The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Washington, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at www.refugees.org.
The Development Officer for donor engagement position supports the growth and operations of the development department and is responsible for cultivating, promoting, and stewarding all individual giving, establishing corporate sponsorships, and additional tasks as needed. The position reports to the Director of Development. The ideal candidate will be flexible with strong interpersonal skills, open to taking on varied responsibilities, and a self-starter.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develops, recommends, and executes approved ongoing strategy for qualifying prospects in extensive donor discovery, retention and growth of donor contributions, and recapture from previous donors, based on high-quality research efforts, USCRI’s mission and goals, and national/global events and news;
Engage individual donors and the business sector by making presentations and convening potential supporters under the direction of the Director;
Craft mailings, web posts, and other literature to cultivate new donors and educate them about the various ways to contribute to USCRI.
Manage gift processing, including management of gift acceptance, responding to donor inquiries, generating thank you letters, and managing appropriate online communications. Coordinate with Field Offices and Finance staff to ensure proper entry and tracking of gifts, and timely acknowledgement;
Implement and track progress of approved individual giving campaigns, donor engagement activities and corporate sponsorships, including to maintain, update, and ensure the accuracy of donor records
Write and submit funding proposals in collaboration with key internal partners including Finance, Field Office, and Program staff;
Generate periodic fundraising/donor reports, including quarterly reports to the Board of Directors, annual work plans and monthly accomplishments; and
Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.
Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university;
Minimum of three to five years of demonstrated experience in individual giving, donor management, prospect research, and annual or major gift fundraising required;
Excellent writing and editing skills, and experience working on donor solicitation emails, fundraising campaigns, reports, and other public communications;
Highly effective communication skills, demonstrating strong partnership skills, emotional intelligence, and situational awareness;
Comfort with direct donor interaction is essential, including discussions of personal and family finances and asking for major financial commitments;
Refrain from taking solicitation rejection personally, receive critique without getting defensive, and exhibits an appropriate sense of humor;
Self-starter with ability to work well in a team, juggle multiple priorities, and meet tight deadlines;
Excellent computer skills required, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat. Experience with development applications and software (e.g., DonorPefect, Stripe, GrantsHub) strongly preferred; and
Demonstrated commitment to the mission of USCRI and interest in growing in a nonprofit development department long-term.
We advance the rights and lives of those who have been forcibly or voluntarily uprooted. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives.