The Amizade Board of Directors provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance to the organization in partnership with our Executive Director. As the organization’s main oversight committee, the Board has a fiduciary responsibility to our participants, partners, and the public that we ethically and efficiently carry out our mission and strive to live up to our values in all of our planning, policies and actions. Working together in a collaborative and participatory group, Board member responsibilities include the following:
Ensure Strong Governance
- Participate in quarterly board meetings (3 conference calls, one in-person meeting per year)
- Maintain familiarity with organizational governance documents (articles, by-laws, budgets, etc.)
- Learn about and remain current on topics of nonprofit governance
- Review and approve annual budgets and monitor fiscal conditions through meetings and reports
- Contribute professional expertise and skills (e.g. legal, fundraising, risk management, accounting, marketing, etc.) to projects and initiatives
- Serve on one or more standing board committees
- Volunteer for ad hoc assignments and special projects as needed
- Contribute to the annual evaluation of the executive director
- Commit to a three-year board term with an option for additional terms
- Assist in identifying and recruiting new board members
Support Amizade’s Mission
- Collaborate with board members and Amizade staff to define and advance the organization’s mission, vision and values
- Assist with strategic planning and advancing mission-based policies and programs
- Assess the organizational landscape and approve response strategies to changing circumstances
- Visit and/or meet with host communities when possible and stay informed of community partner issues
- Serve as an Amizade ambassador actively sharing information about our mission and accomplishments with personal and professional networks
- Leverage political and social capital to raise Amizade’s organizational profile
- Stay current on developments in the field of service-learning and international community building
- Attend special events and organizational functions in support of Amizade
Financial Support of Amizade
- Commit to Amizade as a philanthropic priority commensurate with your financial means
- Donate annually in support of our 100% Amizade board donor goal
- Support organizational fundraising campaigns by leverage personal networks and seeking matching donations
- Assist with identifying and securing grants, cultivating donors, and seeking corporate giving
- Contribute in-kind donations and assist in identifying pro-bono services.
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A SCORE mentor is an adviser who helps individuals and small businesses reach their goals. Mentors provide free business advice and education to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.
As a mentor, you’ll help clients solve problems, make businesses more efficient, and assist with developing long-term business plans. Additionally, you may discover new sources of insight and knowledge to help your own business and leadership style. Teaching others how to manage people or projects, along with illustrating ways to succeed in other aspects of business, could inspire you to continue with your own professional growth-all of this while helping your local community.
The ideal mentor is empathetic, flexible, and loves connecting people to the right resources. Mentors often have significant experience within their field, excellent communication skills, and the ability to dedicate 3-5 hours a week.
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SCORE is a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration that helps aspiring and existing entrepreneurs succeed. Every year, our volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of starting small businesses and achieving new levels of success. Volunteering is a way for you to give back, network with business experts, and share your knowledge. Join SCORE today to make a meaningful difference in your local economy.
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Sequal Consulting is looking for a full-time Communications Associate who is passionate about and experienced in comprehensive strategic communications for justice-oriented movements and organizations. Associate responsibilities range from helping execute communications strategy, researching and analyzing media/political/policy opportunities, and generating and managing digital and traditional communications. The ideal person for this position will have some background in labor union communications. A commitment to movement-building and intersectional justice and liberation for all is required.
About Sequal Consulting
Sequal Consulting is a full-service strategic communications firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. We serve clients across the Commonwealth and throughout the country. We are strategists for social change who help movements shift power from corporations and billionaires to the people and the planet. We help our clients increase their visibility, sharpen their message, share their stories with new audiences, and advance their vision for a more just society.
What you’ll do at Sequal
- Work with labor union and other clients to execute communications strategies and campaign plans.
- Craft core campaign messaging and ensure message consistency across communications channels.
- Monitor media, summarize coverage for clients, and identify opportunities that align with client goals.
- Produce concise and effective press materials including releases, advisories, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
- Pitch stories to reporters, editors, online outlets, and other newsmakers.
- Prepare spokespeople for press interviews, events, and actions.
- Create and curate social media content and manage client social channels.
- Draft, target, and send mass emails and help administer online activist toolsets.
What we need to see in you
- Labor union experience is strongly preferred. 2-3 years’ experience working for an issue-oriented non-profit or community organization, movement, political campaign, elected official, or communications firm serving progressive organizations, will also be considered.
