Development & Data Associate
Type of Job
Feb 25, 2022
About the job
Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters is seeking a driven, effective, and collaborative Development and Data Associate to join our team and further advance our shared vision: through equitable structures and systems created by statewide, collaborative efforts, everyone in Washington lives in a healthy and just environment, community and economy.
Washington Environmental Council’s mission is to develop, advocate, and defend policies that ensure environmental progress and justice by centering and amplifying the voices of the most impacted communities.
Washington Conservation Voter’s mission is to advocate environmental progress and justice through actions that mobilize the public, elect champions for the environment, and hold our leaders accountable.
The Development and Data Associate is a shared position between Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV). The Development and Data Associate is an integral part of the Development Team. This person implements our annual direct mail and online campaigns to bring in new donors, renew existing donors and grow the base of support among donors giving less than $1,000 annually. They lead the Development Team processes in the Salesforce database, supports organizational use of the database, and work to streamline systems and data management to ensure database ease of use and accurate reporting. This position is supervised by the Development Manager.
About Our Organizations:
Since 1967, Washington Environmental Council (WEC) has worked to protect and preserve Washington’s environment for people and future generations, and over the years our core values have always remained the same: belief in the power of collaboration, a desire to work across our state, and a willingness to learn and change.
Underlying those values is our collaboration with Washington Conservation Voters (WCV). WEC and WCV share an office, staff, and a vision for Washington’s future. WEC is a recognized 501(c)(3), and WCV is recognized as a 501(c)(4). This partnership combines our respective policy and political tools to create lasting change in our state. WEC develops, educates on, advocates for, and defends policies; WCV works to create a political system where these policies are viable.
We are confronting how this nation’s history of dehumanization, division, extraction, and disconnection from the natural world is directly linked to pollution, degradation of natural resources, and environmental injustice.
We work to dismantle unjust systems and seek far-reaching, inclusive collaborations to build solidarity that benefits everyone across race, class, zip code, and identity.
We care deeply about the land, air, water, and communities that sustain us as well as fairness in our political system.
These principles remain core to the ethos of our work.
We also know that in order to accomplish our mission and vision we need the necessary financial resources to implement our bold plans for action. How we raise money and how we spend those precious funds reflect on our organizations. With that understanding, we are working to intentionally integrate equity into how we raise and spend funds. We are looking at community-centric fundraising practices and are incorporating these strategies into our organizations to support the broader environmental community. We also believe that our commitment to equity means that we have resources in our budgets that internally support staff education and externally support partners and the community.
A Note from Alyssa Macy, CEO
I came to WEC/WCV with a question – what would it take to transform an historically white-led environmental organization with positionality, power, and access to one that is truly centering the communities most impacted and, what would be the impact? In the past two years we have been living through a global pandemic, economic downturn, racial reckoning, and one of the most consequential elections in our lifetime. This moment in history has facilitated transformation of these organizations in a way that I didn’t anticipate for years – it is both exciting and challenging. We are building something that has never existed before in the state of Washington: a state-level environmental advocacy organization that lifts up community needs and solutions through its work, that upholds tribal treaties and sovereignty through its actions, who values and works with Indigenous and Black leadership in all aspects of our work, and who makes powerful environmental progress in the Evergreen State. With no trail, we are creating our own and this is an exceptional opportunity to be a part of imagining and building the most impactful environmental advocacy organization in Washington with racial justice and environmental justice at its core. –Alyssa Macy, Tribal Affiliation: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon
Manage Membership Program
- To achieve membership revenue goals, work with the Development Manager and Content Manager to implement and evaluate an annual mail and online giving strategy that solicits, retains, cultivates, and acknowledges donors who give less than $1,000 annually.
- Monitor and assess performance of mail and online giving programs in a timely manner and adjust as needed; prepare reports to managers and others on progress, trends, and results.
- Lead efforts around the recruitment, retention, and management of monthly donors.
