Content Writer - PENCIL

Summary: The Content Writer will help PENCIL meet its fundraising and communications objectives by researching, writing, and editing all PENCIL content for both internal and external audiences. Under the supervision of the Vice President of Development & Marketing, the Content Writer will serve as “chief impact storyteller” for the organization by writing compelling and timely content for grant proposals and reports; newsletters; website/blog; social media; op-eds; and long-form articles (as needed). The Content Writer will interview and capture first-person transformation narratives from people engaged in and impacted by PENCIL’s work, including students, teachers, school and district leaders, and business and community partners. The Content Writer will be a strong and self-directed researcher who can write convincingly about trends in education and youth workforce development, providing a background for PENCIL’s work in a variety of contexts.

Collaborating with the Development & Marketing team, the Content Writer will also help refresh PENCIL marketing materials for business and community partners and ensure PENCIL’s topline messages are reinforced, consistent, and impactful across our digital and print pieces. Half of this position will be focused on grants management: writing and submitting proposals and post-activity reports, as well as prospecting new potential corporate and foundation grant funders quarterly. The Content Writer records all relevant information in a timely, accurate, and complete manner in PENCIL’s donor database (Salesforce) to assure a complete record of each funder. It is also essential that this Writer be a collaborative member of the Development & Marketing team and can participate in the creation of other fundraising-related writing projects such as donor thank you letters, appeal letters, solicitation emails, etc. when needed. We also expect the Writer to stay connected to program changes and routinely suggest fresh updates to standard proposal language in order to best reflect PENCIL’s programs and achievements. Please find the full job description on PENCIL's website here: https://www.pencilforschools.org/jobs

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and two writing samples (preferably one shorter and one longer, for different audiences) to hr@pencil615.org. Successful final candidates will be asked to complete an onsite writing and editing assignment as part of the screening process. All materials must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Monday, June 24.


Director of Major Gifts - Interfaith Dental Clinic

Summary: As Interfaith’s Director of Major Gifts you will design, develop and implement the major gifts program. You’ll be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as identifying new prospects. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate Interfaith’s mission is key. You’ll be expected to energize team members, persuade prospects and persevere to the end.

Responsibilities: This position gives you the opportunity to 1) Help donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with Interfaith Dental. 2) Secure major gifts ($5,000 and up from a 10 county service area) to support transformational oral healthcare for people experiencing poverty with a minimum goal of $75,000 in the first year. 3) Schedule visits to make direct, face-to-face asks (which may include CEO, CDO, Board members or other volunteers). 4) Acknowledge major donors through public and private recognition. 5) Track and report progress using specific metrics by utilizing Bloomerang donor software.

Qualifications: This job might be for you if - People are inspired by your determination. You bring people in line with a vision and motivate them to reach goals. You’re a true people person with an outgoing nature. You’re a self-starter and are driven by results. You have at least 3 years of major gifts experience with proven ability to secure major gifts and meet objectives. You make donors feel valued because you’re connected to their needs. You establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. You have honed your writing and speaking skills and use them to compel individuals to action. You aren’t someone who spends a lot of time in the weeds, but you know donors expect you to be organized, prepared, detail-oriented and to follow through on promises. Physical prowess not required. You won’t need the physical endurance of a marathon runner, but you will have some light physical demands (i.e. spending hours listening and talking; working on the computer and phone; driving to appointments and events; and occasionally working long days, nights or weekends).

How to Apply: Send resume and references to Beverly@interfaithdental.com.


Vice President of Development - Dismas House of Nashville

For the formerly incarcerated, having a place to stay in a supportive environment is the first step toward successful re-entry to society. Upon their release, offenders who have been carefully screened, live at Dismas House as they transition back into the community. They find a safe haven and a family-like atmosphere amid college students, staff and many volunteers who become part of their daily lives. Typically, residents live for 4-6 months in Dismas House, which is built on a framework of support, self-sufficiency and personal accountability. Professional caseworkers help to match them with resources to meet each person’s unique needs. For their part, residents stay for a minimum of 90 days, uphold positive standards of living, participate in a holistic programming model, are active members of the household and broader community, and pay a modest program fee. They leave with a stable income, a supportive network of friends, a greater sense of self-worth, a fresh chance and real hope for the future. In this way, Dismas House combines a mission of caring with a unique form of crime prevention. Dismas is in the middle of an incredible multi-year expansion project which culminated with construction groundbreaking on a brand-new facility in December 2018. This new construction build of a 4-story, 22,000 sq. ft. space will allow the organization to accommodate 76 clients by serving as a center of community, housing, programming and culture. To meet the needs of clients, Dismas will need to scale immensely to a staff of 23 employees who will oversee executive, administrative and direct service responsibilities. 

Summary: Working from the Nashville headquarters and reporting to the CEO, the incoming Vice President of Development is responsible for creating and executing the annual revenue plan for fundraising activities including cultivating and closing major gifts, stewardship of all donations, overseeing grant-writing efforts, and partnering with the CEO on fundraising efforts. The Vice President of Development also works as part of a revenue team that includes corporate partnerships, events and membership. The VP will also support the development activities in association with the Board of Directors and ultimately expand a successful program to build upon the financial resources necessary to further enhance the organization’s worldwide brand.

Responsibilities: Successfully develop and execute a personal department goal in excess of $1M of the organization’s $2.5M annual budget. Beginning as a team of one, build and grow a philanthropy department over a three-year period. Serve as a strategic partner and a member of the executive leadership team on a range of fundraising initiatives and programs including strategy development, donor cultivation, and donor events. Oversee the organization’s development department and direct all of the fundraising activities, including identifying funding   opportunities from foundations, corporations, and public   sources,  prospecting individual and major donors, and implementing targeted strategies for each opportunity. Develop donor relation strategies and stewardship to cultivate new corporate and foundation gifts. Create and maintain a consistent and methodical system for   timely cultivation, stewardship, and fulfillment of campaign donor recognition for annual individual donors. Work in conjunction with Board of Directors on fundraising initiatives. Develop and manage annual departmental budget and track expenses. Develop, communicate and implement goals and objectives. Ensure fiduciary responsibility, compliance, sound financial management and financial accountability for contributions,   income and all other assets.

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university; Proven track record of fundraising with a minimum of seven years   and progressively responsible leadership; Experience working with volunteers, volunteer leadership, and   program staff; Must possess a high level of integrity with a proven ability to establish trust based relationships regarding ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships; Able to work autonomously while achieving high impact results; Propensity to work with high energy, a high degree of initiative and from a positive perspective while maintaining flexibility and   attention to detail; An ability to work effectively as part of a team and an interest in   building a strong organizational culture; Excel in organizational leadership abilities, including increasing   efficiencies around systems, procedures and protocols; Be versatile in interacting and communicating effectively with   everyone from an ex-offender to a potential donor in the C-suite; Outstanding public presentation skills and a capacity to   communicate effectively to the press, board, committees, staff,   volunteers, and the public in a concise, focused and convincing manner.

Compensation: includes a competitive nonprofit base salary commensurate with experience, a performance-based incentive package and a package of employee and health benefits.

How To Apply: Please send resumes and a cover letter to newhire@dismas.org.