Open Buffalo Seeks Data SpecialistBack >
August 3, 2017
Date of Posting: August 3, 2017
End of posting: August 16, 2017
Open Buffalo is a Community Movement for Social and Economic Justice, with a mission to create systemic changes leading to an “open” city for residents of Buffalo through the measures of equality, justice, and freedom. To enhance local social and economic justice organizations and campaigns, Open Buffalo provides: Leadership development; Media and policy strategy and coordination; Funding and technical assistance; Action-oriented community research; Promotion and mobilization of funding for this important work.
The Data Specialist is responsible for assisting the Executive Director with developing
innovative methods to help Open Buffalo capture data for our grassroots campaigns and civic capacity initiatives. The Data Specialist will communicate lessons and best practices to community partners, national coalitions and funders. Additionally, the Data Specialist will develop grant proposals and applications and manage reporting requirements for grants.
The Data Specialist will assist the Executive Director with fund development, fundraising, and special events. The candidate will play an integral role in expanding our funding base, developing strategies to attract new funders, and implementing these strategies. This person will create communication pieces to update current and prospective funders about our programs. Finally, the successful candidate will assist with organizing and staffing fund development events.
The Data Specialist works under the supervision of the Executive Director and closely with all Open Buffalo funded organizations, and the Open Buffalo Board of Directors.
The candidate must be highly organized, with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes; able to effectively work under pressure; and able to use independent judgement and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints. Previous experience must demonstrate a proven track record in securing new funding opportunities; comprehensive knowledge of strategic planning and database systems; and the ability to distinguish and identify funding opportunities.
- Document Open Buffalo’s civic capacity initiatives and ongoing issue campaigns, attending regular meetings and producing written analysis of progress;
- Produce regular written and verbal reports to Open Buffalo Board members;
- Participate in strategic planning and ongoing analysis of progress in campaigns and civic capacity initiatives;
- Provide information on progress toward Open Buffalo goals through presentations and written reports;
- Develop and manage annual partner Memoranda of Understanding;
- Coach, facilitate, and provide technical assistance to Open Buffalo partners to achieve objectives and complete deliverables outlined in Memoranda of Understanding;
- Manage the development and implementation of Open Buffalo databases;
- Develop and write grant applications and related documents (e.g. required reports, budgets, specific inquiries, etc.);
- Assemble and submit grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations;
- Assist in identifying and cultivating giving programs with small, medium, and large individual donors as part of an annual campaign; prioritize prospects; document all contacts; determine targeted results, track and document progress;
- Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals;
- Other projects as necessary;
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits based in Buffalo, N.Y. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Minimum Experience: A bachelor’s degree + 3-5 years of experience in a nonprofit or government setting.
- Excellent computer and database management skills.
- Ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form.
- Knowledge of Buffalo neighborhood and socioeconomic history.
- Knowledge of Buffalo’s unique cultural dynamics and comfort navigating in varied environments throughout the city.
- Excellent communication skills -- both written and verbal.
Open Buffalo is a collaborative that values diversity and inclusion throughout our city and within our organizations. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, differently abled and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Open Buffalo Search Committee
617 Main Street, Suite 350
Buffalo, NY 14203
or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the name of the position to which you are applying in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.