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American Humanist Association seeks Development Director

Atheist Candidates Project seeks Interns

Secular Coalition for America seeks Interns

American Humanist Association seeks Interns

Camp Quest West seeks Virtual Office Administrator

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American Humanist Association seeks Development Director
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The Development Director is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of fundraising for the American Humanist Association and assisting with its adjuncts. The Development Director will report to the Executive Director and helps establish revenue targets and ensure that the targets are met.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise development assistant, assist in supervising the events/social media coordinator and the membership services assistant, and manage any relevant development consultants and interns
  • Manage direct mail program, overseeing creative development and planning, which includes writing solicitation letters, cultivation mailings, grant proposals, and thank you letters as well as email and social media fundraising
  • Direct major donor program, including arranging for meetings for the executive director, meeting personally with donors facilitate their continued support, and following-up with asks, thank yous, and contemporaneous updates to donor profiles
  • Manage relationships with foundations including meetings, inquiries, grant proposals, and reports
  • Work with Board of Directors and key donors to plan and implement fundraising events
  • Write and edit organizational materials, such as membership brochures, ads, and the annual report
  • Manage in the fundraising aspects of the annual conference
  • Plan and manage annual fundraising event
  • Work with program staff to integrate fundraising strategies

Requirements

  • Bachelors degree or commensurate experience
  • At least five years of experience working in nonprofit fundraising
  • Meticulous attention to detail and follow up
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task, take initiative to discover and take on new projects
  • Solid computer skills, including working with social media
  • Ability to travel in the U.S. 15-20% of the time.
  • Excellent writing, proofreading and copyediting abilities
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or other fundraising databases)
  • Understanding and interest in the atheist/agnostic humanist movement
  • An outgoing personality and public speaking capability is a plus

Starting salary will be $60-75K. The AHA offers good benefits, including full health insurance, a generous leave program, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan that includes a partial match.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and a writing sample to
jobs@americanhumanist.org


Atheist Candidates Project seeks Interns
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The Atheist Candidates Projects mission is to eliminate barriers to entry that atheists often face when seeking public office. This mission can be broken down into three components: identifying winnable target districts, building support networks around candidates, and advocating for the normalization of atheist participation in American government.

Communications Intern (1 Position)

Communications interns will be a vital part of the Atheist Candidates Project by facilitating networking of candidates with professionals, volunteers, and elected officials. Their responsibilities will include:

  • Managing email communications
  • Keeping an orderly record of signups via atheistcandidates.com
  • Serving as a liaison between candidates, elected officials, volunteers, and professionals
  • Drafting form emails and auto-responders
  • Responding to messages, comments, and posts on social media pages.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is in a field of study that is writing intensive (English, communications, journalism, political science, etc) [Not Required]
  • Is a skilled writer
  • Understands the difference between framing and priming

Media Intern (1 Position)

Regardless of online presence, traditional media still plays an important role in American politics. The ability to reach traditional media outlets with a candidates message is a necessary part of creating cultural change and normalizing atheism in politics. Responsibilities include:

  • Building and maintaining press lists for the project and candidates
  • Drafting press releases
  • Assisting with development of media narratives, including effective framing
  • Assisting with development of earned media opportunities

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is in a field of study that is writing and media intensive (communications, journalism, political science, etc) [Not Required]
  • Is a skilled writer
  • Understands messaging strategies (framing, priming, etc)

Social Media Intern (3 Positions)

As a primarily web-based project, the Atheist Candidates Project is dependent on social media to connect with prospective participants. Our social media intern would be a key part of developing and implementing effective social media and viral marketing strategies for the project and several candidates. Their responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining a consistent online presence by scheduling relevant content posts
  • Assisting in the development of effective social media strategies for the project and for candidates
  • Analyzing social media data to refine targeted marketing
  • Collection and maintenance of social media scrape data for email and telephone marketing leads

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is in a field of study with a writing or marketing emphasis (English, communication, business, political science, journalism, etc) [Not Required]
  • Is a skilled writer
  • Has moderate skill with social media platforms
  • Able to read and interpret trend and social behavior data
  • Has a basic understanding of Photoshop or similar design software

Political Science Research Intern (3 Positions)

In the age of big data, the candidates and campaigns that have best scientific approach to politics typically have the upper hand. We able, the Atheist Candidates Project is looking to provide research and strategy support to candidates across the country. Intern responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing voter data to compile high efficacy call and walk lists (We will teach you)
  • Analyzing social media scrape data to aid in development of targeted marketing
  • Collaborating with field interns on your assigned region on implementing voter contact strategies
  • Travel (Travel is optional. Inability to travel will not impact consideration for internship. Transportation and housing will be provided.)

