Title: Development Associate  

Type: Full-time

Closing Date: Until filled 

Finn Church Aid Americas, (FCAA) Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) established in 2014. As a “friends of” organization, its role is to support and promote Finn Church Aid (FCA) Foundation's work in North America. FCA is one of the largest development agencies and humanitarian providers in Finland, delivering development and humanitarian aid to 15 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  With 70 years of experience, FCA contributes to positive change by supporting people in the most vulnerable situations within fragile and disaster-affected regions in three thematic priority areas: right to peace, livelihood and quality education. We believe in the intrinsic human dignity and equal value of every human being, and are committed to a rights-based approach.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Director of FCA Americas (FCAA), the Development Associate will manage FCAA’s cultivation and development activities with key institutional stakeholders (individuals, foundations, religious organizations, impact investors, and governmental agencies) in the United States to maximize funding opportunities for FCAA’s projects. The Associate will be responsible for general donor relations, including coordinating and supporting grant proposal and management processes (i.e. conducting initial research, submitting proposals, ensuring compliance, reporting, etc.) and planning fundraising initiatives and events.

PRIMARY TASKS

  • Identify new sources of funding and assist the Director in developing long-lasting donor relationships. 
  • Analyze relevant donor data and provide input into FCAA’s strategic plan for US-based institutional funding.
  • Solicit contributions from foundation, religious, corporate, and/or public sector agencies via written requests and proposals.
  • Coordinate and assist in the grant cycle process, including drafting, writing, and editing grant proposals and reports, and assisting with donor compliance.

Donor Research, Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship (50%)

  • With the Director, assist in establishing the overall vision and strategic priorities for FCAA’s fundraising activities.
  • Research the development landscape to inform FCAA’s development goals and strategies around individual, government, religious, foundation, and corporate philanthropy.
  • Assist in prospecting activities and maintain lists of potential donors and partners.
  • Examine the interests of prospects and contribute to developing compelling pitches, campaigns, engagement strategies, and stewardship activities.
  • Contact potential partners and funders and support cultivation activities, such as following-up, material and presentation preparation, scheduling meetings and attendance.
  • Assist in strategy development and engage in new and creative fundraising campaign activities, including social media, crowdfunding, etc.
  • Work closely with the Director and FCAA board members to develop and implement plans for sponsorships, marketing, and events. 
  • Effectively and efficiently coordinate and communicate, both internally and externally, to ensure all funder deadlines, requirements, and expectations are met.
  • Build and develop positive and collaborative relationships with FCAA donors, partners and stakeholders.

Grant Development and Coordination (30%)

  • Actively contribute to drafting grant proposals, narratives, and reports that are tailored to donor interests and in their preferred format. Contribute to developing proposal budgets and coordinating process with relevant colleagues.
  • Ensure grant reports are completed and submitted on time, and coordinate with colleagues to track and report progress of program implementations.
  • Submit narrative and financial reports for US-based funders and contribute to development process and system improvements.

General Operations (20%)

  • Assist in building relationships with FCA personnel at the head office in Helsinki and country offices.
  • Assist in establishing and supporting strong operations systems (e.g. donor-tracking system, data management, donor acknowledgements, etc.) and maintain oversight of the institutional giving portfolio.
  • Record all gift activity, assist in donor recognition activities, and review annual financials for quality assurance and accuracy.
  • Create activity reports and analyze development data as needed.
  • Support capacity-building activities to FCA country office personnel on donor relations by developing and engaging in webinars, trainings, etc.
  • As a member of a small team, support and back up other team members.
  • Additional tasks and responsibilities as needed.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, preferably in international development, business/economics, peace studies, or related discipline.
  • Three-to-five years of development experience in a fast-paced, challenging nonprofit work environment.
  • Solid experience with proposal development and reporting is required.
  • Experience with foundation, corporate, and/or public sector giving, and all associated activities, is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in project management including: project design, internal processes, logic models, budgeting, and project management and reporting is desired.
  • Working knowledge and experience in humanitarian/development and peace sectors is helpful.
  • Sensitivity to differences in culture and nationality with the ability to work closely with colleagues from across the world with a range of professional backgrounds.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

Ability to work both independently and as part of a small team, with capacity to receive and accept constructive feedback, take initiative and proactively manage work, and demonstrate solid problem-solving skills. Sound organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines under pressure is essential. Must be able to quickly grasp and accurately implement conceptual plans and strategies in a timely manner with attention to detail. Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must, with proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Must be an outgoing team player who enjoys helping others and achieving the best possible results. Sense of humor, positive attitude, and commitment to FCAA’s mission is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to fca.americas@kua.fi. No phone calls, please.

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FCA is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. Successful completion of a background investigation is required.