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Foundation Officer

The Peace Development Fund in Amherst, MA is a public foundation that works to build the capacity of community-based organizations through grants, training and other resources as partners in the human rights and social justice movements.  If you’re looking for a rewarding career position in a dynamic, successful and progressive organization, helping to raise much-needed funds and provide grants and capacity building for grassroots groups, come to PDF.

The Foundation Officer, based at the PDF Center for Peace and Justice in Amherst, Mass., will be responsible for PDF’s Community Organizing Grants program and Fiscal Sponsorship; offer capacity building for grantees through fiscal sponsorship; and engage in fund-raising and outreach for PDF programs such as the grants docket.

Above responsibilities include:

  • Knowledge and application of best practices in grantmaking
  • Analytical capabilities with accounting procedures and processes for structuring projects
  • Understanding of current IRS regulations related to foundations
  • Knowledge of grants management software and information technology skills
  • Ability to communicate technical, budgetary and program details to staff, grantees and applicants
  • Ability to design and implement effective workflow processes and procedures

Qualifications: 

  • BA (required), MA (a plus)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in grantmaking and/or non-profit administration
  • Experience as a lead community organizer, lead trainer and/or lead technical assistance provider
  • Experience and commitment to the grassroots communities to which PDF provides funding and training
  • Experience with fiscal management and budget development
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or other donor management software), GIFTS Online (or other grantmaking software) and Microsoft Office to include Excel, Powerpoint and Word
  • Experience working with diverse staff and Board

The successful candidate will have demonstrated capability to work well with others; flexible ability to move between disparate tasks, responding to competing requirements within job functions; be self-directed, team oriented, patient and hard-working.  Spanish fluency a strong plus.  This position reports to the Director of Communications and Outreach, and is based in Amherst, Mass. It is a full-time, exempt position requiring flexibility and includes working evening and weekend hours, with the ability to travel overnight and out of town.

Timing and Salary:

This position is full-time (40 hours/week), and available beginning August 1, 2019.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include healthcare and 3 weeks’ vacation in first year.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should e-mail cover letter, résumé, and three references.

Foundation Associate

The Foundation Associate, based at the PDF Center for Peace and Justice in Amherst, Mass. will implement PDF’s strategies for donor management, solicitation and cultivation; work on special events and community outreach; help to produce written materials (i.e., newsletter, annual report, blog); participate in PDF’s grantmaking process; and engage in fund-raising for PDF programs.

Above responsibilities include:

  • Managing PDF’s donor database on Raiser’s Edge, producing reports and receipts.
  • Managing the day-to-day aspects of the fiscal sponsorship program, including meeting with new and existing projects and offering technical assistance.
  • Working with the Board of Directors, staff, workstudy students/interns and volunteers to support PDF’s programs and fund-raising efforts.
  • Meeting with and maintaining ongoing relationships with individual donors and educating them about PDF’s programmatic work and organizational vision through: face-to-face visits, phone, e-mail, letters, other appropriate forms of communication, and in-house events and other venues.
  • Articulating PDF’s organizational vision to potential donors and others in-person and through social media.

Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree preferred; at least two years’ experience in similar or equivalent position in non-profit setting; demonstrated capability with social media as well as Microsoft Office to include Excel, PowerPoint and Word; and have worked with databases (Raiser’s Edge or GIFTS a plus).  You should be detail-oriented; have strong analytical, presentation and communications (written and oral) skills; work well with others, with the ability to move between disparate tasks and respond to competing requirements within job functions; be self-directed, team oriented, patient and hard-working.

Spanish proficiency is preferred. This position reports to the Director of Communications and Outreach, is based in Amherst, Mass. and requires the ability to travel overnight and out of town.

Timing and Salary:

This entry level position is available beginning July 1, 2019.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should e-mail cover letter, résumé, and three references.

Internships

If you are interested in summer or semester-long internships in San Francisco or Amherst, or work study through one of the Five Colleges in Massachusetts, please email your resume and cover letter to this email address. Internships are unpaid.


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