the SPLC’s mission to fight hate and bigotry in all its forms, teach tolerance and create anti-bias materials for classrooms, and seek justice for the most vulnerable among us. The development officer functions as part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for innovative approaches to crafting gift opportunities and engaging donors in SPLC’s work, and is a key team member in the development of overall goals and strategies. The successful development officer will enthusiastically support the Southern Poverty Law Center’s mission and accurately relay its work to a variety of constituents.
The development officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately 100 high-potential donors and prospects. They will be expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors and prospects in order to increase their annual and long-term giving.
Extensive travel required.
Education and Related Work Experience:
Four years of professional experience in fund-raising, or sales, marketing, or other field requiring exceptional skills in communication, project management and results-driven relationship-building. Nonprofit advocacy experience preferred.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Advanced Fundraising Skills:
Proven track record of soliciting and obtaining six and seven-figure gifts;
Understanding of non-profit fundamentals, including fundraising practices, concepts and techniques;
Understanding of ever-changing trends in fundraising and philanthropy;
Ability to connect with donors, develop strong relationships, and think creatively and strategically about constituent engagement;
Ability to analyze donor’s charitable and economic interests;
Excellent communication skills, including ease and skill in cultivating relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, ages, and circumstances;
Understands and applies Fundraisers Code of Ethics for donor relations.
Project Management Skills:
Ability to understand and use project management/moves management skills;
Ability to work independently and manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously;
Ability to establish goals, objectives, timelines and meet deadlines under pressure;
Excellent interpersonal skills required when working with a group.
Other Special Considerations:
Familiar with Microsoft Office Programs (Word and Excel); computer database literacy.
Ability to travel about 50% of the time.
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Southern Poverty Law Center
Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, we’ve won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten.Our lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation.Our Intelligence Project is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups and other domestic extremists.Our Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – anti-bias documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that reduce prejudice and promote educational equity in our nation’s schools.We also built and maintain the Civil Rights Memorial and its interpretive center, the Civil Rights Memorial Center, in Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement.We’re based in Montgomery and have offices in Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, and Jackson, Miss.