Full-Time Development Associate
Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James Redford, The Redford Center uses the power of storytelling to galvanize environmental justice and regeneration. Our cross-cutting programs support environmental storytellers and invest in impact-driven narrative strategies. By amplifying and changing the conversations around environmentalism, we aim to engage a much broader and more diverse population in the movement.
Over the years, The Redford Center has produced three award-winning feature documentaries and over 30 short films, supported 75+ film and media projects with grants and other services, inspired over 400 student films, and dispersed more than $8 million to our fiscally sponsored projects. Our films activate real change – we have engaged millions of viewers across all 50 states and 45 countries, inspiring hope and generating demand for a world where human and planetary health are fundamental values driving action. Our impact campaigns have halted the construction of dirty coal plants, reconnected the Colorado River to the Sea of Cortez, and helped accelerate the clean energy revolution in America.
The majority of our diverse film portfolio is made by or about women leading the environmental and climate justice movement, and our growing network of 400+ environmentally engaged storytellers also represent youth, communities of color, and LBGTQ+ communities, who are among the groups historically underrepresented in media and the environmental movement, and who are often among those leading progress on the ground and enacting the solutions needed to safeguard humanity and our planet.
As we move to meet the urgency of the times, we are looking for team members who are nimble, excited to help shape a growing organization, and who are energized about our mission of environmental impact using storytelling.
The Development Associate will be a key member of the development team, supporting the growth of The Redford Center during an expansion phase, helping to build a more diverse, activated, and invested community to galvanize environmental justice and regeneration. This position will support our Development Director in building and stewarding donor relationships, launching our Legacy Campaign, and developing a portfolio of institutional partners. This position will also manage the operations aspects of the development team, which including tracking and recording donor and gift records, drafting letters and communications, and maintaining internal data integrity. We are looking for a proactive, enthusiastic, and organized individual who is excited to join an innovative and fast-growing organization and has a passion for our mission; this position provides a talented individual the chance to help grow a dynamic mission-driven non-profit, with potential opportunities to advance within the organization.
• Provide front-line development support, including communications with donors and prospects, processing of gifts and donations, managing grants calendar and assisting with grant writing and reporting.
• Assist the Development Director in identifying major gift prospects, help develop appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies, and execute individualized action plans.
• Ensure donor data is accurately entered into the database, reconcile the database to financial reports on a regular basis, and report on funds and gifts regularly.
• Support donor recognition, retention, and stewardship work and communications including retrieving reports and information from donor database and coordinating relevant external meetings.
• Assist in the creation of marketing materials, including direct mail campaigns, annual reports, and other fundraising collateral.
• Support fundraising campaigns and efforts, including the $25M Legacy Campaign and the planning and execution of organizational events, including donor, program, and community events.
• Research to help prepare for meetings with individuals, foundations, and government and institutional funders and prospects.
• Support the development of and the transition to donor database.
• Other administrative duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
• Minimum 3+ years of relevant experience in fundraising and development.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate professionally across a diverse group.
• Donor-centric mindset and the ability to exercise good judgment and handle VIP relationships and sensitive information with discretion.
• Excellent communication skills: writing, speaking, and listening, with an emphasis on clear and analytical writing ability. Preference for grant-writing experience.
• Strong working knowledge of fundraising and project management systems (e.g., Salesforce, Mailchimp, Asana, etc.). Preference for experience with database development and management.
• Ability to work independently and efficiently, juggle multiple projects simultaneously, take initiative and problem solve, and meet deadlines responsibly, all while demonstrating extreme organization, production of high-quality work, and exceptional attention to detail and follow-through in a fast-paced and busy environment.
• A strong affinity with our mission of galvanizing environmental justice and regeneration using storytelling and film.
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time position located at The Redford Center’s headquarters in The Presidio in San Francisco, California (with options to work from home during the pandemic). The salary range will be $57,000-73,000, commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience. We offer a flexible schedule and an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, 100% coverage of employees’ health, dental and vision insurance, commuting expense reimbursement, and participation in a 403b retirement plan.
The Redford Center strives for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) and prioritizes these values in our organization, programming, and employment practices. JEDI is at the forefront of our strategy and culture, and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, cultures, skills, and experiences, knowing that the more inclusive we are, the more successful we will be. We are an equal opportunity employer and Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LBGTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
- Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter detailing your interest and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Development Associate.”
- Hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis, and applications are encouraged to be submitted before June 15, 2021.
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