Swing Left is a national grassroots organization working to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. We make it possible for anyone to make an impact on the elections that determine the balance of power in our country, by volunteering in and donating to key races. Since launching in 2017, Swing Left volunteers have raised $80 million for Democratic candidates, civic organizations, and voter mobilization efforts, and made more than 44 million combined phone calls, door knocks, and letters sent to voters via our affiliate Vote Forward and their partners.
Vote Forward is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that builds tools to encourage Americans to vote. We work to increase the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in the electorate, and to increase civic engagement among the public at large, by supporting the volunteers working to engage these voters. Since 2018, more than 250,000 grassroots volunteers have used the Vote Forward platform to send handwritten letters to more than 25 million prospective voters to encourage them to register to vote and turn out for elections. Vote Forward is closely affiliated with Swing Left, and Vote Forward staff work with Swing Left on many projects of mutual interest.
The primary responsibility of the Head of Development is to ensure Swing Left and Vote Forward have the financial resources necessary to execute their missions by leading the development and implementation of major donor and grassroots fundraising strategies in support of the organizations’ annual operating budgets, as well as fundraising strategies for Swing Left target candidates and civic organizations. This role reports to the Managing Director and is an at-will position.
The Swing Left and Vote Forward team is fully remote, but there is an expectation for the Head of Development to attend in-person meetings and events in various locations around the country. Candidates should have the ability to travel regularly (approximately 5-8 days per month on average).
We aim to begin interviews for this position by early February. We expect to review the first batch of applications by January 20 and then will do a rolling review of applications until the position is filled and/or the application is closed.
Lead the development, implementation, and execution of major donor and grassroots fundraising strategies for Swing Left and Vote Forward
Oversee and lead the development, implementation, and execution of major donor strategy for Swing Left and Vote Forward and, in partnership with the Executive Director and rest of the development team, manage relationships with the organizations’ major donors
Serve as a member of the organization’s leadership team: collaborate with other leadership team members and executive leadership to analyze feedback from staff, identify areas of improvement, establish org-wide priorities and programs, and coordinate to ensure the success of cross-functional initiatives
The Development Lead position is a full-time, exempt and remote position. There is regular travel expected for this role (see more information in the Overview section of this posting). The pay range for this position is $148,565 – $165,073 on an annualized basis. We provide cost of living compensation increases at the beginning of each year.
In addition to health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits, Swing Left’s benefits package includes a professional development fund, a remote work fund, and a technology stipend for all employees. We have an unlimited time-off policy, a flexible medical and parental leave policy, and our office is closed for approximately 25 business days each year. We are happy to answer any questions you have about our benefits and policies in interviews.
We are an equal opportunity employer and seek applications from all qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time.
We welcome all applicants regardless of age, citizenship, gender identity or expression, national origin, pregnancy status, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other differences.
Please note the best way to express interest in this position is to submit an application––this is the most effective way for our team to review and process applications fairly and efficiently.