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is studying political science or a related science field (psychology, sociology, marketing, business) [Not Required]
  • Can read and interpret social behavioral data
  • Understands political messaging strategies (framing, priming, etc)

Political Science Field Intern (4+ Positions)
[Locations: Phoenix, AZ; Knoxville, TN; Dallas, TX; College Station, TX; Other Cities Coming Soon]

Part of running a successful campaign is implementation of an effective ground strategy. Field interns will be training for a future in field organizing, arguably the most important part of any campaign. Responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing voter data provided by research interns to ensure it fits the campaign’s needs
  • Updating voter contact data gathered by volunteers
  • Capturing photos of volunteers and candidates in the field for social media use
  • Managing assigned volunteers and recruiting new volunteers at events
  • Working with research interns on implementation of ground strategies for your candidate(s)
  • Travel (Travel is optional. Inability to travel will not impact consideration for internship. Transportation and housing will be provided.)

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is studying political science or a related field (psychology, sociology, business, management, public administration, social work, etc.) [Not Required]
  • Has experience with student government, student club administration, or any other managerial experience.

All Candidates must

  • Complete work with minimal supervision
  • Be good with people
  • Be open to constructive criticism
  • Be willing to suggest alternatives when they believe there is a better way to accomplish a task
  • View their internship as a learning opportunity
  • Be interested in building equitable government representation of the religiously unaffiliated
  • Have a growth mindset

Each intern may be eligible for a paid full-time or part-time position after completion of their internship and dependent on funding availability.

To Apply: Fill out the application form on the Atheist Candidates Project website
Apply here


Secular Coalition for America seeks Interns

The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) seeks highly motivated undergraduate, graduate, or law students for unpaid internship positions in the spring, summer and fall semesters. SCA is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.

As a small non-profit, this internship will provide ample opportunities to take on responsibility and produce work samples for addition to a portfolio. Interns work directly with SCA staff and have the opportunity to learn and assist in the four main departments of the office: lobbying and advocacy; research and outreach; development and fundraising; and communications through traditional and new media.

SCA has internship positions available in its Communications, State Chapter and Outreach, Legislative, and Operations and Development departments. Applicants for the Legislative Intern position must be current law students. Positions remain open until filled throughout the year.

For info on how to apply contact Dan Green
Dan AT secular DOT org


Camp Quest West seeks Virtual Office Administrator
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Summary

Camp Quest West is seeking a Virtual Office Administrator who can coordinate communication and recordkeeping via phone and computer. This is a year-round, flexible part-time, work-from-home position. You would act as a first point of contact for parents and volunteers, send follow-up reminders and assist volunteer task force leads with record-keeping, reporting, tweeting, and tracking. You would report to and meet regularly by phone with your board-appointed supervisor. This is a great job for someone who can wear multiple hats and keep things organized and on schedule.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Effective and professional email and phone communication with customers, volunteers, vendors and board members
  • Backend data management including data entry and pulling camp statistics for board reports
  • Drafting or editing documents to support task forces
  • Assisting board executives with communication and recordkeeping
  • Managing occasional donor or parent mailings
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Some college
  • A friendly, customer-driven attitude
  • Good communication skills: email, phone, Facebook
  • A friendly, customer-driven attitude
  • Good time-management, multi-tasking, and organizational skills
  • Absolute commitment to integrity, privacy, and professionalism
  • Ability to manage occasional postal mailings
  • Internet access (you will work from home)
  • Phone access (you will call from home)
  • Weight will be given to candidates who are:
    • Located in California, or the Pacific time zone.
    • Verbal fluency in Spanish (for communicating with parents)

Experience

  • Experience with camp administration, office administration, or project management
  • Experience working in a professional setting
  • Intermediate-level familiarity with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel

To apply: email resume to David Diskin
West-Careers AT CampQuest DOT org

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Opportunities for Law Students to Help Find Jobs or Internships
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Are you a law student and/or part of an SSA Secular Legal Society on your campus? We have formed a new partnership with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center at the American Humanist Association in order to better support you and your group. As part of this partnership, we are making available a new service to enable law students to contact any friendly allies in the legal world about potential jobs or internships in a specific geographic area. If you would like to submit an inquiry, please let us know and we will work with the AHLC to connect you to any opportunities that might exist. Or if you have any questions, let us know!


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