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related field. Work experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.
- Meticulous attention to detail.
- Commitment to understanding race, class, gender, and other equity issues as part of our work.
- Proven track record of messaging across audiences with an ability to match content and tone accordingly.
- Excellent current events / news sense and political savvy.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to juggle multiple projects and clients simultaneously with strict adherence to deadlines.
- Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments.
- An understanding that clients often expect immediate responsiveness, regardless of whether or not you’re “on the clock.”
- Valid driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle.
- This is not a strictly 9am-5pm position. Because the position often directly relates to the 24-news cycle and social media environment, it will require weeknight and weekend hours.
- Travel is occasionally required around the western Pennsylvania region or to state/national conferences.
- Compensation will be based on skills and experience, with an approximate salary range of $45,000 – $50,000/year.
- Our comprehensive benefits package includes health and dental insurance, an IRA with a company match, and three weeks paid vacation to start.
- Staff is currently working remotely, though attendance at certain staff and client events is required. We have had an office in the past and plan to again, but daily office work will be negotiable.
What to send
- Cover letter and résumé
- Writing sample
- Send materials to email@example.com
Sequal Consulting is committed to building a more diverse social justice movement. Women, femmes, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Unfortunately, we cannot hire sitting elected officials in Pennsylvania due to conflicts of interest with client advocacy.
Nonprofit Talent (NPT) is committed to uplifting mission driven organizations through healthy leadership transitions. Our strength is in identifying exceptional candidates to lead programs and people.
Founded as a retained executive search firm in 2013, NPT focuses exclusively on the nonprofit, philanthropic, and social sectors. NPT has engaged in 140 successful searches with a 100% placement rate and 96% retention rate. Of those hires, 60% were women and 35% were people of color.
Nonprofit Talent is accepting resumes from consultants that would like to join our team.
Description of a Contractor with NPT
Led by Michelle Pagano Heck, President, our network of professionals have strengths in various aspects of the executive search process. From marketing to finance to search specialist, the consultants in our network leverage their skills to bring greater service to our clients. Our engagement model allows our consultants to be flexible with their time and expertise while having ready access to our professional support team. Each Executive Search that we lead is customized to meet the needs of our client, thus we assemble teams to meet those specific needs.
Our contracted Search Specialists intersect with our services in the following ways:
- Writing and editing
- Research, to include organizational research and candidate research
- Referral Source Identification
- Reference and Background Research
- Candidate background vetting through research and interviews
- Client support with meetings
On average, contractors will engage with us 30 hours per month with 85% of the work being remotely and at during hours convenient for the contractor.
What We Seek
- Dynamic, community minded professionals to join our team in a consultative capacity.
- Individuals with varied professional experiences, diverse work histories and demonstrated commitment to the nonprofit community.
- Professionals that have been or are currently contractors and/or consultants by choice.
- Flexible working hours, with the ability to take on or decline work as per the needs of NPT and the client schedule.
Attributes of Success
- Previous nonprofit leadership experience.
- Comfortable in working environments that are self-directed.
- Flexibility to accept last minute assignments, or conversely, have periods with no assignments.
- Outstanding writing abilities. Writing that is structured creative and always grammatically correct.
- A natural leader that establishes trust quickly.
- Integrity and trust beyond reproach. Composure in all situations, even when under stress.
- Personal values that include acceptance of differences, generosity, compassion, honesty, enthusiasm, and humility.
- Strong administrative skills.
Nonprofit Talent pays contractors on an hourly basis with submitted, detailed invoices provided by the contractor. We pay on a monthly basis. As there is a high degree of administrative responsibility in this position, please share your rate for administrative tasks when applying.
How to Apply
Apply via this candidate portal. Include your updated résumé, a cover letter that details your work as a consultant and why you want to join the Nonprofit Talent team.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JULY 6, 2021
While we are not hiring employees, we maintain strong principals of equality and equity with our contractors. We seek contractors that represent our diverse community in race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ability. Inclusive and equitable in our work and practices, we are dedicated to uplifting diverse opinions and backgrounds in order to grow and evolve as a welcoming workplace for all.
Grow Pittsburgh is requesting proposals from experienced organizational consultants to guide Grow Pittsburgh’s Board of Directors and staff through a process to update and refresh its strategic plan.
Our Mission: We teach people how to grow food and promote the benefits gardens bring to our neighborhoods.
Our Vision: We envision the day when everyone in our city and region grows and eats fresh, local and healthy food.
- COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION: prioritizing neighborhood voices to guide programs
- ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: using, teaching and advocating for restorative practices
- EQUITY: working alongside communities to build access and power for all
- FISCAL INTEGRITY: making responsible and effective use of available assets
- FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: supporting everyone’s right to access, produce and distribute healthy and culturally appropriate food
- RESOURCEFULNESS: creating hands-on opportunities to build individual and community self-sufficiency
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: understanding systems of privilege, oppression and racism, and using this knowledge to drive our work
- TRANSPARENCY: being accountable by using clear, direct and inclusive communication
Grow Pittsburgh, founded in 2005, has experienced significant growth in the last five years. The organization went through a comprehensive strategic planning process in 2017 and successfully carried out that three-year plan to its completion in 2020. At the end of 2020, a new Executive Director was hired and time was spent early in 2021 bolstering internal operations and stewarding a successful transition in leadership.
The last plan was significant for Grow Pittsburgh and is still relevant in many ways. The Board and staff envision a process to allow the organization to build upon, not completely revise, its existing strategic plan. Some highlights of the last plan include:
- An overarching goal to solidify food-growing projects across our region as essential resources for generations to come
- Three core goals and six strategies to achieve those goals
- Unique and specific three-year plans for each department
- An ambitious mandate to expand fundraising capacity and sources
- An acknowledgement that our staffing structure and operational resources had to expand in order to meet our growth strategy
While elements of the past strategic plan still resonate for the organization, we are now in a new phase of development as Grow Pittsburgh expects its staff and programs to stabilize as we plan for long-term sustainability. Several recent growth events, such as the acquisition of the Garden Dreams property in Wilkinsburg, will be key strategic focuses moving forward.
SCOPE OF SERVICE:
The process should include but not necessarily be limited to activities that:
- Facilitate cross board-staff conversations to review past strategic plan and assess its relevance for the next five years
- Facilitate a board/staff retreat in October 2021
- Evaluate recent growth events (e.g. acquisition of Garden Dreams in Wilkinsburg, opportunities for earned revenue through consulting) and update five-year program plans accordingly
- Facilitate conversations about ways to match staffing capacity with recent and future growth, especially fundraising
- Evaluate current mission statement and facilitate creation of departmental mission statements that align with overall organizational purpose
In developing this plan, the selected applicant will be expected to:
- Address all of the above-stated components of the scope of services.
- Gain an understanding of Grow Pittsburgh’s programs and structure through staff, board, and community stakeholder conversations. Grow Pittsburgh will provide historical and programmatic narrative as well as financial information.
- Be responsible for completing final deliverables (i.e., writing a final plan) and should not expect staff and/or board to be involved in writing final deliverables.
- Propose which aspects of the project will require staff and/or board involvement and the expected time requirements for activities involving their participation.
- Include check-in points for Grow Pittsburgh to obtain project status updates.
- Present a summary of their preliminary findings and recommendations prior to writing the final project deliverables.
- Facilitate all working sessions with the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee and other key Board Members and staff.
- Assign responsibilities to Grow Pittsburgh Board Members and staff and to hold all parties accountable for fulfilling project responsibilities in a timely manner.
- Develop all timelines for the project, any key data sheets/materials, and provide bi-weekly progress reports.
- Complete the plan by no later than December 1, 2021.
The final 5-year strategic plan document, which will ultimately be the applicant’s responsibility to produce with support from Grow Pittsburgh board and staff, should meet the criteria outlined in Scope of Service.
In awarding a contract, the committee will examine a number of factors and criteria, which may include:
- Demonstration of prior consulting experience in assisting an organization similar to Grow Pittsburgh in size and scope;
- A commitment to and belief in Grow Pittsburgh’s values and overall mission;
- The extent to which the proposal addresses the scope of work, timeframes and engagement plan;
- Specific plans or methodology to be used to perform services;
- Availability to start and complete the project in the given timeframe.
Applicants should submit a complete proposal that highlights their qualifications no later than June 18, 2021.
