Service Year Alliance is working to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. A service year before, during, or after college gives young people the chance to transform their lives, make an impact in their community, and become the active citizens and leaders our nation needs. Expanding service years has the power to revitalize cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty.
Our North Star
On the path to our vision, our aim is that, within a generation, every year, one million young Americans engage in a service year, solving important problems while transforming their own lives.
Why Now: Broken Citizenship and Pressing Challenges
Today, the need for a common experience of citizenship in our country is more poignant than ever. We are drifting apart. Contrary to the illusion of constant connectivity, Americans are isolated from one another—geographically, ethnically, economically, religiously, and culturally. Traditional forms of civic participation have atrophied. Many Americans’ sole contribution to the country is through paying taxes—not nearly enough to bind people to their communities. Only one in three eligible voters turned out in the last election. Less than one percent of Americans serve in the military. There’s a chance—right now—to inspire a renewed sense of citizenship capable of solving our biggest challenges and creating the leaders our nation needs.
Neither the idea of national service nor our vision are new, but this moment in time tells us they are both deeply needed and never before more achievable.
We are seeking an entrepreneurial Director, Development to support the development of our fundraising strategy and lead day-to-day fundraising execution. Specifically, the Director will be responsible for contributing towards and executing a strategy that allows us to fund the ongoing work across a range of needs including: a state-of-the art technology platform, advocacy/policy, marketing and recruitment, place-based and issue-area growth, and more. As a Director, you will be one of the organization’s key leaders. You will also provide critical guidance and support to organizational leadership, our board of directors, our biggest investors, and other key partners.
After raising over $25 million to support our work in under three years, we are setting our sights on our next business development chapter. We will continue seeking philanthropic support, but we will also implement new earned income strategies, many of which have been piloted over the last three years and are ready for market.
The Director, Business Development position offers a unique opportunity to attract resources on behalf of national service in America, while also trying out new business development models. If that scares you more than excites you, this isn’t for you. If it excites you more than it scares you, this will be an amazing experience and a highlight of your career. Most importantly, you will play a key role in impacting millions and millions of lives, and redefining what it means to grow up in America.
Play a leading role in the development and management of SYA’s fundraising plans, from big picture strategy to the details -- executing, refining, expanding, and doing whatever needs to get done in order to meet our ambitious goals
Support major individual gifts, foundation grants, and corporate partners
Support implementation of earned income strategies
Identify and generate leads for new individual major donors, foundation prospects, corporate partners, and earned income targets
Develop a sophisticated cultivation and stewardship plan that deploys the right mix of strategies, tactics, and people
Plan and attend meetings with current and potential supporters, and accompany leadership at high-level fundraising meetings, as appropriate
Write fundraising letters, appeals, grant proposals, and progress reports
Staff and support meetings with prospects, preparing materials and handling subsequent action items and follow-up
Continue improving the systems and processes necessary to support our partners and board members who are actively helping to secure resources
Ensure all development activity is tracked and used to improve development operations
An unrelenting belief that service years transform individuals, communities, and the nation
5-8 years of relevant experience, including experience at a startup, helping a small organization expand, or launching new initiatives within larger organizations
Strong manager with ability to get the most out of your team, not by micromanaging but by empowering them and giving them room to lead
A track record of raising five, six, and seven figure investments from a variety of funding sources
Outstanding communication skills: you can deliver a powerful pitch, write a compelling concept paper, and confidently facilitate strategy sessions with high level investors and partners
Funders you’ve worked with would say you have unquestionable trust, you’re a valued thought-partner and strategic thinker, and you execute at a high level
Creative and clear thinker -- you can generate new ideas, quickly work through strategic challenges, and turn rough ideas it into compelling funding opportunities
Bias for taking initiative
You thrive in an entrepreneurial environment
About Service Year Alliance
Service Year Alliance is a bipartisan organization committed to making a year of full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for young Americans of all backgrounds. Expanding service years has the power to address our country’s most pressing challenges, change the lives of those who serve, and unite our nation.
We are an equal opportunity employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other service year alumni are encouraged to apply, as are military veterans. Please indicate in your application if you have served in one of these programs. SYA is based in Washington, DC.
About Service Year Alliance
Service Year Alliance is working to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. A service year before, during, or after college — or as a way to get back on track — gives young people the chance to transform their lives, make an impact in their community, and become the active citizens and leaders our nation needs. Expanding service years has the power to revitalize cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty. It can unite the most diverse nation in history, binding people of different backgrounds through common cause. Service Year Alliance is asking nonprofits, higher education institutions, cities and states, companies and foundations, policymakers of both parties, and people of all ages to join the movement. Learn more at serviceyear.org.