Open Arms Development Manager

Seattle, Washington, United States Full-time

 

Open Arms Perinatal Services is seeking a passionate and talented Development Manager to support our critical mission: providing transformational community-based support for families through pregnancy, birth and early parenting, to nurture strong foundations that last a lifetime.

The Development Manager will work closely with the development team and the Board of Directors to develop and implement creative strategies to increase donor engagement and giving. The successful candidate will excel at both the art and science of great fund development work – high emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal skills combined with the ability to build systems and use data to strategically support the management of individual, foundation, government and corporate donors. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to join a committed, diverse, and collaborative team at a growing organization --  a chance to stretch your fundraising and leadership skills in support of a proven effective program with a social justice mission.

About Open Arms 

Open Arms was founded in 1997 by a small group of women from the community who envisioned a future where no one would have to give birth without support. They imagined a world that cherishes birthing women, their babies, families, and communities. Today, that vision translates into a powerful community-based organization supporting low-income pregnant people, as they establish strong and healthy foundations for their babies and families. 

Despite the vast wealth and resources of the United States, 90% of the world’s wealthiest countries surpass the US on measures of maternal and child health and well-being. These poor outcomes disproportionately affect American babies born into poverty, whose mothers too often suffer from stress, social isolation, domestic violence, food insecurity and unstable housing in addition to insufficient health and parenting resources. In King County today, Native and African American infants are twice as likely to die within the first 28 days of life than white infants. Open Arms’ doulas work to address and mitigate these risk factors, so that mothers and babies receive the best possible start and avoid poor outcomes that can have negative consequences possibly lasting a lifetime.

Over 89% of Open Arms clients identify as people of color, and 55% are refugees or immigrants, and we are highly-regarded for providing culturally relevant and appropriate support. Multiculturalism, respect, and racial equity permeate all that we do. We work in true partnership with the communities we serve, listening to their hopes and dreams for pregnant people, babies and new parents, and providing resources to help transform those dreams into reality. Our program is not hospital-directed or based. Our trusted, community-centered approach always prioritizes the unique cultural, linguistic, and emotional needs of each client, without a conflict of interest, and free of charge.

Open Arms’ services and community-based approaches are working, and people are taking note. Open Arms has demonstrated lower rates of unplanned C-sections, preterm labor, and low birth weight for doula clients relative to local rates in King County. Nearly 100% of Open Arms clients began breastfeeding at birth, and over 95% were still breastfeeding at 6 months. Open Arms is the first community doula program in the nation to be accredited through HealthConnect One. The agency has won several local awards including the Seattle Human Services Innovative Programs Award and SOAR’s Community Achievement Award. Our funding partnerships with Social Venture Partners, Best Start for Kids, Perigee Fund, and the Department of Children, Youth and Families demonstrate that Open Arms has earned the support and respect of the local philanthropic community.

Today, Open Arms has an annual operating budget of over $3.5M through a combination of funding from public institutions, private foundations, and individual donors, and is overseen by an active board of 17 trustees. The current staff of 20, in addition to a pool of contracted doulas, serve over 200 pregnant people and their families annually, and the organization is growing rapidly. Open Arms offers three community-based programs: Birth Doula Services, Outreach Doulas, and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling. Some programs start from the third trimester of pregnancy up until the child’s second birthday. For more information about Open Arms’ specific programs, approach, and impact, visit our website at https://www.openarmsps.org.

The Role of the Development Manager

The Development Manager will be part of the 4-person development team, which together is responsible for executing the organization’s development strategy and meeting its annual fundraising goals. The Development Manager will report to the Development Director, working closely with them to determine strategy and develop specific plans, targets, and fundraising benchmarks. The Development Manager will be responsible for a majority of the day-to-day development operations such as:

  • Build and sustain a growing base of annual individual donors
  • Together with the Development and Communications staff, coordinate both large-scale and individual donor communications to share impact, successes, and lessons learned
  • Support the Development Director, Executive Director, Donor Relations Coordinator, and Board members to ensure moves management tasks are being completed and tracked for their donor portfolios
  • Manage donor tracking and information in the Little Green Light database
  • Track proposals and create reports for foundations and corporate support
  • Work closely with a contract event coordinator to plan the annual fundraising luncheon, as well as organize smaller donor cultivation and stewardship events
  • Work with a contract grant writer to manage all grants calendars, correspondence, application and reporting deadlines

Ideal Candidate Qualifications

The Development Manager will be inspired by Open Arms’ mission of providing support for new families, and will be passionate about the urgent need to address racial and economic health disparities. Strong candidates will demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • At least two years of experience working in fund development, ideally including experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding annual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsorships
  • Excellent listening and communication skills for building relationships with existing and potential donors and partners and telling the story of Open Arms
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, set priorities, follow through and meet deadlines
  • Technological savvy and analytical abilities to build effective donor tracking systems and measure progress
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and donor database software; experience with Little Green Light a plus

Addressing issues of social justice and racial equity and dismantling oppressive systems are the foundation of our work. It is extremely important that the Development Manager has a strong anti-racist and anti-oppression lens and is comfortable engaging around these topics, is self-reflective, and is willing to challenge themselves to continually grow and learn. As part of the Open Arms’ staff, the Development Manager will need to be comfortable working both independently and collaboratively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds, and should expect to be learning on the job every day. The Open Arms space is a busy shared office setting, with clients and children frequently coming in and out; the ability to thrive in this environment is a key to success. A background check will be required before hire.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) exempt position; occasional evening or weekend events or meetings will be required. The expected salary range is $50,000 to $62,000 depending on qualifications; candidates with more significant development experience would be given increased responsibilities commensurate with the higher end of this range. The Development Manager may choose to work remotely 1-2 days a week, in coordination with the schedules of the rest of the staff team. Access to reliable transportation between Open Arms’ main office on Beacon Hill (El Centro de la Raza building) and extension office (Amara building) is required.

What Employment at Open Arms Perinatal Services Offers:

  • Benefits: Paid health, vision, and disability insurance, generous paid time off and paid holidays, sick days, and additional paid time off over the winter holidays. Option to contribute to a 401k, flexible spending and dependent care expenses account, and supplemental insurance.
  • Flexible and Family-Friendly Environment: Because of our mission and the services we provide, Open Arms is proud and committed to being a family-friendly workplace. We offer flexible work schedules with remote work being part of the usual weekly schedule for almost all staff. We also offer generous PTO for self and family care. Children of any age are welcome in our office, and many staff bring their children to work on a regular or as-needed basis. We have an onsite lactation lounge and encourage breastfeeding in the workplace.
  • Supportive and inclusive workplace culture: We have an informal workplace culture, and staff develop strong, supportive connections with each other. We are proud of our extremely diverse staff in all demographic areas, which creates a very rich and inclusionary organizational culture.
  • Commitment to equity: Open Arms is an affirming, positive, diverse work environment. Open Arms provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and other historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.
  • Community: Open Arms is located in Seattle’s Beacon Hill Neighborhood, in the dynamic El Centro de la Raza building, which is home to many community-based nonprofits working for social justice. Open Arms’ Development Team will be based in the Amara building, which is located in the South Seattle area, and may spend time in both locations.

How To Apply

To Apply use the RecruiterBox applicaiton link.

Online applications via Recruiterbox application link only; please no email or paper submissions.

You will be asked to upload a resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please describe as specifically as you can, why you are interested in joining the Open Arms team, and how your skills and experience are a fit with the goals of this position and the mission and values of this community.

Applications received by 5PM on Friday, May 10, 2019 will be given full consideration.

All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received. We encourage early applications; interviewing will begin in early May.