The Black Organizing Project (BOP) is a Black member-led community organization working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building in Oakland, California and across the Bay Area. In addition to caring for our community, BOP has adopted a more sustainable philosophy for our staff. BOP takes pride in caring for its staff, by providing competitive salaries, 4-day work weeks, 2 paid company-wide seasonal rest periods each year, as well as other perks that promote a healthy work-life balance.
With a 12-year history building power in Oakland, Pittsburg and Antioch, BOP has created an inclusive work environment that emphasizes shared leadership and people-centered decision-making. With a staff of 14, a highly involved Board of Directors, and deeply dedicated members, allies and partners, our work is fueled by deep commitment to community change and building power in Black communities. We are excited to welcome a new team member who loves fundraising for the creativity and relationships it can inspire; who has both passion and humility for learning; and who looks forward to contributing their strengths within our dynamic, fun, and talented team.
About our ideal candidate
You are exceptionally organized and thorough, a compelling storyteller, and passionate about BOP’s mission and work. You are strong in both the art and science of fundraising, with the skill to build warm, genuine relationships, develop and manage reliable processes and systems for cultivating donors, and have a strong ability to pay close attention to details. You thrive on collaboration in a small team, lead by example and support others generously, and seek ongoing opportunities to learn and grow outside your comfort zone.
The BOP Development Director is a full-time position responsible for ensuring BOP’s sustainability, by growing awareness of and commitment to the organization’s work through proactive, creative, and relationship-based fundraising strategies. The Development Director will develop and lead the execution of annual development strategy in alignment with BOP’s vision and political beliefs --cultivating and celebrating donors’ generosity while also centering the strengths and voices of our members.
Raising $1.5 - 2 million annually and reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director will collaborate extensively with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, members, and staff while supervising the Individual Donor Manager and any development consultants. They will also engage in organizational leadership by serving on the Director Squad [D-Squad].
We are looking for someone who shares our vision to build a strong bottom up organization of Black people that will:
Craft alternative models and institutions that will advance our vision of racial and economic justice
Rebuild the spirit and foundation of our community
Exercise political and economic power
Act to win real systematic change
Transform the lives of Black people
Embody the spirit that has sustained the Black community
Primary roles and responsibilities
Funder Relationships & Grant Writing/Management (45%)
Direct institutional giving strategy and conduct outreach to new funders in collaboration with the Executive Director.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with current and potential funders.
Lead the submission of grant applications and reports, maintaining and updating boilerplate proposal templates, overseeing the grants calendar and database, and working with program staff to collect and report data.
Individual Donor Relations & Board Engagement (20%)
Manage the portfolio of our individual donors as well as personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding these donors.
Partner with the Executive Director on their cultivation efforts by brainstorming strategies, managing project calendars, and developing donor communication.
Work one-on-one with board members to establish their annual fundraising goals and engagement.
Manage donor records in our development database, including building reports, custom fields and formulas, workflows and data cleanliness processes.
Build a culture of philanthropy and train and support staff, board, and volunteers to become engaged fundraisers for BOP.
Events, Appeals & Digital Fundraising (20%)
Manage fundraising campaigns and both virtual and in-person events.
Recruit, manage, and steward volunteers to support events, appeals, and projects.
Maximize opportunities for members, volunteers, donors, board members, and new prospects to engage with BOP through fundraising and program events.
Manage our digital fundraising portals and campaigns.
Organizational Leadership and Team Management (15%)
Supervise and manage the Individual Donor Manager, Grant Writer and other development consultants.
Provide organizational leader as a member of the D-Squad.
Engage, promote, and practice shared leadership across the organization, fostering a team-oriented organizational culture.
Participate in fundraising affinity/networking groups to keep informed of trends and current issues in the development field.
Participate in Development cohorts and training as necessary.
Work with the Executive Director and Finance consultant to prepare fund development budgets and reports, forecast annual revenue, and improve financial tracking and reporting.
Minimum Skills and Qualifications
Minimum 4 years’ experience serving in a nonprofit fundraising/development role with particular emphasis on donor stewardship, grant writing and developing strong relationships with foundations.
In alignment with BOP’s practices and values, a demonstrated commitment to asset-based fundraising that advances social justice and equity.
Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to professionally engage and move fluidly between diverse stakeholder audiences.
Proven track record of achieving revenue targets.
Previous experience managing and administrating PowerBase, (our fundraising database), and expertly managing spreadsheet data.
Team player who demonstrates willingness and enthusiasm to step into a leadership role and has the ability to manage both up and down.
Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, e-mail, database, internet research, and social media).
Willingness and ability to work some nights and/or weekends as necessary.
At least two years’ experience successfully supervising one or more employees.
Other preferred skills and background
Strong understanding of the philanthropic landscape of the Bay Area, including the public and private sector.
History working in and for Black communities.
Experience working in youth development or social justice organizations.
Experience working with nonprofit boards.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary range is $75,000 to $90,000 depending on experience.
BOP offers a generous benefits package to all regular full-time employees that includes:
100% organization paid medical, dental, vision coverage for the employee and family
401K organization matching
Accrue 14 vacation days in the first year with incremental increases thereafter, 7 sick days annually, 14 paid holidays, 2 unrestricted floating holidays
Paid holiday closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day
Fully paid 4-week sabbatical program after 5 years with the organization
Professional development funds
How to Apply
Provide 3 References (2 former or current employers/ supervisors, 1 personal/ non-family member)