Posted on January 25, 2013
iCivics - Development Associate
iCivics seeks an up-and-coming development professional to join a small team on a big mission: to revolutionize the way students learn about American government and civil society. As a member of the development team, you’ll ensure the sustainability of an organization vital to the future of American democracy. To thrive in this position, you must be excited about jumping into a small team with a results-oriented, get-it-done, startup culture. About iCivics: We develop innovative video games, lesson plans, and other educational resources to prepare middle and high school students for informed participation in American democracy. Founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to reverse the decline in civic education and participation of American youth, iCivics has become a leader in civic and digital learning. Our program is growing rapidly and needs a development strategy adequate to the need.
This is a part-time position (estimated 20 hours/week) with potential to evolve to a full-time position. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
- With iCivics’ leadership, implement a development plan for iCivics that maximizes our revenues, consistent with our mission and values
- Manage the process of turning program concepts into proposals for funding
- Ensure that development-related activities – prospecting, solicitation, and stewardship – occur in a timely and courteous manner reflecting the quality of our work
- Lead research and prospecting of individual, foundation, and corporate donors
- Scan the philanthropic landscape to identify new opportunities and risks
- Manage a supporter database
This is an entry-level position, and we expect that successful candidates will acquire new skills in any or all of the following directions:
- Grant writing and management
- Major gift solicitation and stewardship
- Corporate sponsor solicitation and stewardship
- Strategic planning
- Previous experience and success in fundraising or sales
- Strong orientation towards details, e.g. grant requirements and deadlines
- Strong writing skills
- Ability to maintain a professional and nonpartisan image
- Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships over long periods of time
- Demonstrated ability to stay focused within a dynamic environment where information and needs evolve quickly
- Demonstrated ability to manage others, including supervisors, contractors, and volunteers, to achieve priorities
- Passion for civic education, civic engagement, and/or educational technology strongly preferred
Send resume, cover letter, and 2-3 relevant writing samples (e.g. solicitation letters, grant proposals, thank-you letters) to email@example.com. Consider your cover letter an opportunity to impress us. Include your last name and the job title in the subject line of your email.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of application packages we receive, we are not able to make personal contact with individuals who are not going to be invited in for interviews. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you to schedule a convenient date and time.
iCivics’ offices are located in the Dupont Circle area of Washington DC. We are a small non-profit organization with big ambitions. Successful team members take ownership of results, are curious about improving those results, and take smart risks to implement improvements. We discourage bureaucratic attitudes that focus on inputs rather than outcomes.
Compensation is competitive with positions requiring similar skills and experience.
iCivics does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or political or other viewpoint in making any employment decisions.