The Major Gifts Officer
The Major Gifts Officer is a new position created to address a vital need – building a network of engaged individuals committed to defending our democracy. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and highly organized, and will have a proven ability to meet fundraising goals. They will be committed to building strong relationships between the Democracy Partnership,existing donors, and prospective donors. This position is an excellent opportunity to work with a motivated team and own the challenge of helping a strong organization achieve long-term sustainability.
About the Democracy Partnership
The Democracy Partnership brings together the strengths of the League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, two non-partisan organizations with over 100 years of experience empowering leaders and making change. Together in 2018 we’ve registered thousands of new voters, led a voter education effort on Ranked Choice Voting, defended Clean Elections, and developed programs to increase civic engagement for youth and marginalized communities. Our mission is a democracy in which everyone participates, everyone is well-informed, and everyone’s voice matters.
The Major Gifts Officer, who reports to the Executive Director, is responsible for the following:
- Developing and managing a portfolio of major donors and prospects to hit a goal of $200,000 in annual donations.
- Maintaining a fast-paced schedule with face-to-face visits and phone calls to steward current donors and engage new major donor prospects.
- Coordinating major donor cultivation events, including small house parties and donor receptions.
- Overseeing and facilitating donor engagement efforts for the board of directors and senior leadership, including trip planning and management, and securing and staffing donor meetings for current, lapsed and prospective funders.
- Writing individualized cultivation, solicitation and stewardship letters, proposals and reports.
- Tracking all stewardship strategies and solicitation activity in the organization’s CRM.
- Collaborating with other team members, such as the Communications Director for seamless messaging, and the Operations Manager for financial processing and reporting.
We are seeking candidates who excel in relationship building, are results oriented, and have strong project management skills. You should have:
A track record of building long-term relationships to achieve fundraising success.
Excellent working knowledge of personal solicitation, fundraising strategies, and cultivation and stewardship for high-end donors.
Outstanding oral, written, communication and presentation skills - including the ability to listen and target communication to influence and engage diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects and a capacity to perform independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
Outstanding time management and organizational skills, and a commitment to 100% follow-up.
Enthusiasm for operating in a complex, dynamic, and widely networked culture.
Experience working in a political advocacy context, and/or with a membership organization are both pluses, but are not requirements.
Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, short term disability insurance, vacation and paid holidays.
HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter (including an example of a donor relationship you have cultivated) by Dec 7th 2018 to Nadya@mainecleanelections.org with “Major Gifts Officer” in the Subject line.
Northern Maine Organizer
The Democracy Partnership is seeking a full-time organizer to lead volunteer recruitment and support advocacy and program work in Northern Maine. The ideal candidate will be highly skilled at building teams that are diverse along lines of race, class, gender, and age. They will be highly organized and comfortable balancing priorities across multiple regions and projects. This position is a great opportunity to work with committed volunteer leaders, and have a significant impact on the future of Maine’s democracy.
The Northern Maine Organizer will support the local chapters of the League of Women Voters in Bangor, Machias, Downeast, and the Midcoast as well as assist Democracy Partnership volunteers in organizing local member groups in Aroostook, Franklin, Oxford, Piscataquis, and Somerset counties.
About the Democracy Partnership:
The Democracy Partnership brings together the strengths of the League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, two non-partisan organizations with over 100 years of experience empowering leaders and making change. Together in 2018 we’ve led voter education efforts on Ranked Choice Voting, defended Clean Elections, and developed programs to increase civic engagement for youth and marginalized communities. Our mission is a democracy in which everyone participates, everyone is well-informed, and everyone’s voice matters.
The Northern Maine organizer, who reports to the Advocacy and Organizing Director, is responsible for:
Working creatively to match volunteer interests and project needs, including hitting recruitment goals identified by project teams at the state and local level.
Increasing participation in League/MCCE projects in both highly-active and underrepresented communities.
Attending League/MCCE chapter meetings and events, identifying opportunities for chapters to engage in project work, and ensuring the chapters’ support needs are being communicated to the relevant staff person or team. The organizer will be the link between project teams, local League groups, MCCE members and the public.
Recruiting and managing volunteers for weekly phone banks and other legislative advocacy activities.
Tracking progress toward goals in VAN and volunteer management trackers.
We are seeking candidates who are excellent at building relationships, and are creative and flexible in pursuing results. You should have:
A documented ability to adapt to shifting priorities without losing sight of deliverables and deadlines.
Strong skills in listening, in-person communication, and diplomacy.
A track record of working with individuals with diverse identities and lived experiences.
A commitment to non-partisanship and inclusion.
Experience working remotely while consistently meeting goals.
Experience with issue or campaign organizing, and experience organizing in rural areas, are pluses, but are not required.
Candidates located in any of the counties of Northern Maine (Knox, Waldo, Hancock, Washington, Penobscot, Aroostook, Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin or Oxford) will be considered. Travel throughout Northern Maine is a requirement of this job, and applicants are expected to maintain a reliable car and valid driver’s license. This is a full-time position with compensation based upon experience. Health, vision, dental and earned time benefits are offered to all employees.
How to Apply
Please send a resume and a cover letter (which should include an example of a time you developed a volunteer’s leadership capacity) by email to Nadya Mullen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line ‘Northern Maine Field Organizer’.
MCCE and the LWVME are an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applicants of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate in employment against persons based on color, race, religion, age, ability, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran or marital status. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.