Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, California, is one of the foremost creative youth development nonprofit organizations in the country. We transform the lives of young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education. In Orange County, and through our national licensed partner, we use a long-term approach grounded in exploratory dance education to foster the confidence and gifts within each child to innovate, communicate, and collaborate – skills necessary for success in school and in life. Since 2005, 100 percent of students who graduate from The Wooden Floor graduate high school on-time and immediately enroll in higher education, and many of them go on to pursue degrees in business, engineering, medicine, and the arts. The Wooden Floor students become change agents and beacons of hope within their own families, their neighborhoods, our community, and our world.
In 2016, The Wooden Floor launched a four-year, $27.2 million Comprehensive Campaign (2016-2019), Lift: The Campaign for The Wooden Floor. Significant funding is being raised comprehensively for the following three strategic initiatives: 1) Growth and excellence of existing programs, 2) Extension of The Wooden Floor’s campus, 3) Growth and sustainability of The Wooden Floor Endowment Fund.
The Development Associate (DA) provides support to sustain and advance The Wooden Floor’s fundraising and donor relations efforts through the final year of our Comprehensive Campaign and beyond. This position expands a current Development Department of four, working closely with the Director of Annual Giving (DAG), Development Operations Coordinator (DOC), Grants Consultant (GC), and the Communications Development Assistant (CDA). Under the direction of the DAG, the DA executes the organization’s fundraising strategies with a primary focus on entry-level individual and corporate giving ($100 - $5,000). The DA will be responsible for initiatives under the Annual Fund consisting of individual/corporate donors, stewarding current relationships, and building new relationships with potential supporters and event volunteers. This position supports overall efforts in growing the organization’s robust, diverse donor base through assisting with the planning and execution of: fundraising/cultivation events, corporate/individual proposals, and annual appeals. Performance in this position is measured by successfully building and maintaining strong donor relationships and an execution of fundraising strategies to meet designated initiatives and overall annual goals and benchmarks in accordance with The Wooden Floor’s overall fundraising efforts.
The ideal candidate equally enjoys building new donor relationships, along with fundraising strategies, to advance the organization’s overall Fundraising Plan. This position requires someone proactive and achievement-oriented, has a high attention to detail, discretion, and mature independent judgment in working with donors and handling sensitive and confidential information. In addition, s/he is flexible in performing a wide variety of special projects at the request of the DAG.
Reports To: Director of Annual Giving
Status: Full-time (Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm)
Essential Job Functions:
Special Events and Donor Stewardship:
Required Education, Skills and Licensures:
Position Interactions: Internally, the Development Associate works most closely with Development, Marketing, Communications and Executive teams. Collaboration through thoughtful interaction and coordination with staff organization-wide is important to perform job duties. Externally, this position interacts with donors, Board of Directors, and the public at events, performances, and presentations.
Compensation: Commensurate hourly rate upon demonstrated experience and qualifications.
To Apply: Send a copy of your cover letter and resume to: HR@TheWoodenFloor.org, Subject: Development Associate