CIT’s mission is to expand awareness of the issues of individual liberty, free markets, and peace. Toward that goal, CIT works with teachers, scholars, and international free-market organizations to develop critical thinking and bring the ideas of liberty to people around the globe.
Through its Stossel TV project, Center for Independent Thought produces videos that promote freedom and encourage critical thinking. The videos are posted to social media. Through CIT’s Stossel in the Classroom project (SITC), videos, along with curriculum developed in-house, are made available to teachers and homeschool parents.
About the Role:
The Director of Development and Engagement will work in close collaboration with the President of CIT and John Stossel to expand current fundraising efforts and strategically build a comprehensive development program. The Director of Development and Engagement will have the opportunity to develop new and creative approaches to increase giving, with a focus on individuals and foundations.
While the Director’s primary responsibility will be fundraising, the Director will also identify new ways to engage not only CIT’s donors, but also teachers, scholars, and organizations.
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with nonprofit fundraising experience, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a passion for CIT’s mission. The ideal candidate will also be comfortable working on a small team where staff members frequently collaborate and often wear many hats.
The Director of Development and Engagement will work from a virtual office. Close proximity to the New York metropolitan area is preferred but not required. The Director will travel to NYC as needed for collaboration and will travel nationwide for donor visits, events, etc. Expected travel: up to 20%.
- Research, write, edit, and submit letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and grant reports to foundations and individual donors
- Conduct grant/prospect research to identify funding opportunities (including foundations and individual donors), recommend projects for applications, and prioritize funding opportunities
- Identify and develop long-term relationships with existing and prospective supporters
- Engage and inspire donors through regular communication and in-person visits
- Help create, edit, produce and distribute marketing and development materials, including e-newsletters, annual reports, brochures, press releases, and media advisories
- Ensure donor database (Network for Good) is up-to-date and CIT is tracking all relevant data related to fundraising efforts
- Maintain a library of standard text, photos, and other materials for fundraising
- Provide input on budgets and financial reports
- Audience Engagement
- Identify new and creative ways to engage audiences (donors, teachers, scholars, and organizations) across multiple platforms
- Analyze data to maximize audience engagement and optimize reach of programs across various digital tools (Google and other social media analytics), platforms (ActiveCampaign, Campaigner), and databases
- Plan and build a reporting and dashboard system that unifies data from multiple systems to track engagement of CIT’s different audiences and impact across various channels and online tools
- Assist with the development of promotional campaigns
- 5+ years relevant work experience, including at least some nonprofit fundraising; experience in communications or marketing a plus but not required
- Belief in and passion for CIT’s mission, including individual liberty, free markets, and peace
- Strong writing skills, including the ability to tell a compelling story while working with tight word limits, write narratives from program outlines, and incorporate qualitative and quantitative data
- Experience gathering and analyzing data to inform decisions
- Solid interpersonal and relationship-building skills
- Ability to travel as needed (expected travel: up to 20%)
- B.A./B.S. required, preferably in a communications, business management, or a nonprofit-related or science field
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing:
- Your interest in CIT’s mission
- How your past experience translates well for this position, including a brief overview of your fundraising experience and creativity in engaging audiences
- Your salary requirements and location preferences
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/
Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.