The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Washington, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at www.refugees.org.
The Development Officer position supports the growth and operations of the development department and is responsible for writing and reviewing grant proposals, promoting individual giving, engaging donors, establishing corporate sponsorships and additional tasks as needed.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Research domestic and international funding opportunities from various sources including government, foundations and corporations;
- Analyze funding opportunities to assess whether they meet USCRI’s priority goals and recommend relevant opportunities;
- Write and submit funding proposals in collaboration with key internal partners including Finance and Compliance;
- Engage individual donors and the business sector by making presentations and convening potential supporters under the direction of the Director;
- Prepare decision memos to propose individual giving campaigns, donor engagement activities and corporate sponsorships for consideration by the Director; Implement and track progress of approved individual giving campaigns, donor engagement activities and corporate sponsorships;
- Review existing tools and create new tools (e.g., workflow, collaborative grant writing protocol) to facilitate continuous improvement in shaping a systematic, strategic, sustainable and collaborative grant writing process;
- Provide information that contributes to various reports on Planning and Development’s activities including the weekly report for the SVP of Global Engagement, quarterly reports to the Board of Directors, annual work plans and monthly accomplishments;
- Edit reports, brochures and other publications as needed; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.
- Bachelor’s degree in Fundraising Management, Business Administration, Public Health, Social Work or other relevant degree; Master’s degree preferred;
- Three to five years of demonstrated experience in development including grant writing, professional fundraising, and forming successful relationships with foundations and other public and private funders;
- Experience working with international and federal agencies, such as Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of Agriculture, UNHCR and private foundations;
- Working knowledge of the entire proposal process; must have demonstrated track record of writing successful grant proposals and successfully identifying public and private funding sources;
- Excellent writing and editing skills, and experience working on reports, articles, brochures, press releases and other communications;
- Strong computer skills required, including knowledge of Microsoft Office; experience with grants.gov is preferred;
- Self-starter with ability to work well in a team, juggle multiple priorities, and meet regular deadlines;
- Strong attention to detail; must be highly flexible and able to keep multiple assignments moving forward; and
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission of USCRI and interest in growing in a nonprofit development department long-term.
- Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity;
- Use of repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands; and
- Occasional lifting (up to 25 pounds), bending, pulling, and carrying.
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