Proposals should include:
- A brief Executive Summary
- A clear statement related to the management issues to be addressed
- A list of deliverables to be created
- A timeline for project completion
- A detailed budget that breaks out expenses
- Credentials and qualifications of key personnel who will work on the project
- At least two examples of clients of similar size and scope the applicant has previously worked with including brief descriptions of the projects
Signed proposals may be submitted via this link.
Selection Timeline: Grow Pittsburgh’s selection timeline is as follows:
- June 1, 2021 – RFP Released
- June 18, 2021 – Proposals Due
- Week of June 28, 2021 – Interviews of Finalists
- July 9, 2021 – Consultant Selected
- July 28, 2021 – Consultant Attends Board of Directors Meeting
- August 1, 2021 (approx) – Engagement Begins
- October: Board/Staff Retreat
- December 1, 2021 – Final Deliverable Due
For further information regarding the proposal, please contact Denele Hughson, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.362.4769 x204. Please follow this link to submit a proposal. For more information about the organization, please visit www.growpittsburgh.org.
Job Title: Public Health Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: McMurray, PA / Pittsburgh area
Job Type: Full-time, exempt
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a public health not-for-profit organization that provides wide-ranging support to communities impacted by unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD), as it has done since 2012. That support includes health impact assessments, environmental and health monitoring, data and research interpretation, and public health guidance. EHP’s team includes a varied and skilled group of health care providers, scientists, community educators, analysts, and communications experts, making the organization a national leader in the comprehensive understanding of, and approach to, the public health consequences of UOGD.
The strength of the organization lies, in part, in its direct contact with frontline community members, learning about their circumstances and responding to their needs for relevant information and guidance with interactive support programs, such as the Environmental HealthWatch Model, and interactive tools, such as the EHP AirView App. We seek to support communities more broadly by better understanding the short- and long-term health risks resulting from UOGD so we can more effectively engage in policy dialogues at the local, state, and national levels to support health-protective policy decisions.
Public Health is core to EHP’s mission, and staying current on the most recent public health information is critical to our various stakeholders, from frontline residents to policymakers. As EHP develops innovative methods of outreach and education, we will expect the Public Health Manager to support those efforts through various forms of research, likely including medical journals, public health datasets, local networks, and primary data collection. The Public Health Manager will serve as the principal point of contact on health-related initiatives and in communications with other public health organizations; ensure that the EHP team understands the implications of new research studies and medical information as they become available; and work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to ensure that EHP’s approaches to education, advocacy, data analysis, and reporting are all in alignment with current health research.
Various tasks associated with this role include but are not limited to the following:
- Serve as primary point of contact and EHP’s representative on health-related matters with government agencies and health-related coalitions
- Maintain research library of new papers, journals, and other research being published on UOGD and health
- Research and author literature reviews on relevant topics
- Lead EHP’s Health & Wellness team; ensure coworkers are aware of pertinent research that informs EHP’s work
- Evaluate health-related requests and opportunities for collaboration
- Support creation of “Health Impact Assessments” for communities in proximity to various types of UOGD
- Review and consolidate health intake information from HealthWatch communities
- Collaborate with the Data Scientist to effectively incorporate health information and appropriate guidance into reports and interactive tools for HealthWatch communities
- Collaborate with the Data Scientist to develop new ways of understanding the health impacts of UOGD as part of the HealthWatch framework
- Collaborate with Communications Manager and Policy Director to incorporate health research into educational initiatives for various stakeholder groups
- Regularly update EHP’s set of UOGD-related resources and reference materials, as needed
- Perform outreach to health care providers and expand EHP’s referral network; develop and maintain relationships with relevant content experts
- Support public health-related educational events as a speaker, moderator, and/or by recruiting participants
- Field general questions from residents with health concerns, referring individuals to health care providers / other resources, as needed
- Occasionally participate in data sharing with academic institutions, including managing research interns
- Provide weekly updates to the team on milestones, initiatives, and new opportunities
Core Attributes Required:
- Ability to thrive in a dynamic, deadline-oriented environment with demonstrated ability to establish priorities and balance multiple, competing demands
- Excellent oral and written communication skills to broad and diverse audiences on a range of complex and technical issues
- Ability to offer creative solutions to complex problems and translate options into implementable solutions
- Extraordinary attention to detail
- Proven flexibility to new challenges and situations
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
- A ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude and willingness to take initiative to address issues proactively
- Ability to strategize with fellow team members, with a focus on research and translation of findings
- High comfort level in communicating and coordinating with remote teams
- Passion for the organization’s mission to defend public health in the face of oil and gas development
Education and Experience Required:
- Master’s degree in Public Health
- Background in nursing or other medical care ideal
- Coursework in toxicology, community engagement, or environmental science a plus
- Proficiency in Zotero a plus
- Familiarity with Qualtrics a plus
Salary: Commensurate based on experience
Application Instructions: Submit cover letter explaining why this role is a good fit, resume, and salary requirements to email@example.com.
