Reports to Executive Director (ED)
Location: Central Arkansas or Remote
The Oxford American (OA), a nonprofit literary arts organization, is seeking a Development Coordinator (DC) for an exciting opportunity to help lead the organization to new heights. The DC will play an essential role in redefining and executing development strategies that enhance the organization’s fundraising practices. This is a full-time salaried position with room for growth.
The successful candidate will be a self-starter committed to the OA’s mission to explore the complexity and vitality of the American South. We are seeking someone capable of managing multiple deadlines and who has exceptional written and verbal communication skills. The DC should be comfortable functioning both as part of a dynamic team working toward common goals and independently.
Preference will be given to candidates who can occasionally report to our Conway, Arkansas office and/or those based in major Southern hubs, especially Houston.
- Develop a sustainable strategy for contributed income that leverages the organization’s strengths, including:
- Consistent award-winning quality and integrity
- Recognition as a national leader in literary journalism and arbiter of Southern arts and culture
- Enhanced and stable financial position
- Sustained success with donor stewardship and relationship-building
- Conduct grant research, writing, budgeting, and management with an emphasis on successful new multi-year funding
- Establish realistic budgets and strategies for general donations and major gift giving
- Maintain the OA’s current network of stakeholders while cultivating new relationships
- Work directly with outreach team to manage project workflow and oversee milestones for campaigns
- Liaise with Accounting Manager to track spending and classifications for grant compliance
- Work with ED and Editor to conceive of and execute up to (3) fundraising events each year
- Successfully complete $900k FY23 goal (60% already raised) through a combination of cash donations, grant funding, corporate gifts, and foundation giving
Knowledge, skills, and experience
- Bachelor’s degree and min. 3-5 years of experience in fundraising, development, and project management
- Arts, humanities, and/or literary development experience preferred
- Demonstrated success in past development and fundraising roles
- Proficient in Neon or other donor database applications, as well as MS Office and Google suites
- Enthusiastic about developing positive relationships with current and potential donors
- Ability to work closely with multiple departments to execute events and programs
- Ability to prioritize and manage several milestones, projects, and deadlines efficiently
- Exceptional professional written and interpersonal skills toward relationships with donors, foundations, etc.
- Experience planning large-scale events and fundraisers
- Ability to generate enthusiasm for our mission to explore the complexity and vitality of the South
- Experience working with a diverse team
- Travel will be required
- Salary is $50,000 and benefits package includes health, dental + vision insurance, unlimited vacation, and 401(k) plan
- The OA is committed to empowering voices underserved by the publishing arena; applicants of color and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+ or disabled are encouraged to apply. We invite applicants to voluntarily disclose any non-dominant identities in their materials.
- To apply, email a letter of interest, résumé, and ~10-page portfolio of relevant previous work (grant writing; donor stewardship; fundraising materials; etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject line: Development Coordinator.
The Oxford American is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: The OA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at the OA are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. The OA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics, and we encourage applicants of all ages.