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Dream Defenders is currently searching for candidates for the following positions:

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Dream Defenders is hiring a Development Director responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all organizational fundraising including, major gifts programs, individual giving and foundation grants. 

About the right candidate
We are looking for someone with at least 3 years experience soliciting foundation grants and individual donors for advocacy, movement, and social/racial justice organizations. They should have a demonstrated track record of closing 5-7 figure gifts from institutional funders, and growing relationships by connecting the dots of movement building work to funder priorities. 

Our ideal candidate will be passionate about our vision for a world where instead of cages and handcuffs, people have a safe home to live in, enough food to eat, clean water to drink, healthcare, a good education, and the ability to develop to their fullest potential. We are looking for an excellent communicator—oral and written— who is able to paint a picture of the urgency of this work. 

We are looking for someone who is excited to be a part of our community and who is genuinely invested in people’s freedom, health, happiness, and well-being.

Position Responsibilities

  • Serve as a contributing member of Dream Defender’s strategic leadership team; building and managing Dream Defender’s portfolio of current and prospective foundation donors.
  • Assist Dream Defender’s Co-Directors in establishing and cultivating relationships and soliciting funding from individual and high net-worth donors, identifying targeted donors, tracking donor contacts, and updating donor profiles on a regular basis.
  • Support Dream Defender’s Co-Directors, Communications Team, and members in creating and implementing grassroots fundraising strategies and campaigns.
  • Research the missions and funding priorities of foundations and other grant-making institutions in accordance with Dream Defender’s mission; establish and maintain personal contact and relationship with foundations and program officers.
  •  Manage grant proposals and requirements, Develop budgets and reports.
  • Develop and manage plans to activate Dream Defender’s board of advisors to support fundraising and advancement
  • Supervise Dream Defender’s fundraising events
  • Create donor materials, annual reports, and oversee communications to prospective and current donors.
  • Coordinate and participate in visits between the Co-Directors and major donors and prospects.

Qualifications: 

  • Deep belief and commitment to the Dream Defender’s ideology
  • At least 5 years of successful experience fundraising
  • Existing relationships with corporations/foundations
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  •  Experience meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work individually and in a team environment
  • Be a strong self-starter who is highly organized
  •  Ability to be intuitive and forward thinking; creative problem solver
  • Consistent record of juggling multiple tasks
  • Can multiple relationships, is detail oriented and has strong time management and organizational skills.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jennifer@dreamdefenders.org 

About Dream Defenders:

Dream Defenders is a membership-based organization of diverse youth, young adults and students fighting for a better future. Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, we organize campaigns, services, and political-education programming to build power in our communities. Today, Florida’s young people are experiencing ever increasing violence, incarceration, poverty and profit for a few. Tomorrow, through building deep, local power in our communities, we will make our country a place where everyone’s most basic needs are met – safety, food, shelter, healthcare, jobs and education for all. Check out our vision at www.DreamDefenders.org/freedompapers

“Dream Defenders”, a project of Tides Advocacy, a 501c4, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.”


POLITICAL DIRECTOR

Dream Defenders is hiring a Political Director to oversee the organization’s political and civic engagement strategy throughout the state of Florida. We seek an experienced and energetic professional who will work closely with members, staff and coalition partners to develop and execute a strategy for strengthening the political power of  young Black and brown people in Florida so that we can advance our issues and transform the state. Dream Defenders uses a unique blend of tactics including: direct action organizing, base building, deep leadership development, voter engagement, candidate endorsements and policy advocacy. 

The Political Director will  manage major efforts including: voter registration, independent expenditures for local, state and federal races, legislative advocacy and a candidate recruitment program. 

Position Responsibilities: 

Political Engagement and Advocacy 

  • Work with members to research, develop and implement plans for engaging elected officials and candidates on organizational priorities.
  • Track and build relationships between Dream Defenders local leaders, elected officials and other leaders in Florida.

Electoral strategy 

  • Map key electoral opportunities in the state and develop organizational electoral strategy to advance local issues, candidates 
  • Develop voter registration and voter engagement programs
  • Direct strategy and implementation of independent expenditure programs in conjunction with Dream Defenders Political Action Committee (State PAC) and Dream Defenders Fight PAC (Federal Super PAC) 
  • Develop and implement candidate recruitment strategy with a specific focus on young people who align on our issues

Campaign Development and Advancement: 

  • Work with the Organizing department to build out local field and civic engagement programs  based on overall organizational campaign strategy
  • Build the partnerships, and identify tools and resources, to advance Dream Defenders electoral strategy 

Leadership Development, Programs and Training 

  • Work with Organizing Director to build trainings, fellowships and other leadership development programs to support the development of our members and young people in Florida to advance our strategy and grow as organizers 
  • Work with the Organizing Director, regional organizers and membership to develop programs and strategies to build Dream Defenders’ relationship with community and practice alternatives development in service of building dual power. 
  • Develop and co-direct Dream Defenders organizing fellowship program 

Research and Systems Development 

  • Work with Organizing Director, regional organizers membership to assess political landscape and build informed plans for organizational growth and identify opportunities to advance our strategy
  • Research and implement innovative practices and tools for organizing
  • Direct and the organization’s data management systems 

Experience 

  • 5 + years of applicable political work experience
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Experience building strategy with a range of stakeholders including external partners, members, and staff  
  • 2+ years of experience managing multiple employees
  • 2+ years experience managing electoral campaigns and candidates  
  • 3+ years of experience using Votebuilder 
  • Understanding of excel and data management 
  • Understanding of mail programs, digital ad buys, media buys and other electoral tactics 
  • Ability to write and implement electoral campaign plans and budgets 
  • An understanding and commitment to Dream Defenders core ideology of socialism, Black feminism, internationalism and abolition. 
  • Deep understanding of traditional organizing tactics such as: organizing, facilitating effective meetings, one-on-ones, giving feedback etc. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jennifer@dreamdefenders.org 

About Dream Defenders:

Dream Defenders is a membership-based organization of diverse youth, young adults and students fighting for a better future. Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, we organize campaigns, services, and political-education programming to build power in our communities. Today, Florida’s young people are experiencing ever increasing violence, incarceration, poverty and profit for a few. Tomorrow, through building deep, local power in our communities, we will make our country a place where everyone’s most basic needs are met – safety, food, shelter, healthcare, jobs and education for all. Check out our vision at www.DreamDefenders.org/freedompapers

“Dream Defenders”, a project of Tides Advocacy, a 501c4, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.”