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The New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground

Manager, Development & Communications – full time position

About Common Ground 

Common Ground is a center for environmental learning in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock Ridge. The site abuts the 1800 acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests. Common Ground’s urban farm produces sustainably grown food for programs and our community and is home to our friendly farm animals. Common Ground’s Charter High School uses the site as an organizing principle of its curriculum which is guided by an ecological framework highlighting the connection and interdependence of all living and non-living things. Each year, more than 10,000 community members participate in festivals, field trips, after-school programs, and other educational opportunities on site. For more information visit www.commongroundct.org.

Job Description:

The Manager, Development & Communications is an integral part of a small team that raises funds to support the annual expenses of a growing and evolving complex organization. The Manager, Development & Communications manages our database, acknowledgement process and supports the execution of direct response, events, and organizational communications efforts. This role will also support research for grants and prospect donors. Reporting directly to the Director of Development and Communications, the Manager, Development & Communications’ work will include responsibility for:

  • Database Work: 
  • Responsible for the management of the CRM database. 
  • Working with the business office, prepare and send gift acknowledgement letters.
  • Accurately maintain and track all donations and donor information in Neon.
  • Create and maintain development reports in Neon, from donor and donation reports to moves management analysis, as identified by the department’s annual plan. 
  • Create custom reports as requested to drive strategic decision making and action.
  • Document and update procedures for the department’s technical manual for Neon.
  • Create appropriate contact lists in consultation for all direct response campaigns. 
  • Manage data and lists for email marketing database (Mail Chimp).
  • Supporter Engagement (involving, asking, thanking):
  • Support the execution of direct response and events strategies for acquiring new supporters, increasing retention rates of existing supporters and reactivating lapsed supporters. The strategies will work to meet the benchmarks identified in the overall goals of the Development and Communications Department Plan. 
  • Support Events Strategy/Execution:
  • Support Feast from the Fields, Common Sense, Rock to Rock, and other development events, including event setup/breakdown, technology needs and other logistical needs.
  • Support securing corporate, foundation, and individual sponsorships for all events. 
  • Support Grant/Prospect Donor Research:
  • Support Director of Development/Communications and program staff in grant proposal processes; including tracking grant progress, drafting grant applications, budgets, meeting deadlines, completing all grant paperwork, and submitting grant deliverables. 
  • Responsible for maintaining an accurate calendar of grant requests and reports.
  • Manage current and prospective donor research using IWave and other research tools.
  • Support Organizational Communications:
  • Support the production of Common Ground’s monthly email newsletter.
  • Track outcomes for Common Ground’s communications efforts.
  • Support creation of content that uplifts CG’s mission to internal and external audiences (website, appeals letters, gratitude report, press releases, institutional statements)
  • Other development and administrative related duties as assigned by the Director of Development and Communications.

Qualifications  

  • Passion for CG’s mission – at the intersection of social and environmental justice with an educational focus; and, a desire to engage deeply in ethical fundraising and communications that uplift the unique voices of our community of youth and adults.
  • Experience with social justice work, in New Haven or in another community. 
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the New Haven area. 
  • 2-3 years experience in nonprofit development or event planning preferred; candidates with a strong passion and enthusiasm to learn without relevant experience will also be considered
  • Understanding of how to create and manage a budget using spreadsheets.
  •  Meticulous attention to detail with regards to project management.
  •  Strong and experienced writer with experience working around deadlines.
  • Comfortable engaging in a thoughtful debrief process for all projects.
  • Desire to challenge conventional fundraising and communications methods. 

Work Schedule and Compensation 

Common Ground’s work hours typically run Monday through Friday. Some nights and weekends are required of this position, especially to ensure the smooth functioning of events and volunteer committees. Work hours will be scheduled in agreement with the Development and Communications Director. Common Ground offers many benefits, including health and dental benefits. The salary for this position is in the M Salary Band on Common Ground’s FY 22 Pay Bands. Placement within that band will be aligned to prior experience and the level of responsibility assigned to the role. 

To learn more and to read our Equal Opportunity Employment Policy please visit our website.

The New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground

Manager, Development & Communications – full time position

About Common Ground 

Common Ground is a center for environmental learning in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on…

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  • Flexibilidad
    A Tiempo Completo
  • Tipo de contrato
    Contrato indefinido
  • Fecha de inicio
    18 de enero de 2022
  • Fecha límite de postulación
    11 de enero de 2022

Ubicación

Presencial
358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT 06515, USA

Cómo aplicar

To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role to Audrey Nefores, Director of Development and Communications at Common Ground: audrey.nefores@nhep.com by January 11, 2022. Cover letters may be written in formal or informal language. Please feel free to express your interest in whatever way feels authentic to you.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role to Audrey Nefores, Director of Development and Communications at Common Ground: audrey…

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