Hip Hop Caucus is a dynamic and evolving organization that works at the intersection of people and politics. The Development Director will join a core team of committed staff members to lead Hip Hop Caucus into its next chapter of growth through fundraising and development.
The Development Director will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the senior leadership team to strategically shape HHC’s position and story to philanthropy across all issue areas. The Director will be responsible for building a major donor program, expanding foundation support, donor prospecting and research, and all aspects of grants management. This person will have a vision for how to engage and reach potential funders and will help educate, shape, and reimagine HHC’s value proposition to philanthropic investors through a racial equity lens.
Responsibilities will include:
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- Craft messaging and collateral for funders: The Development Director should be adept at creating materials, including digital products, that communicate HHC’s high-impact work in a way that is compelling and creative to their funders and members
- Portfolio management and oversight: Steward existing donors and expand support from foundations
- Research and prospect new donors in issue areas: Research potential funders in core issue spaces, including strengthening democracy, climate change and environmental justice, civil and human rights, and economic justice, to identify new and non-traditional funders and opportunities to support the work
- Establish a major gifts program: Work with existing donors and natural partners to identity, cultivate, and solicit new major donors
- Systems management: Direct and mature development systems and infrastructure to maximize department effectiveness
- Grants management: Oversee grant writing including research, proposal writing, tracking and reporting requirements
- Other: Expand C4 funding; staying current on fundraising trends; other duties as appropriate
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
- Inspired by Hip Hop Caucus’ mission with ability to creatively bridge mission and program objectives with donors’ interests and priorities
- Proven track record of identifying, cultivating, stewarding, soliciting, and closing gifts from prospects and donors
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills with proven ability to craft persuasive proposals and donor correspondence
- Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information
- Comfortable working on a relatively small, nimble, and growing team and able to toggle between strategic thinking and detail-oriented implementation
- Experienced in building the strategy, tools, and processes that support successful donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, as evidenced by revenue and donor base growth
- Collaborative self-starter, eager to create and innovate from the ground up within a highly collaborative environment
- Knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding access, equity, diversity, inclusion, and institutional racism that touch the communities we serve, with an ability to communicate Hip Hop Caucus’ commitment to equity and inclusion
Compensation & Benefits
This position is based ideally in LA or DC. Location may be flexible for exceptional candidates.
The annual salary range for this role is between $110,000-$120,000 based on experience and location, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Hip Hop Caucus also offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.
About Hip Hop Caucus
Hip Hop Caucus’ (HHC) movement began in 2004, and it is a non-profit that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process, and operates a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization and a 501(c)4 organization. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.
Our mission is to use the power of our cultural expression to empower communities who are first and worst impacted by injustice. Our members, as well as our dedicated national team, span the country and globe. We are multiracial and we center our work in communities of color. We span Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X, and we come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our vision is for racial justice, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. We focus on addressing core issues impacting underserved and vulnerable communities, with programs and campaigns that support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Through a collaborative network, we hold elected officials accountable, shape policy, and build more diverse and powerful movements to ignite positive change.
What We Do
We organize 14 – 40-year-olds, who identify with Hip Hop Culture, and share values of justice and equity. We connect the Hip Hop community to the political process to build power and create change.
We create platforms for cultural and grassroots leaders to use their voices, creative talents, and networks to educate, energize, and mobilize people and communities.
Engage Large Audiences
Through partnerships with artists, creatives, celebrities, and media we create content and share it through cultural channels reaching millions of people and inspiring action. It’s not only large audiences that we engage, we are intentional about engaging our communities on the frontlines of injustice.
Foster and Promote Thought Leadership
We source solutions for local to global challenges from our communities and advocate for them to decision makers and influencers. We partner with a broad range of organizations, and we have a respected presence in the halls of the U.S. Congress, Federal Agencies, State Legislatures, and the United Nations.
Our Focus Areas
We register, educate, and mobilize voters through our non-partisan “Respect My Vote!” campaign. We fight against attacks on voting rights and advocate for election system reforms that make voting easier. We empower returning citizens who can vote and advocate for full enfranchisement in all 50 states. Visit RespectMyVote.com.
Climate Change and Environmental Justice
We advocate for climate action that will stop and reverse the impacts of the climate crisis that are happening now from the perspective of BIPOC communities for which pollution and climate impacts are life and death issues. Think 100% is our climate justice communications and activism platform. Visit Think100Climate.com.
Civil and Human Rights
From police violence and criminal justice reform, to quality public education, healthcare, immigration, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, we lead and act as allies on the most critical civil and human rights issues of today.
We advocate for an economy that works for everyone. We promote divest-invest strategies pulling money out from industries that harm our communities and investing in economically, socially, and environmentally empowering solutions. We stand with activists demanding good jobs, access to capital for communities locked out of industries, and fair housing.
For more information on Hip Hop Caucus, please visit www.hiphopcaucus.org.