- Working with the Communications team and Development Manager, evaluate fundraising performance as it relates to list growth efforts to enable development success.
- Strive for a positive donor experience by evaluating and optimizing online giving pages, forms, auto responders and database functions, and manage credit card and gift processing systems to quickly resolve issues.
- Manage the thank you process, which includes regularly updating the content for donor thank you letters to make sure they are accurate, welcoming, and reflect our current work. Ensure the Admin Associate has all of the needed information to produce donor acknowledgment letters in a timely fashion.
- Be the WEC representative for Earthshare Washington activities and ensure documentation and needed paperwork for Earthshare is submitted in a timely fashion.
Database Management and Development Systems
- Build and maintain tools and strategies with support from the Data Systems Manager to improve database ease of use for the Development Team and broader organization.
- Assist with organizational data hygiene, troubleshoot database issues, and take on database projects as directed by the Data Systems Manager.
- Lead Development team-wide data management, data assessment, and reporting to inform current performance and future strategies.
- Serve as back-up for gift entry and gift acknowledgment processing during busy periods of the year for the Development and Administrative teams.
- Develop and keep up to date database and systems documentation that allow others to quickly adopt development team database practices.
- Assist the Donor Relations Director and Development Manager in the identification of prospective donors and the cultivation of current donors through giving patterns and donor research.
- Assist with foundation research including the identification of connections between our organizations and foundations.
- Serve as the development team representative to the Organizational Excellence team; take on related projects and other activities as needed and with approval from the Development Manager.
Support other Development Team Activities and Organizational Goals:
- Support other development team activities (smaller events, major donor briefings, grant functions, etc) under direction of the Development Manager.
- Assist with WEC/WCV fundraising events, as needed.
- Track and order in office development supplies including postcards, letterhead, and envelopes.
- Engage in and implement WEC & WCV’s racial equity and environmental justice work, including participating in one of our Racial Equity Teams.
1+ year of experience in managing data in a relational contact database platform, Salesforce preferred. Volunteer or internship experience applies.
- 1+ year of experience working with or on a fundraising team, paid or volunteer.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously and meet deadlines while working across teams and at all levels of the organization.
- Can work effectively across teams to ensure effective, coordinated, and efficient processes.
- Ability to handle sensitive information in a discrete and confidential manner.
- Ability to use data tools and build reports that assess fundraising performance.
- High levels of attention to accuracy and detail.
- Curiosity around improving systems and solving problems.
- Strong commitment to racial equity, environmental justice, and anti-racism.
- Associate’s Degree (or commensurate experience)
- Good interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Familiarity with a range of digital fundraising tools (giving forms, credit card processing, email management)
- Experience using prospect research tools (Wealth Engine, iWave, etc)
- Ability to create visual representations of data (Microsoft platforms, Salesforce, Tableau, etc)
- Experience using Microsoft Office suite of tools
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $46,000 to $52,000 depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
This is a full-time position and is expected to work a standard work week of 40 hours. Some weeks may require additional hours to meet deadlines. This job requires frequent sitting. Must be able to conduct business in English, though fluency in other languages is welcomed. For remote work, employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work during scheduled work hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform functions essential to the duties of the position.
Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters is a unionized employer represented by Communications Workers of America Local 7800. This is a represented position.
The organization follows all requirements of local health authorities. We are currently working in hybrid remote mode. Due to the nature of this position some time will be required in the office during training/onboarding and then some sporadic in office time will be required as needed to fulfill job duties. We maintain strict safety protocols while in our office. All staff who come to the office must be fully immunized against COVID-19.
Given the current pandemic we are working remotely most of the time. We recently developed a “hybrid” model that will involve some time in the office and some time working from home when it is safe to do so. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Our expectation is that we will eventually return to some schedule of safely working together with the hybrid model in our downtown office.
Please submit a cover letter and a resume here. No phone calls or mailed applications please. Deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday, March 9th, 2022.
Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.