FUSE is at an exciting stage in its organizational development – one that is characterized by a rapidly expanding program and a pivot toward embracing the communications function as a core strategy for achieving mission impact. FUSE recognizes that our most significant opportunity for widespread system change is based on our ability to tell the world about the insights being generated by our fellowships. With projects across multiple cities in related issue areas, FUSE has an opportunity to help create a “playbook of civic innovation” that includes innovative best practices for addressing the common challenges facing all cities. FUSE can also use thought-leadership efforts to help build momentum around a growing movement of leaders that are reinventing government in the 21st century.
FUSE is seeking to hire an experienced and highly-skilled professional as its first Director of Impact Communications. This role will report directly to the CEO and COO and collaborate closely with the organization’s staff, board, advisors, funders, and – most importantly – our fellows and government partners. Charged with building the organization’s communications function from scratch with relatively limited resources, the Director will develop systems for regularly collecting stories from our fellowship projects, articulating those stories in various formats, and building partnerships with a broad array of distribution channels to share those stories. The Director will also encourage, support, and help to integrate first-person narratives authored and distributed directly by our stakeholders across both traditional and social media platforms. This role is focused on creating and implementing plans to achieve FUSE’s overall strategic goals.
As FUSE continues to develop and scale its program at an ambitious pace, the organization is seeking to hire an experienced professional to serve as its first Director of Development in order to help expand and diversify the general funding support that makes our work possible. In particular, the Director of Development will enable FUSE to cultivate long-term strategic partnerships with a small group of high-net-worth individuals and corporations through dedicated relationship management and a series of event-based investment opportunities. Through this outreach, along with some efforts to secure grants from local foundations, the Director will help raise essential operating funds and secure the final $2M of FUSE’s current $5M growth capital campaign to advance the goals of the 2016-2021 strategic plan.
The Director will work closely with the CEO and FUSE’s Board members to develop a major donor program and cultivate relationships with individual investors and corporate partners, particularly those located throughout the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. These efforts may include one-on-one meetings as well as helping to organize small events, house parties, and dinner conversations that convene prospective investors with organizational leaders and local government officials to discuss FUSE’s broader strategic role in addressing key current issues. The Director of Development will also lead efforts to plan and execute FUSE’s first major annual event, currently planned for 150 people in late September although it is envisioned that this event will continue to grow in subsequent years.
With fundraising efforts to date having been led primarily by the CEO, the Director of Development will lead efforts to design and implement a system for engaging more deeply with an increasingly large number of major supporters in order to continue FUSE’s growth along an ambitious trajectory. This position will collaborate closely with the CEO and COO along with the organization’s entire staff, board, advisors, fellows, alumni, and current funders.