EXTERNAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Salary range: $60,000 to $75,000
ABOUT PREPARE + PROSPER
Prepare + Prosper (P+P) is a nonprofit that works with people to build financial well-being and address financial inclusion. Harnessing the power of volunteers and partnerships, we provide free tax preparation and financial services, products, and coaching, and work to change systems to create economic opportunity for everyone. Learn more about P+P at prepareandprosper.org.
POSITION AT A GLANCE
- Our preferred candidate comes with creative energy and experience in fundraising and communications.
- This is an exempt, full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package. Additional details below.
- The office is located near University Avenue West and Highway 280 in St. Paul with free parking and public transit options available.
- This position reports to the executive director and manages a five-member team.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The external relations director position leads the fundraising, communications, and community outreach for Prepare + Prosper. The director is responsible for driving P+P’s fundraising strategies, including grants, individual giving, events, and other sources of revenue.
The director develops a strategic communications and outreach plan that promotes and advances the P+P brand. The director is responsible for a broad range of activities including communications, marketing, community outreach, brand management, media, and advocacy.
The director promotes and incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion in planning, decision-making, and program implementation to advance P+P’s racial equity and economic justice commitment to address systemic racism and foster trust in supporting customers in building financial well-being.
HOW THE POSITION BREAKS DOWN
Fundraising (approximately 60% of the position)
- Create and lead the organizations fund development strategy to raise revenue from existing and new funders, donors, and other sources.
- Identify, cultivate, and solicit new and sustain existing funding sources to increase P+P’s revenue.
- Oversee and provide direction for grant prospecting, researching, and editing.
- Provide guidance and oversight in building a comprehensive individual giving program to include managing a portfolio of donors.
- Develop a fundraising plan to generate revenue to meet budget projections.
Communications (approximately 30% of the position)
- Create and lead the organization’s strategic communications and outreach to support P+P’s positioning and awareness as well as fundraising and individual programs needs and priorities.
- Provide leadership and oversight to the team in their strategic approach to and production of communications for the organization and its programs.
- Drive, manage, and implement the organization’s media relations program.
Community outreach (approximately 5% of the position)
- Provide supervision to the team in their development of the organization’s outreach strategy and implementation of its external activities.
- Contribute to the organization’s visibility and awareness in the field locally and nationally by way of seeking out opportunities.
Advocacy and policy (approximately 5% of the position)
- Write or edit and design collateral needed to support advocacy efforts, including fact sheets, calls to actions, emails, etc.
- This position operates primarily in an office environment that is accessible. Some work at off-site locations may be required and those may not necessarily be fully accessible.
- The employee must be able to detect, interpret, and read objects at close and far distances.
- This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
- The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 40 pounds.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
- The employee frequently is required to move around the office and between offsite meetings; grab, move, and manipulate objects, and operate a computer.
- Travel between the main office and remote Twin Cities locations is required. Must possess a valid driver’s license and an insured vehicle.
The right candidate will possess:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with minimum 6 years of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, project planning and management, and computer skills (preferably in InDesign Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, website content management system, relationship management database).
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and connect with a variety of stakeholders, including volunteers, donors, funders, customers, and staff.
- Strong knowledge of and background in fundraising strategy.
- Demonstrated leadership skills.
- Ability to deliver quality work, manage multiple projects, and meet tight deadlines.
- Work independently, but well in teams, and be extremely organized.
- Professional, highly motivated, and enthusiastic attitude.
- Knack for problem-solving, writing, and research.
- Highly skilled in external relationship building.
- Graphic design and software experience a plus.
- Bilingual/Bicultural desirable.
BENEFITS THIS POSITION OFFERS
Our benefits package for this position includes:
- Health, dental, life, and short/long term disability insurance
- Generous PTO accrual rate (19 paid days off for the first year of employment)
- 16 paid holidays (14 set days and two floating holidays)
- Retirement plan (SIMPLE IRA)
- Flexible Spending Account/Health Savings Account
- Mileage reimbursed for work-related travel.
Additional benefits details will be provided to those selected for an interview.
HOW TO APPLY
- Please submit resume and cover letter by Monday, March 8, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “ER Director.”
- Indicate in your email where you heard of the position opening.
- Anticipated start date: late March 2021
In your cover letter, we encourage you to write about:
- What interests you in working for P+P.
- What you are passionate about.
- Highlights of your personal and professional background that would help us see you as an outstanding candidate.
OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
P+P is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws.