Temporary Director of Development & Communications – Parental Leave Cover

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Category

    Development / Fundraising

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The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) seeks a temporary Director of Development & Communications that will cover some of the duties of the Director of Operations while she is on parental leave. This temporary position will be from approximately September 30, 2021 – April 15, 2022. This position is likely to involve working remotely for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

About YSRP: The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) seeks to end the practice of prosecuting youth in the adult criminal justice system. In the meantime, YSRP seeks to lessen the duration and impact of adult criminal sentences on children and their families, who are primarily low-income and Black and Brown. Through individual cases and policy advocacy, we work to transform the experiences of children prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, and to ensure that children who have contact with that system can return home and live full lives with dignity. We partner with court-involved youth, their families, and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case in an effort to avoid adult incarceration and provide decision-makers with actionable alternatives. We make crucial connections to community resources, providing our youth and Juvenile Lifer client-partners with connections to supportive services in the areas of education, healthcare, housing, and employment. Finally, we work to raise awareness of the issues that young people face in the adult criminal justice system. For more information about YSRP’s mission, values and work, please visit our website.

Position Description

YSRP seeks a temporary Director of Development & Communications that will cover some of the duties of the Director of Operations while she is on parental leave. She will be on leave beginning approximately mid-November 2021. The temporary Director of Development & Communications is a ~6.5-month position that  will support our efforts to garner revenue through a year-end fundraising campaign, and manage and maintain revenue generation strategies in the near-term. The temporary Director of Development & Communications will supervise the Development & Operations Coordinator.

The temporary Director of Development & Communications will be responsible for the following core duties:

  • Developing and driving our end-of-year (EOY) fundraising campaign to generate gifts from individual donors, in conjunction with the Development & Operations Coordinator, including interfacing with external artists, designers and developers, as needed;
  • Managing and maintaining, in coordination with the Development & Operations Coordinator, accurate and complete records related to donors and gifts; ensuring gifts are acknowledged in a timely manner, including issuance of tax acknowledgements;
  • Developing proposal and reporting materials for foundation partners; and ensuring timely submission of grant inquiries, proposals and reports;
  • Developing email campaigns and web content to share YSRP’s work and messaging with our community of supporters;
  • Developing and distributing digital reports to YSRP’s Board on progress toward reaching revenue generation goals;
  • Leading and driving key aspects of YSRP-led events (either virtually or in-person), including messaging, logistics and related record-keeping and capture of best practices;
  • Leading on other special projects as determined by YSRP’s leadership.

Required Experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in a nonprofit or grassroots fundraising role leading and designing individual giving campaigns
  • 2+ years of experience supervising development staff in a nonprofit setting
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office & Google Suite skills 
  • Knowledge of WordPress and Mailchimp
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Comfortable working remotely

Skills & Values:

  • Demonstrated alignment with YSRP’s mission and values as a racial justice organization
  • Ability to get up to speed quickly, and develop relationships with staff, Board members, funding partners, donors, consultants, and other partners
  • Outstanding, demonstrated organizational and critical-thinking skills; and meticulous attention to detail 
  • Ability to prioritize competing projects with a range of partners, and strong ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Commitment to handling sensitive information with confidentiality  

While this position will be remote for the foreseeable future, the person filling this role must reside in the Greater Philadelphia area, as in-person work will resume when it is safe to do so.

Compensation

We seek applications from either:

  • Individuals interested in joining our staff on a temporary basis, for which the salary will be prorated based on an annualized rate of $65,000 per year, and for which a comprehensive benefits package would be offered, including 100% employer-paid health and dental insurance; or from
  • Individuals who are consultants and would be seeking a roughly 6.5-month contract, not to exceed 30 hours/week at a maximum rate of $60/hour.

About Us

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) works to keep children out of adult jails and prisons, and to bring home people who were sentenced as children to life in prison without the possibility of parole (Juvenile Lifers).

Apply for this job

How to Apply: To apply, submit your resume along with answers to the following two questions (in place of a cover letter): 1. How do your skills align with this job? 2. In what ways do you prioritize racial justice and/or ending mass incarceration in your life and experience? by email to hiring@ysrp.org with “Director of Development & Communications Cover Applicant” and your last name in the subject line by the close of business on September 15, 2021. Applicants will only be contacted if selected for further consideration. No phone calls, please. Our desired start date for this position is September 30, 2021, with a willingness for flexibility, as needed. We aim to recruit a diverse pool of candidates, and Black, indigenous and other people of color, and people who are directly impacted by incarceration -- or who have a family member who has been directly impacted -- are strongly encouraged to apply. The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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