Apply by May 24, 2021 for first round review.
All applicants and employees will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to, race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, or prior protected activity.
SWPA Environmental Health Project is a 501(c)(3) Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation.
About Sequal Consulting
Sequal Consulting is a full-service strategic communications firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. We service clients across the Commonwealth and throughout the country. We are strategists for social change who help movements shift power from corporations and billionaires to the people and the planet. We help our clients increase their visibility, sharpen their message, share their stories with new audiences, and advance their vision for a more just society.
We are looking for a full-time Senior Communications Associate who is passionate about and experienced in comprehensive strategic communications for community organizations, labor unions, and/or other justice-oriented movements and organizations. This is a senior staff position that requires strategic thinking, tactical execution of communications best practices and an organizing approach to working with clients and their members/activists.
This position requires 3-5 years of experience working as a communicator in a movement/community organization, labor union, and/or as a political or campaign communications staffer. Strong “front of the room” training and/or presenting skills are also strongly desired.
In this position, no two days are the same and rapid response must be equally balanced with long term strategic planning. A passion for and commitment to movement building and intersectional justice and liberation for all is required.
- Develop strategic communications plans and implement comprehensive media strategies.
- Draft timely and strategic core messaging and ensure message consistency across communications channels.
- Develop organic and paid digital strategies that maximize client visibility and influence.
- Monitor news coverage and respond rapidly and effectively to control and shape narrative. Draft, edit, pitch, and place stories, OpEds, LTEs, and prepare spokespeople for interviews.
- Develop expert knowledge of and meaningful relationships with key reporters and outlets covering our clients’ issue areas and geography.
- Develop expertise on the issues and campaigns clients engage in.
- Provide effective and impactful media skills training.
- Help administer mass email / online activist tools as needed.
Essential Skills and Qualifications
- Experience in fast-paced communications in a movement and/or political environment.
- Demonstrated ability to creatively and strategically frame ideas, develop narrative, and synthesize complex policy issues in a way that appeals to the news media and a wide variety of audiences.
- Excellent news sense and political savvy along with sharp strategic thinking and ability to identify hooks and earned media opportunities.
- Experience developing traditional media relations strategies with a track record of earning media coverage and building relationships with journalists.
- Ability to identify and connect with diverse audiences, make rigorous and persuasive arguments, translate complex ideas into digestible language, tell emotionally compelling stories, and move people to action.
- Experience with digital organizing and campaign management, including design and execution of multi-stage digital campaigns, CRM and email management, social media management, basic web and design skills, creative use of multimedia, and online advertising (experience with Cision, EveryAction, ActionNetwork, Facebook Ads Manager, Google Ads, and WordPress is a plus.)
- Strong writing, editing, training, and presentation skills.
- Experience working in multi-racial and multi-ethnic coalitions.
- Commitment to understanding race, class, gender, and other equity and liberation issues.
- Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments.
- Because this position directly relates to the 24-news cycle and social media environment, it will require weeknight and weekend hours. It may also require some travel eventually.
Compensation and Benefits
- Starting salary range for this position is $60,000 – $65,000/year. Compensation is commensurate with experience.
- Sequal offers health and dental insurance, an IRA with a company match, paid sick time, and a flexible vacation policy.
Submit cover letter, résumé, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sequal Consulting is committed to building a more diverse social justice movement. Women, femmes, Black, brown, native, newcomer, LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Unfortunately, we cannot hire sitting elected officials in Pennsylvania due to conflicts of interest with client advocacy.
In 2021, Hollow Oak Land Trust is celebrating 30 years as a unique environmental organization that combines land conservation with trail advocacy. In its mission to protect and connect greenspace, Hollow Oak focuses on land acquisition, environmental stewardship, sustainable multi-use trails, and the creation of multi-municipal greenways.
The Project Manager is a full time, salaried, exempt position responsible for promoting, organizing and implementing projects to support the operations of Hollow Oak Land Trust. The Project Manager works directly with the Executive Director, as well as volunteers, partner organizations, and clients.
- Engagement of Members, Donors and Volunteers
- Develop the communications plan for engaging Hollow Oak supporters
- Plan and coordinate events
- Lead membership campaigns, donor programs, and member communications
- Produce reports and analysis with DonorPerfect CRM software
- Update and maintain CRM database
- Plan and manage volunteer projects related to land & water stewardship and trails
- Recruit, retain and engage volunteers through social media and partnerships
- Create positive relationships with volunteers, clients, landowners, and land managers
- Educate and manage volunteers in safety protocols and project implementation
- Oversee scheduling of events to ensure excellent delivery of services
- Provide excellent customer service to volunteers and partner organizations
- Assist volunteers in acquiring equipment and supplies for projects
- Track project outcomes
Trail Services & Business Development
- Oversee full life cycle of trail projects, including planning, coordination, and implementation
- Create and manage project proposals, bids, contracts, subcontracts, invoices, project documentation, and job cost analysis
- Coordinate project planning with colleagues, partners, clients and volunteers
- Manage volunteers and contractors for successful implementation of trail projects
- Actively participate in trail project implementation
- Collect and manage GIS data for project planning, mapping, reporting and program support
- Develop program-based marketing efforts and promotional materials
Marketing and Communications
- Develop and implement communications strategies
- Manage social media platforms and campaigns
- Update and maintain content for the Hollow Oak website
- Write and format content for the Hollow Oak newsletter in Constant Contact
- Publish articles and social media posts
- Create PR and marketing materials such as articles, press releases, and brochures
- Implement targeted mailings to members and constituents
- Represent Hollow Oak in outreach activities
- Develop project budgets and forecasting
- Track and report project data
- Evaluate programs and provide feedback
- Implement policies and procedures in best practices, risk management, and safety guidelines
- Assist with grant applications and grant reports
- Assist with identification of potential funders, including private foundations, government agencies, and corporations
- Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
- Experience with donor-based software
- Background in digital marketing, communications, social media
- Experience recruiting and managing volunteers
- Experience with sustainable trail design
- Extensive knowledge of trail use, such as hiking, mountain biking, and trail running
- Experience with GIS and digital mapping applications
- Experience in nonprofit organization management
- Experience working with government agencies
- B.A/B.S. degree in related field (e.g. business management, fundraising, marketing, consulting, natural sciences, engineering, parks & recreation) or similar combination of experience and education
- Skilled in a variety of office-based software systems, e.g., MS Office, PowerPoint, Google Apps, Zoom
- Knowledge of flora, fauna and wildlife habitat restoration
- Ability to walk on uneven, rough and steep terrain, handle and manipulate objects and tools
- Ability to stand, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and navigate stairs
- Ability to carry items weighing up to 50 pounds
- Ability to withstand conditions including cold, heat, humidity, direct sunlight, dust, pollen, as well as wet and slippery conditions
- Ability to walk up to three miles to remote worksites
- Ability to safely operate hand tools for trail maintenance
This position offers a competitive salary in the $40,000-$50,000 range with traditional benefits package found with other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope, and scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your cover letter, resume and two writing samples to: email@example.com.
Hello Neighbor has experienced rapid growth from its inception in 2017. The Board of Directors has evolved from a “working” to a governance Board. Hello Neighbor seeks a consultant to work alongside the Board to: (1) formalize and update its bylaws, processes and procedures; (2) create a set of shared expectations for Board members and staff; and (3) advise the Board how it can best serve the organization as Hello Neighbor continues to grow and scale nationally.
Project Deliverables and Specifications
- Review bylaws and other governance documents and recommend enhancements in line with best practices for professionalized nonprofit organizations;
- Create a framework and supporting materials for identifying, screening, electing, onboarding, and evaluating board members;
- Assist in identifying the respective roles and responsibilities for board members and staff;
- Review existing committee structure and goals and recommend enhancements or future opportunities;
- Create a process for succession planning for board officers and committee chairs;
- Review existing executive director evaluation process and recommend enhancements;
- Propose guidelines for effective communication between board and staff, including board reporting, enhancements to how board meetings are conducted and a calendar of annual milestones;
- Other needs as identified by board, staff, and/or consultant throughout engagement
Proposals will be accepted until February 26th. Please email proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed proposals should include the following elements:
- Cover letter outlining interest in the project and relevant experience
- Proposal of services, including a timeline and proposed fee
- References for at least 2 similar client projects
Proposal Evaluation Timeline
Competitive proposals will be invited to interview in early March with the engagement expected to begin mid-March.
Gwen’s Girls (GG) seeks proposals from fundraising consultants interested in working with our organization to (i) assess the philanthropic community’s interest in supporting a capital campaign; and (ii) develop a capital campaign based on such assessment. The goal of the capital campaign is to address the need of expansion and the construction of a new facility to consolidate and expand services to girls and their families, with a focus on Black girls due to this being the primary demographic that live in the communities that we serve. The Gwen’s Girls Board, CEO and staff expect to collaborate actively with the selected firm in the work to ensure that the deliverables meet GG’s expectations and the needs of the girls it serves.
Gwen’s Girls’ mission is to empower girls and young women to have productive lives through holistic, gender-specific programs, education, and experiences. Their vision is one of the girls becoming self-sufficient adults, equipped with the capacity to continuously evolve emotionally, physically and spiritually; building strong family units; developing a strong support system; and contributing to community life.
Since 2002, Gwen’s Girls has helped more than 6000 young people avoid the traps of poverty. Our programs are working. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year
- 100% of our girls advanced to the next grade level.
- 100% of our girls did not become pregnant.
- 100% did not become re-involved with the juvenile justice system.
When given the opportunity, any girl can succeed.
Gwen’s Girls has several programs, located across the Pittsburgh community. They include: school and community based programs, afterschool and summer programs, STEM Initiative, career and workforce readiness programs, clinical mental health services and the Academic Support Initiative. For the last five years and as a leader in the Black Girls’ Equity Alliance, Gwen’s Girls has convened an annual equity summit and awards ceremony. Gwen’s Girls CEO Kathi Elliott was recognized in the US Senate in February 2020 by Senator Bob Casey as a strong and effective community leader in service to the Commonwealth’s children.
Gwen’s Girls has achieved much, but have facilities and programs scattered across the community. Consolidation of some programs and staff will allow for greater efficiency and effectiveness. Gwen’s Girls work, service, reputation and aspiration have led its staff and board leadership to recognize the need for a facility that demonstrates respect for those served and can promote future growth in programs and services that lead to positive development of the girls. They seek a facility that sends a clear message first to the girls and then to the larger community of the value and potential of investing in Black girls and their future. This facility will be conveniently located to facilitate all girls and their families’ use and engagement.
Since its inception in 2002, under the legendary leadership of Commander Gwen Elliott, Gwen’s Girls has received strong financial support from the Department of Human Services and other government resources as well as generous gifts from private foundations. With an annual operating budget in excess of $2.5 million, GG has been carefully and responsibly managed.
A strong and committed board is in place. A capital campaign committee of respected community leaders active with Gwen’s Girls over the years will be appointed by the Board and led by a powerful Chair or Co-Chairs. There is both need and opportunity for increased giving by individuals and corporations. A capital campaign plan is expected to include support from all these revenue sources. Consideration of alignment with the operating budget donors during and after the campaign is expected as part of the plan. The capital campaign goal will be inclusive of not only bricks and mortar, fixtures, furniture and equipment but will also include sufficient funds for the first year of operation and plans for donor stewardship going forward.
The anticipated goal is currently estimated at $4 million to be raised from foundations, corporations and individuals with support from the City of Pittsburgh, the URA and other governmental sources. After a feasibility study is conducted to set the realistic goals and strategy for the campaign, a campaign of 24 months will commence. The campaign will seek lead gifts, proportional gifts from foundations and corporations, major donors.
