The Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) drives campaigns that seek to win structural change by directly taking on the corporations responsible for pillaging communities of color and working-class communities and harming our environment. Through partnerships with organizations involved in local racial, economic, environmental, and educational justice campaigns, we provide strategic campaign coordination and campaign infrastructure with an explicit racial justice analysis.
Job Description Overview
This position is part of a growing two-person team responsible for the full range of fund development activities for the organization. These activities include grant writing and reporting with foundations and other funding sources, with room to explore and innovate in a range of other development activities. This staff member is responsible for prospecting for new grant opportunities; writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects; and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects. Additionally, this staff member is also responsible for assisting with the organization’s individual giving program and other fundraising activities.
Primary Job Responsibilities
- Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals
Perform prospect research on foundations to evaluate prospects for grants
Work with Operations/Finance to gather information necessary to report to foundation funders on current grant programs
Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundations
Provide stewardship to current donors, including work with other development staff members to provide regular written updates (newsletters, etc.) to foundation donors
Update and maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting
Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship
- Help identify and create operational procedures to streamline fundraising activities
Develop an understanding of the organization’s pillars, lobbying work, campaigns and fundraising activities
Ensure individual donor acknowledgements are automated or manually sent
Support individual fundraising communications
Support other fundraising activities and planning, when necessary
- A strong commitment to progressive social change and racial justice and a familiarity with the issues that are central to ACRE’s work and a passion for ACRE’s vision and mission;
At least two (2) years of experience in a non-profit or social justice organization, with a focus on proposal/grant writing and fundraising. Enthusiasm for or experience with fundraising operations is appreciated, but not required. An interest in ACRE's work and ability to learn the ropes, combined with strong writing skills, is more important than relevant experience -- if you are a strong writer and this is an organization and role that interests you, we still strongly encourage you to apply, regardless of experience level;
Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals;
Strong editing skills;
Attention to detail;
Ability to meet deadlines;
Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies;
Demonstrated proficiency and experience in managing competing priorities while maintaining high standards of quality and responsiveness;
Willingness to work long and irregular hours;
Willingness to travel occasionally, once it is safe to do so, and;
A good sense of humor.
LGBTQ, women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary range for this position is $52,000-$64,000. Location is flexible, but we prefer for this position to be based out of either Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, or Washington, DC. There is a 10% cost of living adjustment for people working out of the New York City, Los Angeles, Bay Area, and DC metro areas. Position includes excellent benefits.
To apply please submit your application here. Please apply no later than September 20, 2021. If you have any trouble with the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Development Associate” in the subject line.