MoveOn is a diverse and vibrant community of millions of people working together to create progressive change in America. We are an innovative campaigning organization that supports people throughout the country to take action through driving impactful campaigns that influence the behavior of people and institutions, the outcomes of elections, and expand the realities of what’s possible. We organize to challenge entrenched power, while pursuing economic, racial, and social justice and a vision of a country in which everyone can thrive.
MoveOn has a particularly important role to play in the Trump era. We are working to defeat Donald Trump and the GOP in 2020 by building a powerful, multiracial, and economic populist movement that will give voters something to vote for, not just against—and we're also working to defend communities that are on the front lines of Trump and GOP attacks, including immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and women. In service of that mission, in 2019, 2020, and beyond, MoveOn will drive impactful, movement-connected, multichannel, nimble campaigns aimed at impact.
Our MoveOn family is made up of three different entities. MoveOn Civic Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, focuses on education and advocacy, driving powerful campaigns that engage a mass public and building the progressive movement. MoveOn Political Action, a 527 federal PAC, is focused on demonstrating MoveOn members’ power at the ballot box and electing candidates who reflect MoveOn members’ values. MoveOn Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2018 to educate the public and promote efforts critical to supporting a democracy dedicated to the common good, focusing on public policy issues such as racial justice, foreign policy, and the influence of money in politics.
About the Position
We are seeking a dynamic, resourceful, and well-organized Development Officer to help continue to build our new major gifts program. This frontline fundraiser will manage donor relationships and sustain the pipeline for major gifts and planned giving. MoveOn’s major donor fundraising, initiated in 2015, complements our small, grassroots donor base that served as the organization’s exclusive source of income for decades and remains the majority of MoveOn’s revenue. The major donor program has quickly become an important asset to help MoveOn meet the escalating challenges of this historical moment, raising more than $15 million in less than four years while complying with the highest levels of transparency and reporting. The Development Officer will help lead the next phase of growth as we expand the Development team and deepen our work in this area.
This job requires professionalism, patience, positivity, flexibility, organization, and calm under fire in the midst of David vs. Goliath battles to defend our democracy and defend our core values from unprecedented attacks. This position is crucial to the success of MoveOn and will need strong communication skills to remain in sync with the entirety of the organization. MoveOn is a virtual organization, with staff working remotely from across the country, so being able to keep work moving regardless of physical location is essential.
Classification, Salary, and Benefits: Full-time, competitive salary including benefits such as 100%-employer-paid premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance for all staff and their children; employer-paid premiums for life insurance for all staff; four weeks accrued paid vacation time per year; 12 weeks of paid maternity or paternity leave, 10 days accrued paid sick time; and reimbursement of office expenses.
Reports to: Director of Development
MoveOn.org Civic Action and MoveOn.org Political Action provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Primary Responsibilities and Scope
Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals who give or have the capacity to give $10,000 - $100,000 by highly customized correspondence, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings
Develop strategic plans for targeted prospects that move individuals through the donor cycle ensuring timely and purposeful progress
Maintain accurate moves management records and donor information in Salesforce, our donor database
Assess and expand the major gift donor pool by building relationships, identifying new prospects, and acting on data and prospect research
Conceive of and execute a calendar of cultivation and stewardship events that engage donors and prospects in the organization's mission and program in strategically viable markets around the country; this will allow opportunities for national travel, as appropriate
Meet or exceed established monthly and annual contact and financial goals for major gifts program
Work collaboratively with other staff to coordinate strategic and purposeful cultivation and solicitation activities
Author and edit funding proposals and donor communications to facilitate gift solicitations
Other duties as assigned
At least 5-7 years related development experience with at least 3 years' successful experience in frontline major gifts fundraising (knowledge and/or experience in political/political advocacy fundraising is preferred)
High-level of drive and energy to be constantly meeting, qualifying, and engaging prospects and donors
Demonstrated success and effectiveness in identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding prospects and donors
Strong organizational skills; ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously and to work calmly under pressure of goals and deadlines
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; engaging interpersonal skills.
Tech savvy, must be comfortable in a digital-first environment. Proficient in donor database software, preferably Salesforce
Experience with cross-organizational collaboration; ability to internally organize to achieve collective buy-in and give, receive, and integrate feedback to/from programmatic colleagues
MoveOn.org is a community of millions of members working together to create progressive change in America. We take on campaigns to challenge entrenched power and push back against right-wing policies, while pursuing economic, racial, and social justice. For 18 years, the MoveOn family of organizations have pioneered online tools to lower the barriers to individual and collective participation in our democracy, so real Americans have a voice in a political process where big money and corporate lobbyists wield too much influence. In the Trump era, we're growing to meet unprecedented challenges, as we work to block Trump and GOP policy priorities, stand with front-line communities, defend key norms and institutions of our democracy, and (speaking solely for MoveOn PAC) prepare to retake power in future elections.