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Government Affairs and Advocacy Analyst

Posted 4/7/2021

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding candidates to fill a Government Affairs and Advocacy Analyst to support the advancement of a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that furthers the mission and goals of SEF to advance creative solutions to ensure equity and excellence in education for students of color and students from low-income families in the South. This individual will possess a robust understanding of and/or a self-motivated interest to learn about federal, state, and local education legislation and regulations across the P-20 pipeline. The Analyst will support the Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy in the engagement with policymakers, elected officials, practitioners, an array of other like-minded partners, and other education stakeholders. To be successful, this individual must be a team player and have stellar interpersonal skills.

This position reports to the Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs (Director), and at the direction of the Director, they will work with a diverse array of outside education experts, researchers, SEF’s grassroots partners and leaders at the state and local levels on a variety of advocacy and policy projects.

Candidates interested in this position should have working knowledge and genuine interest in improving educational opportunity across the P-20 continuum and working to ensure that education is the vehicle by which all students get fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

For more than 150 years SEF has made outsized contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through higher education.  SEF works to improve equity, excellence, and opportunity in education nationally.  Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission.

A bachelor’s degree is required.  Candidates should: be able to organize and prioritize workload to effectively complete multiple assignments; have exceptional written, oral, and electronic communication skills; have the ability to interact with diverse external audiences; effectively communicate and embody the value, belief, purpose and mission of the organization; have experience working both independently and in cooperation with other staff members while displaying a positive, cooperative attitude; and exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal, professional and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation.

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Supports the Director in developing, managing and executing SEF’s strategy for strengthening relationships with elected officials and government agencies and increasing their understanding of and support for the work and mission of SEF
  2. Works with the Director to identify priority legislative and government relations issues of importance to the work of SEF throughout the southern region
  3. Communicates and advocates SEF’s priorities to local, regional, state and national elected officials and staff
  4. Researches, monitors, analyzes and responds to state, local and federal legislation, regulatory activity, and other education policy activities to understand their content and implications, and updates and advises the Director on potential next steps
  5. Works with the Director to communicate with SEF staff and SEF partner organizations to inform them of relevant government affairs issues
  6. Works closely with state elected officials and staff at state Department of Educations, State Legislative Black Caucuses, General Assemblies, school boards, other policymaking bodies, and outside organizations to collect data and information as well as build relationships in the Southern education policy community
  7. Supports Director in educating legislators and other policymakers about the scope and impact of their public policy choices on education equity
  8. Supports the Director in the planning and implementation of programs, events, and other activities to support SEF’s advocacy and government affairs goals and advance SEF’s public policy priorities, through avenues such as legislative hearings, town halls, news conferences, meetings, and convenings of diverse groups of education stakeholders
  9. Helps the Government Affairs and Advocacy team translate research findings into effective, understandable products (i.e., policy briefs, memos, presentations, fact sheets, reports, and other written materials) for state policymakers, as well as civil rights groups and advocacy organizations
  10. Represents SEF in coalitions and meetings, as appropriate, to support SEF’s state policy agenda, and manage SEF’s relationships with a range of stakeholders
  11. Performs other duties as assigned and determined by the Director and SEF’s leadership team.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred (e.g., master’s degree in public policy, education policy, or related fields)
  • Two to four years of work experience (including internships) in policy analysis or research roles, ideally at an education policymaking entity or other policy and advocacy organization
  • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills and an ability to clearly communicate complete ideas for general public audiences
  • Experience in developing and maintaining relationships with public officials and their staffs
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents
  • Knowledge of state and Federal education policy, including ESSA plans
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on multiple projects
  • Sense of humor and the ability to exhibit grace under pressure
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Ability to occasionally travel (when permitted under CDC and expert guidance)
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence for every young person, but especially African American and low-income students in the South

Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current resume; 3) names and contact information of three references to (hr@southerneducation.org) with Government Affairs and Advocacy Analyst in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Compensation: Excellent non-profit employee benefits and competitive salary commensurate with position and experience.

The Southern Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Manager of Development and Donor Stewardship

Posted 1/28/2021

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding candidates to fill a Manager of Development and Donor Stewardship position to oversee SEF’s donor relations program and manage its fundraising initiatives. The Manager of Development and Donor Stewardship, who will be based in Atlanta, is an essential team member in SEF’s development operations and the strategic management of the organization’s relationship with its top donors. The position involves managing philanthropic grants, individual and corporate gifts, and planned and annual giving campaigns. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing SEF’s fundraising campaigns and communicating with current and prospective donors. This position will ensure each partner, donor, and/or volunteer receives outstanding recognition, responsive reporting, compelling experiences, and tailored opportunities that help advance SEF’s work. The Manager will ensure donor funds are appropriately established, awarded, and reported and will work with colleagues across SEF to make sure that donor funds are administered under their guiding gift agreements, donor intent, and SEF policies.

