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Director of Philanthropy

Reports to: VP
Classification: Full Time/Exempt
Location: New York City

About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation (“DLF” or the “Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among underserved populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. DLF delivers this program in Washington, DC, through The Trauma Project. DLF has earned broad public interest and support for its work to bring this simple, evidence-based meditation intervention to its core target populations: veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families, healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic, domestic violence survivors, those suffering from opioid and alcohol use disorder and young people in high crime, high need areas.

DLF has three regional offices: its operational headquarters in New York City (where there is also a significant programmatic presence), its government locus in Washington, DC, and a programmatic hub in Los Angeles. One of the Foundation’s primary long-term objectives is to make TM widely accessible to all who will benefit from it – with cost to the individual not being a barrier. Our work in Washington, DC is focused on pursuing a strategy to secure reimbursement for this evidence-based intervention through private and public insurance companies, Employee Assistance Programs, and through government funding sources.

The Opportunity
Develops, builds, implements, and oversees all fundraising and donor relations programs for DLF.

Responsibilities

To be successful in this role, you excel in a dynamic and fluid environment. You are an innovative thinker, with the confidence to both bring your own ideas and contacts to the effort, as well as to further and implement the strategy that has been developed to date. The following are the position’s key responsibilities:

  • Leads and manages fundraising efforts in furtherance of the organization’s long-range (and strategic) plan, ultimately creating and enacting corresponding plan
  • Designs, implements, and manages all fundraising programs relating to current and deferred gifts, such as direct response, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaign, special events, etc.
  • Refine, and help implement annual development strategy
  • Develops, manages and maintains procedures and standards, internal controls, and schedules for fundraising
  • Designs, implements, manages and coordinates all aspects of the organization’s donor recognition and awards programs
  • Manage and develop the Development staff and Philanthropy Managers, ensure they are focused on priorities and fundraising goals
  • Forecasts and budgets personnel, equipment, materials, space, finances, and the requirements pertinent to the efficient fundraising efforts
  • Develop clear expectations, metrics, and performance measures to reach development goals
  • Maintain and deepen donor relationships through routine communications
  • Instill a culture of development that engages the CEO, the Board of Directors and key donors in a manner that nurtures a collaborative, organization-wide approach to raising funds to support DLF’s mission
  • Create, with the CEO, cultivation plans and philanthropy proposals for the top 200 high-net-worth donors
  • Researches, develops, solicits, cultivates, involves and stewards all sources of potential financial support including: individual donors, members, volunteers, foundations, corporations, etc.
  • Work with DLF’s program team to create and develop proposals for persuasive funding opportunities
  • Collaborate with the marketing team on all development-related collateral and other relevant marketing needs
  • Maintain a flexible and thoughtful leadership style that empowers staff and promotes teamwork
  • Assist CEO with helping Board Members realize their annual goals and objectives
  • Develop planned giving funding stream and explore planned giving opportunities
  • Designs, implements, manages and coordinates a fundraising program relative to corporate gifts, grants and potential sponsorship programs where appropriate
  • Manages the organization and maintenance of donor records and files as necessary, including the management of donor-specific software systems if applicable
  • Work closely with finance team to ensure continuity with development revenue and expenses
  • Researches, explores, designs and manages a potential seminar program for donors, members, volunteers and the general public to educate as to the benefits of including charitable giving in their financial and estate plans
  • Keeps informed and updated in the development of changes in the tax law as well as new and complex financial vehicles relative to planned giving and estate planning
  • Consults, collaborates and cooperates with all members of the executive team, other staff, members and members of the Board of Directors as needed
  • Provides training, coaching and support to other directors, managers, the Board, select volunteers and staff regarding fundraising and their respective roles in successful efforts
  • Represents the organization at public and organizational functions and one-on-one meetings

Requirements

  • At least 7 years of successful fundraising experience – evidenced by a proven track record of significant accomplishment – at a senior level in the non-profit sector
  • Requires demonstrated experience in all facets of fundraising, development and management including but not limited to: annual giving, capital campaigns, cause-related marketing, corporate and major gift solicitation, planned giving, special events planning and implementation, estate planning, direct mail, donor recognition, donor development, donor stewardship, donor nurturing programs, corporate and private foundation grant-writing and solicitation, managing a development database, fundraising volunteer management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – verbal and written
  • Demonstrated financial analysis and budgeting skills
  • Excellent high-level marketing and public relations skills
  • Excellent organization skills and detail orientation
  • Ability to be action-oriented yet flexible, and patient
  • Strong team orientation, team participation, and leadership skills
  • Knowledge and skills in long-range and strategic planning
  • High degree of emotional intelligence and maturity – demonstrating adaptability, engagement and enthusiasm
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and skills with donor-tracking software, donor databases, and wealth-screening software
  • Salesforce experience preferred

