Bridges to Independence (Arlington, VA) leads individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. Please visit www.bridges2.org and our social media outlets to learn more about our work.
Bridges to Independence (Bridges) seeks a Community Engagement Associate to support fundraising, events, communications, and volunteer efforts in order to raise funds and the organizational profile with partners, donors, and volunteers. The goal of the position is to help advance Bridges’ mission by expanding the development initiatives and network of support. This position is an exciting opportunity to get a taste for various areas in the field of development. Work flow will vary day to day and may include data entry, communications, prepping mailings, coordinating volunteers, and fielding calls for in-kind donations. This position is supervised by the Chief of Philanthropic Partnerships Officer (CPPO) and supervises interns.
A successful candidate will demonstrate competency in the following areas, as well as works well in a faced-paced environment, is eager to learn, asks thoughtful questions, and is willing to be a part of a dedicated team.
Execute the day-to-day internal tasks for the development division in support of the CPPO
Input gift information in the donor management database and process letters
Provide reports to CPPO on status of fundraising goals and pulls email and mailing lists
Provide research to CPPO on individual prospects or grant opportunities
Track and report on renewal of gifts, as well as period of partnership
Support the CPPO with partnerships, including faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and some corporations, especially as it pertains to employee giving campaigns
When needed, backstop the CPPO by attending community events, giving presentations, or hosting shelter tours
When needed, liasion to Programs team and attend staff meetings for CPPO
Field inquiries regarding in-kind donations in collaboration with program team
Event Logistics and Execution
Support fundraising event logistics, including timelines, vendor agreements, etc.
Fulfill and track corporate sponsorship benefits
Work with CPPO on securing event program speakers and implement speaker logistics
Oversee silent auction, including driving content for auction letters and auction e-appeals
Manage registration, including confirming contact details with event participants, reporting out on current status to goal, and identifying opportunities to promote event registrations
Reach out to community partners regarding events in collaboration with CPPO
Oversee event volunteers, event volunteer timelines, and event volunteer communications
Provide logistical support for peer-to-peer and beneficiary events
Collaborate with the CPPO on special events, such as cultivation and stewardship events
Support Programs team with any special events, such as Client Recognition events
Communications and Special Campaigns
Provide support to CPPO on implementing a communications strategy and overall brand management
Develop and maintain relationships with local media for news and advertisements
Provide support to the CPPO on creating content for communications pieces, such as e-blasts, newsletters, short video clips, annual reports, appeal letters, brochures, etc.
Oversee social media, including scheduling posts and monitoring online activity
Provide support to the CPPO in managing the collecting of success stories and drafting content for external dissemination
Drafts non-governmental grants and letters of intent as needed
Manages special fundraising campaigns such as GivingTuesday, SpringIn2Action, etc.
Provides support and serves as liaison for workplace giving campaigns, including setting up opportunities to table/speak, and managing any needed giveaways
Support building and growing a volunteer program, including recruitment, screening, training, placement, recognition and evaluation of volunteers.
Serve as liaison to the community and volunteer organizations regarding volunteering opportunities
Field volunteer inquiries of those looking to get involved with the organzation
Update or create volunteer handouts and presentation materials
Collaborate with the CPPO and staff to place volunteers in programs
Assist in organizing annual volunteer recognition and appreciation events
Represent Bridges to Independence at various volunteer community events
Other duties as needed.
Qualifications & Required Skills:
Bachelor-level degree from an accredited college/university plus at least one year of fundraising and development experience or the equivalent in years of relevant experience
Excellent customer-service demeanor and ability to respond in a time-sensitive manner
Strong written and verbal communication skills, especially via phone and email
Strong proficiency in donor management software
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Constant Contact, and social media platforms
Ability to demonstrate accountability for results
Ability to influence without being in a position of influence
Demonstrated sound judgment, professionalism and a positive attitude
Demonstrated critical thinking, including resourcefulness, creativity and strong problem-solving
Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining strong attention to detail
How to Apply: For consideration, please email a cover letter, resume, salary history, and one writing sample to Christina Armstrong, Chief of Philanthropic Partnerships Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Community Engagement Associate.” No phone calls please.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Internal Number: 001
About Bridges to Independence
Bridges to Independence leads individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. We offer a continuum of aid and support for all family members, helping them attain financial security and move forward into self-sufficiency. As homelessness is often episodic, our other priority is working closely with former participants to ensure they are able to remain securely housed and do not fall into homelessness again.
A private, nonprofit organization, Bridges has been working with and for homeless families since 1985, when we were founded as the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. We became Bridges to Independence in 2015 because we needed a name that better reflects how our mission and service spectrum have evolved and expanded over the years.
Our bridges – our services – strengthen families and provide them with the stability, skills, knowledge, and community networks to become self-sufficient. We offer supports for every family member – adults and children alike. Our short-term goal is to help individual clients right now. Long-term we aim to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by preparing today’s struggling kids to be tomorro...w’s successful adults. From housing to financial literacy, from tutoring to youth development, from life skills to career counseling, we tailor a continuum of services. Some activities are required, some are optional, and some are just plain fun.