Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Two positions avaiable at SAALT - starting in May 2009

Fundraising and Development Fellow (May - December 2009)

The Fundraising and Development Fellow position provides an 8-month intensive internship for individuals interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the non-profit sector, fundraising and development initiatives, and organizational capacity building. We encourage candidates for Masters in Public Administration or Public Policy; MBA students; and college graduates seeking a career in the non-profit sector to apply.

Responsibilities include:

Research, Identification and Maintenance of Potential Funding Opportunities

· Research and identify potential grant opportunities

· Research corporate and major donor prospects

· Manage and update donor database

· Draft grant reports

· Compile and send out funding opportunities e-newsletter to local community groups

Implementation of Fundraising Strategies

· Write, produce, and acknowledge donor appeals

· Develop letters of inquiry and funding proposals

· Organize local fundraising activities

· Develop and implement strategy to increase SAALT's base of individual donors

· Recruit and maintain new SAALT members

Develop and Implement Communications Strategies

· Work with SAALT staff to develop annual print newsletter

· Develop content for website and listserv communications

· Coordinate mailing of annual newsletter to members, funders, and potential donors

Qualifications and Skills

· Applicants should be reliable, responsible, self-starters

· Exceptionally strong verbal and written communication skills

· Ability to set and meet deadlines

· Strong planning and big picture thinking skills

· One-on-one communications and speaking skills

· Interest in South Asian community a plus

· Demonstrated interest in the non-profit sector a plus

· Comfortable with using range of software programs including Access, Excel, Photoshop and others

Further Information
This is a paid fellowship position, beginning in May and continuing through December. Expected number of hours will range from 25 to 35 hours per week, and fellow may set his or her own schedule. Fellow will be expected to be in SAALT office in Takoma Park, MD for at least half of the hours allocated for each week. Fellow to be supervised by Executive Director. Stipend provided. Applicants are also encouraged to seek academic credit and academic scholarships for fellowship duration.

Please send resume and cover letter to saalt@saalt.org by April 1st, 2009

Be the Change 2009 National Coordinator (Summer 2009/Fall 2009)

Be the Change is an annual event sponsored by SAALT, which fosters leadership and community engagement through volunteerism and service. Also known as the National Gandhi Day of Service, this event draws individuals who believe in the values espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and civic leaders who have devoted their lives to public service and engagement in their communities. Occurring each year in October to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Be the Change empowers participants to engage in collective public service and civic action. In 2008, over 2,000 volunteers participated in 35 cities and campuses across the country. This year, Be the Change will occur on Saturday, October 3rd in cities and campuses around the country.

SAALT is seeking a dynamic individual to spearhead Be the Change efforts in 2009. The BTC National Coordinator will coordinate logistics, materials, correspondence, trainings, and implementation of the Be the Change program. The BTC National Coordinator will receive assistance and supervision from SAALT staff and board members.

Responsibilities include:

· Recruiting and assisting city coordinators around the country

· Creating materials for Be the Change 2009

· Raising awareness about Be the Change in various cities and campus around the country

· Identifying community service sites

· Coordinating and supporting efforts around the country with city coordinators

· Fostering relationships with organizational partners nationally and locally

· Encouraging South Asians and others around the country to collectively engage in community service

· Developing and maintaining the Be the Change 2009 webpage on SAALT’s website


In order to develop leadership among young people, SAALT typically selects a college student (a rising junior or senior) for this position. We encourage college students who are looking for a leadership position that will help enhance communications, organization, and outreach skills to apply.

· Can be a college or graduate student in the Washington DC Area (seniors in college are encouraged to apply)

· Applicants should be reliable, responsible, self-starters

· Exceptionally strong verbal and written communication skills

· Comfortable with using Microsoft Office programs

· Ability to multitask, set and meet deadlines

· Strong team player; familiar with team dynamics

· Availability for conference calls and meetings during weekday and weekend evenings

Compensation: This is a paid temporary position that will last between April and October 2009 and a modest stipend is provided. The National BTC Coordinator will work between 15 hours per week in April and May; full-time during the summer (June-August); and 20 hours per week in September and October.

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