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume in pdf format (job title in the subject area) to hr@davidlynchfoundation.org

Government Affairs Manager

Reports to: Executive Vice President And CEO
Classification: Full Time/Exempt
Location: Washington DC

About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation (“DLF” or the “Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among underserved populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. DLF delivers this program in Washington, DC, through The Trauma Project. DLF has earned broad public interest and support for its work to bring this simple, evidence-based meditation intervention to its core target populations: veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families, healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic, domestic violence survivors, those suffering from opioid and alcohol use disorder and young people in high crime, high need areas.

DLF has three regional offices: its operational headquarters in New York City (where there is also a significant programmatic presence), its government locus in Washington, DC, and a programmatic hub in Los Angeles.

One of the Foundation’s primary long-term objectives is to make TM widely accessible to all who will benefit from it – with cost to the individual not being a barrier. To accomplish these goals, DLF is pursuing a series of gold-standard, Phase 3 randomized controlled trials on the effects of TM on three intractable and costly chronic health disorders. The first three such large-scale research studies will study TM’s effect on.

  1. Trauma, which afflicts 8 million Americans in any given year (8% of the entire population will have PTSD at some point in their lives, and this includes over 1 million veterans);
  2. Heart disease and hypertension, which afflicts 103 million Americans; and
  3. Anxiety, depression, burnout, and resilience which afflicts 60 million Americans and has an immensely personal, societal, and corporate cost.

Our work in Washington, DC, focuses on pursuing a strategy to secure reimbursement for this evidence-based intervention through private and public insurance companies, Employee Assistance Programs, and government funding sources.

The Opportunity
The newly-created Government Affairs Manager position will play a vital role in taking the Foundation to its next level of impact by developing close government relationships and community partnerships in the District. The leader will interact with local, state, and federal legislative bodies and government agencies to represent and communicate the Foundation’s business plans and interests.

In 2016, The DLF Trauma Project opened two offices in Washington, DC; one on Capitol Hill for its work with the Government and a second office in Southeast Washington for its work with under-resourced, vulnerable populations. DLF’s Government Relations office, run out of its Capitol Hill office, will be focused on:

  • Informing government leaders and policy-makers about the evidence-based, cost-effective benefits of Transcendental Meditation in addressing (among other concerns) post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation among veterans and adverse childhood experiences and other trauma-related disorders among youth.
  • Exploring avenues of federal and district government funding opportunities.

General Responsibilities

To be successful in this role, you excel in a dynamic and fluid environment. You are an innovative thinker with the confidence to both bring your own ideas and contacts to the effort, as well as to further and implement the strategies that have been developed thus far. This position will have two distinct but related areas of focus:

  1. Managing our quickly growing network of thought leaders and influence makers at the Federal level (both elected and non-elected officials)
  2. Managing a pipeline of key decision-makers and influencers that will strategically help the foundation locate and secure funding for programmatic opportunities

Specific Responsibilities

  • Facilitating and managing visits to elected officials and their staff as well as tracking follow-up activities
  • Acting as the Foundation’s local representative at dinners, functions, and events, as needed
  • Preparing briefing statements, informational documentation, and other materials required for meetings, hearings, and briefings
  • Tracking federal legislation and hearings in pertinent areas, with a specific focus on proposed or pending legislation related to our work to help veterans with PTSD and on the current COVID Relief legislation
  • Working with the CEO and EVP to plan the following year’s calendar of public events, including town halls, press briefings, Hill briefings, fly-ins, etc.
  • Researching and monitoring government activities that could affect the organization’s business and clients
  • Assisting senior management and leadership with strategic planning for known and potential regulatory activities related to the business and industry
  • Building and maintaining professional relationships with members of federal, state, and local government entities and agencies
  • Other duties, as required

Requirements

  • Minimum of five (5) years of related experience on The Hill or in a Government-related role
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Refined interpersonal and people management skills
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Astute attention to detail
  • A collaborative nature, but also the ability to work independently
  • Passion for helping those overcoming toxic stress and trauma in our core areas (veterans, education, addiction and recovery, health care, trauma) will be a major plus

Compensation commensurate with experience

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume in pdf format (job title in the subject area) to hr@davidlynchfoundation.org

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