Do you love writing? Are you amazingly talented at keeping track of all kinds of tiny details? Do you want to be challenged all the time, learn a ton of stuff, be on the cutting edge of equity and community engagement work, have a lot of fun, be frustrated on occasion and inspired frequently, and make a significant impact? Rainier Valley Corps is looking for a Development and Communications Associate who wants an opportunity to learn and develop within an organization that is growing rapidly. The Associate will be joining our thriving Development and Communications Team, handling many important details necessary to the well-functioning of the program. RVC intends to invest deeply in the professional development of this position so that they can grow and develop as the program grows, gaining increasing levels of responsibility and opportunity over time.
Our story: In light of the current political climate, the need to invest in communities-of-color-led nonprofits is more urgent than ever. Due to a historic lack of investment in this sector, communities of color are unable to fully participate in civic engagement and advocacy around critical areas such as environmental justice and education equity. Without the involvement of the communities most affected by injustice, policies and practices are often ineffective.
Recognizing these challenges, Rainier Valley Corps was formed in 2014. We focused on the lack of staff capacity and launched a fellowship program where cohorts of talented leaders are recruited, trained by RVC, provided a living-wage salary and healthcare, and placed at grassroots organizations led by communities of color, with the goal of helping these organizations develop their capacity.
RVC then moved from a single leadership program toward a holistic capacity building model focused on organizations led by communities of color. This new model combines our existing fellowship with four new core capacity-building areas: operations support, capacity-building coaching, partnership fundraising, and collaboration. We believe that the combination of these strategies will unlock the potential of communities of color to mobilize, shape policies, and respond to the current political climate.
RVC works in partnership with a variety of communities-of-color-led organizations in Rainier Valley, including Got Green, Puget Sound Sage, Geeking Out Kids of Color, Somali Doulas, MarketShare, Ethiopian Community in Seattle, Powerful Voices, East African Community Services, Families of Color Seattle, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Voices of Tomorrow, and AGE UP.
As RVC grows, we need a passionate Development and Communications Associate who can work with the rest of the team to shape the future of our organization. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants not just a job, but also an opportunity to empower communities of color and cultivate the next generation of leaders. Plus, we’re right in the middle of Columbia City, and it’s awesome here, with diverse restaurants, bars, and shops. And the team is ridiculously dedicated to the mission and fun to work with. It helps that we have the best snacks.
REPORTS TO: Development Director
Fundraising Support (45%):
- Provide support for fundraising efforts, donor communications, and special events related to the organization’s fundraising plan.
- Ensure that systems, including acknowledgement of gifts, donor data tracking, grant reporting, and all record keeping, are maintained in an accurate and timely way.
- Conduct research and special projects that contribute to the growth and improvement of the organization’s fund development efforts.
- Thank donors via email, handwritten cards, and phone calls.
Communications Support (45%):
- Maintain and develop the communications plan, website, social media, marketing materials, and other communications/fundraising tools.
- Coordinate the monthly newsletter and weekly blog posts, ensuring the content is collected, reviewed, edited, and distributed.
- Write blog posts and other written pieces, and provide feedback on others’ writing to help them improve.
- Help consistently capture and share lessons learned.
General Operations (10%)
- Collaborate with staff in making key strategic decisions affecting RVC’s future
- Engage in deep professional development, participating in the curriculum provided to participants in RVC’s Fellowship Program
- Participate in staff meetings, attend community events, and otherwise contribute to strengthening the deep roots within our community, both internally and externally
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
- Experience with communities of color and grassroots organizations
- Passion for working in the nonprofit sector
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Talent for creating and managing systems
- An eye for creating efficiencies and keeping track of details
- Passion for storytelling, translating stories heard to various formats to share with the world
- Ability to develop trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
- Comfort with computers and a variety of online platforms
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Love of continuous learning
- Able to work some evenings and weekends
- Commitment to our mission and our values of Equity, Integrity, Community, Action, and Transformation
- A great sense of humor!
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
- This is a full-time, non-exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week, with a salary range of $37,000-$43,000. Salary offer will be dependent on experience.
- We believe in work-life balance, and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.
- We provide 23 days of Paid Time Off, 11 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
- We provide medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package.
OUR HIRING PROCESS & TIMELINE:
- We will read your cover letter first; it’s important for us to understand whether this is the right fit for you. In your cover letter, please be sure to tell us why you are interested in this job, what you like about RVC, and share examples of past work you’ve done that makes you a strong candidate. This is an entry-level position, so we do not expect you to have much, if any, relevant paid work experience; feel free to share examples of work done in school or as a volunteer if that makes more sense.
- We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
- We will begin scheduling phone interviews in late May.
- We will begin in-person one-hour interviews in June. If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for two work samples relevant to this position, e.g. a process you created, a writing sample, or other relevant materials.
- Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter.
- We would like to have the selected candidate start in late June or early July.
RVC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, especially those from Southeast Seattle, are strongly encouraged to apply.