Careers: SALDEF is Hiring!

 Deputy Executive Director

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Employment Level: Full-time

Location: Washington, DC

Salary: Competitive/Commensurate with Experience

About SALDEF: We are a national civil rights, media, policy, and education organization. We envision a United States where the Sikh American community fully participates as a vibrant part of our society’s fabric. SALDEF has a growing full-time staff with offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Deputy Executive Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from client and project management (business development, framing of key approaches, high-quality client delivery, written products) to administration (information technology, reporting, facilities), and human capital (HR/recruiting, mentoring, career progression). The Deputy Executive Director will partner closely with the ED to chart SALDEF’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services such as the SikhLEAD program.

Responsibilities:Program Management

  • Structure and lead teams to deliver outstanding organizational work
  • Build and maintain strong strategic relationships
  • Represent SALDEF in stakeholder conferences and other public venues
  • Develop thought leadership around specific topics/emerging practice areas
  • Share in knowledge dissemination, reporting, and communications

Organization Growth Support

  • Partner with the ED in essential internal organizational leadership activities (human resources, administration, and organizational planning)
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs, budget realities, and opportunities
  • Maintain responsibility, with ED, for day to day to financial management and oversight functions

Qualifications:

  • 3 to 5 years of work experience in a non-profit organization, foundation, or government agency
  • Highly intelligent, advanced/MBA degree from a leading university
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities
  • Remain focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, not intimidated by tasks/time limitations
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives

Application Process:  Please e-mail a thoughtful cover letter detailing your relevant experience, resume, and an unedited development, communications, or policy-related writing sample (maximum 5 pages) as a single PDF document to careers@saldef.org, indicating “Deputy Executive Director” in the subject line. We are accepting applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

**SALDEF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position and enrich our organization.**

Director of Development

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Employment Level: Full Time.

Location: Washington, DC. The Director of Development is expected to travel as much as 50% of the time. Though residence in the DC-area is preferred, location  is flexible.

Salary: Competitive/Commensurate with Experience.

About SALDEF: We are a national civil rights, media, policy, and education organization. We envision a United States where the Sikh American community fully participates as a vibrant part of our society’s fabric. SALDEF has a growing full-time staff with offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA.

Position Summary: Working in partnership with the Executive Director, other staff, and local volunteers, the Director of Development will work to secure donations and sponsorships to support the mission of SALDEF.

Key Requirements/Knowledge/Skills:

  • Demonstrated familiarity with philanthropic best practices.
  • Superior writing skills to craft compelling proposals and targeted, meaningful acknowledgments.
  • Ability and initiative to work independently with minimal supervision, to prioritize and resolve problems, to pay close attention to detail, and to carry tasks to completion.
  • Project planning, including the ability to coordinate the work of others and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of people.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including comfort with public speaking.
  • Able to think strategically and maintain focus while working with multiple chapters and managing a large pool of prospects.
  • Computer literacy, including a commitment to maintaining the integrity of a central database.
  • An affinity for networking, and exceptional ability to galvanize/influence individuals and groups toward a common goal.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Actively manage a portfolio of individual and institutional donors and prospects.
  • Make solicitations (in collaboration with appropriate volunteers and/or other staff) from probable donors.
  • Prepare high quality and timely foundation grant proposals, solicitations, and acknowledgements.
  • Serve as point of contact for funders, addressing questions on proposals and reports.
  • Collaborate with assigned regional offices to identify prospects nation-wide and develop and implement plans for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Tailor strong and compelling proposals & presentations, acknowledgments, reports, and other communications based on national materials.
  • Serve as key player in the strategic planning, implementation, and execution of research-focused cultivation events.
  • Prepare briefings for the Executive Director and/or Board of Directors including prospect lists and/or outreach into new communities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Master’s degree in nonprofit management, Public relations, MBA, or closely related field, desirable.
  • Significant fundraising experience, including major gifts/corporate sponsorship experience.
  • Experience in effective grant writing and prospect research.
  • Experienced in or willingness to develop a planned giving program.
  • Experienced in or willingness to work with organizations that have many part-time staff and volunteers that play an essential role in operations.
  • Current, or willingness to quickly obtain, a driver’s license and reliable, personal transportation.

Work Environment:  Travel is required during weeknights and weekends. Some overnight travel is required.

