Development Officers

Act (Advocates for Community Transformation) is a rapidly growing non-profit justice organization with a new model of ministry that uses the legal system to empower inner-city residents to fight crime on their streets while sharing with them the hope of the gospel. Act’s vision is to see safe neighborhoods, where crime is no longer tolerated and dignity and hope are restored. Act currently serves multiple neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas and is positioned for expansion; the organization operates as a 501c3 with 30+ full-time employees and a $4.85 million annual budget.

In order to meet these funding goals, Act is seeking to grow its development team by hiring qualified and energetic Development Officers to work together in executing all aspects of the organization’s fundraising and development strategy, under the direction of the VP of Advancement.

The Development Officer directly assists in establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $4.85 million annual budget through the solicitation of major gifts, grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support. Reporting to and working in close partnership with the VP of Advancement and other Development team members, the Development Officer assists in cultivating and tracking relationships across multiple donor constituencies and in leading those individuals and entities to make a joyful financial investment in the ministry of Act. The Development Officer effectively, intelligently, credibly, and passionately communicates Act’s story of justice in the inner-city to key stakeholder audiences; performs the back office details of implementing and evaluating Act’s annual funding strategy; assists in the execution of fundraising events; and manages a diverse portfolio of prospects and donors including individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Act team members possess a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, passion for social justice, humility, commitment to producing excellent work product, desire to collaborate with a diverse team, and drive to be innovative and entrepreneurial. The ideal Development Officer possesses these qualities, is highly personable and engaging—balanced by a refined professionalism—and has the ability to move relationships forward strategically.

Education and experience: Bachelors degree in business, marketing, or other related field and at least 3 years of experience in a non-profit or for-profit organization, managing and forging ongoing relationships with multiple constituencies and/or customers. Demonstrated high-touch relationship building and communication skills are required. Previous experience with relationship management software is a plus (specifically Salesforce).

What you can expect from us: We realize exceptional people don’t choose jobs based solely on benefits, but we do our best to make sure that our team is set up for success so that they can do their best work. At Act, you will receive a competitive salary that is commensurate with your experience, comprehensive health benefits, life insurance and long- term disability coverage, 401K with an employer match, and unlimited vacation (with a 10 day minimum) in addition to office holidays (which includes two weeks off at Christmas.) We seek to cultivate a culture of freedom and responsibility that yields high results. We also want to ensure the sustainability of each employee, considering the difficulty of our work and our desire for each staff member to carry out our mission to the fullest extent possible.

How to apply: Please forward your cover letter, resume, references and statement of faith* by email

*Statement of Faith: A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how it is relevant to your involvement with Act. It should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current place of worship.