We’re Hiring: Part-Time Development & Marketing Coordinator

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Dan Thompson, Chief Development Officer, at danthompson@lift-texas.org
POSITION TITLE: Development and Marketing Coordinator (Part Time/20 hours per week)
REPORTS TO: Chief Development Officer
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a directly related field preferred
EXPERIENCE: Two years of directly related experience, Blackbaud experience preferred
HOURS: 20 hours/week
SALARY: $14,000 to $16,000 depending on qualifications


Responsible for administrative operations of the Development and Marketing office, including donor cultivation and stewardship activities, gift processing, donor acknowledgment, donor database management, and assisting with marketing programs and activities.

1. Ensure proper donor activity tracking in database, including all contributions, contact information, major gift call reports, event attendance, moves management stages and volunteer engagement
2. Coordinate and implement annual fundraising campaigns, including but not limited to direct mail, email, social media, and telephone.
3. Coordinate fundraising event planning and logistics, including but not limited to Board meetings, fundraisers, prospect parties, receptions.
4. Process and acknowledge gifts in a timely and IRS compliant manner.
5. Provide regular standing reports and ad hoc reports as needed.
6. Manage general database processing and data entry.
7. Performs all other tasks and duties as assigned.
8. All grant funded incumbents of this position must comply with time and effort reporting requirements.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
• Commitment to excellence and high standards and continuous improvement.
• Ability to manage priorities and workflow.
• Acute attention to detail.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees.
• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to make successful presentations to individuals and/or groups at all levels of an organization.
• Passion, enthusiasm, focus, creativity, and a positive outlook.
• Professional appearance and demeanor.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the purpose and general operation of adult and community education programs.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and manage personnel and budgets.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other departments, volunteers, and community partners.
• Demonstrated knowledge of basic computer skills and software, nonprofit database experience preferred.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred but not required.
• Demonstrated ability to work a flexible schedule when required, including evenings and/or weekends.
• Demonstrated competence in working with linguistically and culturally diverse constituencies.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made if necessary:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands or finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must routinely lift and/or exert force of up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The environmental characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:
The noise level in the work environment is normally moderate.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive description of all work requirements and responsibilities. Additionally, the minimum level of education notated as a requirement could be supplemented by commensurate experience and/or certification(s) or license(s) as determined by the hiring manager.

Get Involved With Toast to Literacy

Donations are still needed for the 6th annual Toast to Literacy auction on Friday, September 14th, 2018! Event tickets, gift cards, artwork, jewelry, and other luxury goods, services, & experiences are all welcome donations. Specifically, we are looking for a “Night Out in the Big D” raffle basket, which could contain tickets for dinner, a show, or other fun activities for adults. We also need donations for a “Family Night” raffle basket, which could contain movie tickets, games, food, and tickets for fun family experiences such as amusement and theme parks. If you choose to donate, you will not only be provided with a special marketing opportunity for your business name and services, but you also are helping to achieve LIFT’s goal of empowering many low-literate North Texas adults.

Toast to Literacy is one of LIFT’s largest funding sources and helps change the lives of thousands. Held at the Omni Dallas Hotel on September 14th, 2018, special guests will include Sharon Anderson Wright, President and CEO of Half Price Books, as the event co-chair, as well as Larry James, CEO of CitySquare, as the key-note speaker. Larry is best known as a social entrepreneur, servant leader, and most recently, the author of the book House Rules: Considerations for Leaders. Guests will be treated to dinner and dancing, and get to participate in a silent auction. This night out will be fun, informative, and will offer a unique opportunity to be a part of something bigger. For more information, please visit www.LIFT-Texas.org or www.ToastToLiteracy.org, or contact Dan Thompson, LIFT’s Chief Development Officer at DanThompson@lift-texas.org or 214-824-2000.

This article was written by Simran Misra, a girl scout from troop 2601 who spent a day job shadowing our marketing director Kate Hoffman.


Student Spotlight: Portia

Meet Portia.


Portia came to LIFT in May of 2017 hoping to make a change. She received her diploma when she finished high school in Baltimore, Maryland, but because of her limited reading ability she says, “I was too embarrassed to hang up my diploma. I was ashamed to tell someone I graduated”.

Many other adult learning programs turned Portia down when she sought help with reading because she already had her GED. These organizations offered GED prep classes and were unable to offer a customized learning experience for someone like Portia who needed additional instruction in a specific area. Unlike other organizations, LIFT has the curriculum and training to offer instruction to all adults at every level.

New to Dallas, Portia found herself on the Opportunity Center campus seeking the social security office last year. By mistake she discovered the LIFT office and was overjoyed by the welcome she received: “The people there (at LIFT) have a heart, they have a passion for teaching. You can see it in their face.”

Portia was placed in the SEE 1 program upon admission. She spent 3 full days a week in classes and tutoring while continuing to work as a home health nurse’s assistant full-time. She spent so much time at LIFT, HSE Coordinator Karen Medlock joked that she may as well bring her bed with her. For 13 months Portia attended LIFT classes and participated in career-development workshops, each day getting closer to her educational goals. When asked about her time at LIFT Portia said, “I’m a living witness – if you have a desire to learn this is the place to come.”

Working in health care has been Portia’s dream come true. She has the privilege of making a difference in people’s lives, which she says, “is the beauty of life.” But, another dream of hers has been to go to college. With support from her teachers at LIFT, Portia took the TABE exam required for college admission and passed! Now she is attending community college to become a certified phlebotomist and EKG technician.  Because of her dedication and investment in her own education, Portia is gaining new skills so that she may increase her own impact on the lives of people in our community.  

“Now that I have been at LIFT I can finally put my diploma up on the wall. I’ve come a long way.”