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Development Manager

SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change 

SIECUS is a leading national sexual and reproductive health organization. SIECUS asserts that comprehensive sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change that can build a foundation for a long-term culture shift that will positively impact all levels of society, particularly on issues of gender, sexual orientation and racial equity; sexuality, sexual and reproductive freedom; sexual violence prevention, and affirmation of bodily autonomy. SIECUS applies an intersectional lens to ensure people’s real lived experiences inform our policy, education, and strategic communications work. We are committed to ensuring that all people receive sex education, not only to prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual assault, but also to support social affirmation of gender and sexual diversity, reduce sexual violence, and create a more positive, inclusive and respectful society.  

Position Description 

We are hiring a Development Manager with at least 2-4 years of experience working with major gifts, individual donors, and/or corporate partnership programs at similar organizations or schools. We are looking for a person who is as passionate and enthusiastic about our organization’s mission as we are and who understands the importance this work has in driving change in communities around the world. This role is designed for someone with some experience who is looking to grow their skill with the mentorship of SIECUS’ Senior Development Consultant (who has been with the organization for several years). This role is expected to help develop an internal fundraising program designed to grow with the organization and fundraising program. 

Ideal candidates will have prior experience with both 501c3 and 501c4 fundraising strategies and are ready to step into a role to help SIECUS grow and initiate new strategies to engage supporters, major donors, and corporate partners in SIECUS’ mission and programs. This position will support fundraising for the organization’s annual budget, alongside the President/CEO and the Senior Development Consultant. The position will also work with the Finance Director with a few tasks as needed and detailed below.  

Responsibilities 

This is a leadership role that will report to the SIECUS’ President/CEO and Senior Development Consultant to manage SIECUS’ portfolio of donors and prospects. Responsibilities will include: 

  • Collaborate with the President/CEO and Senior Development Consultant to develop an annual calendar to ensure year-round engagement and stewardship of major donors. 
  • Lead relationship cultivation strategies to support major donors and corporate partnerships to accomplish their philanthropic goals, leading to a sustained relationship with SIECUS through renewed and upgraded donor gifts. 
  • Collaborate with and help develop the skill set of the Board of Directors on fundraising, including by attending and staffing Fundraising Committee meetings and supporting members fundraising activities.  
  • Manage the major donor pipeline, including: identification; qualification through research; cultivation; request for support; and stewardship, and public and private recognition. 
  • Support the Director of Social Impact and Strategic Communications in managing corporate sponsor relationships and cultivation strategies. 
  • Maintain an organized system by updating constituent records, and managing the donor database, wealth screening tools, and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects. Familiarity with WealthEngine and EveryAction a plus. 
  • Personally make, and assist the President/CEO and board to make, direct solicitations. 
  • Collaborate with the Senior Development Consultant to conduct prospect research and to review grant LOIs, applications, and reports. 
  • Track and report progress using specific metrics. 
  • Process donations and generate and track tax-receipts and acknowledgement letters. 

Qualifications 

  • Understanding of and belief in SIECUS’ mission, vision, and values, including a commitment to reproductive and racial justice. 
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort in fundraising, soliciting donations, and/or a providing similar development support (Bachelor’s degree or higher and at least 2 years of prior experience with nonprofit development preferred). 
  • Capable, emotionally intelligent communicator with an astute eye for written and visual communication reaching donors and other stakeholders across the organization. 
  • Familiarity with fundraising software and tools to track progress throughout the year. 
  • Strong time management skills and personal accountability, with a detail-oriented and proactive approach to help keep projects on track. 
  • Enthusiastic self-starter operating with sustained energy and showing great initiative. 
  • Computer proficiency ,including Microsoft Office products, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; as well as experience with databases such as WealthEngine and EveryAction, auction software, and other electronic tracking systems a plus). 
  • Understanding of the differences between c3 and c4 fundraising strategies. 
  • Highly ethical, particularly in working with confidential or sensitive donor information. 
  • Event planning experience is preferred but not required. 

This position reports to: President and CEO 

Travel Requirements: Minimal 

Compensation: $75-80,000 annually, depending on experience. SIECUS also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes at least 25 days of annual paid leave; and full health, dental, and vision coverage for all eligible employees.  

Location: SIECUS is based in Washington, DC, but operates with remote and hybrid work schedule flexibility; remote applicants are welcome to apply.  

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled although applications received by July 22, 2024 will receive priority consideration. 

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well a resume, three references, and two writing samples to hiring@siecus.org with “Name, Position Title” in the subject line. Please make sure all submitted material file names clearly state your name. Submissions received by July 22, 2024 will receive priority consideration.  


Federal Policy Manager

SIECUS asserts that comprehensive sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change. We advocate for comprehensive sexuality education as a means of building a foundation for a long-term culture shift that will positively impact all levels of society, particularly on issues of gender, sexual orientation and racial equity; sexuality, sexual and reproductive freedom; sexual violence prevention, and affirmation of bodily autonomy. SIECUS applies an intersectional lens to ensure people’s actual lived experiences inform our policy, education, and strategic communications work.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

SIECUS seeks a strategic, driven, and creative Federal Policy Manager to lead national policymaker and partner education, advocacy, and lobbying; assist in shaping federal policy support and engagement; and produce related resources and publications. The ideal candidate must have experience working in the Washington DC political environment. Specifically , the ideal candidate will have experience engaging in outreach and relationship building with members of Congress and the Federal Administration and regulatory bodies. The ideal candidate will have the ability to think and communicate at both the 30,000 foot-level as well as dive into the weeds of federal sexuality education policies, funding, and practices, balancing proactive and defensive grasstops mobilization strategies.