Application Process:

Please send an email with the subject line, “Director of Development Application” to jobs@saldef.org with a resume/CV and cover letter in PDF format. In your cover letter, please include a brief outline of a development plan for SALDEF and discuss how you would implement it. Thank you.

**SALDEF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position and enrich our organization.**

Communications Coordinator

Employment Level: Full Time

Location: Washington, DC Preferred/Some Flexibility

Salary: Competitive/Commensurate with Experience

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

About SALDEF: We are a national civil rights, media, policy, and education organization. We envision a United States where the Sikh American community fully participates as a vibrant part of our society’s fabric. SALDEF has a growing full-time staff with offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA.

Position Summary: Working in partnership staff and volunteers, s/he will help design, implement, and evaluate SALDEF’s communications strategy.

Key Requirements/Knowledge/Skills:

  • Ability to write professional press releases, community announcements, and other materials for various audiences.
  • Passion for designing and implementing SALDEF’s communications strategy, creating relevant content, and engaging with diverse communities.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including comfort with public speaking.
  • Demonstrated record of strategic communications planning and work with multiple constituencies.
  • An affinity for networking and ability to galvanize/influence individuals and groups toward a common goal.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Develop marketing campaigns utilizing interactive media to advance organizational goals.
  • Serve as point of contact for multiple constituencies, explaining organization’s programs with clarity and concision.
  • Prepare briefings for staff, board, and volunteers about communications strategies, including outreach to new communities.
  • Perform search engine optimization/search engine marketing integration, monitoring and analysis.
  • Manage web analytics applications including Google Analytics, Alexa, comScore, and others.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent written communication skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Prior experience in journalism, marketing, communications, or related fields a plus.
  • Experienced in, or willingness to, work with organizations that have part-time staff and volunteers playing an essential role.
  • Master’s and/or Bachelor’s degree a plus.

Work Environment:  Some travel may be required during weeknights and weekends, including overnight travel.

Application Process:

Please send an email with the subject line, “Communications Coordinator” to jobs@saldef.org with a resume/CV and cover letter in PDF format. In your cover letter, please include a brief outline of a communications campaign for SALDEF and discuss how you would implement it. Thank you.

**SALDEF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position and enrich our organization.**

Digital Media Coordinator

Employment Level: Full Time

Location: Washington, DC Preferred/Some Flexibility

Salary: Competitive/Commensurate with Experience

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

About SALDEF: We are a national civil rights, media, policy, and education organization. We envision a United States where the Sikh American community fully participates as a vibrant part of our society’s fabric. SALDEF has a growing full-time staff with offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA.

Position Summary: Working in partnership with staff volunteers, s/he will further strengthen SALDEF’s online presence by creatively designing, implementing, and evaluating programs across digital platforms.

Key Requirements/Knowledge/Skills:

  • An understanding of communications best practices, including interactive and online channels.
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research and present it clearly and concisely.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including comfort with public speaking.
  • Ability to think strategically and maintain focus while working with multiple constituencies.
  • An affinity for networking and ability to galvanize/influence individuals and groups toward a common goal.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Create compelling content and manage discussion on various social networking sites.
  • Serve as point of contact for diverse constituencies, including Sikh Americans, coalition partners, elected officials, and others.
  • Participate in online conversations by answering questions, offering solutions, and mediating conversations.
  • Identify social media trends and their impact on the organization.
  • Collaborate with staff, board, and volunteers to amplify the organization’s message.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent written communications skills, including compelling online posts on various social channels.
  • Ability to track metrics and monitor relevant conversations.
  • Prior experience in journalism or marketing communications a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree a plus.

Work Environment: Some travel may be required during weeknights and weekends, including overnight travel.

Application Process:

Please send an email with the subject line, “Digital Media Coordinator” to jobs@saldef.org with a resume/CV and cover letter in PDF format. In your cover letter, please include a brief outline of a digital media project for SALDEF and discuss how you would implement it. Thank you.

**SALDEF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position and enrich our organization.**

Internships

Summer interns should apply through the SikhLEAD program application and indicate their interest in placement with SALDEF on the application form. The application can be found at www.sikhlead.org.

Law students interested in a position with SALDEF should review the information and requirements available here.

Students and recent graduates seeking to intern during the fall or spring, should contact us. SALDEF recruits college, graduate, law students and recent graduates interested in communications, community organizing, research, education and public policy.

 

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