Community Action Works
Community Action Works
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Development Director or Coordinator

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

At Community Action Works (formerly Toxics Action Center), we believe that environmental threats are big, but the power of well-organized community groups is bigger. That’s why we work side by side with everyday people to confront those who are polluting and harming the health of our communities. We partner with the people who are most impacted by environmental problems, especially Black, Indigenous, communities of color and poor communities, training them with the know-how anyone would need to make change in their own backyard. Because when neighbors know how to make change, they can build the power to transform our world.

Joining the team at Community Action Works, you’ll get to dive into building power with communities facing the most profound environmental and climate threats, while moving the organization toward our vision of creating the beautiful, just world we know is possible. You will have the opportunity to work side by side with community organizers, developing their fundraising skills and joining together to organize money for the movement. You’ll back organizers in centering Black, Indigenous, communities of color and working class communities, and other communities deeply impacted by pollution. You’ll join the team in diving deep into what it means to undo racism and classism through our work. Our team at Community Action Works is closely knit, and we weave in relationship-building, cultural exploration, on-going training, and healing practices into every aspect of our work, as we build a culture where organizers can thrive.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Fundraising Planning: Develop a comprehensive plan to raise the money that will keep Community Action Works financially stable and fuel our important organizational priorities. Collaborate with the Community Action Works team to decide on fundraising goals and strategies.
  • Major Donor Program: Drive all facets of our team-wide donor cultivation program in order to ensure critical support for future programmatic work. Prep and coordinate our outreach strategy to cultivate donors or potential donors (or members) through emails, calls one-on-one meetings. Aid our team’s efforts by personally stewarding 75 donors’ gifts a year.
  • Membership Prospecting and Renewal: Identify new supporters and renew current supporters. Manage relationships with contractors and consultants to do outreach through direct mail, telephone, monthly giving and canvassing, in addition to running in-house prospecting projects.
  • Event Planning: Organize house parties and zoom events to identify potential new supporters. Assist with holding conferences and member summits, including the Community Action Works’ flagship annual event: Local Environmental Action. This includes planning and recruiting co-sponsors, attendees, and inspiring speakers.
  • Organizational development: Help lead our team in implementing our strategic three-year plan, particularly our fundraising realm, and join our staff-wide process to center racial and class equity.
  • Administration and Analytics: Ensure proper systems are being utilized for tracking donations. Analyze rates for all fundraising strategies in order to identify areas for improvement. Assist in developing budgets.

Qualifications: Development Coordinator candidates must have at least two years of fundraising experience and director level candidates must have at least six years of fundraising experience. The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience organizing in multi-racial, multi-generational, and cross-class settings, has strategic thinking and effective facilitation skills, and is passionate about community organizing, movement building, and racial, economic and environmental justice. Candidates need to have a driver’s license and a car that they are willing and able to drive for work.

Location: May be based in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine, with a preference for Eastern Massachusetts.

Salary and Benefits: Salary for this position is commensurate with the candidate’s relevant experience and/or advanced degrees. We offer a competitive benefits package, opportunities for advancement, and training.

To Apply: Apply online. Direct your application to Megan Stokes, Development Director and indicate what position(s) you are applying for. We’ll review your application and if we are interested in discussing your candidacy further, we will be in touch with you shortly.

Community Action Works is an equal opportunity employer.

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