Position: Development Associate
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Maplewood, NJ (flexible work arrangements available)
StrongMinds (www.strongminds.org) is a dynamic and fast growing 501(c)(3) social enterprise that focuses on one of the most underserved populations and one of the most pervasive mental illnesses in the world. We treat depression among women in Africa, where access for mental health treatment is extremely limited, and are guided by a goal to treat two million depressed African women by the end of 2025.
We currently operate in Uganda, a post-conflict and highly impoverished country where one out of every four adults suffers from depression. As the only organization with a model specifically designed to scale a solution for depression in Africa, we provide a simple, innovative and cost-effective approach. Group interpersonal psychotherapy, facilitated by trained community workers, is a proven technique which helps these depressed women return to and maintain their full mental health. Ultimately, StrongMinds helps women who suffer from depression to turn around their lives, and those of their family.
Since beginning work in 2014, StrongMinds has received impressive media coverage, to include the New York Times and Foreign Affairs. The organization has also received numerous fellowships from the Cordes Foundation, Rainer Arnhold Fellows and SOCAP. StrongMinds is proud to be a founding partner of mhNOW, the new global mental health movement.
We are seeking an experienced and motivated Development Associate to work closely with the Executive Director (ED) of StrongMinds on a wide range of exciting development areas as the organization continues to expand and successfully treat more depressed women in Uganda and eventually in additional East African countries. The organization is experiencing substantial levels of growth, with the number of women we are reaching increasing almost four-fold in 2016 to 5,100 and the budget increasing nearly three-fold from 2016 to 2019, to nearly $3.8M. The Development Associate will play a key role in accelerating our momentum. S/he will collaborate with all members of the StrongMinds US team and also work closely with the team of StrongMinds Uganda.
Our Development Associate is passionate about the work of StrongMinds. This is a long-term opportunity in which the successful and motivated Development Associate can grow professionally with the potential to move into a more senior development role in a couple of years.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Writing, revising, and submitting targeted funding proposals, letters of intent and concept papers, meeting all deadlines and requirements
- Able to compose compelling narratives
- Collaborates with Operations Manager to develop clear budgets
- Assist the ED in strengthening relationships with current foundation supporters
- Ensure current donor priorities are tracked
- Work across the organization to compile, write and submit progress reports to current funders
- Devise strategies to increase giving from these supporters and maximize revenue opportunities
- Research new foundations to approach for funding; work with the ED to maintain a pipeline of these prospects that is closely monitored and acted upon with rigor
- Collaborates with the Marketing and Communications Manager to prepare customized briefing and solicitation materials for use during donor/prospect meetings
- Work with the ED to develop annual milestones; contribute to strategic operating plans
- Ability to conduct meetings independently with new prospective funders
- Partner with the ED to develop and implement strategies for StrongMinds to expand its funding base to include high net-worth individuals who are passionate about global mental health
- Maintain donor database, which may include migration to a more robust platform in the future
- Given the startup nature of StrongMinds, all employees are asked to be flexible team players
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Experience & Education Required:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum of five years of progressively responsible development experience or similar skills from a corporate environment
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- Highly computer proficient; very capable in Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Strong organizational skills
- Experience working with cross-functional and cross-cultural teams
- Comfortable carrying out multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
- Able to work independently
- World-class sense of humor
Location and Travel
- Willingness to travel domestically up to 10% of the year for meetings and conferences. Ability to travel internationally to East Africa for program visits as required.
- This position is based in the Maplewood, NJ offices of StrongMinds. Maplewood is approximately a 30-minute train commute from Penn Station in Manhattan. Flexible work arrangements are available for an exceptional candidate in which s/he may telecommute a few days per week.
Please send résumé with a brief and thoughtful cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States of America.
StrongMinds offers competitive benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.