Careers

Fairmount Ventures is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to inclusion in hiring and professional development to create a diverse staff.

PROJECT MANAGER – Fundraising

Position Overview

Fairmount is adding a Project Manager to our growing team.  This position supports a full range of Fairmount’s core services with a primary focus on planning and executing all aspects of fundraising programs (individual and institutional giving) and capital campaigns. The position is ideal for an experienced and intellectually curious development professional who understands the nuance of and enjoys major gift fundraising, particularly capital campaigns, but does not want to be the face of an organization. They are energized by complex questions and being part of a multi-disciplinary, diverse team, excellent at 360 communication, and capable of both strategic thinking and maintaining a high volume of tactical data. They thrive in situations that require equal parts knowledge and expertise, good instincts, and keeping many things moving at once.

Responsibilities

DESIGN, STRATEGIZE & ADVISE – Help develop fundraising and campaign strategies, to include creating the structures and tools needed to execute them, as well as nuanced tactical approaches for specific donors and funders. Vet and prioritize ideas and opportunities with colleagues and clients (and, as relevant, their Board and/or committee members). Offer in-the-moment advice to clients as opportunities arise and as their donor relationships evolve. While there will be a sharp focus on major gifts from individuals, the position will also develop and execute positioning strategies for institutional funders (including foundations, corporations, and government sources).

WRITE – Write in many different styles and voices on behalf of clients and their committee members. Products include feasibility studies, reports to clients based on team research and analysis, federal grant applications, foundation proposals, major donor specific communications, scripts, and talking points.

RESEARCH & ANALYZE – Analyze client donor program, budget & resource development data; conduct funder, market, and competitor analysis; research and evaluate funding, donor and board prospects. Develop and model donor gift projections.

COMMUNICATE – Represent Fairmount to clients and serve as day-to-day contact; manage clients’ funder and donor outreach; engage in and help facilitate client meetings; work independently and collaborate on teams with Fairmount staff.

MANAGE – Balance a diverse portfolio of work with an average of 5-7clients; oversee junior supporting staff on select client teams; develop and maintain project workplans; track work activities and proactively report to senior client leads.

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years’ direct experience in fundraising, a portion of which is focused on major gifts and helping to manage Board (or committee member) fundraising efforts
  • Deep understanding of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  • Excellent writing skills; excellent research, analytical and organizational skills
  • Facility and comfort with quantitative data and information
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Experience managing broad-scale projects & processes and overseeing & mentoring junior staff
  • Ability to translate abstract concepts into cogent written products
  • Portfolio of relevant, original written materials

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, 2 original and relevant professional writing samples, and 3 professional references to info@fairmountinc.com. Please write “Project Manager” in the subject line. Resumes will be accepted until June 7, 2019.

ASSOCIATE

Position Overview

Fairmount has an opening for an Associate to add to our growing team.  This position supports client projects by providing critical administrative, research, and writing assistance to help meet the fundraising and planning needs of Fairmount’s nonprofit clients. While this position supports Fairmount’s full range of services, its primary focus is on fundraising, including grant writing, individual giving and capital campaign projects. This position provides an excellent continuous learning opportunity for someone who has experience in fundraising and wants to hone their skill, has an interest in consulting, and is seeking exposure to the Philadelphia region’s nonprofit sector.

Responsibilities

Core responsibilities of the position include:

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT – Balance a diverse portfolio of client projects with multiple internal and external deadlines; develop and maintain project work plans and information trackers; record meeting notes; manage online grant submissions on behalf of clients; schedule meetings and interviews; communicate with internal teams and clients about findings, challenges, and progress.

WRITING – Develop proposals for foundations, corporations, and government funding sources through a mix of original writing and adaptation of existing proposals; draft summaries of research assignments, including initial implications for clients; write profiles for donors and funders; compose outreach memos for clients to send to their stakeholders; draft or adapt sections of needs assessments, concept papers, individual donor letters, and other client deliverables.

RESEARCH & ANALYSIS – Research best practices, demographic data, market data, budget and fundraising data, foundations and individual donor and board prospects; conduct stakeholder interviews; synthesize research and identify themes and implications from research and interviews to support strategy development and execution.

Requirements

Fairmount is seeking a candidate with excellent organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, an ability to meet multiple demands and deadlines simultaneously, and an interest in advancing the missions of the region’s nonprofits.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 1-2 years’ work experience, with preferable 1 year of fundraising experience
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Solid research, synthesis, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, two original professional writing samples, and three professional references to info@fairmountinc.com. Please write “Associate” in the subject line. Resumes will be accepted until June 7, 2019.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT (Part-Time)

Position Overview

The Research Assistant provides research support that informs the recommendations Fairmount’s consulting teams develop for clients. The types of research span: socio-economic data that will help inform program design; funder grant awards and amounts to help vet opportunities and set strategies; competitor organization review to help determine an organization’s distinguishing features and to set benchmarks; best practice research to support planning; wealth capacity and philanthropic giving history research to shape door strategies; etc. The research is internet-based, using a combination of publicly available information and the subscription-based resources Fairmount uses to shape client strategies. Research supports strategic plans, business plans, capital campaign feasibility studies, resource development plans, public sector funding applications, corporate sponsorship packages, foundation grant proposals, and individual donor strategies.

The Research Assistant will report to a member of Fairmount’s management team, with whom s/he will set a mutually-agreeable schedule that enables a graduate student to work part-time while pursuing a degree and assures Fairmount reliable research support on a predictable schedule.

Qualifications

  • Enrolled in a Masters or PhD program
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Facility and comfort with quantitative data and information
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Time Commitment    

10 hours per week or 40 hours per month

Compensation

$20 per hour

Start Date

On-going

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to info@fairmountinc.com. Please write “Research Assistant” in the subject line.

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