The National Federation of the Blind is a membership organization of blind people from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As America's civil rights organization of the blind, the Federation is a coordinated network of advocates, resources, and programs that raise expectations of the blind in society and create opportunities for blind people to live the lives they want. The staff of the Federation are central to the organized blind movement by providing support, professional expertise, and daily contributions to the success of the organization. Working under the direction of the Federation's elected President, the staff advise the organization's leadership and contribute to the vibrant and collaborative culture of the organization that raises expectations throughout society.
The outreach team is responsible for building dynamic and synergistic relationships with corporations, individuals, and organizations and for fundraising at the national level. The team also serves a vital role in supporting the grassroots efforts of our local chapters and state affiliates to develop capacity at the local and state level to build relationships and bring in much-needed financial resources.
The National Federation of the Blind outreach team is seeking a program assistant to work with our team on all aspects of outreach, relationship building, and fundraising.
The responsibilities of a program assistant include:
- Donor stewardship – help individuals to connect with organizational resources
- Gift processing – timely acknowledgment of donations
- Donor research and data management – maintain accurate and thorough CRM records
- Support event planning and execution
- Prepare meeting materials, including major gift reports and prospect analysis
- Project coordination – track tasks, progress, and fundraising outcomes
- Relationship building – support new and existing relationship building with organizations, nonprofits, and corporations
- Campaign coordination – support solicitation and stewarding of pledges, processing of gifts, and follow-ups during upcoming campaigns
- Required Skills
- Proficiency with MS Office Suite, including Excel
- Database management
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to effectively relate to a wide variety of people
- Strong analytical skills
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree and nonprofit experience (preferred)
How to Apply
We do not speak in terms of “positions” for many of our jobs at the National Federation of the Blind’s national office, preferring instead to focus on the applicant’s total skill set in determining a fit with our needs. Candidates for jobs at this level are hired based on their education and experience and careful assessment of performance in multiple interviews. We seek individuals who long to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail based on ability because of society’s stereotypes.
This job is open until filled.
Applicants should send, via email, a cover letter, resume with wage history, and the contact information of two professional references to NFB human resources at HR@nfb.org.
The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly, all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability. For more detailed information about our commitment to equal opportunity in employment, please email a request to HR@nfb.org.