Chapter Philanthropy Officer

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Sierra Club

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30+ days ago

Title: Philanthropy Officer
Chapter: Maine Chapter
Location: home office within Maine
Reports To: Chapter Director

Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

The Philanthropy Officer manages the Chapters fundraising activities under the guidance of the Chapter Director.

Scope: The Philanthropy Officer works closely with staff and volunteer leaders to develop and implement effective fundraising strategies and programs through individual solicitation, cultivation and stewardship; events; grant writing; and direct response solicitation techniques. Ensures Chapter compliance with Sierra Club fundraising policies and with relevant grant and foundation requirements.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Actively seeks to center equity, justice, and inclusion in the Chapter's fundraising practices. Understands the decolonization of philanthropy and anti-oppression practices in fundraising.
  • Manages fundraising activities; including direct mail and email appeals, major gift donor identification and solicitation, donor relations and stewardship, thank-a-thons, grant research and writing, and event design and planning.
  • Works closely with volunteers and staff to identify prospects and develop strategies for cultivation and solicitation while also actively cultivating and soliciting prospects and donors themselves.
  • Coordinates, trains, and motivates volunteers to fundraise successfully.
  • Tracks donor information in Salesforce.
  • Develops fundraising materials including appeals, donation acknowledgements, case statements and compelling donor stewardship communications (ex: impact reports).
  • Works with the Chapter Director and other staff to identify appropriate grant makers and write grant proposals to solicit funding from foundations.
  • Oversees the donor acknowledgement system to steward donors appropriately, including regular refreshment of the thank you note helper and other tools for volunteers.
  • Develops in consultation with the Chapter Director and Communications staff overall strategic fundraising communications.
  • Assists the Chapter Director and Treasurer in the development of the annual fundraising goals and objectives using fundraising data to forecast appropriately.
  • Monitors and prepares reports of fundraising progress and forecasting, as needed.
  • Acts as the primary contact with the National Chapter Fundraising team including project managing seasonal direct mail solicitation timelines and other coordinated fundraising efforts.
  • Supports volunteer teams as required.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated success in managing fundraising campaigns and in achieving grant awards.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple important priorities and meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of effective, high touch contact for donor, volunteer and staff constituencies, and an unwavering customer service orientation.
  • Experience with building effective teams and supporting volunteers.
  • Skill in using discretion, tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Experience with Salesforce is a plus.
  • Passion for environment, climate, and social justice issues.
  • Demonstrated skills in event planning (virtual and in-person) preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $55,000-$65,000.

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 5 exempt, non-represented, confidential position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee's manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., "B.A. Philosophy"), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

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