is a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education.
We operate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Worker Center, which connects hundreds of workers a month with local employers and jobs.
You can use this site to:
- Get info about the Martin Luther King Jr. Worker Center and how to hire a day laborer
- Learn more about day labor
- Find out about our news and upcoming events
- Learn how you can support Portland’s day laborers
We are currently looking to hire a new Development Director at Voz, application to close Friday June 28th, 2013. For questions about the application process contact Romeo Sosa, Executive Director at 503-233-6787.
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION
Position: Development Director
Supervisor: Executive Director
Hours: 36 hours weekly
Benefits: Health insurance, paid vacation
POSITION COMPENSATION AND COMMITMENTS
Full time @ 36 hours a week. Medical, dental & some vision benefits provided at this time.
The Development Director will collaborate with the board of directors, Voz’s Executive Director, and other staff to create a strategic fundraising plan that will keep Voz and the MLK Jr. Worker Center sustainable. This person will build and maintain relationships with different foundations and donors and will be responsible for writing all grant proposals. This person is also charged with directing the organization’s main fundraising events of the year including but not limited to our annual event in June, our Salsa Solidarity Party in September, and our Portland World Cup in July-August. Other administrative tasks will include developing and maintaining a database of donors and foundations, and coordinating thank you mailings to past donors. The Development Director will network with the greater community and manage other outreach activities. They will work with the Board of Directors to plan special events, parties, etc. to reach fundraising goals.
Grant Writing & Foundation Relations
The Development Director is responsible for researching potential funding opportunities, establishing relationships with current and potential funders, and managing the proposal, application, and reporting process in order to meet the line items declared in the annual budget. Specific grants management responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Maintain database of foundation and corporate giving programs
- Attend public events
- Write grant applications and reports on deadline
- Manage relationships with funders, especially meeting in person or over the phone to inform them of our work and invest them in future funding
- Develop communications specifically aimed at funders, including the distribution of positive press coverage
The Development Director is responsible for facilitating staff and board strategic planning in relation to community fundraising. This position manages the community fundraising committee of Board members and volunteers to increase the amount of non-foundation fundraising. Specific grassroots fundraising responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Facilitate Annual fundraising strategic planning with Board, staff, & volunteers
- Maintain database of individual donors
- Facilitate quarterly donor appeal
- Identify potential individual donors
- Manage community fundraising committee
- Plan, implement, and direct Salsa Solidarity Party with Portland Jobs with Justice, Annual Event, and Portland World Cup
- Maintain and strengthen the Vozista sustainer program
- Organize House Parties, phone banks, and other grassroots fundraising events
Liaison to Board of Directors
Voz’s Board of Directors is comprised of two committees: the Executive Committee and the Day Laborer Committee. The Development Director works directly with both committees to ensure a sustainable budget and fundraising strategy. Other responsibilities concerning Voz’s Board of Directors may include:
- Collaborate with the Executive Director to prepare the organization’s annual budget for Board review and approval and present it at our annual retreat in December
- Involve Board of Directors in grassroots fundraising activities
The Development Director is responsible for designing public relations communications that inform and build support among allies, promote programs and services to membership and potential customers, and establish Voz as a leading force in the local and national immigrant rights movement.
- Post articles of Voz’s events at the website
- Email updates and event notices to the Voz listserv
- Photograph events for the use of foundations reports
- Strong interpersonal, communication, planning and organizational skills.
- At least two years of successful fundraising and proven grant writing experience
- Demonstrated experience working in a bilingual, multicultural environment
- Understanding of Latino labor and workforce issues.
- Highly organized
- Basic knowledge of computer operations (Windows, Word, Excel, etc.,) and equipment operations such as copiers, fax machines and telephones.
- Commitment to the mission and goals of Voz
- Ability to work independently and within a team
Please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this position. Your application must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday June 28th, 2013. Email application (preferred) to: firstname.lastname@example.org AND ALSO to email@example.com Subject Line: “Development Director Application”. Or mail application to: 1131 SE Oak Street Portland, OR 97218 Attn: Development Director Position Application.
VOZ is an equal opportunity employer committed to affirmative action and accessibility. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. If you need any accommodations to participate in the application process please let us know.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Save the Center Campaign
The lease on the city-owned property where the MLK Jr. Worker Center sits is expiring. We are asking Mayor Charlie Hales to transfer the ownership of the property to Voz so that the Center has a permanent home.
Ways to Get Involved in the Campaign
What you can do to get involved in finding a permanent solution for the MLK Jr. Worker Center:
- Send in a Letter of Support for the MLK Jr. Worker Center to the Mayor’s Office
- Sign our online petition to Save the Center: https://pvoz.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=1&reset=1
For more information, contact:
Romeo Sosa– firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-233-6787
We made this video in order to call local, national, and international attention to the unjust immigration laws. Thousands of people are detained and deported daily without any sort of criminal record. Their only crime is to look for a better future for themselves and their family in this country. These political prisoners are currently detained in private prisons. We are with you all, and we are denouncing these atrocities and injustices through the National Fast NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION! Abdiaz has a pending deportation case and has waited more than 6 years. They have prohibited her from working until they clarify her situation. Rosa’s partner is detained in the detention center in Tacoma Washington.
Este video lo hicimos para llamar la atención local, nacional e internacional con las leyes injustas de inmigración. Están deteniendo y deportando a miles de personas diariamente sin tener un record criminal. Su único delito es buscar un futuro mejor para él o ella y a su familia en este país. Estos prisioneros políticos que están detenidos en este momento en las cárceles privadas. Estamos con ustedes, estamos denunciando estas atrocidades e injusticias a travez de la cadena nacional de ayuno NI UNA DEPORTACION MAS!. Abdiaz está pendiente de su deportación y ha esperado mas de 6 años, le han prohibido trabajar hasta que se aclare su situación. Rosie tiene a su pareja detenido en el centro de detenciones en Tacoma Washington.