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Donor Research Associate

Posted on: November 15, 2019

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Job Description

Public Interest Network Donor Researcher 

Overview

The Public Interest Network operates more than 15 organizations—including U.S. PIRG, Environment America, Green Corps, and the National Environmental Law Center—that are committed to a cutting-edge vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to change. We’re transpartisan. We value dialogue over polarization. We invest in people and strategies that deliver results, including advocacy, lobbying, campaigning, litigation, policy research and grassroots organizing. And over the past 45 years, our coordinated approach has won hundreds of victories.

We focus on tackling some of the big questions facing our country – how to make sure the next generation has clean air, clean water and a livable climate; how to transform our energy and transportation systems to meet the needs of today, not the last century; how to grow and raise our food in ways that leave both people and our environment healthier, and more. 

We’re transpartisan. We value dialogue over polarization. We invest in people and strategies that deliver results, including advocacy, lobbying, campaigning, litigation, policy research and grassroots organizing. 

Over the past 45 years, our coordinated approach has won hundreds of victories. Because of the laws and other policies we’ve won, people are buying healthier and safer products, getting more of our energy from the sun and the wind, and drinking cleaner water and breathing cleaner air.

If our approach to change and the issues we work on sound exciting to you, apply to join our team.

Job Description

The Donor Researcher will identify and research prospective donors for a wide array of public interest campaigns and programs, supporting the fundraising work of the network’s advocates, organizers, executive directors, and development staff. 

Representative responsibilities include:

  • Identifying potential individual and foundation donors and matching them to current campaigns and projects.
  • Researching and preparing profiles on the individual and foundation prospects.
  • Assisting in developing new ways to analyze membership data to identify top prospects.
  • Working with Public Interest Network fundraisers around the country to determine and implement strategies for cultivation and solicitation.
  • Maintaining and enhancing a prospective donor tracking database.

The Donor Researcher position requires a two-year commitment.

Training

A key part of the Public Interest Network’s mission is to train leaders who are capable of organizing and winning results for the public interest. The Donor Researcher will receive hands-on training throughout the year from department staff as well as participate in a classroom training program to develop the knowledge and skills he/she needs to manage a variety of Public Interest Network campaigns in the community. Each training will include an overview of the network’s history and past campaigns, briefings on current campaign issues and strategies, and skills development workshops to hone organizing and leadership skills.

Job Qualifications

We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of organizing. We’re also looking for candidates who are more motivated by the success of the movement than by individual achievement.

Additionally, top candidates will:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of relevant experience.
  • Be a curious, creative, and tenacious researcher. Also must have outstanding analytical skills and attention to detail, as well as be highly organized and deadline driven.
  • Have leadership skills and experience. 
  • Be flexible, embrace new challenges, and have a strong work ethic.
  • Have excellent computer skills and be able to learn quickly.  
  • Have strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Be able to work independently, as well as take direction and work as part of a team. 

Compensation & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. We value experience in fundraising with a public interest advocacy organization or on political campaigns, research, and/or data analysis experience. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package. 

Location

Los Angeles, California or Denver, Colorado

To Apply

Visit our website and fill out the online form. If we are interested in interviewing you for the position, we will get back to you within a week.  

Things To Know When You Apply

The Public Interest Network is a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here: https://publicinterestnetwork.org/core-values.html for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer.

Fund for the Public Interest will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Locations

Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA

Details

Employer
The Public Interest Network

Job category
Fundraising

Employment type
Full Time

Experience
2+ years

Compensation
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package.

Start date
January 6, 2020

Apply by December 15, 2019