Jobs at Better Future Project

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Please note that our office is on the second floor of a building without an elevator and unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible. 


Director of Development/Development Manager

Position Status: Full-time

Supervisor: Executive Director

Salary Range: $44,000-$67,000; Salary & Title commensurate with experience 

Start Date: March, 2021

Location:
Open to New England-based candidates outside of Boston area if willing to engage in frequent travel. Office located in Cambridge, MA (once it is safe to reopen).

Job Description: 

Better Future Project is looking for an experienced and dynamic development professional with a passion for grassroots organizing, movement-building, and climate justice to help oversee our diverse team realize our next stage of growth and development. The Director of Development works with the E.D. and other team members to ensure the organization’s successful identification and actualization of funding sources, including major donors, foundations, and grassroots supporters to enable the organization to continue on its growth trajectory to build the movement to address the climate crisis.

Responsibilities:

  • Devising an annual plan for fundraising initiatives and establishing a fundraising calendar with input from the Executive Director; developing revenue projections for annual budget
  • Identifying and qualifying prospective major donors; identifying new foundation leads
  • Conducting major donor cultivation in partnership with the Executive Director
  • Drafting letters of intent, grant proposals, grant reports, and other fundraising materials
  • Overseeing stewardship of small and medium-sized donations
  • Managing donor profiles in NationBuilder database
  • Leading grassroots fundraising initiatives with input from volunteers and other staff
  • Convening the board fundraising committee and working with board members on fundraising activities
  • Serving as the lead organizer of fundraising parties
  • Assisting the Operations Manager with revenue reporting and preparing fundraising reports for the board
  • Identifying, proposing, and overseeing new fundraising activities to diversify our revenue base 
  • Developing and managing our 350 Mass membership program in partnership with 350 Mass member leaders
  • Other duties as required

As a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Development also meets regularly with other team members to discuss organizational priorities and challenges, such as staffing issues, human resource policies, proposed organizational initiatives, and so on. The Director of Development also leads discussion and drafting of the development aspects of the organization’s annual plan.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Equivalent work experience or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., communications, nonprofit management, English)
  • Work experience: At least 5 years’ work experience demonstrating higher levels of responsibility; at least 4-10 years’ direct fundraising experience
  • Requirements and preferences:
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to prioritize under deadlines and juggle multiple tasks at once
    • Fundraising and/or CRM database experience
    • Passion for grassroots organizing, movement-building, and climate justice
    • Experience cultivating and soliciting gifts of at least five figures
    • Fluency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office suite, especially spreadsheet fluency
    • Supervisory experience preferred
    • Experience writing grant proposals

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs[at]betterfutureproject.org with the subject line “Director of Development.” Include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. The cover letter should speak to your interest in student organizing and the fossil fuel divestment movement. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. No calls please.


Semester & Summer Organizing Internships

Better Future Project usually offers two paid internship positions each semester for a current or recently graduated student! This internship is in partnership with the Mass Clean Energy Center's Clean Energy Internship Program. NOTE: You must either have attended college in Massachusetts or graduated in the last year and are now a resident in Massachusetts.

We are specifically looking for young people with a demonstrated interest in issue-based community organizing. Past experience with social media, campus or community organizing, and advocacy are desired, but not required.

Compensation: $16 per hour
Hours: Flexible
     FALL/SPRING: Part-time, between 10-20 hours per week
     SUMMER: Part-time (25-39 hours per week) or Full-time (30-40 hours per week)
Start:
    
SPRING: January or February
     FALL: September or October
     SUMMER: May or June
End: Approx. 12-15 weeks after your starting week
Location: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs of Better Future Project are operating remotely through summer 2021.

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer Organizing Internships!


350 Mass Organizing Intern

The 350 Mass Organizing Intern will assist with supporting and mobilizing our 350 Mass statewide community organizing network.

Responsibilities:

  • Supporting digital mobilizations, actions, and trainings
  • Supporting the organizing work of local chapters (called nodes) throughout MA 
  • Providing support for the Mass Renews Alliance of which 350 Mass is a coalition member 
  • Contributing content to various social media platforms and helping send out the organization’s weekly e-newsletter
  • Providing administrative and organizing support for political actions virtually and at the State House 
  • Providing support for 350 MA legislative campaigns

Qualifications: 

  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Experience with social media and digital outreach
  • Experience organizing with campaigns or other advocacy work 
  • Expressed interest in the climate justice movement
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple projects
  • Fluency with Zoom, Slack, Google Drive and associated applications

Anticipated Internship Outcomes:

  • Gain hands-on experience working with a statewide grassroots movement in a crucial political climate
  • Expand understanding of leadership development, the climate movement, and political processes

Apply: 

Applicants should submit a 1-page cover letter and 1-page resume to Alan Palm at [email protected] with the subject line “Summer 2021 350 Mass Intern”. Please include your last name in your resume and cover letter files.

The final application deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern on Monday, February 15th 2021. However, we review applications on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Divest Ed Intern

The Divest Ed Intern position focuses on student organizing for fossil fuel divestment campaigns on college campuses. The intern will assist with content creation and metrics reporting for social media, support the forming digital disruption campaign, provide direct support in running the summer fellowship, and strategize care-centered responses to campus re-openings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are looking for applicants who make the connections between the extractive economy and white supremacy, and are passionate about building organizing spaces that prioritize community care. You do not need to have experience with fossil fuel divestment to be qualified, and we welcome students who have experience with other kinds of social justice organizing to apply! 

Responsibilities:

  • Help establish relationships with student mutual aid networks for rapid response support during COVID-19 pandemic and campus reopenings
  • Post daily content on our social media and track media hits on divestment
  • Help prepare for the 2021 Organizing Fellowship this summer through curriculum review, training development, and social media outreach
  • Support the forming digital disruption campaign - research fossil fuel companies college and trade school campus recruitment efforts and top feeder schools for fossil fuel companies and law firms that support the fossil fuel industry
  • Provide direct support to the College Climate Coalition, the national student-led network coordination the fossil fuel divestment movement
  • Help us update resources for the divestment movement (including our Campaign Map, our database of campuses that have divested, and our resources library)
  • Keep NationBuilder database updated and do data entry 

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in environmental justice, climate justice, racial justice, and/or other social justice issues 
  • Proficient in social media best practices (we use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Familiarity with making graphics (examples 1, 2, 3)
  • Understanding of intersectionality and anti-oppression in movement-building 
  • Fluency with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Strong, concise, and clear writing skills

Preferred (but not required) Qualifications:

  • Visual or digital art, content creation, and media proficiency
  • Previous campaigning or organizing experience, whether on or off campus
    • We welcome students who have experience working on issues such as racial, Indigenous, environmental, migrant, lgbtq+, food, and disability justice to apply! 
  • Familiarity with fossil fuel divestment
  • Familiarity with Slack 
  • Experience with NationBuilder or other database software

Other details:

  • Position start date is flexible, after May 17, 2021
  • End date is flexible, up until August 31, 2021
  • This position reports to: Digital Disruption Manager, Katy Butler

How To Apply:  

Applicants should submit a 1-page cover letter and 1-page resume to Rachel Schlueter at [email protected] with the subject line “Summer 2021 Divest Ed Intern”. Please include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. The cover letter should speak to your interest in student organizing, climate issues, and the fossil fuel divestment movement. If you have experience with other kinds of social justice issues, we encourage you to speak about that in your cover letter! 

The final application deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern on Monday, February 15th 2021. However, we review applications on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


We also may have other volunteer opportunities in the office. If interested, please e-mail [email protected] with your resume and cover letter, including details on your past experience and the type of work you are interested in doing.


Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.