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n The Rise’s Management Team and Board of Directors are committed to running a secure, stable organization with a strong infrastructure. On The Rise strives to be a premier provider of services and an excellent place to work. Every member of On The Rise’s 13-person staff is integral to achieving our mission.

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On The Rise creates a community where women have the relationships, safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness.  We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.

On The Rise is a community-based organization with 13 employees and an annual budget of approximately $1M, from private philanthropy (80%) and government contracts (20%).   On The Rise is committed to excellence, innovation and continuing evolution. We are committed to providing highly accountable and responsive programming and being an excellent place to work.

Director of Development and Communications

Clinical Community Advocate

Posting updated on 12/23/15

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Director of Development and Communications

On The Rise creates a community where women have the relationships, safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness.  We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.  On The Rise helps over 350 women each year take steps from surviving on the streets to living and thriving in their own apartments.

On The Rise’s day-time safe haven for homeless women and the organization’s administrative offices are located in a dignified home in Cambridge, near Central Square.  On The Rise’s $1.2 million annual operating budget is raised primarily (75%) from private sources.  Over 650 individuals and organizations make financial contributions each year, and over 200 individuals and groups volunteer.

Job Description

The Director of Development & Communications is a full-time, exempt position.  This position is part of On The Rise’s 4-person Senior Management Team that fosters the health and growth of the organization to meet the needs of homeless women in Greater Boston.  This position reports to the Executive Director, and supervises a full-time Community Relations Coordinator and a full-time Development Coordinator.  The Development team also comprises a summer/fall intern, and hundreds of community volunteers.  The addition of a part-time grant-writer is anticipated in the near future.

The Director of Development and Communications (DDC) is responsible for developing and implementing the annual fundraising strategy to raise $900,000 in private funding from individuals, foundations, and businesses.  In 2015, an additional capacity-building campaign is under way, seeking to raise $700K over two years, to expand programming for housed women, and to build operational and fundraising infrastructure needed to sustain the expanded program ($1.4 million budget) long-term.  On The Rise has a strong base of supporters from which to build, and excellent management systems already in place.  The DDC will play a vital role in building and stewarding relationships with individual supporters. S/he also oversees OTR’s Community Outreach & Education work, which includes volunteer and in-kind donation programs.

Responsibilities and Challenges

Fundraising:
Develop and implement fundraising efforts from individuals, family foundations, foundations, and corporations, including:

  • Create and monitor quarterly and annual revenue forecast
  • Steward major donors
  • Manage annual fund efforts, including direct mail appeals and beneficiary events
  • Research and cultivate donor prospects
  • Research, write grants, build relationships, and report to foundations and corporations
  • Manage all gift processing and acknowledgements,
  • Assist with applications for government contracts, when necessary.

Event Planning & Fundraising:
15 - 18% of On The Rise’s annual budget is raised from our signature event, the Prepare for Winter Dinner

  • Manage all aspects of event logistics and content of the event
  • Manage solicitations for individual and corporate sponsors, table hosts, ticket sales and donations,
  • Produce event-related communications (Save the date, invitations, program book)
  • Coordinate the involvement of the Event Committee, Board of Directors, and Staff
  • Manage event follow-up and acknowledgements

Outreach Events:

  • Coordinate, publicize, and oversee donor visits and tours of On The Rise and other events as needed (such as house parties, stewardship events, benefit events)

Community Building, Volunteers, and In-kind Donations:

  • Oversee Community Relations Coordinator in efforts to:
  • Grow volunteer programs, including monthly group service days, lunch cooks program, in-kind drive program, and moving home drives, and other volunteer opportunities
  • Engage interested individuals and groups to tour and get involved with volunteering at On The Rise
  • Oversee and coordinate collection of in-kind donations of clothing, toiletries and housewares to help meet the needs of women in the program.
  • Solicit and coordinate input, involvement, and review by all staff in community building, volunteer, and in-kind donation efforts.

