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OrganizationJesse Torrey
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineMay 15, 2016
College Degree Required?Yes


Location Charlottesville, VA

Organization Founded in 2014, Shift. is a 501c3, non- profit organization based in Austin, TX. We have offices in both Austin, TX and Charlottesville, VA. Shift. works to eradicate abortion stigma through culture change, education, advocacy and pro-active policy. We envision a society in which all people have the ability to access quality abortion care free of stigma and are provided with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve. We do this by educating and building community power to transform the political and cultural landscape around abortion and reproductive health. Shift. is committed to fostering open and honest conversations, lifting up all communities, and advocating for reproductive freedom. For more information, please visit

Position The Shift. Development Director will have strategic and operational responsibility for creating and overseeing the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, individual/corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources.


Promote the organization

  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization;
  • Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization;
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts;
  • Build relationships with community/ industry stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization.

Plan fund development activities

  • Collaborate with the Shift. CEO and Board of Directors to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization;
  • Implement the fund development plans in accordance with ethical fundraising principles;
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved;
  • Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary.

Organize fund development activities

  • Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fund raising processes are carried out in a timely manner;
  • Develop policies and procedures for the development department which reflect ethical fundraising practices;
  • Prepare and submit grant applications as outlined in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization;
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events as specified in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization;
  • Identify and develop foundation, corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities;
  • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information;
  • Coordinate in-kind donations and make decisions regarding the issuing of receipts.

Staff fund development activities

  • In consultation with the Shift. CEO and Board, engage volunteers for special fund development projects using established volunteer management practices.

Manage fund development budget

  • Develop and gain approval for an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development program(s);
  • Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities;
  • Monitor expenses and analyze budget reports on fund development and recommend changes as necessary;
  • Expect individual to contribute to our financial growth and to ensure that all fundraising – events and initiatives – are in alignment with Shift’s. mission and goals;
  • Develop and execute fundraising plan to increase contributions from all sources, including foundations, individuals, and corporate gifts;
  • Maintain donor records, increase donor database and activities to a diverse type of communities and acknowledge donations. Individual must exhibit a forthcoming and trustworthy relationship with both Shift. and WWH staff;
  • Collaborate with the Shift. CEO and management team to execute a strategy to meet funding needs of their projects and departments;
  • Collaborate with Shift. CEO and Finance Committee to develop and implement fundraising goals, campaign tracking and solicitation strategies;
  •  Responsible for public speaking, public relations, event planning and execution as assigned;
  • In coordination with the Marketing Director, Oversee production of all print and virtual relations and marketing materials, including newsletters, updates and annual reports.


Skills Required

Qualifications The Development Director will be thoroughly committed to Shift’s. nonprofit mission and must demonstrate competence in all of the following: 

  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities;
  •  Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others are consistent with these standards and aligns with the values Shift.;
  •  Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization;
  •  Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques;
  •  Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters;
  • Foster Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness;
  •  Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization;
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities;
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results;
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience, as well as, demonstrable experience and quantifiable successes/qualifications that include:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • 5 years’ experience in fundraising, event planning, grant writing and non-profit management;
  • A certificate in Fundraising Management is an asset;
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation affecting charities;
  • Knowledge of special events planning and management;
  • Knowledge of the management of volunteer resources;
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices and procedures within the development field;
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising;
  •  Proficiency in the use of:
    •  Fund raising software
    •  MS Office Suite

Additional Info

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to: Human Resources Department: Shift. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome applications from women, people of color, and members of the LBGTQI community.