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At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions.

MANAGER OF INSTITUTIONAL GIVING

The Manager of Institutional Giving works alongside the Executive Director, Interim Director of Development, Managing Director, Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Manager of Finance and Operations to develop and execute a comprehensive institutional development strategy for contributed income totaling $2.5-3 million annually for general operations and restricted program support.

Reporting to the Interim Director of Development, the Manager of Institutional Giving oversees overall institutional development strategy (corporates and foundations), manages a portfolio of institutional donors, and executes all institutional fundraising efforts including prospect research, stewardship, grant solicitations, proposal and budget preparation, corporate negotiations, grant reporting, and related administrative duties.

DUTIES

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Under supervision of the Interim Director of Development, create and implement a fundraising strategy to increase giving from foundations, corporations, and government agencies in alignment with the mission, strategic vision, funding, and programmatic priorities of Van Alen Institute
  • Develop and manage institutional giving calendar, including oversight of reporting schedule, grant compliance, and deliverables, and manage workplan to ensure application and reporting deadlines are met
  • Research and identify prospective foundation (family, public, community), corporate, government (local, state, federal), and private funding opportunities
  • Cultivate pipelines of prospective funders, develop and implement stewardship strategies to acquire, renew, maintain, and upgrade donors in all categories
  • Prepare and write proposal letters, concept papers/overviews, general operating support and restricted grant applications, reports, presentations, and other fundraising materials, including preparing project budgets and supporting documents
  • Stay informed about and work collaboratively with program and other internal staff to identify projects for foundation and corporate support; strategize with Interim Director of Development and other leadership staff on application priorities
  • Represent Van Alen with external organizations to foster relationships and organizational advancement
  • Communicate fundraising updates to senior staff on a regular basis, and maintain filing systems and use Salesforce database to track stewardship activities

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum seven years’ experience in institutional fundraising that demonstrates a proven track record of outstanding writing skills and successful fundraising from foundations, corporations, and government agencies in a cultural, community, or urban planning field
  • Deep knowledge of the design, architecture, and urban planning fields locally and nationally, and of the field’s engagement with communities
  • Well-networked within local, national, and international individual, foundation, corporate, and government funding sources
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with staff at all organizational levels and to interact professionally with trustees, members, donors, volunteers, and other external stakeholders
  • Highly organized and detail oriented, with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects, meet deadlines, and produce quality work within tight time constraints
  • A high level of energy, initiative, and ability to think creatively and strategically are essential
  • Computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Google Drive; and databases (preferably Salesforce)

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application to jobs@vanalen.org with cover letter, resume, and writing sample in a single PDF with subject line “Manager of Institutional Giving: [Name]”

The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000 annually. Generous benefits are provided at no extra cost to employee. Contribution is required for dependents. Van Alen Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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MANAGER OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Reporting to the Interim Executive Director, the Manager of Marketing and Communications will work with departments and programs across the organization to plan and implement communications strategies that support the mission, vision, and activities of Van Alen Institute.  

In consultation with the Interim Executive Director and key staff, this position will develop and implement an organization-wide, integrated marketing and communications plan, delivering stimulating and dynamic communications that activate audiences, constituents and media. This role will design, manage, and oversee marketing, communications, public relations, web, social media, and other outreach efforts, working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, and national and international project partners, to support the organization’s design competitions, public programs, research, and multi-year special initiatives.

The Manager of Marketing and Communications will use their editorial and creative writing skills to develop and shape an intelligent voice and energetic message for the organization, and will ensure the highest caliber communications, with consistent language, look and tone across all public written materials.

This position is supported by a Marketing and Communications Coordinator and internationally recognized branding and digital design firms.

DUTIES

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Plan, oversee, and implement an organization-wide communications plan.
  • Develop and manage the Institute’s communications budget and timeline in consultation with key stakeholders.
  • Work closely with internal teams and project partners to strategize, schedule, and execute key press and profile moments for projects, while ensuring alignment with other institutional and external activities.
  • Plan and coordinate marketing campaigns to increase awareness of the organization’s work and profile, creating an influential presence in design and general press.
  • Be aware of marketing developments in the field and adopt new approaches as needed.
  • Write, create, distribute, and edit captivating print marketing materials, including press releases, press kits, general announcements, and promotional and narrative content, including key Board communications and fundraising materials.
  • Source imagery to accompany the Institute’s projects and publicity.
  • Cultivate and maintain media contacts and partners, act as key contact for media inquiries, recommend media plan for specific series and initiatives, and secure placement in print, television, radio, as well as digital and social media.
  • Generate and implement new content ideas for digital initiatives, and the Institute’s social media accounts and website, including crafting and posting original content, event photography, and videos.
  • Develop and coordinate email communications and outreach that promotes and supports the Institute’s projects and activities, collaborating with project teams to achieve visibility and increase audience.
  • Track and analyze results of campaigns to optimize future performance and growth.
  • Monitor broadcast, electronic, social media, and print coverage, provide reports, maintain archive of media coverage, and manage press clippings to be shared internally and with key stakeholders.
  • Work with external designers, photographers, vendors, editors and consultants as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with internal departments to develop and maintain relationships with constituents and contact lists.
  • Develop and manage internal and external review processes for communications.
  • In consultation with key stakeholders, set clear communications targets and report regularly on progress.
  • Serve as support for crisis management issues that arise, tactfully and expeditiously providing both direction and resolution.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5-7 years’ experience in a public relations, communications, non-profit, cultural, or arts organization with a focus on design, urban planning, or architecture.
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and visual communication skills.
  • Strong copywriting and copyediting skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in planning and executing cohesive marketing and communications campaigns across content channels, on time and on budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize material into effective and impactful campaigns.
  • Experience analyzing channels, websites, and campaigns, and implementing learnings.
  • Deep familiarity with major design and general press outlets, and proven track record with news media and press, including placement in high profile outlets.
  • Experience in creating and implementing social media growth strategies and using publishing platforms.
  • Proficiency in HTML/CSS, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Google Analytics and other audience tracking analytics.
  • Experience with database maintenance and management, and familiarity with Salesforce or comparable CRM software required.
  • Competent in executing delegated tasks, communicating progress, and working proactively.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments and large multi-disciplinary teams, to multi-task and manage several projects at a time, and function under deadline pressure.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application to jobs@vanalen.org with cover letter and resume in a single PDF with subject line “Manager of Marketing and Communications: [your name].”

The salary range for this position is $65,000-$70,000 annually. Generous benefits are provided at no extra cost to employee. Contribution is required for dependents. Van Alen Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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VOLUNTEERS

We’re currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in helping our small staff to make Van Alen programs and events happen. Roles will be tailored according to the volunteer’s interest, past experience, and strengths.

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