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Join an Innovative Nonprofit That Is Changing the Nonprofit Sector!

GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 7 million people use our data every year. Our data are used to make more intelligent decisions about the social sector. These decisions drive social innovation and help make the world a better place.

If you want to use your skills and expertise to affect social change, join us.

Current Openings

How to Apply

Unless noted otherwise below, e-mail cover letter, résumé, and salary guidelines in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to jobs@guidestar.org.

If you prefer to mail your application, send these materials to:

HR Director
GuideStar USA
4801 Courthouse Street, Suite 220
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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Development Associate

GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. GuideStar data are used to make more intelligent decisions about the social sector; these decisions drive social innovation and help make the world a better place. Membership, grants, and donations represent important revenue sources for GuideStar and opportunities to engage foundations, corporations, and individuals more deeply in GuideStar's work to transform philanthropy.

Location

Washington, D.C.

Reports To

Director of Development

Responsibilities

  • With Development Director, define strategies and execute broad-based foundation member acquisition campaigns with the goal to increase the number of foundations participating in GuideStar Membership Program. Efforts to include quarterly e-mail campaigns and follow-up efforts (personal solicitation, phone and mail outreach) to leads generated through e-mail campaigns. Track results based on established metrics.
  • Prepare profiles for prospective members and funders, leveraging Foundation Directory Online and other resources; incorporate leads into ongoing cultivation and solicitation efforts (broad-based or targeted).
  • Assist in the preparation of renewal packets, foundation proposals, and grant reports.
  • Maintain and manage development activities in customer relations management (CRM) system, including the tracking of all interactions, gifts, grants, and pledges for members, funders, and individual donors. Coordinate grant-related record keeping and tracking systems and donor files and records (electronic and hard copy).
  • With Director of Development, create and implement year-round individual donor campaign.
    [Liaise with Marketing & Communications in the execution of the year-end giving campaign.
    With Finance, ensure monthly reconciliation with third-party processor.
    Collect and compile data and stories for inclusion in annual CFC application.]
  • With Marketing & Communications ensure fundraising pages on guidestar.org are updated and reflective of organizational brand messaging.
  • Serve as point of contact for general development and fundraising inquiries.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum two years of fundraising/development experience with a nonprofit organization
  • Experience working with customer relations management (CRM) systems, and aptitude for learning new computer systems required
  • Experience in developing and implementing e-mail marketing campaigns, including defining and measuring results, required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive self-starter, with ability to coordinate multiple high-detailed, deadline-sensitive projects
  • Ability to work independently, and collaboratively within a team-oriented environment
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic and creative problem solver, with a demonstrated passion for the nonprofit sector and philanthropy

Status

Exempt

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Senior Software Engineer

Location

Williamsburg, Va., or San Francisco, Calif

Technical Requirements

  • Skill with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
  • Experience with GUI front end libraries including jQuery, Bootstrap, and D3
  • Experience with responsive design, cross device design and development, and multi-browser support
  • 8+ years overall IT experience including database development, architecture and design, and distributed applications development
  • Experience with Microsoft development technologies with 3+ years experience using .NET framework, Microsoft Visual C# / .NET
  • 5+ years experience with Object-Oriented languages
  • 5+ years experience with application development
  • 5+ years experience with SQL Server
  • Understanding of Agile development life cycle and testing procedures
  • Familiarity with Web server concepts
  • Working knowledge of System Development Life Cycle

The Ideal Candidate ...

  • Enjoys working in a collaborative environment in a Agile software development process.
  • Has a sharp eye for design and UX details (ability to interpret a visual design and achieve it in markup).
  • Has experience with JSON, XML, and RESTful Web Services.
  • Has the ability to learn quickly, function with limited supervision, solve issues, and stay in close communication with functional teams.
  • Has a BS or MS degree in Computer Science or related experience.

