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Secular Student Alliance seeks Development Manager

Secular Student Alliance seeks Communications Director

Center for Inquiry seeks Web Content Coordinator

Recovering From Religion seeks Project Hotline Volunteers

Secular Coalition for America seeks Executive Director

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Secular Student Alliance seeks Development Manager
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Summary

The Secular Student Alliance seeks a Development Manager who works to ensure that funding is in place so the Secular Student Alliance can meet its Mission & Vision. Effective fundraising allows our staff to empower secular students to be better activists on their campuses and in their communities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as the primary staff contact for the broad base of the SSA’s donors, cultivating deeper relationships with these donors to support renewed and increased giving over time
  • Managing and implementing administrative systems used in fundraising, such as managing mailed or electronic donations
  • Takes a leading role in identifying, researching, and inquiring into funding from foundations
  • Ensures that effective messages about our important work reach our donors and other supporters
  • Integral to updating our Annual Report (1Q) and Case Statement (3Q) on an annual basis
  • Serves as a highly visible representative of the SSA by exhibiting at conferences and speaking publicly about our work, either to off-campus groups or to conference audiences
  • Schedules and takes part in in-person meetings with existing donors who live in the area and/or are attending the conference
  • Handles other tasks as assigned, including assisting other departments within the SSA (such as during our Annual Conference)

Requirements

  • Passion for our Mission, Vision, and Core Values, and the ability to inspire similar passion in donors and potential donors
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • 4+ years of full-time experience as a paid fundraiser
  • In-depth knowledge of foundation funding processes
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including comfort establishing contact with supporters using the phone
  • Experience successfully getting meetings (in-person or otherwise) between fundraisers for the organization and those with the capacity to make a major gift
  • Eagerness to travel up to twice a month (generally less frequently, SSA pays costs)
  • Proficiency with CiviCRM or other fundraising databases
  • Experience in a social change context, whether paid or unpaid
  • Long-term fit between the respective goals of the candidate and the organization
  • Ability to move to Columbus, Ohio

Experience

  • Experience meeting with major donors and soliciting financial support in-person
  • Exceptional written communication skills, including a skill for proofreading / copy editing
  • Graphic design and/or video editing skills
  • Public speaking experience
  • Experience supporting others in fundraising (e.g. program staff or board members)
  • Experience with Penelope Burk’s Donor-Centered Fundraising
  • Familiarity with the secular and interfaith movements

To apply: send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements by June 28, 2015.
careers-dm AT secularstudents DOT org

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Secular Student Alliance seeks Communications Director
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Summary

The Communications Director works directly with our Executive Director, Director of Campus Organizing, Development Director, the Communications Associate (who will report to you), other staff, and Board members. Your work is to tell the story of the Secular Student Alliance and the student activists we serve. Students are the future (and the present!), and the Secular Student Alliance is at the center of shaping the secular movement.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and manage the Communications Department
  • Garner major media coverage in traditional media (newspapers, magazines, television, radio)
  • Strengthen our social media presence
  • Manage the email program. Being the primary email writer, and copy editing emails written by other staffers
  • Develop and lead coordinated communications campaign in support of organizational priorities. 
  • Understanding, segmenting, prioritizing, and engaging multiple audiences 
  • Act as a spokesperson for the Secular Student Alliance
  • Leverage secular student activism to normalize secular identities and spread secular values with multiple audiences
  • Set strategic direction for the organization as a key staff leader
  • Execute the Strategic Communications Plan and update the plan as needed.
  • Provide visionary leadership to shape the Secular Student Alliance brand
  • Manage and empower communications staff and interns
  • Provide primary oversight of www.secularstudents.org
  • Offer support and guidance for the communications work of the Campus Organizing and Development departments 

Requirements

  • Four-year degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Knowledge of the secular movement
  • Management experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fantastic proofreading skills
  • Willing to travel to multi-day conferences up to once a month (all costs covered)
  • Investment in using research to make decisions and improve practices

