Donor Organizer

Website CTUL_TC Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL)

Position Summary:

The Donor Organizer collaborates with CTUL’s Development team to reach our fundraising goals. The main responsibilities for this position include fundraising and communicating with individual donors, cultivating our donor base, and coordinating fundraising events. This position reports to the Fundraising Lead, and works closely with the Fundraising Associate and Movement Grants Administrator. The ideal candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills, some experience in nonprofit communications, fundraising, event management, and/or organizing, and a desire to develop deeper fundraising skills.

This position will be mostly remote for the time being due to COVID, with the potential to be partially but not fully remote after the pandemic.

Organization Summary:

Over the past fourteen years, CTUL has forged a new path for worker leadership development in the Twin Cities, opening new spaces where low-wage workers of color have a voice in their workplaces and in their communities. CTUL seeks to strengthen its work building a multi-racial organization.

CTUL has a vision of organizing the most marginalized workers in our economy to directly confront the elite corporations and 1% that control our economy, make demands, and win concrete and structural changes for communities across the metro area. Through worker-led campaigns with CTUL, workers have:

  • Worked in coalition to win increased wages and benefits for hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers through the $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis, and Earned Sick & Safe Time in Minneapolis and St. Paul;
  • Transformed the retail janitorial industry, making the Twin Cities the first metro area where the industry is unionized;
  • Recovered over $2 million in unpaid wages and damages in cases of wage theft; and
  • Won long-term changes in their workplace that bring over $7 million in additional income per year into the poorest communities in the metro area.

Primary Responsibilities: Essential duties & responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following

  • Individual Donor Organizing:
    • Builds relationships with CTUL donors, including 1:1 communication with highly engaged donors
    • Cultivates medium, large, and sustaining donor bases and meets regularly with prospective donors
    • Connects donors to CTUL’s work through communications, volunteer opportunities, actions, and other forms of engagement
  • Systems & Data Management:
    • Develops and implements the systems for the individual donor program at CTUL
    • Manages donor lists and tracks pledges and donations
    • Oversees mailings and communications with individual donors including acknowledgements of gifts, thank-yous, and donation asks.
  • Strategic Leadership: 
    • Develops and executes a strategy for growing CTUL’s donor base
    • Supports the Co-Directors, staff, the Board Fundraising Committee, volunteers and allies in developing and implementing their own fundraising efforts
  • Coordinating Fundraising Events: 
    • Leads the planning for two major fundraising events per year at CTUL: the Pancake Brunch & the Gala
    • Supports individuals in planning and implementing fundraising events
    • Leads fundraising at major actions organized by CTUL
  • Coalition and Staff Support: 
    • Supports with Tending the Soil coalition and BDC (Building
    • Dignity and Respect Standards Council) fundraising, as available
    • Supports the Ally Organizer with facilitation of CTUL Solidarity Praxis group and Worker Solidarity Committee
    • Occasionally facilitates staff meetings (on a rotating schedule), and other group meetings as necessary
  • Finance support: 
    • Coordinates with the Finance and Operations Director on reconciliations, donation processing, and budget input
  • Communications:
    • Collaborates with the Story Team to build CTUL’s public narratives
    • Supports the Annual Report planning process
    • Engages with organizing staff to gain a deep understanding of our campaigns, committees, and ongoing work in order to communicate more effectively with potential and existing donors
  • Building worker power: 
    • Builds relationships with other staff through 1-1 meetings
    • Fosters inclusive fundraising spaces that center our membership and engage stakeholders
    • Engages in CTUL campaigns and organizing actions as needed

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Commitment to CTUL’s mission and vision
  • Ability to manage one’s own schedule; Highly organized, detail oriented, and self-motivated
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Experience in fundraising and developing systems for an individual donor program is highly desired, but passionate organizer candidates will be given the mentoring they need to succeed
  • Familiarity with progressive social justice values, and the ability to apply them in a fundraising context and navigate the inherent tensions.
  • Commitment to fundraising in alignment with CTUL’s values that center movement building, the history of movement fundraising in Black and Brown communities, and organizing money power
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is required; Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus but not required
  • Good relationship building skills, exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with all levels of Board members, CTUL members, staff, volunteers, donors, and prospective donors
  • Experience organizing events, building leadership through 1:1 conversations, or recruiting and coordinating volunteers
  • High level of computer literacy including online databases, spreadsheets and basic design skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Google Suite, and Zoom.

Other Expectations:

  • Commitment to social, racial, and economic justice work as an integral part of a multi-racial team
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to use diplomacy and negotiation
  • Commitment to a culture of vulnerability and loving challenge for both personal growth and the growth of the organization
  • Capable of working both independently and cooperatively
  • Flexibility to attend events outside normal business hours that from time to time may include evenings and weekends as well as extended hours to accomplish the requirements of the position
  • Highest standards of accuracy and precision; highly organized
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, cope with change, and comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

Salary & Benefits:

CTUL has a tiered salary range set by the Staff and Board based on the principles of economic justice and inclusion.  This is a salaried position currently compensated at $50,985 – $52,530 per year with an annual raise of 3%. This full-time position will normally work 40 hours per week. Benefits include: 3 weeks paid vacation, 12 paid sick days, 5 recuperation days, paid holidays, medical and dental insurance for you and your immediate family at 10% cost, an annual end of year bonus of 5% of your annual salary which can be used towards a retirement fund, and others.

Reports to: Fundraising Lead

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to using the subject line: “Donor Organizer.”

We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, January 31, 2022. Position open until filled.

CTUL is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color as well as persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, women, immigrants, folks from working class backgrounds, and formerly incarcerated people. 

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