Campaign Consultant Engagement
The estimated goal of this campaign is $4 million. We anticipate a three-phase project:
- Phase 1 – Assessment of the philanthropic community’s interest · Conduct confidential interviews with GG’s leadership, directors and others · Identify and evaluate resources available to support a capital campaign · Identify challenges to a successful capital campaign · Identify potential prospects · Complete an audit to assess internal capabilities to support a campaign · Present findings to GG’s leadership and directors
- Phase 2 – Audit of the philanthropic community’s interest · Develop GG’s case statement and story · Conduct confidential interviews with potential prospects · Determine realistic campaign goals · Present recommendations to GG’s leadership and directors
- Phase 3 – Develop a campaign plan · Develop campaign plan, including specific goals for dollars raised, milestones, solicitation strategies · Develop a campaign calendar · Develop a campaign budget · Assist in the development of campaign materials · Present recommendations to GG’s leadership and directors
Evaluation Process and Criteria
The RFP will be published and notice of its release sent to a select number of firms with relevant experience. The RFP and any addenda will also be available on GG’s website. GG will select the firm based on its professed ability to meet the overall expectations of GG. The Board of Directors will be the judge of which submission offers the greatest benefit to GG. The following criteria will be used in the selection process:
- Responsiveness and completeness of the response provided to the RFP.
- Experience and qualifications of consultant and management team, including demonstrated knowledge of planning, management, evaluation skills, and experience.
- Technical quality and methodology of consultant’s approach to organizing and managing the project; ability to document information and recommendations clearly in written format.
- Understanding the project objectives and scope. Ability of the consultant and management team to communicate and build consensus with board members, staff and other key stakeholders.
- Ability of the consultant and management team to communicate with various governmental units, corporations and private foundations.
- Past and current projects.
- References and examples of completed consulting projects. Satisfaction of former clients with competency of completed work.
- Overall project management and ability to accomplish a project of this nature within the proposed time schedule.
Gwen’s Girls would like to move quickly in the selection of campaign counsel and implementation of Phase 1. The selected firm should be prepared to begin work immediately after a contract is signed with the goal of completing work on the following preliminary schedule:
- RFP released December 1, 2020
- Applications due by January 10,2021
- Consultant Selection by February 1, 2021
- Completion of Phase 1 – March 15, 2021
- Completion of Phase 2 – May 1, 2021
- Completion of Phase 3 – June 30, 2021
Proposals will be evaluated by GG staff, board and organizational development consultant. Unsuccessful respondents will be notified as soon as possible. GG is under no obligation to make a selection under this RFP, and it reserves the right to make any selection it chooses. GG reserves the right to reject any and all submissions at its sole discretion, accept a proposal based on considerations other than cost, and waive or modify any provision of this RFP. Digital submissions are due by no later than 5:00 pm EST, January 10, 2021 to: Kathi Elliott, CEO Gwen’s Girls at email@example.com. Late submissions will not be accepted. All proposals will be held in strictest confidence. An acknowledgement will be sent for each proposal received.
The following should be included in the submission in the stated order:
- Cover letter with firm’s name, address, email, phone and fax number.
- Contact person’s name, address, email, phone and fax number.
- Statement of philosophy.
- A concise statement that demonstrates the organization’s understanding of the project and scope of services sought by GG.
- Description of the organization’s approach to the project.
- Description of the implementation of the project, include listing of specific tasks.
- Proposed completion date and timeline of the project.
- Description of any additional consultants that will perform work as part of your proposal. Provide names, addresses, and relevant experience for additional consultants.
- Number of years in business.
- Type of organization.
- Type of ownership, identify owners, partners, etc.
- Geographical areas of operation.
- Professional affiliations.
- List of principals and stakeholders.
- Description of the size and composition of your organization.
- An organizational chart.
- Resumes of the proposed project manager and other key personnel proposed to be assigned to this project (the “team”)
Experience and References
- Discuss your organization’s experience and in particular, the team’s experience with capital campaigns.
- Identify three completed similar projects, that the identified key personnel have completed within the last five (5) years which best represent the skills of the organization and the team.
- For these projects provide:
- Name and address of client.
- Name, telephone number, and email address of the client contact person.
- Summary of the project, include year completed.
- For these projects provide:
Provide other pertinent information that makes you qualified for the proposed project.
Provide information on your proposed fee structure which separately lists each service and related fee based on the scope of the project discussed above, separately stating, if necessary, any charges for anticipated reimbursable costs. This structure should be expressed as a “fee not to exceed” figure which itemizes all services included in the proposed fee, as well as an itemized list of what would be considered “additional services” if requested by GG.
Gwen’s Girls, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, or national origin. This policy includes the handicapped and all Vietnam-era veterans. Gwen’s Girls, Inc. utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.