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Secular Student Alliance seeks Executive Director

Secular Student Alliance seeks Full-Time Campus Organizer

Secular Student Alliance seeks 2017 SSA Con Support Staff

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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Secular Student Alliance seeks Executive Director
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Summary

The new Executive Director (ED) must bring the professional experience, strategic vision, and inter-personal skills necessary to take the organization to the next level of achievement following the departure of the SSA’s founding leadership. The SSA has built a strong and respected brand in the secular movement, with many former student members finding positions after graduation in secular organizations, and the new ED should seek to sustain and grow the organization’s profile in allied social justice movements.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED is responsible for:

  • Articulating SSA’s vision, acting as the primary voice to the public,
  • Establishing fundraising goals and priorities and leading this effort,
  • Developing strategic partnerships with mission-aligned organizations,
  • Managing and supporting the staff.

Essential to this role will be the development and maintenance of relationships with funders, community partners, organizations serving the same population, stakeholders, alumni, staff, and board members. The ED will lead the organization’s campus organizing team in building strong connections between students groups and the national SSA, ensuring that program objectives are achieved in a financially sound manner and within budgeted parameters.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Providing visionary leadership in pursuit of SSA’s success in empowering secular students, including ensuring that its student group programming, organizational culture, community engagement, and external partnerships are highly effective and tightly aligned to the organization’s mission and current strategic plan.
  • Encouraging and developing innovative ideas for new programs and better ways to serve SSA’s student constituency, including embarking by the end of the first year on a process to develop a 3-5 year strategic plan.
  • Participating as an active member of the Board’s working committees and in the Board recruitment and training process.
  • Serving as a resource, catalyst and coach to the Board, providing the training resources necessary to enable them to achieve their full potential as a governing body.
  • Inspiring students, staff, families, and other partners to be their best selves every day, maintaining the organization’s focus on providing high quality programming for its groups while ensuring an unyielding focus at all times on what is best for SSA’s students and their futures.

Fundraising

  • Developing new sources of diversified funding, and allocating resources in line with a sustainable plan for organizational growth.
  • Actively seeking new major donor support within the progressive community and among friends and allies, and re-connecting with the many donors who have supported SSA in the past.
  • Partnering with the Board of Directors and funders to secure support necessary to the fiscal health of the organization, maintaining strong personal relationships with major funders.
  • Leading the overall fundraising strategy to maximize current opportunities, seek out new sources of earned income, sustain development efforts in a fast changing environment and anticipate emerging issues, developing a strategy to address these opportunities.

Management

  • Overseeing and strengthening the organizational infrastructure and building the team necessary to support and sustain SSA’s growth.
  • Managing staff, acting not only as a supervisor but also as a coach and consensus builder.
  • Remaining deeply committed to the values of developing and bringing out the strengths of all of SSA’s people while also holding them accountable for their goals and desired outcomes for SSA’s students.
  • Overseeing a budget of nearly $1 million, with the confidence to manage a larger budget as the organization grows with the ED’s development and implementation of a successful fundraising plan.
  • Ensuring that liability risk exposures are identified and treated when proposing new programs and services.
  • Evaluating and monitoring established programs and services to identify areas which need revision due to changes in operation, legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Responding appropriately to unanticipated situations.

Coalition Building, Communications & Community Relations

  • Establishing and maintaining good relationships with other leaders in the secular and allied movements.
  • Overseeing the development of a professional communications teams; speaking at conferences and events hosted by the SSA, secular allies, or other allied social justice or science-based movements.
  • Providing an inspiring description of the organization and knowledgeably fielding questions in a range of media outlets.

Requirements

  • minimum of 5-7 years of senior leadership experience with a $2 million or larger non-profit organization or a business venture of comparable size.
  • S/he must have a demonstrated track record of building an organization at the national, regional, or local level and a lead role in generating revenue (both earned and contributed income) for an organization, either as a volunteer or a professional.
  • Experience with nonprofit strategic communications and building a strong brand is essential.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated measurable results in hiring, mentoring, developing, leading, and retaining staff and in engaging and working effectively with a nonprofit governing board.
  • A strong public presence and communication skills, and the ability to represent the SSA effectively before a wide range of audiences is required.
  • Prior experience working with college or high schools and/or facilitating campus organizing, while not essential, would be a significant advantage.

Personal Characteristics

  • Our client is seeking an imaginative and inspiring leader who derives identity independent of any assumptions about the supernatural, is willing to rethink beliefs in light of empirical evidence, and forms values based on concern for the present and future world.  Commitment, integrity and sensitivity to the needs of others are essential. The Executive Director will be a good listener and a creative problem solver who is politically savvy, patient, collaborative, and able to reconcile divergent points of view.
  • The successful candidate will bring a passion for and personal commitment to SSA’s mission of empowering secular students to come together in inclusive communities and drive change on their campuses and in the world from a secular, humanistic perspective.
  • The Executive Director will be naturally creative, entrepreneurial, and eager to find innovative ways to launch and sustain new programs and services, reach out to new constituents, and expand the SSA’s vision.

Compensation

  • Our client is offering a compensation package commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate and appropriate for an organization of its size.  Benefits include basic health and disability, two weeks’ vacation and 11 annual holidays.  SSA will consider basic relocation expenses for an exceptional candidate.

