The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on our nation’s college campuses. Please visit thefire.org to gain a sense of our work and mission.
About the Role
FIRE is seeking a Philanthropy Officer to cultivate and upgrade the giving of existing donors, while also working to attract new donors, across the country.
This position requires a significant amount of travel; approximately 30-40% of the job will be on the road. Occasional work on weekends and evenings should be expected. Remote work may be considered for exceptional candidates.
The Philanthropy Officer will report directly to FIRE’s Vice President of Development, while working closely with the rest of the development team and occasionally with FIRE’s President and CEO. Additionally, the Philanthropy Officer will consult with FIRE’s other department heads to keep abreast of all programming initiatives. The duties for this position include, but are not limited to:
- Maintain an active relationship with current supporters for upgraded and continued annual gift support, and personally direct the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of these supporters by attending events, traveling for meetings, and coordinating regular communication
- Identify and research new potential supporters and design strategies to cultivate and solicit them to support FIRE, including written letters of introduction, personal introductions, and formal requests for support
- Produce regular reports and update donor records/profiles on a regular basis, and establish and maintain performance metrics, including overall portfolio management
- Work with FIRE’s development and program staff to create written proposals/pitches, slide decks, email solicitations, donor emails, and newsletter articles
- Work with FIRE’s development staff to plan and execute FIRE donor events in various cities, with approximately six events per year
A successful candidate will have a good work ethic, be a self-starter, and have the ability to work independently. Most importantly, the candidate must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for FIRE’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:
- A four year undergraduate degree
- 3-5 years experience in development, preferably with personal solicitation of major gifts
- Applicants with non-development yet relevant experience in fields like law, policy, or advocacy are also encouraged to apply
- A goal-oriented mindset and the ability to directly ask supporters for money;
- A high-level of interpersonal and relationship-building skills
- An understanding of how to personalize FIRE’s mission and stories
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- The ability to be compelling, a good listener, and be able to think on their feet
- A willingness to travel often
- A working knowledge of donor prospecting methods (preferred, not required)
- A working knowledge of donor database platforms like Salesforce (preferred, not required)
Salary and Compensation
Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. FIRE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option; matching retirement contributions; and a generous paid time-off plan.
To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- A cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in FIRE and how your background matches the responsibilities
- A writing sample that demonstrates qualifications for the position
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/. There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.
Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Network Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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