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Development Manager (Long Beach Forward)

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Position: Development Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Long Beach Forward
Employee of: Community Partners (fiscal sponsor)

Hours and compensation: Full-time, exempt employee with an annual salary of $60,000 plus benefits. Benefits include paid vacation and sick time; health, dental, and vision coverage; and life insurance and retirement options.

Organizational Background & Description
Long Beach Forward focuses on strengthening the power of organizations and community members by providing them with the tools and training necessary to be heard, be influential, and drive real change in Long Beach. We are motivated by the belief that everyone in Long Beach should be able to influence the decisions that impact their lives and the knowledge that oftentimes low-income communities of color are left out of decision making.

Long Beach Forward provides leadership, strategy, communications, and convening support to multiple campaigns in order to advance the vision that Long Beach will be a place where race and income do not determine one’s future—it’s a community where everyone is safe, connected, and healthy. Long Beach Forward (previously known as the support organization for Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach) was established in 2010 to coordinate the collaborative
efforts of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Long Beach. Long Beach Forward now partners with over 50 community-based organizations and facilitates or participates in multiple collaborative groups and campaigns, including the role of Local Support Network for the Best Start Central Long Beach initiative.

Long Beach Forward is a hybrid work environment with remote and in-person working options. Occasional meetings will be required in-person at the Downtown Long Beach office.

Role
The Development Manager is a key leader and organizer in developing and implementing Long Beach Forward’s fund development plan and growing the organization’s individual giving program based on a community centric fundraising model. Approaching fundraising as a form of organizing and power-building instead of a strategy for financing the organization’s work, the Development Manager will collaborate closely with staff and community members to steward the Culture of Philanthropy and help align development efforts to these values. Externally, the Development Manager will be a representative of Long Beach Forward’s values and community-identified priorities in order to build relationships with community members, partner organizations, decision makers, donors, and funders. Internally, the individual will ground our fundraising in race, equity, and social justice; work to ensure that the communities we serve are centered in our fundraising efforts, and support internal skills building and systems development to support other staff in fundraising.

Responsibilities
Individual giving (60%):
● Facilitate and lead the Donor and External Relations Party (DERP) team made up of Long Beach Forward staff to collaboratively develop, implement, and assess individual giving strategies and tactics including annual giving campaigns, donor identification, donor cultivation, and donor retention.
● Collaborate with the Communications Team to design and implement donor communications strategies in alignment with donor stewardship and the organization’s culture of philanthropy.
● Support the Executive Director with planning and implementing board giving and fundraising strategies to meet annual goals.
● Manage or participate in regular one-on-one donor engagements that may include the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other staff, as appropriate.
● Develop a deep understanding of Long Beach Forward programs and campaigns, and use these learnings to drive and inform development strategy.
● Develop a pipeline of individual prospects based on leads generated from multiple sources.

Technology and data management (20%):
● Manage organizational fundraising systems, including the Salesforce CRM, data management software, and online donation platforms with the support of the Administration and Operations Director.
● Manage and oversee donor data to generate acknowledgment letters, generate contribution reports, ensure accurate records, and track fundraising progress.

Fund development (10%):
● Conduct grant research and support grant writing efforts in coordination with the Executive Director and relevant staff.
● Explore earned income strategies in coordination with the organization’s Leadership Team.
● Manage fundraising and development consultants as needed.

Organizational leadership (10%):
● Steward and implement the organization’s culture of philanthropy including collective training and learning across the organization.
● Build strong relationships with Long Beach Forward Board Members, staff, and external partners to nurture a strong and healthy culture of philanthropy and support board and staff learning.
● Represent Long Beach Forward’s community-identified priorities and our organizational positions to funders and donors; partner organizations; elected officials, systems leaders, and their staff in coordination with the Executive Director.
● Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications
● Experience managing and leading high-functioning teams.
● Experience in community or union organizing including one-on-one organizing, coalition building, group facilitation, and campaign strategy.
● Passion and commitment to community organizing, social-justice issues, and working directly with low-income, BIPOC, immigrant, LGBTQ+, and multigenerational communities.
● Ability to build new relationships and work with diverse groups, especially in communities represented in Central, West, and North Long Beach.
● Significant experience in programmatic and/or organizational management and development.
● Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, both in writing and verbally, relaying complicated information in a straightforward, culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
● Success with fundraising, grant writing, and/or building relationships with funders and donors.
● Success in prioritizing and meeting multiple demands and deadlines.
● Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, manage own work and time, and be accountable for performance.
● Familiarity with Long Beach’s political, social, and economic landscape and issues relevant to the Central, West, and North Long Beach.
● Technologically proficient, especially with google suite, social media, and microsoft office.
● Reliable access to transportation (car not required).
● Ability to work evenings, weekends, and in-person in Long Beach, California.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Ariel Halstead, Administration and Operations Director, by emailing ariel@lbforward.org. Position is open until filled. Applications received by the end of the day (11:59PM) on August 15, 2021 will be prioritized.

For more information, please visit: www.lbforward.org. Community Partners® is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and seek to hire qualified staff who reflect the rich diversity of the community we serve.

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