Good Jobs Now - Development Director (Detroit)

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                                                             Development Director

About Good Jobs Now:

Good Jobs Now (GJN) is a grassroots community-based organization working to build a fair economy and a more just society through organizing low-income Detroiters.

Since our relaunch over a year ago, we’ve grown from one organizer to a staff of 12 throughout Metro-Detroit. We need the resources to keep growing. Our Development Director will support our organizing work by jump ­starting creative new programs, managing foundation relationships, helping to write grants, organizing fundraising events, as well as managing our individual donor and membership program.

Development Director Responsibilities:

  • Oversee GJN’s fundraising strategy, which includes foundation relationships and a growing individual membership base.

  • Write engaging and innovative funding proposals.

  • Manage current grants, complete grant reports, stay on top of deadlines, and deepen relationships with current funders.

  • Research, approach, and build relationships with potential new funders.

  • Expand and deepen GJN’s individual giving program and hold staff accountable to fundraising goals.

  • Build overall funding strategy for different issue areas, which include:

  • Democracy reform

  • Small Business Organizing

  • Criminal justice reform and prison abolition

  • Civic Engagement and political leadership

  • Climate justice and the green economy

  • Affordable housing and equitable development

  • workers rights and economic justice.

Necessary skills and experience.

  • Ability to build strong relationships quickly and to cultivate those relationships over time.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications.

  • Experience with creatively designing a campaign to reach a fundraising goal

  • Strategic thinking to create, plan and pitch a big picture idea.

  • Manage competing priorities with 100% follow ­through

  • Strong editing skills, and the ability to work through a writing process with other staff members.

  • Grant writing and grant management experience.

  • Foundation research experience.

  • Strong understanding of and proven track record of raising money through foundations and individual donors.

  • Experience successfully supporting other people to meet their individual fundraising goals.

  • Ability to establish relationships based on respect, with sensitivity to persons of different backgrounds.

  • Highly enthusiastic, creative, and able to motivate others

Our Commitment to you:

As a Development Director, you will receive extensive training, mentorship, and leadership development while having the opportunity for upward mobility throughout the organization. This position reports to Branden Snyder, Executive Director of Good Jobs Now. Full­time. Salary starts at $45,000 with room for negotiation for more experienced candidates.

The Development Director will receive the following benefits:

  • Health insurance.

  • Cell phone and mileage reimbursement

  • 10 days of paid time off (flexible for sick time and/or vacation time), which increases every two years on staff.

  • 5 personal days (which do not roll over at the end of the year), which accrue at a rate of 0.4 days/month. These days should be taken in coordination with your Supervisor.

  • Participation in the Center for Popular Democracy’s 401k plan three months after your start date

  • Days off on 7 public holidays and for the period between December 24 and January 1.   

  • Three weeks paid vacation throughout the year

  • Professional development and training opportunities.

People of color, women, and LGBT individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Location: Detroit, MI
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