Other Skills/Experience

  • Proactive self-starter who is results oriented
  • Strong interest in learning, sharing knowledge, and possessing good interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership, self-awareness, and teaming capabilities

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Software Engineer

Location

Williamsburg, Va.

The Ideal Candidate ...

  • Focuses on delighting the customer
  • Builds high-quality, innovative solutions that deliver value for customers
  • Develops solutions across all layers, from the database to the user interface
  • Works closely with Product Owners to understand solution requirements
  • Practices Agile software development
  • Learns quickly, functions with limited supervision, solves issues, and stays in close communication with functional teams
  • Has a BS/MS degree in Computer Science or related field

Other Skills/Experience

  • Proactive self-starter and results oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable with good interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership, self-awareness, and teaming capabilities
  • Candidates will build strong working relationships with peers and other technology teams and help set the tone for the great organizational culture

Technical Requirements

  • 1 to 2+ years' experience with .Net, C#, ASP.Net, and Application development
  • T-SQL and SQL Server

Preferred Skills

  • AJAX libraries (jQuery)
  • Experience with JSON, XML, and RESTful Web Services
  • Demonstrable skill with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
  • 1 or more years of experience with GUI front end libraries and toolsets including jQuery, Bootstrap, and D3.js
  • 1 or more years of experience with responsive design, cross device design and development, and multi-browser support
  • Rapidly iterate through a series of prototype Web pages in close collaboration with our UX designers
  • Work closely with UX designers to understand solution requirements

8 Reasons You'll Love Working at GuideStar

We're not looking for the average engineer to help us on our new strategic initiatives. We'’ve cut through the red tape, and you'll work in a self-managing team using Agile and Scrum.

You'll be able to move fast and learn fast. So bring your energy, self-motivation, and teamwork skills.

  1. Culture—We have a fun, open, and autonomous culture.
  2. Learn—We have many seasoned and bright developers with 12+ years of experience who want to mentor, so you'll learn from some of the best.
  3. 4 hrs/month to volunteer—Your choice for how you want to make an impact.
  4. Agile and Scrum—Gain more experience with Agile, as we have 6+ years with Agile.
  5. Rapid Results—We deploy to production every 2 weeks, so you'll see your results quickly.
  6. New Technologies—We're constantly looking at new technologies, so you'll keep your skills up to date and will continue to grow.
  7. Flexible work schedule.
  8. Competitive benefits package.

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User Experience & Visual Designer

Primary Purpose

GuideStar is seeking a User Experience & Visual Designer who is passionate about social change, enabling users to make better decisions, and encouraging impactful charitable giving. This position offers a unique opportunity to design many existing products and explore exciting new product ideas, too. Your primary focus will be to transform ideas into well-structured, engaging, and creative user experiences. The designer will gain exposure to the entire GuideStar organization and product development cycle, plus the day-to-day experience of working in a collaborative, Agile environment. You will also gain great insight into the nonprofit sector as a whole, given GuideStar's position as the data hub in the nonprofit data supply chain.

Projects Responsibilities

  • Transforming ideas into well-structured, engaging, and creative user experiences, plus tailoring existing experiences to fit the requirements and expectations of modern users.
  • Write, design, and develop UX deliverables including user personas, storyboards, information architecture, interactive design, UI design, wireframes, and visual standards.
  • Work closely with product managers, marketing managers, and other stakeholders to establish and understand product vision and customer needs while validating designs through testing and customer feedback.
  • Create and develop interaction design spec documents including conceptual models, user flow diagrams, wireframes, page schematics, mock-ups, and prototypes.
  • Conduct formal and informal user research and testing of in-progress work.

Qualifications

  • A solid understanding of how Web development works, particularly on the front-end side of things, and experience designing and developing a variety of Web-based user interfaces, including experience prototyping and developing with HTML5 and CSS3
  • A sharp eye for design and UX details (ability to interpret a visual design and achieve it in markup), plus experience creating app icons, interface elements, mockups, style guides, etc.
  • Practical UX design experience using analytics and metrics tools
  • