NRA Recruiting Program

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Advancement Officer, S. Atlantic Region (NC/SC/GA)
This position works from a home office in one of the assigned states.

SUMMARY: Build positive relationships with major and planned gift prospects and donors in an assigned region (NC/SC/GA) for the benefit of the National Rifle Association. Develop strategies and execute plans to successfully identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and planned gifts from individuals and their associated corporations and family foundations. Participate as a member of the Advancement team to build the Advancement program according to individual talents and skills as needed by the NRA. A proven track record of success as a high-level fundraiser is required.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
1. Build positive relationships with major and planned gift prospects and donors in an assigned multi-state region of the United States for the benefit of the National Rifle Association. These relationships should result in major cash donations (>/=$25,000).
2. Manage a portfolio of up to 175 prospects and/or donors to include the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and planned gifts reflecting the needs of the NRA and the interests of the individual donor. Manage prospect movement by developing and maintaining a “Hot 100” list of prospects (to be cultivated and solicited during the year), and normally “Top 10” list of prospects to make a “significant moves” on within 30 days.
3. Identify major and planned gift prospects through NRA programs and contacts. Provide initial and ongoing rating and analysis of each prospect’s ability to give and interests in the NRA.
4. Develop and implement cultivation strategies for major and planned gift prospects and/or donors, utilizing correspondence, NRA programs, personal contact, events, materials, other members of the NRA Advancement/management team, and the elements of moves management.
5.Develop and implement effective strategies to personally solicit major and planned gifts from assigned prospects and/or donors utilizing as needed other members of the Advancement Office and/or the NRA management team.
6. Established dollar goals, number of contacts, proposal submissions, and quality of work criteria are formulated annually established at beginning of each year. Goals must be met in order to remain employed.
7. Make a monthly minimum of 16 significant moves on assigned prospects and raise gifts equal to or greater than an agreed upon annual goal to be established by the Advancement Officer, the Director of Strategic Giving, and the Executive Director of Advancement.
8. Coordinate planned giving efforts within the assigned region with members of the Planned Giving staff, and volunteers to include the NRA Planned Giving Advisory Board, the NRA Estate Planning Professionals Network, and NRA Heritage Society Ambassadors, taking and referring prospects that are motivated to become members of the Heritage Society. Support donor cultivation efforts of current and potential members of the Heritage Society. These efforts could include Heritage Society functions, donor shoots, planned giving seminars, NRA Foundation events, and other opportunities to promote awareness of planned giving opportunities and benefits.
9. Work with the Advancement Events Manager to develop the strategies, purposes and messages for Advancement events in the assigned region. Included herein would be Ring of Freedom Events as well.
10. As needed and able, recruit and manage volunteers to support Advancement objectives within assigned territory, including but not limited to, Ring of Freedom local events.
11. Work with the NRA Field Representatives within the territory to:
• Participate in Friends of the NRA events, as requested and as beneficial to the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major and planned gift prospects,
• Assist in the identification, recruitment, and training of Endowment Coordinators within the Advancement Officer’s territory
• Provide leads on people to organize and attend Friends of the NRA events
• Communicate regularly to build cooperation, trust and successful fundraising
• Assist the Endowment Coordinator with duties and responsibilities outlined in the State Fund Committee Manual.
12. Prepare and submit, in a timely manner, correspondence with prospects and donors, and all reports to include call reports, projected travel itineraries, Weekly Activity Reports, time cards, monthly expense reports, and other reports as requested, properly utilizing the services of an Administrative Assistant to minimize the Advancement Officer’s administrative duties.
13. Develop and adhere to an approved annual budget to provide funding for the efficient accomplishment of assigned tasks. Participate in a weekly conference call held among all Advancement Officers to share the week’s celebrations, concerns, and concentrations for the next week.
14. Adhere to the Communications Review Policy as established and adopted in order to ensure the consistency of message, accuracy of information and the appropriate use of text, graphics and logos.
16. Working with the Directors of Strategic Giving and Advancement Communications, directs the development of all Strategic Giving fundraising materials and the writing of proposals for al major and planned gift solicitations.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Required:
• A passion for the mission of the NRA.
• Personal and professional integrity.
. Proven track record of successful, high-level fundraising.
• Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent professional experience with the NRA.
• Five years successful experience in individual major/planned gift fundraising.
• Ability to build personal long-term relationships with major/planned gift prospects and donors.
• Experience with successful one-on-one cultivation and solicitation of prospects for gifts of $25,000 or similar experience.
• Successful experience in managing and tracking multiple projects/prospects.
• Motivated, self-starter; abile to function well in a fast-paced work environment with minimal direct supervision.
• Creative, forward thinking, problem-solving skills.
• Exceptional organizational and written/oral communication skills.
• Ability to develop and implement dynamic plans to identify, cultivate, and solicit major and planned gift prospects.
• Ability to work independently as well as a team member.
• Ability to work off-site in the Advancement Officer’s home office.
• Ability to travel at least 10 days per month within and, on occasion, outside the region.
• Ability to work on nights, holidays and weekends as necessary.
*Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.

Preferred:
• Knowledge and experience in managing budgets.
• Knowledge of non-profit rules and regulations.
• Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of major gifts and planned giving.
• Experience working successfully with Board members and/or key volunteers.
 
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Advancement Reporting (Raiser's Edge) Manager
LOCATION: This position works at NRA Headquarters.

This Raiser's Edge expert will work within the National Rifle Association's fundraising division and is responsible for providing regular fundraising and financial projections, developing specialized reports and monitoring Raiser's Edge performance. Reports on the status of the budget. Also serves as a report writer and SME (subject matter expert) for the division.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Translate reporting requests into reports utilizing the Raiser’s Edge Database. Build custom reports and dashboards utilizing Crystal Reports, and business objects reporting solutions. Reports will be created per written requests from all division departments. Additional reports will be created for Treasurer’s Office, Financial Services and NRA/ILA.
2. Work closely with other staff on special Raiser’s Edge projects and systems to ensure the database is working efficiently and meeting the needs of the division.
3. Manage timesheet process to ensure timely approval.
4. Assist in managing the commercial card system to include the set up of new users, approval of expense reports, and other duties as needed to effectively manage the program.
5. Coordinate the timely approval and track all invoices and expense reports for staff members. Work with Financial Services to ensure timely payment of expense reports.
6. Manage all depositing of checks received by the Office of Advancement to the appropriate entity (NRA, NRAF, CRDF, ILA, etc.)
7. Monitor and participate in relevant listservs, training opportunities, user groups, publications, and professional groups to maintain a strong knowledge of developments in the fields of advancement, reporting and database management.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Required:
· An understanding and appreciation for the mission of the NRA
· Personal and professional integrity with high standards of excellence; credit and criminal background checks required as condition of employment.
· BA/BS degree.
· At least five years of high level budget and reconciliation experience.
· At least five years professional experience in database management, programming, or data analysis in a fundraising environment.
· Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising software.
· Experience using Crystal Reports.
· Excellent oral, written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills.
· Must be able to work in a fast paced environment with minimal supervision.
· Demonstrated superior collaborative skills among a variety of personalities.
· Highly organized and able to organize others.
· Demonstrated experience as a self-directed person who can listen, interpret, and translate existing and new tools and pieces into a streamlined client-oriented program.
· Strong MS Office applications skills.
· Superior proficiency in information and database management.

Preferred:
· Experienced with SQL, PS/SQL, and Business Objects reporting tools.
· An understanding of the advancement process, and advancement.
 
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Assistant Editor, AMERICAN RIFLEMAN
LOCATION: This position works at NRA Headquarters; remote/telework is not possible.

Provides editorial support essential to produce AMERICAN RIFLEMAN magazine, the American Rifleman Television Show and AMERICAN RIFLEMAN digital edition accurately, punctually, and in accordance with established standards and policies. Handles editorial preparation and production of monthly departments and daily web content as assigned, including: reviewing manuscripts, fact-checking, copy editing, assembling photo packages, writing captions and headlines, and proofreading. Proofreads departments, features and web content during each stage of editorial production, including checking links and page proofs of digital version of AMERICAN RIFLEMAN. Assists in compilation and production of monthly "Lock, Stock & Barrel" including "Opening Shot," "Random Shots," "Product Reviews", "Where Can I get...?", "On Screen", "Books in Brief", "Rapid Fire" and others. Coordinates monthly "Official Journal" common sections published in multiple magazines. Searches for photographs to be used in features, web content, television and departments; writes photo captions for features, departments and digital editions. Produces photographs on assignment when required.

Position requires BA in English, Journalism or Communications and 1-2 years experience on newspaper or magazine editorial staff. In-depth knowledge of grammar and punctuation rules and demonstrated ability to apply same. Shooting experience and knowledge required, as is a broad interest in firearms and Second Amendment issues. Must be able to edit, proofread, organize and prioritize, and produce clearly and concisely written articles/web content.

