BASIC INFO

Job Title: Vice President of Advancement
Salary Range: $100,000 – $150,000 Depending on Experience
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

ABOUT FAITH IN INDIANA (FaithIN) 

Faith in Indiana unites tens of thousands of people across faith, race, and place to work together for racial and economic justice in Indiana.  

In the ten years since its founding, Faith in Indiana has grown from twenty congregations in a single city to six county chapters that engage 125 congregations and partner organizations.

Faith in Indiana and our chapters are run and led by our grassroots leaders. We center the leadership of Black people, immigrants, Muslims, returning citizens, women, and young people, the drivers of our campaigns for restorative justice, immigrant inclusion, healthcare for all, a caring economy, and freedom to vote.

In addition to believing strongly that power must be shared equitably in our organization and our society, we believe that leaders are developed, not born; and that relationships grounded in trust and vulnerability coupled with radical accountability and direct, courageous communication allow for each of us to bring our full, brilliant selves to the table. 

Faith in Indiana understands we need a bigger more powerful social movement ecosystem in Indiana to achieve the change we want. That’s why we’ve helped to incubate a set of new organizations to put more power in the hands of ordinary people, including Act Indiana, a 501(c)4 sister organization, a voter engagement coordination hub, a communications hub, and more. 

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Faith in Indiana seeks an experienced fundraiser to build an advancement department. Faith in Indiana understands power is organized people and organized money. The person in this role believes that to achieve transformative change our movements must be funded by the communities at the center of injustice. 

This is an ideal job for a relentless fundraiser who is abundance-minded and able to build strong relationships with grassroots leaders and members of the owning class while also building and developing a team. It is an opportunity for someone at a point in their career where they feel like building a program from the ground up. If you are excited to create new relationships where none exist, thrive in a rapidly paced campaign environment, and are passionate about self-funded grassroots movements, please read on.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • The VP of Advancement will be a positive force in reshaping a culture of philanthropy at Faith in Indiana. 
  • Create and implement a vision and process for mission advancement with input from stakeholders. Review operations including systems for the department. 
  • Build and lead a small team of Major Gift Officer and Data Manager. Set goals and KPIs and ensure their success through mentoring, professional development, and an integrated approach to work streams. 
  • In consultation with stakeholders and communications staff person, develop clear messaging and communications internally and externally. 
  • In consultation with leadership, build strong “cases for support” and annual priorities for fundraising. Increase participation in all levels of giving and build the portfolio. Set goals for visits, contacts and proposals. Increase year on year development revenue. Ensure a strong stewardship program is in place. Present and manage annual budgets for the department and report on all activities including revenue, number of donors and other statistics. 
  • Carry a personal portfolio of donors and manage the portfolios for members of the leadership team and hold regular meetings for the staff, organization, and leadership to keep everyone informed and involved

LONG TERM GOALS & OUTCOMES

  • Build a culture of fundraising across multiple centers of power that understand money to be abundant, liberatory, and a core source of our collective power.
  • Develop a political home that advances the leadership and influence of Black people, women, and communities of color in the donor class.
  • Develop financial stability for grassroots organizing, leadership development, and movement building in Indiana.
  • Build new fundraising models for Indiana’s grassroots movements that utilize all the tools in our toolbox to advance our mission – from 501c4, PAC, fee for service, and more.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

We would love to talk to you if you have some (not necessarily all) of these experiences…

  • A passion for grassroots progressive political change and shifting power to marginalized communities.
  • 7-10+ years of experience in some combination of grassroots fundraising, major donor fundraising, and other relevant social change and/or political organizing.
  • An organizer with experience building new relationships and developing people to take risks they never thought were possible.
  • Relentless, when obstacles get in your way, you figure out a path forward, exuding positivity that helps those around you stay the course.
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple streams of work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Excellent communicator who writes quickly and persuasively in a variety of mediums.
  • Innovative and strategic – incorporating new and effective systems and technology that amplify and optimize all aspects of the work
  • Recognize the impact of white supremacy on all our lives and bring racial equity, inclusion, and intersectionality to all levels of our work. 

While not required, a strong candidate might have one or more of the following:

  • Community roots in Indiana or meaningful connections to the cultural or political landscape of Indiana. 
  • Experience working in or with Black churches, Spanish-speaking immigrant communities, and religious minorities.
  • A history of active involvement in social movements that work to support racial justice, immigrant rights, economic justice and/or protect our democracy.


COMPENSATION

This is a full-time, salaried position with a base salary range of $100,000-150,000, commensurate with skills and experience, with generous benefits including full medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 5% retirement match after 2 years, and generous paid time off. We also provide a cell phone with unlimited talk and data and a computer at the beginning of employment.  

Regular in-state travel and infrequent out-of-state travel is required.  Work related expenses are reimbursed according to organizational policy. 

This position will report to the Executive Director, Shoshanna Spector.

 

TO APPLY 

Please send a resume and your answers to the questions below to garrett@woodhousesearch.com

In lieu of a traditional cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  1. Why are you applying for this job at this moment? (Suggested word limit: 200)
  2. What did your earliest experiences with money teach you about power and how does this shape your work as a fundraiser? (Suggested word limit: 200) 
  3. In the “This Role” section of this job listing (see above) there is a list of bullet points under the heading “We would love to talk to you if you have many (not necessarily all) of these experiences…” Which of these bullet points do you believe you bring to the table? Please list them with a few words of explanation if that’s useful. (Note, where there is a list of different ways to meet the criteria of a single bullet point, please specify which one(s) you bring to the table.)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply ASAP for first consideration. Position open until filled. 

 

Please note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities are based on organizational needs and may change at any time with or without notice.

Faith in Indiana provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, criminal history, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. We believe that marginalized communities must be centered in the work we do and strongly encourage people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people to apply.

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