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Soulsville Foundation: Development Associate

The Soulsville Foundation is seeking a Development Associate (DA) to join the Senior Development Officer (SDO) in developing strategies, partnerships and funds to support the programs and initiatives of the Stax Museum of American
Soul Music and the Stax Music Academy. This position will build and maintain relationships with individual donors, corporations, foundations, and volunteers and will plan, facilitate and track the success of fundraising campaigns and events.
  • Act as a member of the Soulsville Foundation team by attending meetings and providing input to strategic initiatives.
  • Participate in long range strategic planning and annual budgeting.
  • Act as a positive role model to the students of The Soulsville Charter School and Stax Music Academy, who are a constant in the Soulsville Foundation office.
  • Represent the Soulsville Foundation as a positive, professional, and active member of the Greater Memphis Community.
  • Manage communication with organization leadership about upcoming events and initiatives in accordance with the fundraising calendar.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with donors and prospects in accordance with the approved Donor Stewardship Plan.
  • Solicit individuals, corporations, and foundations to fund the work of the Soulsville Foundation and its entities.
  • Build and maintain trust and transparency with donors through consistent, timely and accurate communication.
  • Timely process donations and acknowledgments.
  • Manage the donor database and reporting as directed by SDO.
  • Create and implement fundraising and donor stewardship/cultivation events.
  • Assist in the development and management of community relationships and partnerships.
  • Write, submit, and track grant applications and opportunities.
  • Ensure timely submission of grant reports.
  • Maintain grant records and calendars in grants database, Grantseeker Fluxx.
  • Perform general administrative tasks.
  • Perform other duties as directed by SDO or Soulsville leadership.
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least two years of experience in development or related positions.
  • Can demonstrate a solid history as a civic-minded self-starter through internship, volunteer, and extracurricular experiences.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Should be comfortable and willing to speak publicly.
  • Excellent organization and planning skills.
  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects and work assignments with a variety of staff, volunteers, and the community.
  • Possess a strong sense of protocol, tact, and diplomacy and an ability to work well with a variety of people and personalities.
  • Able to discreetly and professionally maintain confidentiality.
  • Willingness to take and utilize constructive feedback.
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, MS Word, MS Excel. MS PowerPoint, Google Workspace, Canva, Drop Box, Adobe, etc.).
  • Must be able to occasionally work outside of standard work hours with reasonable advance notice.
  • Ability to track and maintain expenses within an established budget.
Physical requirements include ability to sit for extended periods at a desk and at meetings on airplanes and automobiles, standing, climbing stairs, walking, mental pressure; lifting files, boxes, suitcases, etc., weighing up to 25 pounds. Ability to work flexible hours, including some weekends and holidays. All applicants must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
Fast paced office environment with frequent local travel, and occasional nation and international travel required.
$45,000 salary, plus a competitive benefits package
All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to Candace Lester at
Please use “Development Associate Application” for the subject line.
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