VFA is hiring a Fund Development Manager

The Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) was founded in 1978 to help resettle refugees from the Vietnam War. Overtime, we have grown to become a respected leader not only in the Vietnamese community, but also in the broader immigrant, refugee and communities of color. We share a common history and understanding of the refugee and immigrant experience. VFA believes that effective social change happens when strong partnerships tackle complex challenges; no single organization or community can do it alone. Therefore, we accomplish our mission in four ways:

  • We bring together public and private partnerships and collaborations to increase equity for immigrant and refugee communities,
  • We support students to be college or career ready,
  • We strengthen families to be self-reliant and successful, and
  • We develop leaders so the Vietnamese community is heard and represented.

Our Work Culture

We are highly dedicated to the important work of serving our community, and strive to foster a caring, supportive and flexible work environment. As a diverse and fun-loving team, we enjoy eating lunch together and celebrating birthdays. Our values are compassion, responsibility, fun, integrity, inclusivity, and equity.

Future Fund Development Manager

Over the past five years, VFA has had tremendous success raising funds through grants, special events, and donor and volunteer engagement, which has grown VFA’s revenue and stabilized the organization. While special events have proven to be an effective fundraising approach for VFA so far, we recognize the importance of having diverse revenue streams. To advance VFA’s current priorities, we plan to add focus to, and strengthen, our engagement with donors and volunteers. The new Fund Development Manager will execute, strengthen, and evaluate VFA’s community-centric engagement plan, which approaches fundraising and engagement using a racial equity lens. The plan guides our principles and strategies for prospecting, cultivating, and stewarding supporters, volunteers, and partners. The Fund Development Manager will report to the Executive Director, and also work closely with the Board of Directors and Volunteer Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

 Develop engaging and authentic relationships with supporters, donors and partners (50% of time)

  • Partner with VFA leadership to develop a growth strategy for the organization, including, but not limited to, organizing outreach efforts, and managing relationships with VFA’s new and existing donors.
  • Be an outward facing ambassador for VFA and support Executive Director with donor and major gift relationships and solicitations.
  • Track pledges, contributions, engagement and activities using CiviCRM database (database trainings provided, if needed).
  • Prepare and send gift acknowledgements to individual and corporate donors.

Support Implementation of VFA’s Fund Development Strategy (40% of time)

  • Work with Executive Director, Board of Directors and Volunteer Manager to implement the engagement plan, which includes donor and volunteer cultivation strategies, donor segmentation based on interests and giving history, and marketing and branding (e.g., social media, website, promotional materials).
  • Use data-driven metrics and analytics to determine how VFA should prioritize our fundraising resources in order to maximize the return on investments, while building and empowering relationships with donors, volunteers, and partners, both new and existing, across various campaigns (e.g., annual benefit dinner, auctions, major gifts).
  • Create, strengthen and maintain systems and infrastructure to sustain supporter engagement efforts.
  • Work with Grant Writer to maintain grants pipeline, oversee reporting and tracking, identify new grants, and develop foundation and funder relationships.

Event Coordination (10% of time)

  • Oversee coordination of any events related to promoting VFA, including, but not limited to, Annual Benefit Dinner, Project: R.I.S.E., World Café, etc.
  • Provide leadership and support to various development committees, including, but not limited to, Table Captain, Sponsorship, Auction, etc.
  • Provide supervision and support to fundraising assistants, interns, volunteers.

The Ideal Candidate will have

  • A passion for the mission, vision and values of VFA. The candidate will have experience working in areas that may include, but are not limited to, refugee and immigrant populations, youth development, education, social justice, or racial equity.
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following is required: community organizing, fundraising strategy, major gifts, donor cultivation, communication and marketing.
  • Multilingual applicants are strongly preferred. Please specify language(s) in resume/cover.
  • Flexibility to work occasional Saturdays and evenings throughout the year.

Compensation and Benefits:

VFA is prepared to offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with candidate’s experience. Salary range for this position is $47,500-48,450 per year, with opportunity for advancement during annual review. Our generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, 18 vacation days (upfront), 5 sick days and 12 paid holidays. $1000 toward professional development. This position is exempt.

Application Process:  

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to hr@vfaseattle.org. Priority deadline Sunday, July 16, 2017. Position will remain open until filled.

VFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate under federal, state, or local laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, political ideology, physical or mental disability, military, or veteran status.