About the Organization
826 Dallas Project exists to help youth in the community to use their voice, and share their
stories with the world. Backed by a community of local partners including our convener
University of North Texas at Dallas, as well as the support from the proven model built by 826
National, 826 Dallas Project is positioned to build an institution in Dallas ready to take on new
challenges as we emerge in the aftermath of the global pandemic. For more on what we’ve
accomplished this year and what we plan to bring to our growing community of young writers in the future, check out our 2021 Snapshot.
826 Dallas Project has reached an important milestone in the organization’s development. Over the last three years, we have grown considerably, having added two part-time leaders to the team to oversee programming, partnered with a major corporation to bring free writing programming to youth in West Dallas, while also building our bench of partners across the city who have shown us the demand for this program is significant. We’re looking for a part-time Manager-level role who can help us over the next several months to achieve this growth, and shift gears into our next stage of strategic development as we seek to file our 501c3, establish our governing board, continue to fundraise, and grow our programmatic footprint in Dallas.
Fundraising and Financial Management
Partner with 826 Dallas Project co-founder, 826 National Development Director, and 826 Dallas Project Program Team to develop and implement 826 Dallas Project’s fundraising strategy, building on a diverse portfolio of funding sources including: grant applications, corporate and private philanthropy, individual donations, and special events.
Build and maintain a fundraising database, aligning with 826 National as needed for best practices to prepare for an eventual transition to Salesforce.
Coordinate with our fiscal sponsor to ensure there’s a clear line of sight into incoming contributions.
Successfully and directly ask individual and other funders for financial gifts; Cultivate and support donors through every stage of a gift; Deliver authentic gratitude, timely information, and individualized attention to donors in our community of supporters.
Marketing + Communications
Build and execute a fundraising-specific communications strategy that helps to grow our target audience, and translate them from awareness into activation by becoming donors.
Develop and maintain relationships with education and community leaders that will support growth of 826 Dallas Project brand.
Sync with 826 Dallas Project co-founder and Program Team to ensure fundraising communications are aligned with Programmatic Communication Strategy.
Align with the Program Manager to stay connected to the day-to-day of the program staff’s work in the areas of programming, volunteer recruitment and supervision, development, publications, and special events. You will not be overseeing programming, but will need to stay abreast of program-related activities.
You will have the opportunity to work with and leverage capacity from leaders in our Advisory Committee, as well as support from 826 Dallas Project’s Program Manager.
If you are interested in the role, but don’t feel like you check off all of the boxes below, please consider applying anyway! We’re looking for someone who has the chops to do the work, but are also excited to collaborate with someone who is interested in growing their skill set through this role.
Preference will be given to applicants local to Dallas, TX, or those who live within a reasonable driving distance of the metroplex.
Charismatic, inspirational leader, and collaborator, who has led healthy, dynamic organizations through growth stages.
Proven record as a successful fundraiser who generates innovative ideas to help meet or exceed fundraising goals.
Strong and diverse network of connections throughout the DFW Metro area.
Significant leadership experience in the worlds of education, and/or youth development.
Community builder who works to build support systems in which everyone can thrive.
Ability to balance multiple, conflicting priorities with patience.
Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Experience working with many different cultures and constituents, including donors, partners, families, teachers, youth, volunteers, and staff.
Creative, resourceful problem-solver who knows how to access and apply community expertise for the good of the organization.
Passionate about writing and creativity, and its crucial role in social and racial justice, as demonstrated through previous work and/or volunteer efforts.
Works to cultivate a sense of possibility that allows for creativity, joy, humor, and weirdness.
Bilingual Spanish speakers are preferred but not required.
This is a part-time, exempt position. The stipend for this role is $16,000. Up to 20 hours per week at $50/hour. Based on our goals for this position, we anticipate a minimum term of 4 months, with the potential to extend, depending on the candidate’s availability and ability to reach fundraising goals in that time. Benefits are not included with this part-time role.
As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826 National and its chapters recognize the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order for us to serve students in a manner that is respectful, culturally sensitive, and effective, we must collectively and intentionally invest in building a diverse and inclusive organization where all are safe and welcomed.
UNT Dallas Foundation prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, English fluency, parental status, citizenship, military service, or disability of any person employed by or seeking employment with the UNT Dallas Foundation. The UNT Dallas Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
HOW TO APPLY
- A brief written letter (no more than 3 paragraphs) that illustrates how your previous experience aligns with the role, and why you’re interested in supporting our work in Dallas.
- Three professional references - we won’t get in touch without checking in with the candidate first.
Please email the aforementioned list as PDF attachments to both Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kait at email@example.com with the subject line: 826 Dallas Project Fundraising Manager Application: Your First Name and Last Name