The selected candidate must be eligible under Federal law to have access to firearms and ammunition.

In-depth knowledge of grammar and punctuation rules and demonstrated ability to apply same. Shooting experience and knowledge required, as is a broad interest in firearms and Second Amendment issues. Must be able to edit, proofread, organize and prioritize, and produce clearly and concisely written articles/web content. Familiarity with online publishing tools a plus. Working knowledge of electronic publishing required. Basic photography skills necessary. Extended hours and business travel are required.
 
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Campaign Field Representative
The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years campaign experience—either professional or high level volunteer—with emphasis on voter registration, field work and grassroots organization. Activities will include, but not be limited to: volunteer recruitment; voter registration; phone banks; door-to-door; yard sign and bumper sticker distribution; letters to editor; event staffing and organization; and GOTV & Election Day activities. Familiarity with gun-related issues, the NRA, and grassroots experience within the pro-Second Amendment community a plus.

Additionally, candidates:
• Must be willing to dedicate attention to this job on full-time basis, including weekends and evenings;
• Must be self-starter, able to work independently with little direct oversight, and meet strict deadlines and reporting requirements;
• May need to relocate for duration of assignment (CFRs will be resident in states throughout the U.S.);
• Must be able in harmony with NRA's mission and able to work in support of a candidate irrespective of partisan affiliation.

Competitive monthly stipend, based on experience. Expenses, including travel, lodging, food, etc. will NOT be reimbursed. Approximate duration will be May through Election Day.

Please send résumé, campaign vitae, salary requirements, references, and direct any further questions to:
careers@nrahq.org

CFRs currently being sought for KY, NC, FL, MN, CO, MI, NV, CA

 
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Communications Coordinator
LOCATION: This position works at NRA Headquarters. Remote/telework is not possible.

Works with Communications Manager in developing and implementing NRA program communications strategies to promote a positive public image among various audiences and advance efforts to raise awareness for NRA's programs. Knowledge of and support for the mission of the National Rifle Association is required.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Work, as directed, with NRA General Operations' staff to develop NRA program brand identities, including developing brand standards, style, and usage guidelines to be consistent with overall NRA brand positioning.
2. Analyze, in a timely manner, potential competitors to ensure NRA General Operations' program brands set the standard for educational, training, recreational and competitive shooting in regards to brand messaging.
3. Track, in a timely manner, the consumer shooting market to develop targeted demographics for NRA General Operations' program brands and opportunities for national, regional and local promotion.
4. Assist, as directed, with creating brand awareness campaigns that maintain brand consistency.
5. Participate, as directed, in brand strategy meetings and collaborate with production team to develop print collateral, digital content and other communication tools to ensure strategic objectives are met in a timely manner.
6. Work with Communications Manager to create and execute online marketing strategy to promote NRA General Operations' programs, including assisting in management of program content on NRA website in an accurate and timely manner.
7. Assist, as directed, in creating multi-media promotional content for NRA's educational, training, recreational and competitive shooting programs.
8. Work, as directed, with NRA social media managers [staff who manage social media for their respective program areas] and NRA partners to promote NRA General Operations' program brands.
9. Produce, edit and deliver promotional video content for NRA General Operations' programs including managing pre-productions work, script writing, casting and staging, within divisional guidelines.
10. Perform other duties as assigned.

SCOPE: High visibility and coordination with all General Operations Divisions, as well as coordination with members of the Marketing/Media Relations Division. Position functions in a fast paced work environment with frequent interruptions and minimal direct supervision. Occasional overtime and weekend work required. Occasional local and national travel required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: College degree required. Previous experience in graphic design and video production required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Proven ability to interface effectively with all levels of individuals. Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects while adhering to strict deadlines essential. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required, with willingness to learn other software packages essential. Working knowledge of Abode Creative Suite required [Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe Premiere and After Effects]. Demonstrated ability to create graphics required. Creative thinker and self-starter essential. Demonstrated ability to formulate and present ideas and suggestions in a productive manner required. Ability to work independently or as a member of a team essential. Working knowledge of the Internet required, as well as ability to post content to websites essential.
 
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ILA/Grassroots Summer Intern
LOCATION: This position works at NRA Headquarters. The schedule is up to 28 hours per week. One position is available.

The National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is now accepting applications for our Summer Internship Program. This internship is within the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division for a qualified individual interested in NRA’s legislative and political activities on behalf of the Second Amendment.

An internship with NRA-ILA will provide an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience with various firearm-related issues, grassroots organizing, policy and advocacy work, as well as election-related activities.

