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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:11 AM


916 Ink empowers youth to become authors of their own lives, one published story at a time. Through our creative writing workshops, 916 Ink inspires youth to seize life's opportunities as they grow confident in understanding their unique voices and the stories of others. 916 Ink strives to engage youth writers, K-12th grade, in a whimsical environment with inspirational and thought-provoking creative writing prompts. Writing workshops are taken at the 916 Ink Imaginarium and/or at public schools, nonprofits, and youth detention facilities in the Greater Sacramento region.

Position Description:

The Development Associate (DA) assists the Executive Director (ED) to implement 916 Ink's fund development plan in coordination with the 916 Ink board, a contracted Grants Coordinator, and a contracted Creative Director. 916 Ink's 2016-2017 budget is $700,000, and in 2017, 916 Ink will impact over 2,000 low-income and marginalized youth with free creative writing workshops that will transform students into confident writers and published authors. 916 Ink is known in Sacramento as an out-of-the-box nonprofit because of its attention to creativity, whimsy, and playful engagement.

The DA will join the organization during a period of strategic growth, anticipating that 916 Ink will be a 1.6-million-dollar organization, serving more than 8,500 youth per year by 2020. Building on 916 Ink's current successes, the DA will fundraise by focusing on innovative and fun giving campaigns, cultivating and stewarding current (and new) funders, grant-writing, implementing a planned giving/bequest program, and by using storytelling to create tailored messages about 916 Ink's impact to a variety of audiences.


Under the guidance of the Executive Director and with the assistance of the contracted Grants Coordinator, help write grants
Assist in the management of 916 Ink's three giving campaigns: The Big Day of Giving, end of year appeal, and "Use Your Words" social media campaign
Secure matching funds for campaigns through grant writing and fundraising
Cultivate and steward individual donors; and create and maintain good relations with foundations
Drive 916 Ink's storytelling strategies on social media, through the print and email newsletter, and in person, to grow 916 Ink's donor/funder pool while raising awareness about 916 Ink's mission and vision
Identify and pursue donor engagement opportunities, which may include speaking engagements and attending networking events
Give tours of the 916 Ink Imaginarium for donors and funders as needed and attend 916 Ink's book release parties with donors and funders as necessary
Leverage current funding streams at 916 Ink to help grow income streams
Coordinate the quarterly "Inker News" print and online newsletter with the 916 Ink Creative Director and staff
Assist the 916 Ink Creative Director and Director of Operations with promoting 916 Ink merchandise (over 70 youth written anthologies and other 916 Ink literary swag)
Utilize NEON CRM to maintain donor records, IRS receipts, and campaigns
Support 916 Ink in strengthening the fund development plan by continuously capturing and reporting data, along with donor and funder input to the Executive Director and 916 Ink Board
Assist with the Walk 4 Literacy
Assist in the development and implementation of a planned giving/bequest program
Interface with corporate giving programs, such as United Way, AT&T, Our Promise California, SMUD, and others
Collaborate with the 916 Ink Volunteer and Outreach coordinator for small events that yield less than $1000 as needed


Minimum of three years of work experience in a fast-paced organization, including at least two years of fundraising, donor relations, grant writing, and/or public speaking
Stellar communication and public speaking skills
Stellar writing skills with proven track record of winning grants
Entrepreneurial, resourceful, and persistent, with demonstrated success managing and inspiring individuals and teams toward ambitious, measurable results
Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to analyze data, recognize trends, and drive strategic recommendations
Significant relationship and/or client management experience; excellent leadership presence and client building skills, with focus on details and follow through deep understanding that donors and funders are deserving of extreme, enthusiastic, and sincere gratitude, combined with a desire to express that gratitude often and in creative ways
Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate a wide variety of people; intuitive, empathic communicator who can quickly build rapport, trust, and credibility
Comfortable with ambiguity and entrepreneurship; open to change, learning, and improvement
A sincere and deep commitment to the fundamental belief that every child deserves a chance to have their voice and/or stories heard and pronounced
Views differences between individuals (race, gender, age, cultural heritage, physical ability, education, and lifestyle) as an asset, and demonstrates an appreciation of this diversity
Able to travel throughout the greater Sacramento region
Flexibility of schedule during regular M-F business hours, understanding that the position requires attendance, although infrequently, during evenings and weekends
Bachelor's degree (or degree in progress) required, or equivalent experience
Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check, conducted by 916 Ink

Additional Advantageous Qualifications:

Familiar with Basecamp, Neon CRM, Squarespace, Monkey Survey, MailChimp, and/or Google Docs
Social media savvy
Knowledgeable about the Big Day of Giving
Geeks out over books and/or stories
Has an authentic, cheerful disposition
Flexes their flexibility muscle
Has volunteered with 916 Ink, or a similar organization, prior

Resources for the DA position:

A creative environment
Access to an amazing graphic designer

Subscriptions to:

NEON CRM w/ all modules

Grants Hub

Foundation Center Directory Online

Impact Foundry

Assistance from a contracted grants coordinator and writer
Annual fundraising and marketing budget
Cool and impactful "swag" to give to donors/funders


Optional enrollment in 401(k) plan
Three weeks paid vacation
Paid sick leave
$375 monthly stipend toward a Kaiser Permanente medical plan and Delta dental plan
$30 monthly cell phone reimbursement stipend
Professional development classes
17 Paid Holidays:
New Year's Eve and Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
President's Day
Easter, dictated by day of week per manager
Memorial Day
Independence Day (Fourth of July)
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Eve, Day, and Day after
Christmas Eve, Day, and Day after
Employee's birthday

Please send ONE PDF to containing a resume with two references, a 1-3 paged grant writing sample, and a letter that addresses the following:

One-two sentences about your philosophy when it comes to fundraising
Your top three fundraising strategies
An anecdote about when you were creative and/or innovate with a fundraising campaign and the outcome
Application deadline February 27, 2017

• Location: Sacramento

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