Who we are
The News Literacy Project (NLP), a national, nonpartisan education nonprofit, is seeking a Manager of Institutional Giving to join our development team. Founded in 2008, NLP is the leading provider of news literacy education for middle and high school students, primarily through its signature e-learning platform, Checkology®.
Where you fit in
NLP is poised to take on a greater national presence to meet the intense interest in its programs from school districts across the country while it works to build a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy in all sectors of American society. To reach our objectives, NLP is rapidly expanding its capacity. This position will help support and improve NLP’s institutional giving program. This is a great opportunity for you to play a significant role in supporting the organization’s ambitious goal of raising $38 million over the next four years.
The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following:
· A strong interest in supporting NLP’s mission.
· Impeccable integrity and ability to maintain confidential information.
· Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, particularly when disseminating complex information.
· Creative and critical thinker who is comfortable working collaboratively and independently.
· Strong work ethic and motivation to learn and grow.
· A passion for organizational and operational progress.
· Demonstrated adaptability and exceptional planning and organizational skills to manage multiple projects with often competing deadlines.
· Experience with a virtual work environment (both technology and personal management skills).
We’re looking for someone who can have an immediate and meaningful impact on our work and is excited to join a quickly growing and innovating organization. We hope this role will bring new, creative ideas to support the organization’s increasing budget goals.
This position reports to the Senior Director of Institutional Giving.
This is a new position for the organization. The Manager of Institutional Giving will help coordinate fundraising activity, write internal and external communications, assist with donor cultivation, stewardship and solicitation, and conduct research on prospective donors and funding opportunities. The organization’s budget has grown from $1.8 million in 2018 to $5.7 million this year. You will be an integral team member supporting the organization’s ambitious goal of raising $38 million over the next four years. The Manager of Institutional Giving must be a flexible, deadline-driven project manager who can collaborate with staff to understand and articulate our mission, be able to interpret and utilize data and metrics to demonstrate our impact and translate all of these elements into compelling written and presentation collateral for external audiences. As such, confidentiality, excellent oral and written communication, strong initiative and problem-solving skills are all essential, as are attention to detail and the ability to establish priorities and work accurately under time constraints.
In this critical role, you’ll be instrumental in supporting our daily work, as well as short- and long-term projects within the department. You should have experience in a customer-facing role and be a strong writer, but more importantly, you should be eager to learn about the inner workings of a philanthropic department. You should have a genuine interest in this work, and in helping us grow our philanthropy operations.
The Manager of Institutional Giving will work closely with the Senior Director of Institutional Giving, the Senior Director of Development, the Manager of Donor Engagement and across departments. You will build on and improve NLP’s institutional giving processes and help operationalize our strategic plans, including pipeline development and collateral creation. This position will have some direct contact with donors and prospective donors and will have access to a significant amount of confidential information.
To excel in this role, you will have a track record of successfully:
· Managing multiple priorities and competing deadlines, while never losing sight of the overarching goals and desired outcomes.
· Building strong relationships across verticals and with executive management to support collaboration and ensure consistent, accurate information exchange between internal teams.
· Developing and maintaining systems and processes to accurately track outputs, outcomes and deliverables.
· Cultivating a positive and collaborative team environment.
Specifically, in this job, you will:
· Project + Process Management
o Standardize prospect research methodology and documentation.
o Coordinate with teams across the organization and streamline the process of gathering information on achievements, lessons learned and supporting collateral.
o Communicate with teammates involved in grant implementation to track progress and ensure goals and objectives for each grant are met.
o Assist in the maintenance of the EveryAction database, tracking and updating funding prospects, submission/renewal and reports deadlines, grant documentation, contact changes, and stewardship actions. Maintain accurate constituent records, including tracking relationships and communications.
o Organize and maintain all electronic grant archives, including applications, supporting materials, budgets, reports, and contracts.
o Plan and schedule workflow for drafting and internal review processes for proposals and reports.
o Conduct prospect research for new major and institutional donors.
o Assist with risk assessments for prospective donors.
o Continually refine and update our case for support by gathering and collating relevant research – summarize, extract quotes and salient points that reinforce the case for news literacy education.
o Conduct in-depth research and prepare research briefings in advance of donor meetings.
o Assist with preparation of letters of inquiry, proposals and reports for current and prospective foundations and major donors.
o Assist with the development of collateral materials that support NLP’s overall fundraising efforts.
o Maintain and update a library of all key documents needed for proposals and reports.
· Tracking and Supporting Relationship Management
o Coordinate and track all outreach/stewardship moves for institutional funders across portfolios.
o Interact with prospective new and current funders via email, phone, and in-person.
· Other duties as assigned
o Since this is a new position, it is expected that it will evolve over time; the right candidate must be comfortable operating within ambiguity and have an entrepreneurial spirit.
In addition to the qualifications noted above, the successful candidate will have all or most of the following:
· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent certification; additional project management certification a plus.
· A minimum of five years of work experience in project or program management with additional experience in nonprofit fundraising or in sales/marketing. Working in a start-up company or a growing nonprofit a plus.
· Significant experience and success with process improvements and building internal systems.
· Proven experience in writing in different styles and voices across multiple platforms and for diverse audiences.
· Strong verbal communication skills and experience with public speaking.
· Proven ability to develop positive and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
· Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and CRMs, EveryAction preferred.
· Understanding of, and ability to talk about, the dangers that mis- and disinformation pose to our democracy.
· Ability to manage ambiguity in a growing organization, while helping the organization build and maintain structures for consistency.
· Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
· Highly organized multi-tasker.
· Fluent in written and spoken English.
· Commitment to building a respectful, welcoming and inclusive environment.
This position is virtual; ideally, the successful candidate will live within an hour of a major airport or metropolitan area. We have an office in Washington, D.C. and for candidates local to the area you have the option to work from the office.
The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.
We deeply value diversity in the workplace and strongly believe that a diverse team enriches our organization and strengthens our ability to realize our mission (read/print NLP’s Organizational Values [PDF] and Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [PDF]).
Who we are
The News Literacy Project (NLP), a national, nonpartisan education nonprofit, is seeking a Manager of Institutional Giving to join our development team. Founded in 2008, NLP is the leading provider of news literacy education for…
NLP also offers outstanding benefits, including bonus, health and dental insurance, a 401(k)-plan match and more. For an overview of our generous benefits package, check out our HR benefits summary.
NLP also offers outstanding benefits, including bonus, health and dental insurance, a 401(k)-plan match and more. For an overview of our generous benefits package, check out our HR…
To apply, upload a cover letter and a résumé at https://bit.ly/NLPJobs.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 15, 2022. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date no later than Oct. 1, 2022.
To apply, upload a cover letter and a résumé at https://bit.ly/NLPJobs.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 15, 2022. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date no later than…