Position: Development Manager (Full Time, Remote)
Organization: Accelerate Change
Reports to: Director of Operations
Direct Reports: N/A
Location: Full-time, 100% remote position (from home or co-working space) with occasional travel once every 2-3 months (post-COVID)
COVID-19: We take Covid-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our Covid safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boosted. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.
About Accelerate Change
Founded in 2012, Accelerate Change is a nonprofit (c3/c4) digital media lab. We work to increase civic engagement with BIPOC and low-income communities through digital media. Our programs include:
- Scaling emerging cultural media properties
- Investing in established cultural media properties
- Building influencer networks
- Leading a digital media lab
- Driving civic engagement campaigns
Learn more about our theory of change, approach, and impact at https://acceleratechange.org/about/
Our team is made up of digital media innovators and operators who bring a mix of tech, business, civic engagement, and media backgrounds. Meet our team and learn more about our culture at https://acceleratechange.org/values-team/
About the Position
Accelerate Change is seeking an experienced grant writer to serve as our Development Manager. The Development Manager’s primary focus will be writing grant proposals and reports, entering and tracking grant and donor revenue in our fundraising CRM, and project managing large-scale coalition fundraising efforts. A highly organized, detail-oriented fundraising professional, the Development Manager will help us standardize and expand our fundraising capacity as we grow.
Here’s what you could expect to do as Development Manager (key responsibilities):
- Write narrative proposals and narrative reports for Accelerate fundraising, coalition fundraising, and - as needed - incubated venture fundraising
- Project manage grant proposals and reports by tracking deadlines, liaising with colleagues on grant budgets and financials, coordinating with stakeholders, and facilitating on-time submission after appropriate review and approvals
- Own donor and other external communication, including website updates, LinkedIn updates, and emails and other communication to funders and external audiences
- Own development operations, including overseeing funder acknowledgment letters, entering data into the fundraising CRM, ensuring audit-compliant documentation, and reporting on fundraising progress toward goals
- Project manage coalition fundraising efforts and awards
- Support other fundraising activities, communications, and related projects as needed
We’ll also look for the Development Manager to:
- TBD. As part of a rapidly growing organization, you’ll need to embrace change and that your responsibilities will shift over time. Pitching in to help with the needs of your department and the overall Central Team is an important part of your role.
- Help advance our goal of becoming an anti-racist organization. Within your role, apply equitable work practices, challenge white supremacy, and help make our programs more inclusive. Center our understanding that multiple systems of oppression intersect with racism and be an active part of our values work.
- Serve as a resource to our networks of partners. Help amplify partner successes, make connections between partners and facilitate learning sharing, and offer your expertise to partners in our networks wherever it makes sense.
- Take an entrepreneurial approach to their work and learning new skills. In our fast-paced, unstructured environment, we love it when staff first try to figure things out on their own and then ask for help if they’re stuck.
Seek out opportunities to deepen their skills on current/emerging platforms and with lean startup methodology. We take an individualized approach to growth where staff have the chance to explore and propose development opportunities that align with their interests and the team’s priorities.
What We're Looking For
- Commitment to social change. Accelerate Change is a progressive workplace focused on civic engagement with BIPOC and low-income communities. You have a demonstrated commitment to this work and you’d like to be part of a team of people who do, too.
- 4+ years of experience with key responsibilities: We’re looking for someone who has at least four years of experience with grant writing and/or related responsibilities.
- Organized: You have excellent attention to detail, strong project management skills, and an ability to manage multiple complex projects with different deadlines.
- Excellent communication skills: You can make a compelling written case to funders and you are able to work with a diverse set of key stakeholders, including cultivating collaborative professional relationships.
- Interest in digital media: You are interested in the power of digital media for organizing and social change. You regularly engage - personally or professionally - with many of the following and are interested to learn more about Accelerate Change’s work with others on this list: TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Facebook and Instagram Ads, podcasts, streaming shows.
Accelerate Change is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQIA+ people must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.