This position is a member of the  policy team and will  report to the Director of Policy and Advocacy. The Federal Policy Manager will work closely with SIECUS staff, as well as national partner organizations to maximize SIECUS’s presence and impact at the national level, particularly by leading strategic initiatives to advance comprehensive sex education policies, programs, and advocacy efforts at the federal level. This  is a hybrid position, with the ability to telework from the D.C. region, within access to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. in order to attend in-person meetings. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing the development and implementation of federal policy priorities, policymaker education, advocacy, and lobbying strategies and strategy;
  • Cultivating and building strong relationships with key policymakers, Congressional and Administrative offices and staff, in Washington, DC;
  • Leading public relations strategy initiatives to elevate SIECUS as a trusted policy expert on adolescent sexual health education programs and appropriations;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with federal administration and rule-making offices such as the Office of Population Affairs and the Division of Adolescent School Health;
  • Managing key coalition partnerships and mobilization, serving as an active participant in partner coalitions, working groups, and ad hoc actions and activities and maintaining key relationships with national partners;
  • Providing leadership for the Sex Ed Coalition, including coalition recruitment, relationship building, and legislative relationships; 
  • Developing advocacy resources for key stakeholders, policymaker champions, national partners, and SEPAC members;
  • Providing federal policy analysis and updates; 
  • Shaping key federal legislative priorities, related materials, and outreach and support activities;
  • Representing SIECUS and organizing, participating in, and conducting trainings, presentations,and conferences to build awareness and knowledge for partner organizations and the general public on sex education policy issues;
  • Supporting efforts to integrate and engage state and community partners in federal policy activities;
  • Directing the monitoring, tracking, and reporting on federal policy actions including by leading appropriations advocacy efforts and drafting federal public comments;
  • Supervising fellows, and/or interns as appropriate;
  • Contributing to the development of SIECUS’ external communications, action alerts and advocacy mobilization efforts, publications, and other materials as needed;
  • Leading the planning of the annual Sex Ed on the Hill event including developing and executing advocacy trainings, coordinating Hill Day logistics, and creating advocacy resources and leave-behinds.; 
  • Providing other organizational support as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS:

While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will

embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of federal government relations, political, or policy experience; 
  • Excellent advocacy, consensus-building, coalition-building, and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with other staff and other organizations;
  • A strong track record of developing and maintaining meaningful working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders including elected officials;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality work in both a team environment and independently;
  • Established ability to produce high quality work in a fast-paced environment, including the ability to multitask, work well under pressure, and manage competing priorities;
  • Experience anticipating and identifying potential challenges and taking proactive steps to address them to further SIECUS’ mission, vision, and values;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a proven track record of writing clear, structured, and persuasive communications (e.g., factsheets, talking points, action alerts, briefs, etc.) with high attention to detail;
  • Commitment to advancing racial, reproductive, and gender justice and LGBTQ equality;
  • Commitment to co-creating a work environment that is just, equitable, and inclusive to all, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and people with disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience effectively supervising and developing staff.
  • Experience working for or with Congress or federal agencies in legislative, appropriations, regulatory, or administrative policymaking or advocacy
  • Experience in legislative, policy, and advocacy, preferably on issues related to human sexuality, sex education, gender justice, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial justice.
  • Experience as a public spokesperson
  • Postgraduate degree is beneficial

This position reports to: Director of Policy and Advocacy

Travel Requirements: Expect low travel.

Compensation: Salary range is $70,000-80,000 commensurate with experience. SIECUS also offers a remote working environment, self-care Fridays, an excellent benefits package, which includes up to 4 weeks of annual paid leave; full health, dental, and vision coverage; and annual investments in professional development for all eligible employees.

This position is a hybrid position, offering flexible telework from the D.C. region.

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well as a resume and three references to hiring@siecus.org with “Name, Federal Policy Manager” in the subject line. Please make sure all submitted material file names clearly state your name. Submissions received by August 1, 2024 will receive priority consideration.


Policy Intern (Fall/Spring)

SIECUS internship opportunities are:

  • For the duration of the fall/spring, offered for an estimated 17 hours per week
  • Flexible in start and end dates
  • Intended for current students or recent grads of both undergraduate and graduate programs

Policy Internship

Remote SIECUS Policy internships are available part-time during  the fall/spring. Policy interns will assist the SIECUS team with a variety of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Researching, monitoring, and tracking state laws and policies impacting sex education and sexual and reproductive health and rights more broadly
  • Support the advancement of the federal Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act and related federal initiatives concerning youth reproductive and sexual health and education. 
  • Supporting advocacy projects by: analyzing proposed bills, developing letters or position papers, drafting fact sheets and other collateral, identifying decision-makers and stakeholders,  and participating in outreach to allies and stakeholders
  • Support the development of graphically dynamic explanations and analyses of policy impacts at the state and federal level
  • Participating in coalition meetings on behalf of SIECUS
  • Liaising with Congressional offices, including through logistical planning for Hill meetings and briefings
  • Supporting the planning of annual advocacy events, such as the SIECUS Sex Ed National Week of Action and Sex Ed on the Hill Convening 
  • Support the updating of State Policy Profiles and other annual SIECUS publications 
  • Author blog posts on specific topics as determined by the Internship Manager and Intern
  • Author email and text action alerts on specific policy initiatives to mobilize constituents
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings 
  • Provide technical support to regular SIECUS programming, including SIECUS ONLINE webinars
  • Assisting with special projects as needed 

SIECUS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to equitable hiring and dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status and other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQIA persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Those whose experiences and perspectives have been traditionally under-represented in the field of sexual health are particularly encouraged to apply.