Marketing & PR:
In collaboration with the Community Relations Manager

  • Maintain and enhance On The Rise’s online and social media presence
  • Develop and produce printed collateral materials, such as brochures, flyers, informational packets, as needed
  • Write (or edit) press releases and coordinate distribution to media
  • Create and implement strategies for increasing community visibility

Board and Committee Work:

  • Involve Board of Directors and Committee Members to assist with Development, Event, and Public Relations efforts.

Information Technology:

  • Manage the Donor Perfect donor database to maximize OTR’s efficiency and productivity
  • Maintain and enhance the development office infrastructure and administration.

Senior Management, Supervision:

  • Collaborate with senior management team over organization’s strategy, direction, implementation of organizational plans
  • Take lead in managing, training, supervising, recruiting Development staff
  • Collaborate with senior management team over management and supervision matters, aligning practices within development team, with overall organizational goals

Other:

  • Be flexible and open to “pitching in” as needed with other duties that arise in the course of a 13-employee organization’s day-to-day operations
  • Like all OTR employees, the Director of Development and Communications is expected to strive to continuously increase skills and competence, e.g. taking advantage of opportunities for professional networking, continuing education and coaching
Qualifications
  • Exceptional commitment to the mission of On The Rise
  • 3 years of management-level development/fundraising or relevant experience
  • Enthusiasm for conducting outreach and getting people interested and invested in On The Rise's work
  • Experience in successfully creating and implementing a comprehensive development plan
  • Compelling writing style with strong editorial skills
  • Comfort with public speaking and communicating with diverse audiences
  • Experience in foundation and individual prospect research
  • Experience planning events
  • Donor Perfect experience highly desirable.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent benefits package
  • Flexible and supportive work environment

To Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to edye.rulin@ontherise.org.  Please put DDC in the subject line of your email.

More information about On The Rise at www.ontherise.org

On The Rise recognizes the importance and benefits of diversity in the workplace and the community. We are an AA/EOE, and we strongly encourage people of color to apply.

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Clinical Community Advocate Position

Overview of On The Rise, Inc.

On The Rise, Inc. (OTR) is a dynamic, Cambridge, MA-based non-profit founded in 1995 that serves women in crisis and homelessness throughout the region.  Our Safe Haven Program’s innovative approach has unprecedented success with women who are unable to make full use of other community programs for reasons that may include their histories (trauma, violence and abuse are ubiquitous) and present conditions (many women are coping with multiple issues, from physical and mental health concerns, to addiction, criminal histories, and more).  In the face of these obstacles, women who participate in OTR’s programs leverage their initiative and core strengths to find safety and discover new possibilities. 

Description of Position

This full-time exempt position reports directly to the Program Director.  One position on the 6-person Advocacy Team is currently open.  The position requires at least THREE years of direct mental health experience.  Licensure and a graduate degree in psychology, social work, or related field are required. 

An advocate’s responsibilities begin at the Safe Haven, a daytime program where women experiencing trauma and homelessness may address some basic human needs such as food, clothing, rest and hygiene.  At the Safe Haven Community Advocates spend both casual and intensive time with individual women, many of whom are trauma survivors, struggle with mental and physical health issues, and substance use/abuse.

The Advocacy Team builds relationships with the women in this environment, and these relationships are the basis for long-term, broad-based support both inside and outside the Safe Haven.  Such support may take the form of assistance in using other programs through accompaniment and advocacy; support may relate to a wide range of issues, including housing, drug and alcohol treatment, domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood and adult trauma, legal and criminal issues, parenting issues, physical and mental health issues, applying for public benefits, budgeting, sexual identity and orientation, and more. 

Hours

OTR’s normal business hours are 8-4 on weekdays.  The Safe Haven is also open on most Saturdays and most holidays.  In order to ensure adequate staffing during all the Safe Haven’s scheduled operations, Community Advocates schedules may include one Saturday monthly and occasional holidays and exclude occasional weekdays.

