Let's face it: fundraising jobs can be a real drag.
All too often you're just seen as the money machine, shunted away from programs, setting up the same old galas and dialing for the same old dollars …
Well, not this job. This one's different.
The Fairness Project uses state and local ballot initiatives to win real change in working peoples' lives. We incubate, fund, and work directly with local grassroots leaders to run and win those campaigns. So our Director of Development isn't raising money for us. They're raising money for exciting, winning, high-impact campaigns around the country — and then seeing the fruits of those campaigns every election season.
Who would thrive in the role? Someone who is:
If this sounds like a role you could thrive in and an organization you'd feel proud to call home, read the details below, or just go ahead and apply.
While Congress and state legislatures across the country remain paralyzed by partisan disagreement, ballot initiatives provide a path forward for improving millions of lives. The Fairness Project (“TFP”) incubates, funds, and provides strategic and technical assistance to state and municipal ballot initiative campaigns and drives a national narrative to elevate economic fairness issues. Through ballot initiatives, TFP offers voters the opportunity to do what politicians cannot or will not: take direct action to enact sound economic policy and change their own lives.
This summer, TFP worked with state-based groups on ballot measures to deliver big Medicaid expansion wins in Oklahoma and Missouri. In the 2018 election cycle, TFP helped raise the minimum wage in Missouri, Arkansas, and Massachusetts; provided paid sick leave in San Antonio and Michigan; and expanded Medicaid in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah.
In 2017, TFP was a crucial player in the nation’s first successful ballot campaign to expand Medicaid in Maine. And in 2016, TFP partnered with grassroots organizations in six states on ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, two of which also guaranteed paid sick and safe leave.
To date, the organization has won 18 of its 19 campaigns, changed more than 15 million lives, delivered health care for 830,000 people, and put more than $15.6 billion in working families’ pockets.
Reporting to TFP’s Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts through this pivotal time by writing and executing a comprehensive development plan. It will include researching and actively engaging prospective individual and institutional donors while building, expanding, and cultivating TFP’s existing circle of supporters and donors. This is an ideal opportunity for a tenacious, creative, and risk-friendly fundraising leader who is passionate about growing TFP’s impact, who thrives in dynamic situations. Successful candidates must have the endurance and resolve to deploy various strategies and tactics to raise both C4 and C3 funds and fundraise from individuals and donor-advised funds for an organization dedicated to affecting progressive policy change through ballot initiatives.
TFP is headquartered in DC, but remote candidates are very welcome.
Salary & Benefits
Salary is $100,000-140,000, negotiable within that range. TFP offers fully paid health, dental, and vision and a generous paid time off program.
The Fairness Project is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our campaign work reflects these values that fight racial, gender, sexual, and economic inequality. Internally, we seek to build and empower a diverse staff and leadership team. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The Fairness Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.