Job announcement: Development & Communications Manager

Palestine Solidarity Legal Support is hiring a Development & Communications Manager to help sustain our work. DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

LOCATION: Chicago or San Francisco Bay Area; May consider other locations

Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS) protects and advances the constitutional rights of Palestinian rights activists across the U.S. It is an initiative supported by the Center for Constitutional Rights, and in collaboration with the National Lawyers Guild and other organizations, groups and individuals. PSLS is a young initiative with the potential to grow quickly. PSLS seeks a full time development and communications manager to build a sustainable fundraising program and expand the resources for this work. The Manager will report directly to the PSLS Director, and will be an employee of the project's fiscal sponsor.

First Amendment rights are under increasing pressure when it comes to speech and activities supportive of Palestinian rights or critical of Israeli policies. Government bodies conduct surveillance and criminalize the human rights-based advocacy of the growing movement for Palestinian rights, just as they undermine allied social justice movements. Private groups are also intensifying efforts to silence the growing call for peace and justice for Palestinians. Our work aims to assist activists by providing legal advice and representation, developing resources for activists and lawyers involved in this work, and providing litigation and advocacy support to the movement for Palestinian human rights in the U.S.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy:

  • Report directly to the Project Director and work closely with the project team to create and implement the overarching development strategies of the project, with a focus on individual donors.
  • Grow the project's donor base by identifying and cultivating individual donor prospects.
  • Contribute to the project's long-term strategic planning process.

Fundraising:

  • Work closely with the project team to implement donor fundraising activities, including: donor meetings, phone calls, correspondence, events, prospect research, online fundraising efforts, and other fundraising activities.
  • Manage logistics for fundraising events: organize mailings, responses, and printed materials, and support project team with event logistics.
  • Encourage donor retention by enhancing relationships with current donors.
  • Produce (write and manage editing process) fundraising materials and correspondence with individual donors.
  • Implement donor management system, including fundraising tracking, gift entry, donor recognition, regular reporting, and data analysis
  • Report quarterly to the Advisory Committee and Project Director on development efforts.
  • Undertake flexible responsibilities to be determined on an as-needed basis as the initiative grows.

Communications:

  • Produce communications materials that advance the project's development goals, including funding proposals, project reports, appeal letters, emails, newsletters, blog posts, and other communications materials.
  • Use social media tools for grassroots fundraising and other communications purposes.
  • Undertake other communications tasks (depending on need and experience), including press releases, drafting/reviewing media materials, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS

Commitment:

  • Strong commitment to the mission of the Palestine Solidarity Legal Support initiative.
  • Strong commitment to building a healthy, sustainable organization through a committed donor base.

Fundraising Skills and Experience:

  • 2-4 years experience in development/fundraising and communications or related non-profit work. (Will consider applications with less experience, especially from individuals who are well networked within a community of potential donors and activists.)
  • Successful track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors.
  • Outstanding written, technical and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort making donor contacts.
  • Comfortable with database management, ability to create and run reports, manage and interpret data.
  • Comfortable using social media tools to support fundraising and program planning.

Work Habits

  • Hard working and results oriented with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, multi-task, set priorities and meet required deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative at problem solving.

Familiarity:

  • Familiarity with Palestinian history, politics, culture and human rights activism a plus.
  • Contacts with the activist and donor Palestinian solidarity community in the U.S., including Palestinian, Arab, Muslim, Jewish and other communities desirable.

How to apply

To apply: Please email a resume, writing sample (1-5 pages) and cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you think you can help build this initiative over the next 2-4 years to info@palestinelegalsupport.org, subject line "Development and Communications Manager Application." Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

People of all religious backgrounds, people of colour, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.