Responsibilities

Members of the Advocacy Team are expected to rise to the following challenges:

Direct service to women:

  • Providing broad-based, long-term emotional and general support to women in the Safe Haven, with other programs and offsite (at the hospital, in court, at other community programs, etc.)
  • Working with women to help them articulate their needs, supporting them in meeting these needs, helping them work through issues including housing, drug and alcohol abuse and treatment, domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood and adult trauma, legal and criminal issues, parenting issues, physical and mental health concerns, benefits, budgeting, sexual identity and orientation, and more
  • Facilitating women’s access to other programs including information and referral, accompaniment to and advocacy at other agencies and programs, coordinating follow-up care and assistance
  • Crisis intervention and harm reduction, including assessment of danger and risk

Collaboration:

  • Collaboration within the Advocacy Team to provide a safety net of support for women at OTR that is not wholly dependent on particular staff members, and to leverage the diverse skills of different team members in complex, multi-layered problem-solving
  • Strengthening professional relationships within the continuum of service providers, enhancing the success and effectiveness of referrals between OTR and other programs, and providing a smoother integration for women into and through the system – in keeping with OTR’s “mortar between the bricks” philosophy
  • Acting as occasional “ambassador” of OTR to community members, donors, and other interested parties at site visits, open houses, and other organizational events

Organizational:

  • Regular exercise of independent judgment and discretion
  • Participation in maintaining a safe, clean, healthy physical environment, adequate supplies, etc.
  • Certain aspects of day-to-day program management, e.g. meetings, scheduling
  • Recordkeeping and reporting
  • Active participation in program development and evaluation, identification of service gaps, etc.

Other:

  • Like all OTR employees, Community Advocates will be flexible and open to “pitching in” as needed with other duties that arise in the course of a 13-employee organization’s day-to-day operations
  • Like all OTR employees, Community Advocates are expected to strive to continuously increase skills and competence, e.g. taking advantage of opportunities for professional networking and continuing education

What We Are Looking For

On The Rise enjoys an excellent reputation within the support of a committed and diverse community.  We are looking for a person who can build on our strong history and excellent programming, to continue to increase the quality and positive impact of our programs on women in crisis and homelessness.

The ideal candidate has:

  • Exceptional commitment to the mission of On The Rise and to furthering this mission through direct service to women.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in mental health or a related field, as well as licensure and a graduate degree in psychology, social work, or related field is REQUIRED.
  • Demonstrated interest in or prior work with trauma, substance abuse, mental health, homelessness
  • Understanding of and/or prior work using harm reduction and relational approaches, and to using these approaches to achieve social justice aims through direct service
  • Knowledge of human service agencies and programs throughout Greater Boston
  • Commitment and tact in contributing to the work of a multi-disciplinary team and assisting a diverse population, while maintaining personal standards and performance
  • Desire to keep learning and stretching
  • Determination to “meet each woman where she is” using creative, professional approaches
  • Strength and self-knowledge in maintaining personal/professional boundaries, acknowledging personal limitations
  • Judgment and experience in helping women prioritize competing, often conflicting, needs
  • Rapport and discretion in dealing with sensitive, confidential matters
  • Sense of humor 
  • Ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment; open to new ideas
  • Microsoft Office literacy and internet savvy
  • FLUENCY IN Spanish or Creole strongly preferred

A valid driver's license and a personal vehicle are required for light to moderate use for employment purposes.

Salary commensurate with experience plus great benefits. On The Rise is partially supported by MOVA through the 1984 VOCA grant from the Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

On The Rise recognizes the importance and benefits of diversity in the workplace and the community. We are an AA/EOE, and we strongly encourage people of color to apply.  Individuals who have experienced homelessness or overcome other significant life challenges are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter addressing the questions below:

  1. What excites you about On The Rise’s mission?
  2. What are your strongest skills and qualifications that will help you in this position?

Please submit your materials as attachments to: july.merizier@ontherise.org with "Clinical Community Advocate" in the subject line.

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