Careers

Development Manager (Part Time: ~20 Hours Per Week)

About The Dream Project (www.dreamproject-va.org): The Dream Project empowers students whose immigration status creates barriers to education by working with them to access and succeed in college through three programmatic areas: Scholarships; a Mentoring Program; and Family Engagement and Advocacy. The Dream Project's annual budget is approximately $500,000. In recent years, the Dream Project has experienced tremendous fundraising growth. The principal sources of funding are individuals, major donors, foundations, corporate/business entities, faith communities, and events. Current staff members include an Executive Director, a Program Assistant, a Bookkeeper and a Mentoring Program Coordinator.

Position Description: The Development Manager will be the first dedicated fundraiser hired by the Dream Project. This individual will work with the Executive Director, the Fundraising Committee of the Board of Directors, and other staff members and consultants to meet fundraising goals and to help increase the Dream Project's annual revenue by: 1) identifying, cultivating and securing new sources of funding and 2) stewarding current donors. The ideal candidate will be proactive and self-motivated, perform well in a team setting and demonstrate a commitment to the Dream Project and its mission.

Core Responsibilities
  • Serve as an integral member of the fundraising team to develop and implement annual fundraising plans
  • Identify potential high-level donors ("Investors") and work with Executive Director to cultivate gifts of $10,000+
  • Research, identify and cultivate prospective individual, foundation, corporate and faith community donors
  • Participate in stewardship activities to thank donors, engage them and increase their current giving levels
  • Encourage lower level donors to become Named Scholarship donors
  • Assist in the drafting of solicitation communications including grant proposals and two annual mailings
  • Encourage Dream Project supporters to host third-party events and engage their networks to gain support
  • Help recruit event sponsors and Host Committee members for fundraising events
  • Help prepare fundraising materials and packets for potential donors and funders

Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor's degree and 4 - 6+ years of experience working in nonprofit fundraising preferred
  • Ability to work well with a team to promote fundraising initiatives
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage several projects simultaneously under time constraints
  • Ability to foster positive relationships with potential donors and supporters
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Experience working with a diverse group of constituents with many cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Knowledge and understanding of immigration issues and their impact on the immigrant community

Application Instructions: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter detailing their qualifications and interest in working for the Dream Project's mission and resume to Lizzette Arias, the Dream Project's Executive Director, at lizzette@dreamproject-va.org by October 1, 2020.

The Dream Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. The Dream Project is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.