Participants in the program work extensively with NRA-ILA staff on member outreach, research, NRA University, and campaign-related projects for NRA-PVF endorsed candidates for office.

Applicants should have an interest in and support for the Second Amendment, Second Amendment issues, an understanding of NRA-ILA’s mission, strong writing and verbal skills, attention to detail, and possess knowledge of grassroots organizing. Individuals with campaign experience preferred.

Applications for the NRA-ILA Grassroots Summer Internship Program should be submitted by May 2nd 2014. Please send resume and cover letter to careers@nrahq.org.

The NRA is proud to be an EOE employer (women/minorities/disabled/veterans).
 
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Manager, Production and Design
LOCATION: This position works at NRA Headquarters; telecommuting is not an option.

SUMMARY: Leads the development of creative content, including video communications, digital and print graphics, across all NRA General Operations' ("GO") program brands; develops and executes the brand strategies of General Operations' programs. Knowledge of and support for the mission of the National Rifle Association essential.

1. Provide strategic direction of GO creative content to ensure that GO programs effectively deliver consistent brand messaging to intended audiences and consistent with NRA's overall brand message.
2. Plan, direct and coordinate the development and distribution of impactful content across digital and print platforms while managing tight deadlines.
3. Develop a digital outreach strategy to promote GO programs to a mainstream audience.
4. Develop press kits to promote GO brands to national, regional and local media.
5. Storyboard, film, compose and edit video communications to effectively deliver General Operations' program video trailers and PSAs.
6. Promote General Operations' television projects including coordination with Communications Staff to provide editing support as needed.
7. Manage NRA studio and media hardware including studio equipment, cameras and tablets. Develop and implement measures to ensure that equipment is always in good working order and continuously monitor the marketplace to ensure that NRA is current with industry production standards and procedures.
8. Manage external vendors and NRA contractors to design and produce web/app development projects as needed.
9. Create and implement a General Operations' program logo usage policy and style guide for all programs within General Operations.
10. Supervise and mentor staff assigned to the Production and Design Department.
11. Monitor departmental expenses relative to the budget in an accurate and timely manner.

Position functions in a fast paced work environment with frequent interruptions and minimal direct supervision. Extra hours and weekend work required. Occasional local and national travel required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: College degree required. Previous experience in the field of video and TV production essential. Previous experience in web/app development preferred. Experience in graphic design required. Supervisory experience required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Proven ability to interface effectively with all levels of individuals. Proven ability to motivate and supervise support staff essential. Demonstrated ability to formulate and implement an annual budget required. Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects while adhering to strict deadlines essential. Expert level Microsoft Office Suite required, with willingness to learn other software packages essential. Highly proficient in Adobe Create Suite [Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects]. Creative thinker and self-starter essential. Demonstrated ability to formulate and present ideas and suggestions in a productive manner required. Ability to work independently or as a member of a team essential. Experience with Internet marketing required, coupled with ability to compose and post web content essential.

The selected candidate must be eligible under Federal law to have access to firearms.

Resumes will be accepted until 5:00 PM EDT on April 25, 2014.
 
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Web Developer
This position is responsible for the evaluation, design, implementation, and deployment of user-centric web applications. We are looking for someone with honed technical, communication, and time-management skills that is comfortable working in both independent and team environment settings.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Develop, install, customize, update, and maintain the NRA’s internal and external web pages and sites.
• Coordinate and communicate cross-functional activities between departments.
• Work within established Information Services standards and practices.
• Build positive end-user relationships by developing an understanding of division/department business practices and objectives.
• Communicate effectively with end-users and Information Services staff in the evaluation and development specifications for Association business solutions.
• Complete projects and tasks within established guidelines.

REQUIRED SKILLS:
• Expertise utilizing the following web and database technologies: ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server 2005/2008, IIS, XML/XSLT, JavaScript, JQuery, CSS, HTML/DHTML, and Visual Studio.
• Expertise in the development of multi-platform, distributed applications and object-oriented programming.
• Experience in all phases of web application development life cycle.
• Strong organizational and conceptual thinking skills.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills.

PREFERRED SKILLS:
• Experience utilizing the following technologies: Java, TFS, SharePoint, Umbraco, Razor, and SOAP.
• Experience with Membership, Event Registration, and ecommerce applications.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science or related field plus five (5) years of experience in software development, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

To be considered, applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for any employer. Due to the sensitivity and level of data access, credit and criminal background checks will be performed on any finalist.

 
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