Experience

  • Experience leading a team responsible for engaging and cultivating multiple audiences
  • Experience working with social media 
  • Experience executing a strategic communications plan
  • Experience developing and promoting a brand (ideally in a social change context)
  • Nonprofit leadership experience
  • Development or sales experience
  • Video production experience 
  • Graphic design experience
  • Experience working with the secular movement

To apply: send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (ideally a press release)
careers-dm AT secularstudents DOT org

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Center for Inquiry seeks Web Content Coordinator
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Summary

The Center for Inquiry, a nonprofit educational organization advocating for science and secularism, is looking to hire a Web Content Coordinator to maintain and add new content to its websites. They have a number of sites to which they regularly add new articles, posts, and other updates, and are looking for someone to help keep things running smoothly.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work directly with our Web Product Designer.
  • Most responsibilities will involve formatting and adding new content to existing sites

Requirements

  • Detail-oriented and have a good eye for whether things look right or wrong
  • Should know how to make things look consistent and presentable—and how to catch and fix problems when they occur
  • Be able to communicate clearly, reliably, and comfortably
  • Learning new concepts and skills to expand your areas of expertise
  • Staying on top of a variety of different projects at the same time
  • Willing to move to Amherst, NY to work at CFI–Transnational 

Experience

  • Formatting and managing posts, entries, or other content in a blogging platform or content management system
  • Some basic HTML tags and CSS styles
  • More advanced image manipulation and creation
  • ExpressionEngine or Wordpress in particular
  • HTML email composition
  • Resizing and cropping images for web use
  • Modifying a site’s theme/template to suit changing needs

To apply: send a cover letter, resume, and a few links to your work
webdev+jobs AT centerforinquiry DOT net

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Recovering From Religion seeks Project Hotline Volunteers
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Summary

Recovering from Religion receives countless emails and phone calls from people seeking help on their journey away from faith, at all hours of the day and night, and wants to help everyone who contacts them. Through Hotline Project, they will offer 24/7 national, regional, and local resources – a secular support network people can utilize in their most urgent time of need. Free training classes are going on now and they’re already taking live calls, but need your help to staff to capacity.

  • Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Managing a phone/computer for struggling people to call
  • Answering the call and helping the caller through their struggles
  • Hotline Agents may train other hotline staff

Requirements

  • A computer
  • Commited availability for the times you sign up for
  • Must be 21 years of age or older

Experience

  • Non-english language skills a plus

To apply: fill out the volunteer form with all required fields, including a reference
Click here to apply

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Secular Coalition for America seeks Executive Director
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Summary

The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Secular Coalition for America, a 501(c)(4) organization, and its sister organization, the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director oversees the lobbying and public education efforts for the Coalition and its member organizations and serves as the chief spokesperson. The Executive Director supervises all staff.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Public Policy Development and Advocacy
  • Financial Planning, Management and Oversight
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Program Development and Administration
  • Communications
  • Staff Recruitment, Training and Supervision

Requirements

  • Demonstrated management experience
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate with legislators, federal agencies, the media and other stakeholders and opinion leaders
  • Graduate level education in the law, public policy (or related fields) or comparable experience
  • A vision of how SCA can grow its influence in Washington to be commensurate with representing its fast-growing constituency of secular American citizens
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and public speaking ability
  • Critical thinking, relation management, negotiation and diplomacy skills needed to resolve conflicts and foster cooperation
  • Highest of ethical standards and a strong work ethic

Experience

  • Capitol Hill experience and/or supervisory experience with an advocacy organization at the federal level
  • Record of effective advocacy and public policy campaign leadership skills
  • Familiar with secular legal, legislative and public policy matters and be able to work with and represent the interest of a diverse coalition of atheists and humanists

To apply: email cover letter and resume to Joe McCormack and Michelle Kriste
Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis. All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.
search AT wbbmccormack DOT com

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