Development Manager [Stewardship]
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023
About the Working Families Party
The Working Families Party (WFP) is the progressive party for the multiracial working class, fighting for a nation that works for the many, not the few. We recruit, train, and support transformational candidates up and down the ballot — and run them to win.
We believe that no matter where we come from or what our color, most of us want the same things. We want to earn enough to thrive, not just survive, and leave a better future for our kids. We want healthy food and clean water, safe neighborhoods and a safe world. We want to be free.
The Working Families Party is regular people coming together across our differences to make a better future for us all. We’re a multiracial party that fights for workers over bosses and people over the powerful. We want an America which realizes the promise – unrealized in our history – of freedom and equality for all.
About Development Manager:
The Development Team leads the Working Families Party’s fundraising strategy to sustain its core operating costs, pursue new campaign fundraising opportunities, and engage wealthy people who are committed to working class governing power in the life of the party. There are two Development Managers on the team, each with different fundraising, project management, and administrative responsibilities. The Development Managers are members of the Development Team and report to the Deputy Development Director. This stewardship focused Development Manager's responsibilities include managing a portfolio of funder renewals, implementing engagement activities for current and prospective funders, data coordination and reporting, and other administrative work.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Renewal Fundraising
- Manage a portfolio of funder relationships, as assigned by the Development Team
- Project manage renewal funding requests for assigned relationships, including:
- The writing process from beginning to end, engaging additional Development Team and party staff as appropriate
- Relational meetings, including scheduling, prep, and follow-up, engaging additional Development Team and party staff as appropriate
- Other engagement activities throughout the year
- Implement research projects using internal and external data sources on current and potential funders as assigned by the Development Team
- Ensure major funder and prospect contact information and relevant tags are entered and updated accurately in our CRM software, which is currently EveryAction
- Prepare reports on contact engagement, and actions taken by staff with contacts as requested
- Purchase and mail funder stewardship items
- Engage external donor advisors and financial managers to facilitate individual donor contributions and troubleshoot payment, compliance, and other issues
- Prepare and submit required materials, engaging operations, finance, and other staff as appropriate to gather up-to-date materials
- Manage the acknowledgement process, including a new donor welcome process, informal communication, and formal acknowledgement letters
- Assist with drafting, adapting, and proofreading stewardship and cultivation communications, as assigned by the Development Team
- Implement communications and engagement activities as assigned by the Deputy Development Director
- Assist in writing and proofreading copy for funder-facing written materials like newsletters and evergreen materials as assigned by the Development Team
- Serve as the primary point of contact to assist a group of program staff with fundraising responsibilities, as assigned by the Development Team
- Engaging additional Development staff on technical assistance and fundraising strategy as needed
- Providing templates, ad hoc technical assistance, and reminders about agreed-upon action items
- Help Fundraising Managers understand how to access and update information on their assigned prospects and funders in our CRM, and their responsibility to report anticipated revenue.
- Ensure the success of internal Development Team meetings, including scheduling, travel, and logistics if needed, and overseeing note taking, summarizing, and communicating out next steps
- Assist with the success of external meetings and conferences, including scheduling, travel and logistics, and drafting prep memos, as assigned by the Development Team
- Assist with expense tracking, including drafting expense descriptions and uploading receipts
Cultivation & Stewardship Management
Skills and Qualifications
- Project Management Experience: Demonstrated experience managing projects and collaborating with stakeholders. Has managed systems to keep tasks from slipping through the cracks. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. Plans backwards to make deadlines. Asks for help when needed.
- Sense of Ownership & Detail Oriented: Notices and fixes errors that others might overlook. Acknowledges mistakes and turns them into learning opportunities. Has a track record of leaving things better than they found them. Plans ahead and finds alternative paths, when needed, to get to the finish line. Holds a high bar even when things are hectic.
- Proficient Writer: Effective communicator with demonstrated competency in generating original writing—as well as proofreading and editing the writing of others—which could include experience with internal memos, press releases, newsletters, etc. Grant writing experience is not required.
- Technology Comfort: Comfort working remotely and technical fluency in utilizing Google Suite, databases, and new and different online portals with high attention to detail.
- Mission Alignment: Demonstrated commitment to progressive issues, including at least three years of experience working in a progressive politics or organization, or through consistent volunteer experience. A commitment to building a party that seeks governing power by, for, and with working class people of all races.
- Development Interest: This role requires no prior fundraising experience. It does require a genuine interest in learning about the art and science of fundraising.
What Else You Should Know
- Location: The position is full-time and remote.
- Salary: The base salary range for this position is $60,000 - $85,000. The final salary will be determined based on an internal equitable scale that takes into consideration years of experience, geographic location, and final job description. We also offer a robust benefit package for full time employees including paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement plan options; professional development funding; and remote work support.
- Schedule: The position is full time and permanent.
- Union Affiliation: WFP is a unionized workplace. This is a non-managerial role eligible to join WFP's staff bargaining unit after six months of employment. WFP's union employees are represented by the New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board, Workers United union.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Working Families is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to economic and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to apply for or perform the essential functions of the job should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Application Accommodation" to request such an accommodation.