Monday, March 2, 2009

AYUDA is looking for an Executive Director and for a Director of Development to help lead this well-known DC based non-profit that serves countless of

AYUDA is looking for an Executive Director and for a Director of Development to help lead this well-known DC based non-profit that serves countless of immigrants in the DC metropolitan area.

Executive Director
Ayuda Organization Description

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the legal and human rights of the foreign-born in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area by providing direct legal and social services, legal referrals, education, and advocacy. Ayuda has a 35-year history of providing critical services on a wide range of issues.
The organization has nationally recognized expertise in immigration and family law.
Ayuda s core services include comprehensive legal and social services to foreign-born victims of domestic violence and a general immigration practice. In addition, Ayuda continues to update and develop special programs to serve especially vulnerable populations including: victims of human trafficking and domestic violence; unaccompanied immigrant children; and asylum-seekers. Ayuda™s programs are designed to help its clients obtain residency or U.S. citizenship, reunite with family members, and create a safe home for themselves and their children. Ayuda has staff and offices in Washington D.C., Sterling, VA and San Miguel, El Salvador.
The annual budget for 2008 was $1.9 million.

The Position Ayuda is seeking an Executive Director to report to the Board of Directors and lead a staff of 20 full-time and 5 part-time members, numerous volunteers and interns, and to seek, identify, and nurture relationships with the organization s donors and stakeholders.
The Executive Director is charged with implementing the organization s strategic vision; overseeing Ayuda's direct services, advocacy, and other programs; leading the fundraising process and donor relations; managing internal operations in collaboration with the management team; providing leadership in community affairs and collaborative initiatives; and serving as the public voice of the organization.
Key Responsibilities of the Executive Director
* Provide leadership on collaborative efforts in the legal services and immigrant communities
* Advocate for, cultivate, and strengthen funding relationships with multiple funding sources including local government jurisdictions, foundation, corporate and individual donors
* Leverage new funding opportunities (national and local, private and public) through relationship-building, networking and increased public visibility
* Provide support to the management team (including the Legal Director, Social Services Director, Development Director, and Interpreter Bank Director), including assisting them in the development of performance goals, setting benchmarks, and conducting evaluations
* Participate in regular meetings with the Board, Executive Committee conference calls, and other committee meetings as necessary to advise and report on the status of the organization's work, particularly on issues of strategic importance
* Assess key needs of the organization such as facilities and technology infrastructure in
partnership with the management team to promote highest levels of efficiency
* Develop an annual budget in conjunction with management team and the Board, including mapping out projected expenses and revenue sources

* Significant knowledge and experience in immigration or family law & related public policy issues (J.D. preferred)
* Strong background in non-profit leadership and management
* Success in all aspects of fundraising, including cultivation and solicitation of major gifts, corporate donations, and experience with government funding
* Demonstrated success in driving organizational growth and change
* Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills
* Demonstrated skills in advocacy, coalition-building and media relations
* Excellent reputation for integrity and high ethical standards
* Proven background in fiscal management and budgeting
* At least 5 years of relevant experience and 3 years of non-profit management experience
* Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred

Competitive salary with generous benefits package.
To Apply
Send cover letter and resume as attached Word or PDF documents to with "Executive Director Search" in the subject line.
Please direct all inquiries related to this position to the same email address.
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Director of Development

For more than 35 years, Ayuda has been the DC area s leading source of multilingual legal and social services supporting thousands of low-income immigrants in the areas of
immigration, human trafficking, domestic violence, and family law.
Ayuda seeks a full-time Director of Development to be responsible for the implementation of all aspects of Ayuda s fundraising and communications program. The director works with the Executive Director and the Executive Board Fundraising Committee to enhance the organization s sources of financial support and ensure Ayuda s fundraising goals are met annually.
The ideal candidate must be self-motivated, responsible, and have an interest in immigration and social justice issues. They should possess excellent communication skills, superb organizational ability, attention to detail, and creativity.

The Director of Development duties and responsibilities are as follows:

* Create annual development calendar and strategies (based on Board approved annual development plan) and set benchmarks for implementing annual development plan to meet budget revenue goals.
* Manage the individual giving/major donor program, fund raising events, prospect donor research, grant proposal and report preparation, and special events.
* Work with Executive Director and Board Fundraising Committee to initiate, cultivate and maintain organizational relationships with top individual and institutional donors.
* Work with finance staff to produce periodic finance reports and determine accurate data record keeping of fundraising efforts.
* Individual giving: Prepare year-end giving and other direct mail solicitations; maintain donor records and accurate input in fundraising database; and cultivate and maintain relationships with individual donors.
* Grant solicitations: Manage relationships with foundations and corporations; conduct grant research to identify new donors; prepare proposals and reports; and maintain regular communications with institutional donors.
* Special events: Coordinate annual gala event and other cultivation events.
* Communications/Marketing: Help implement Ayuda s communications efforts including development of communications products (such as an annual magazine) and overseeing message consistency. Help implement Ayuda s marketing efforts including opportunities to establish, position and strengthen the Ayuda brand.

* BachelorĂ¢€™s degree
* At least 3 years of experience in development
* Proven ability to prepare successful foundation and government grants
* Experience managing donor databases, including DonorPerfect
* Superior research and analytical abilities, and written and verbal communication skills, including familiarity with online fundraising and communications tools
* Superior attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and multi-tasking ability
*Takes initiative and is self-motivated with a strong capacity for both independent and team work.
* Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team and sustain effective working relations with people of different educational, national, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds
* Interest in and commitment to the fundraising process for programs that benefit low-income immigrant families
* Knowledge Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel

Interested applicants please submit:
A cover letter and a resume A 3-page grant writing sample
The names and contact information of 3 professional references
Send applications electronically to:
Christina Wilkes
Executive Director
Visit to learn more about the position and Ayuda s work.

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