The Manager will be responsible for overall grant management, documenting payments and expenditures, optimizing the grant administration process, preparing progress reports, ensuring compliance with grant regulations, drafting and submitting grant reports, managing grant databases, engaging with donor agencies, educating staff on grantmakers’ policies, and preparing financial reports.

This position reports to the Chief of Staff and is the point of contact with the fundraising consultants.

Candidates interested in this position should have working knowledge of and genuine interest in improving educational opportunity across the P-16 continuum and working to ensure that education is the vehicle by which all students get fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

For more than 150 years, SEF has made outsized contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through higher education.  SEF works to improve equity, excellence, and opportunity in education nationally.  Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission.

A bachelor’s degree is required.  Candidates should: be able to organize and prioritize workload to effectively complete multiple assignments; have experience in reviewing and tracking grants, contracts, and agreements, as well as exceptional written, oral, and electronic communication skills; have the ability to interact with diverse external audiences; effectively communicate and embody the value, belief, purpose, and mission of the organization; have experience working both independently and in cooperation with other staff members while displaying a positive, cooperative attitude; and exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal, professional, and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation.

 

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Segmenting giving levels and creating new and innovative programs that speak to the organization’s mission
  2. Developing a budget that addresses the needs of the department
  3. Work in collaboration with Senior Leadership and external consultants to develop and oversee our annual fundraising goals and program
  4. Developing policy, quality control guidelines, and standards for all donor recognition programs
  5. Managing and leading stewardship with the goals of retaining donors and maximizing their lifetime value through the delivery of outstanding customer service
  6. Managing grant reporting process including drafting and submitting grant reports, as well as ensuring compliance with grant reporting requirements
  7. Developing a strategy for donor care and leading, implementing, and directing a comprehensive program of donor relations and stewardship plans designed to acknowledge and recognize all donors
  8. In conjunction with SEF leadership and fundraising consultants, managing an annual fundraising plan
  9. In conjunction with fundraising consultants, directing acknowledgment, cultivation, and stewardship efforts with an eye to moving donors through the pipeline
  10. Developing and maintaining “high-touch” donor care programs, such as support for those donating personal milestone gifts, to leverage top-notch donor care into lifetime giving
  11. Establishing and managing information tracking processes for acknowledgment, recognition, ongoing communications, and continued cultivation of past and current mid-level major donors to enhance their relationship with the organization and increase the likelihood of continued contributions
  12. Providing ongoing education for the development and donor care teams on “best practices” in donor relations and stewardship
  13. Working with the Chief of Staff and fundraising consultants to create, manage, and produce welcome kits, presentation portfolios, fact sheets, birthday, wedding, condolence cards, and customized gifts that are personalized and speak to the organization’s mission
  14. Developing and executing donor cultivation initiatives to maximize donor loyalty and lifetime giving, including thank you calls to new donors, acknowledgment of gifts, donor-recognition programs, and tele|virtual events for segments of supporters
  15. Ensuring that donor communications are optimized across channels and departments
  16. Overseeing/managing donor databases/CRM systems (i.e. Salesforce)
  17. Managing the grant process including, but not limited to, grant-writing, grant submission, grants management, and compliance with grant reporting requirements.
  18. Developing, preparing, submitting, and tracking proposals/grant applications by assembling information including project nature, objectives/outcomes/deliverables, implementation, methods, timetable, staffing, budget, standards of performance, and evaluation, in coordination with appropriate internal staff; meeting proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and transmittal/submission
  19. Assisting with identifying prospective individual and corporate donors, as well as philanthropic and federal grant opportunities, and helping to cultivate those relationships.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required
  • 3-5 years of fundraising/development experience working on donor relations and stewardship, grants writing, and grants management
  • Ability to establish measurable goals and objectives and develop and implement strategies to achieve them
  • Ability to organize resources and establish priorities
  • Proven ability to work with colleagues and donors across multiple departments in a collaborative and cooperative spirit
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Strong computer skills, including advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite, and Salesforce, and ability to learn donor databases used by SEF
  • Demonstrated ability to establish project outcomes, goals, and expectations, and achieve results
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills with the ability to translate information into a meaningful, understandable context and message, regardless of the format (e.g., documents, public speaking situations, presentations, etc.)
  • Organizational, project, and priority management skills for planning, executing, and following up on issues, tasks, and daily responsibilities to meet established deadlines
  • Attention to detail

Compensation and benefits are competitive.

Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current resume; 3) names and contact information of three references to (hr@southerneducation.org) with Manager of Development and Donor Stewardship in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Southern Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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