The vision of the NOAH Project is to be an anchor of hope leading the Detroit community in ending homelessness.
Are you hungry for the chance to wake up every morning and know that your work is aligned with your values of social justice and community transformation? Are you a scrappy go-getter? If so, then we want you! Come join us to help change Detroit’s landscape for people experiencing homelessness.
WHO ARE WE?
Central United Methodist Church of Detroit, long serving as the conscience of the city, has remained devoted to emergent social justice issues and providing a voice for the silenced since its founding in 1810. The Church started directly addressing the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness and housing instability in the 1970’s by offering a simple bag lunch and a safe space to engage.
The church created its Community Development Corporation (CDC) in 2001 to develop the property adjacent to the church. Along the way, its bag lunch grew into the NOAH Project (Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless), which became an official program of the CDC in 2006. Our vision in all of this is to be an anchor of hope, leading the Detroit community to end homelessness.
Over the years, NOAH has expanded to include a community center that uses the bag lunch and street outreach as its major engagement strategies. Today, professional staff serve over 500 lunches per week and support upwards of 30 clients per day in applying for benefits, restoring their State ID, navigating the housing process or just providing a listening ear. Seven other social-justice agencies are housed at the church and provide services to persons who are low-income. Recently, the CDC started exploring a wide range of ideas on how to better support people who have experienced long-term homelessness.
WHAT IS THIS POSITION ABOUT?
NOAH is continuing to reach more people, and now the CDC is considering what other opportunities there might be to support vulnerable individuals. As a result, the job of development can no longer sit with just volunteers. This new position is the perfect place for someone who is energized at the idea of digging in and helping a non-profit build their development team from the ground up.
You’ll report to and get to work closely with both the CDC executive director as well as the director of the NOAH Project to shape this position and figure out things like where and how development decisions get made, possibilities for organization growth, plus how to grow our development committee. What this means is that your voice and your vision have the chance to shape this role and the work you will do. In addition, you’ll have the chance periodically to work alongside our front-line staff to see ways we work with clients to transform their lives. You’ll also serve as part of a three-person team to create and help implement an overall community engagement strategy.
Depending on the new growth that occurs, part of our process may include a capital campaign. So, in addition to all the usual development activities (hopefully clear as you read this job posting), you might have the unique opportunity to be on the ground floor of that as well, getting a first-hand view of how a capital campaign is put together and how it works. (We wouldn’t expect you to lead it, unless of course you could!) Think of this as free in-house training that can further your career as a development director.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
At the top of the list, we’re looking for someone who has a passion for our mission and a heart for the work of ending homelessness. We also want someone who believes in working collaboratively as we know we cannot do this work alone and that we are stronger and smarter together.
WHAT SPECIFICALLY WILL YOU DO?
▪ Establish an annual fundraising budget with strategies for the organization, setting one-year, five-year and longer-term goals.
▪ Identify and execute fundraising strategies such as fundraising events (COVID-appropriate) and online campaigns.
▪ Form and maintain strong relationships with donors and keep them informed on how their financial contributions are being utilized.
▪ Maintain and network with a list of potential donors including corporations, foundations, and individuals that will lead towards contributions.
▪ Produce relevant and informative fundraising literature for distribution to donors at fundraising events and in campaigns.
▪ Research and apply for grants and government funding.
▪ Produce reports that analyze and measure the progress towards our fundraising goals and our fundraising campaigns’ effectiveness.
▪ Bring your development expertise to help create an overall community engagement plan for the CDC.
▪ Coordinate with NOAH staff, the community engagement team, our Communications Committee and our Fund Development team to help ensure that all communications such as newsletters and social media platforms have consistent and culturally appropriate messaging.
WHAT SKILLS DO WE NEED?
Everyone wants excellent written and verbal communication skills, great interpersonal and relationship-building skills, high emotional intelligence, and strong organizational and marketing skills, including presentation delivery. Everyone wants someone who is curious and has an appetite for learning. We do too.
We also want someone who is:
▪ Knowledgeable about fundraising principles and strategies.
▪ Able to design an annual fund development plan that is in alignment with our mission.
▪ Familiar with online development databases.
▪ Competent in all the usual computer proficiencies (Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, etc) plus customer relations software (we use Network for Good, which is easy to learn and even easier to use. And we’ll help you if you need it!).
▪ Able to work with other staff and volunteers in a collaborative way.
WHAT ELSE DO WE NEED?
▪ Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, development or related discipline, or relevant life experience.
▪ 3-5 years of experience in fundraising (preferably for a nonprofit organization) including but not limited to: online and in-person fundraising; managing, tracking and analyzing funds received from donors; and measuring success to determine marketing effectiveness;
▪ Experience in maintaining and growing budgets of between $500,000 – $1 million.
▪ Curiosity about or possibly familiarity, knowledge and/or experience with capital campaigns.
▪ Ability to sit for prolonged periods at a desk and work on a computer and also be able to lift up to 15 pounds at a time.
WHAT ARE WE COMMITTING TO YOU?
▪ Our Fund Development Team, which is a board committee of volunteers who have been leading our development efforts to date and are ready to work under your guidance.
▪ Our Communications Committee, also a group of board volunteers plus professional PR experts who will support your work in setting the tone and themes for the various activities.
▪ Our experienced grant writer, who will help jump start you in this area if you need it and who will be on standby for any kind of support you need.
▪ Full medical, dental, vision and life insurance plus a 3% IRA match.
▪ Weekly meetings where staff bring lunch and talk about what’s happening and where they need support.
▪ An extremely supportive CDC executive director and NOAH Project director who want you to succeed and will help you get there.
▪ A pay range of $55,000 – $65,000.
Please email your resume and a cover letter that includes why you’re interested in this job to email@example.com by August 29, 2022. Please include details on your development work, the amounts you were responsible for raising and the outcomes.
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