    The Secular Student Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and as such does not discriminate against employees or applicants based on race, skin color, national origin, religion, world view, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy or related condition, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

    The SSA does not discriminate against any person intending to become a citizen, insofar as that person has completed a declaration stating that he or she intends to declare U.S. citizenship within six months of eligibility for naturalization.

To apply: View entire application requirements at McCormack+Kristel


Secular Student Alliance seeks Full-Time Campus Organizer
Please apply by the deadline of May 1, 2017

The Secular Student Alliance is seeking a full-time Campus Organizer who will work directly with approximately 150 SSA-supported student groups in the Eastern United States. This position works as part of the Campus Organizing Team and reports directly to the Campus Organizing Manager. This position will be the direct liaison with SSA groups in their designated region and will work to support them in their efforts to build community, engage in advocacy, participate in service opportunities, and educate their campuses.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Primary one-on-one contact with group leaders in their region. This includes fostering leadership development, connecting them to SSA services and resources, problem solving, and more.
  • Keeps internal group data up to date.
  • Written resource development and updating of current resources. This includes using their own experience as well as ideas and concepts learned from student leaders to continue making SSA resources relevant and useful.
  • Coordination and distribution of SSA services, such as the Speakers Bureau, Project Grants, and more.
  • Focuses on building relationships and familiarity with their SSA groups and those groups' leaders. Including regular electronic conversation as well as direct meetings through video chat or the phone.
  • Assists with carrying out the semesterly SSA Affiliation Renewal and making sure that their groups renew each semester.
  • Handles potential new groups as requests come in and facilitates their transition to active, full SSA-affiliated groups.
  • Assists in the planning and carrying out of the SSA Annual Conference each summer. Supports the the team on-site, interacts with groups in their region, and is also available to speak on any delegated topics.
  • Interacts with allied and intersectional organizations, both within the Secular Movement and without, to build connections and foster a closer relationship between our organizations.
  • Periodic travel to conferences and events to table, speak, or otherwise engage in outreach to those audiences.
  • Uses Google Drive and Microsoft Office products regularly.

The Ideal Candidate is:

  • Experienced in working with the Secular Student Alliance in a local student group and/or has worked with SSA National in the past
  • Great at working within a team
  • Able to manage their time and tasks fairly independently while meeting deadlines
  • Has excellent creative writing skills
  • Has some knowledge or experience in using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, or is a fast learner on such software
  • Has some knowledge or experience in using basic video editing software, or is a fast learner on such software

This is a full time 40-hour/week position that will start on June 1, 2017. Office location is in Columbus, OH. Salary is expected to be approximately $29,000-$30,000 (equivalent hourly) plus 100% medical, vision, and dental benefits paid fully by employer as well as generous vacation time. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent education.

The Secular Student Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and as such does not discriminate against employees or applicants based on race, skin color, national origin, religion, world view, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy or related condition, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

The SSA does not discriminate against any person intending to become a citizen, insofar as that person has completed a declaration stating that he or she intends to declare U.S. citizenship within six months of eligibility for naturalization.

Please apply by the deadline of May 1, 2017.

Submit a writing sample (from the provided prompts) and two references with your application now!


Secular Student Alliance seeks 2017 SSA Con Support Staff (temp)
Please apply by the deadline of May 1, 2017.

The Secular Student Alliance is seeking two temporary part-time Conference Support Staffers for the months of June and July, 2017. Reporting directly to the Campus Organizing Manager, Conference Support Staffers will handle a lot of legwork, both digitally and physically, in relation to organizing and running the SSA Annual Conference before, during, and after the event.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparing, packing, and organizing materials and supplies
  • Using Google Docs and Spreadsheets (or the equivalent) as needed to manage, update, and clean up data and information
  • Managing their time at SSA Con itself, alongside working with fellow SSA staff and event volunteers
  • Entering data and producing reports from this data
  • Handling a lot of 'go-for' tasks during their two months' work
  • Drafting emails and other communications
  • Light writing and graphic design work
  • Light video editing

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is a current or recently-graduated student previously involved with SSA locally or nationally 
  • Is great at working in a team
  • Is experienced in using Google Drive and Microsoft Office 
  • Is able to manage their time and tasks fairly independently while meeting deadlines
  • Has excellent creative writing skills
  • Has some knowledge or experience in using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, or is a fast learner on such software
  • Has some knowledge or experience in using basic video editing software, or is a fast learner on such software

This part-time position (20 hrs/week) makes $10.00 an hour for a period of 8 weeks, from June 5 to July 21. However there is one exception for the SSA Annual Conference (July 7-9), which will require 8 hour work days for those 3 days. Starting and ending dates may be somewhat malleable in order to meet the ideal candidate's needs.

The Secular Student Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and as such does not discriminate against employees or applicants based on race, skin color, national origin, religion, world view, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy or related condition, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

The SSA does not discriminate against any person intending to become a citizen, insofar as that person has completed a declaration stating that he or she intends to declare U.S. citizenship within six months of eligibility for naturalization.

Please apply by the deadline of May 1, 2017.

Please submit your application here


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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