Position: Director of Resource Mobilization
Location: Anywhere in the United States (this is a remote position)
The Director of Resource Mobilization, a new role created to support the network’s revenue-generation needs, will lead strategies for Resource Development and Funder Organizing for Resonance Network, supervise development staff and consultants when added to the team, support financial management, and elevate the visibility of Resonance Network partners and members within philanthropy. Applicants must have a strong ability to build relationships with integrity and openness, hold big picture vision and attention to detail simultaneously, work independently, forecast and plan multiple projects several months in advance, and maintain consistent communication while working remotely. This position will report directly to Aimee Thompson, one of the Co-Directors.
About Resonance Network (Resonance)
Resonance Network connects people who are building a world beyond violence. We know that healing and transformation happens through deep relationship-building, and by centering the wisdom and experiences of Black, Brown and Indigenous womxn, femmes, and QTPOC folx most impacted by white supremacy, patriarchy, extraction, and violence. Resonance Network participants are practicing ways of being together, growing beyond dominant culture norms, and expanding our capacity to create collective systems of governance that reflect our shared values.
With over 3,000 network participants, strong engagement around a foundational set of governance principles, and a growing community of partners, we are ready for a culture, norms, and narrative shift to rebuild the world according to our collective re-imagining. This work requires depth and breadth: catalyzing transformation in individuals/communities through consistent, embodied, tangible experiences of worldbuilding, and reaching people at scale with stories and narratives that bring this world to life and expand the horizons of what is considered possible, culturally and politically.
Resonance made the intentional choice to configure ourselves as a network — unlike traditional organizations, networks hold the capacity to be organic and flexible, adapt and evolve, and scale in response to changing contexts and current events. We share a commitment to ensuring that the structure and practices of Resonance Network reflect the values of the world we are building and together, each interaction, choice, and activity has strengthened our practices of equity and thriving, and solidified our foundation in these values throughout our network.
Over the past 5 years, Resonance Network has been supported by a single private foundation that provided seed funding and multi-year renewal support. Now, expanding funding support from a diverse set of donors and other revenue sources has gained greater urgency and importance, as 2021 represents the last year of our current grant funding. We have a goal to raise $2 Million over the next year, with an additional $5-10 Million in the pipeline over the next couple years.
Our fundraising efforts to date have been collaboratively held by a circle of several members of the core staff team. Additionally, in early 2021 we engaged a skilled fundraising consultant on a time-limited basis, who has helped clarify the ways we present the network to funders, developed some initial fundraising collateral materials (boilerplate concept paper and pitch deck), and provided initial suggestions for building a team and systems to support our fundraising efforts. The network’s fundraising capacity is in a very early stage of development, thus this would be the first staff position hired for development.
About the team
We are a virtual team operating remotely throughout the US. Currently Resonance’s core team is composed of 7 full-time staff members, and long-term relationships with 40 consultants, who together make up the network’s strategic and operational infrastructure.
As a small team, we practice shared leadership and look to invest in team members’ areas of interest. Opportunities to lead or collaborate on special projects are encouraged, especially to develop new skills or explore different types of projects.
Lead Strategic Fundraising
- With Co-Directors and Director of Finance and Operations, set multi-year and annual fundraising goals in complement to budgetary projections. Identify strategic pathways and drive strategy iteration to achieve fundraising goals, including ownership of ongoing fundraising income projection.
- Manage and deploy Resonance fundraising circle, a working group of network staff/consultants and participants, in ongoing fundraising cultivation and stewardship activities — including through facilitation of regular circle meetings and managing next steps.
- Lead the timely creation and submission of fundraising materials, including funder inquiries, concept papers, pitch decks, grant proposals and reports.
- Manage grant calendar and funder relationships.
- Proactively drive new prospect identification and relationship pathways, including oversight of prospective funder tracking tool track funder research and relationship management.
- Conduct prospect research on new foundations, donors, and other funding sources that have compelling alignment with Resonance Network strategy and programs, leveraging search databases, philanthropy networks, peer organizations, and referrals.
- Develop and manage a dynamic schedule of prospect outreach, letters of inquiries, proposals, and other fundraising inquiries and updating the fundraising calendar on a regular basis.
- Execute meeting follow-up, and moves management of donor and prospect relationships by carefully tracking outreach and engagement.
- Experiment with online fundraising, network fundraising, and other strategies.
- Coordinate Resonance participation in funder organizing initiatives and representation in philanthropic spaces as needed.
Collaborate on Financial Management
- Collaborate with the Director of Finance and Operations on budget management & planning.
- Work with staff to support their understanding and ownership of budget needs for programs and work areas.
- Participate in finance meetings as needed, including coordinating with Resonance’s fiscal sponsor.
Participate in Resonance Network core team
- Ensure active and timely response on all communications (email, phone, texts, messaging apps, etc.).
- Attend regular virtual meetings with staff, contractors, network participants, and others.
- Other duties as assigned.
Currently does not supervise other employees. Possibility of building a small team to support development activities as organization budget increases.
Expected Hours of Work
Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor. This is a Remote Position.
No significant travel expected. Occasional domestic travel may be required for meetings and conferences in the future.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
- At least 5 years of successful experience in fundraising leadership aligned with strategy development, especially for networks or organizations, especially focused on social justice, movement-building, and/or capacity-building.
- Excellent understanding and analysis of fundraising and movement landscapes at the national and regional levels, and relation to social movement networks and community-based groups.
- Familiarity with frameworks such as ending gender-based violence, conflict transformation, cultural strategy, and healing justice.
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills with the ability to engage with diverse audiences and ability to communicate openly with coworkers and community members.
- Excellent spoken and written communication skills, including the ability to write both quickly and compellingly.
- Ability to work remotely, manage multiple work tasks, maintain attention to detail and accuracy, and meet the pressure of deadlines in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment.
- Demonstrated commitment to gender, racial, social, and economic justice.
- People of color, immigrants, queer, women, transgender, non-binary folks encouraged to apply.
Position Type and Compensation
- This is a 100% FTE Exempt position. Annual gross pay is $100,000-$125,000 depending on experience. Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because we work virtually in different parts of the US, this timeframe is flexible based on each person’s location, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.
- MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes (Resonance is fiscally sponsored by MSC):
- 20 days vacation leave per year;
- 12 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;
- 12 sick days per year;
- 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;
- Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);
- 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;
- Access to a 403b retirement plan.
- Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.