Development and Communications Director

Organization: QUEERSPACE collective

Position Title: Development and Communications Director

Position Type: Full Time

To apply: Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to hr@queerspacecollective.org

Applications due: March 6th, 2022

 

Organizational Overview:

QUEERSPACE collective works with LGBTQ+ youth, the broader LGBTQ+ community and local organizations to create a strengthened LGBTQ+ support network and reduce LGBTQ+ youth isolation, suicide and homelessness. QUEERSPACE collective activities include: 1) supporting LGBTQ+ youth through an intergenerational mentorship program focused on building healthy relationships, education and career pathing, and increasing self-esteem/ and 2) providing community events to increase as sense of support, belonging, cultural identity and pride.

 

QUEERSPACE hangouts, QUEERSPACE collective’s intergenerational LGBTQ+ mentorship program, is the only LGBTQ+ mentor program in MN and one of only five queer youth mentoring programs across the country. Only founded in April 2021, QUEERSPACE collective is rapidly growing and seeks to hire a full-time Development and Communications Director to support QUEERSPACE collectives’ fundraising, relationship management and communication activities. The Development and Communication Director will work alongside the Executive Director with a focus on managing existing and cultivating new relationships with individuals and institutions, overseeing events and leading internal and external communication strategies to build awareness of QUEERSPACE collective’s activities and priorities.

 

Responsibilities:

Strategy 

  • Responsible for executing on the 2022 Development Plan to raise $300,000 and continue our growth trajectory. 

  • Partner closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Development Committee in establishing development and communication strategies including:

    • 2023-2025 development plan with targeted goals, objectives, methods, quantifiable outcomes and timelines to support our planned organizational growth. 

    • Annual comprehensive communications plan with including donor engagement, social media outreach and other marketing needs to promote QUEERSPACE collective

    • Cultivation strategies, helping our donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization. 

  • Represent QUEERSPACE collective publicly with current and potential donors, partners and other stakeholders. 

  • Stay up to date with upcoming and current trends and best practices to generate new development and communications ideas to increase revenue and donor loyalty. 

  • Ensure development and communications procedures and software fit our organizational needs.  

 

Development 

  • Oversee all fundraising events including an annual event, house gatherings, pride parties and partner events with local businesses.

  • Develop and lead individual giving programs; including direct mail and online fundraising campaigns.

  • Increase individual donor contributions through enhanced prospect identification, research and analysis.

  • Maintain relationships with existing donors and improve donor retention. Responsible for the accurate tracking and reconciliation of pledge contributions.   

  • Develop strategies and execute activities to build institutional partners and maintain existing relationships. 

  • Participate in grant prospecting and grant-writing.

  • Report on development progress to Executive Director and Board of Directors. 

 

Communications 

  • Provide leadership for and support the dissemination of QUEERSPACE collective’s mission, vision and values across the organization and externally.

  • Develop and ensure brand standards and compliance through all media channels, including all donor communications, annual report, website and social media. 

  • Understand and communicate QUEERSPACE collective’s programmatic impact in a compelling message to effectively engage potential donors. 

  • Support management of website content and platform. 

  • Be a spokesperson for the organization through networking and speaking opportunities.

  • Other duties as assigned. 

 

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years relevant experience 

  • Strong track record of meeting and exceeding organizational and personal goals and objectives.  

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to articulate a strong and compelling case for support.

  • A track record of securing grants or donations from individuals, corporations and foundations including major gift experience. 

 

Competencies and Attributes

  • Ability to work independently and enjoys working in a new, fluid and evolving organization

  • Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills and keen attention to detail

  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively with and relate to diverse populations

  • High level of personal and professional integrity, including ability to protect and maintain confidentiality and data privacy

  • Critical thinker and relentlessly creative and decisive problem solver driven to success and making a difference

  • Computer application proficiency, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel

  • An intimate understanding of issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community combined with a passion for and commitment to QUEERSPACE collectives mission and vision.  

 

Other Requirements

  • Ability to work limited evenings and weekends as necessary. 

  • Ability to meet physical demands of the job. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, bend, twist, kneel, and communicate. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

 

Compensation: 

Compensation is $60,000-$75,000 plus benefits.

Location: 

QUEERSPACE collective offers a flexible work environment with this position based in Minneapolis, MN and virtual. This position will require some weekend and evening hours, as well as local travel.

 

QUEERSPACE collective is an Equal Opportunity Employer and serves a diverse group of individuals with respect to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, and religion. We are committed to the principle of equity and are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals. queerspacecollective.org

Disclaimer:  This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this job and is not intended to be inclusive of all the assigned functions, responsibilities, or aspects of the job. QUEERSPACE collective may at its sole discretion amend this job description at any time with or without notice.