Details: Compensation will be in line with comparable U.S. nonprofit resource development positions.
Cristosal is a nonprofit organization working to advance human rights in Central America. We come alongside victims of violence to provide protection when they need it most, repair the lingering effects of human rights violations, and build human rights environments to create conditions where peace is possible. We do this “one case at a time,” using a rights-based approach, through programs of victim advocacy, citizenship development, and strategic litigation. Our learning and research programs are integral to all that we do.
Cristosal is helping to make history on a number of fronts, from modeling victim protection programs to leading the prosecution of the largest war crime dating from the Salvadoran civil war (the El Mozote massacre) to issuing a groundbreaking report last month that has caused the Salvadoran government to change its narrative on the crisis of forced displacement due to violence. The human rights issues we work on—both current and historic—also have direct ties to immigration issues in North America.
Originally founded by the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador and partners from the Episcopal Church of the United States, Cristosal is an independent U.S. 501(c)(3) incorporated in the State of Vermont. We are a dynamic, rapidly growing organization with approximately 70 employees, an annual budget of $1.9 million, and a diversified funding base that includes support from governments, foundations, churches, and individual donors. Current annual funding from individuals and churches in Canada and the United States (the focus of this position) totals ~$400,000.
With offices in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and headquarters in San Salvador, we seek to hire a U.S.-based employee to serve our North America-based donors, board of directors, and other volunteers in their resource development work. We are piloting this newly reconceived Resource Development Coordinator position for two years, as we continue to scale our organization. It will be a half-time position to start that could be structured as a staff or contractor position, depending on the circumstances and preference of the ideal candidate. If we are successful in growing our support from North American donors, the position will likely become full time.
The Resource Development Coordinator will report to one of our North American board members, with significant input and partnership from our executive director based in San Salvador. It will be a remote position as Cristosal does not have a physical office in the United States. As part of their orientation, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to attend one of Cristosal’s Global School seminars in El Salvador and spend some time meeting our staff in Central America.
This position is an exciting opportunity for someone with resource development experience who is passionate about human rights and would like to be part of a dynamic organization that is a leader in transitional justice in our hemisphere. Compensation will be in line with comparable U.S. nonprofit resource development positions, and benefits (for a staff position vs. contractor) would be in accordance with policies of the Episcopal Church of the United States.
The best way to learn more about Cristosal is to check out our website and gain a sense of the vibrancy of our organization. Please consider joining us!
Position Location: United States (remote)
Reports to: Board Director
Applications Due: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis
Start Date: As soon as possible
The Resource Development Coordinator (RDC) coordinates the design and execution of Cristosal’s resource development strategy for individual and church donors. The RDC coordinates directly with Cristosal’s Executive Director and other relevant staff, the Resource Development Committee of Cristosal’s Board of Directors, and Cristosal’s North American Advocate volunteer network. The RDC’s responsibilities include but are not limited to driving coordination and communications with the Cristosal’s North American support base; supporting board members and other volunteers in their efforts to solicit and steward individual donors; coordinating a system for renewal of parish and diocesan support; processing gifts, managing donor data base, and preparing gift income projections and reports.
Skills Gained: In addition to the responsibilities described below, the RDC will receive first-hand experience and gain significant fluency and capabilities in the following areas:
· Management and administration of an international nonprofit
· Resource development and public communications
· International human rights advocacy
· Human rights-based community organizing
· In partnership with Cristosal’s executive director and board, develop, implement, and monitor progress of Cristosal’s annual resource development strategy for individuals and churches in North America.
· Create and execute an annual fund program (direct mail and email). Work with communication team to develop effective materials and tools to support resource development efforts, including monthly e-newsletters and annual impact report.
· Support personal solicitation efforts of volunteers and lead staff, including providing prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship support where needed.
· Process gifts and maintain donor database.
· Acknowledge gifts and develop and maintain a system for volunteer-driven stewardship.
· Prepare regular resource development reports, including revenue and donor projections, to inform resource development strategy and activities.
· Develop and maintain a system for renewing support from parishes, dioceses, and small personal foundations.
· Staff regular meetings of Resource Development Committee.
· Assist executive director, board, and other volunteers in planning, executing, and following up on two or more annual trips by the executive director to North America, including helping to activate regional volunteer leadership, plan local events, schedule meetings with strategic contacts, and coordinate travel logistics.
· Work with board and other staff to maintain regular communication, engage, and provide support to Cristosal’s North American Advocate volunteer network.
Required Skills and Experience:
· Familiarity with fundraising in a nonprofit environment, including knowledge of solicitation, gift processing, stewardship, and direct mail practices.
· Ability to partner with staff, board, and volunteers in developing and executing on fundraising strategies and goals, both for programs and prospects.
· Proficiency with database systems (preferably cloud-based) and strong data analysis skills (including gathering, organizing and analyzing data, and presenting results and recommendations to key stakeholders).
· Experience developing and managing direct mailings and other development-related publications (e.g., brochures, annual reports).
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing and proofreading skills.
· Exceptional attention to detail and follow-through.
· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a wide range of people.
· Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and achieve goals.
· Excellent judgment and discretion; ability to maintain confidentiality.
· Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
· Ability to work within a “virtual” team environment (i.e., with people working remotely across time zones and international borders).
· Ability to travel 2-3 times per year within North America, and once per year to Central America.
· Experience working with an international, human rights, or social justice organization.
· Experience helping to plan fundraising events.
· Acquaintance with faith communities (e.g., Episcopal/Anglican Church).
· Spanish language skills (spoken and written).
Benefits (for a staff position vs. contractor) would be in accordance with policies of the Episcopal Church of the United States.
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish a plus (since we work in Central America), but not required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter (including how you learned of this opportunity), and resource development-relevant writing sample to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.