We’re expanding our development team so that we can make an even bigger impact on our campaigns to win concrete results on real problems. Right now, we’re working to reduce the overuse of antibiotics in the food industry and defending consumer protections on Wall Street. We are looking to hire highly qualified, driven and passionate candidates to spearhead donor fundraising efforts for our public interest and environmental protection programs in New England and the Midwest.
Mission and Background
PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of Americans. We will stand up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way. We don’t see these issues we work on as liberal or conservative. They’re just problems we shouldn’t tolerate in this day and age. And we’re willing to work with everybody we can to solve them.
Our non-partisan, result-oriented approach isn’t easy, but it works. We have a 45-year track record of winning hundreds of new laws and other policies, making the lives of people in states across the country healthier, safer and more secure.
PIRG is part of the Public Interest Network, a network of organizations that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done.
As a Donor Development Associate, you will be part of the team that works to maximize the financial and political support of members of PIRG and other Public Interest Network organizations.
- Implement a monthly strategy of writing and calling current members and prospective donors to ask them for a one-on-one visit.
- Hold one-on-one visits with current members and prospective donors to build the relationship and ask them to deepen their financial support.
- Identify house party hosts, and in some cases, plan and implement events.
- Meet specific weekly and monthly fundraising performance benchmarks related to annual organizational fundraising goals, typically visiting with about 30 members per month.
- Follow up on outstanding pledges.
- Keep in touch with donors throughout the year, creating and sending at least six personalized updates.
- Engage donors in program and organizational work, such as events or campaign actions.
- Develop and implement customized cultivation strategies for top donors.
- Work with program staff to craft compelling campaign stories.
- Relay the feedback of members you meet with back to program staff.
- Implement daily, weekly and monthly systems for tracking income and expenses.
- Implement required legal disclosures.
- Maintain excellent notes on all contacts with and information about members and donors.
Donor Development Associates participate in an intensive, paid training program for the first week of the job, which is immediately followed by the first 1-month fundraising cycle. All associates take part in additional state, regional and national trainings and meetings throughout the year. There are opportunities for travel and advancement.
We are looking for smart and motivated college graduates who believe in and love fundraising and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must demonstrate a track record of being able to effectively work independently. Previous fundraising experience required.
Compensation & Benefits
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Compensation package will include opportunity to earn fundraising bonuses. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package.
Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago,Illinois.
Fill out our online application. Attach your resume and cover letter in .pdf form, and address your cover letters to Johanna Neumann, PIRG Donor Development Director.
Things To Know When You Apply
US PIRG is part of the Public Interest Network. The Public Interest Network is home to 16-plus organizations that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done. Click here for things you should know when you apply.
USPIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy or veteran status.
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has.
Minimum Education Required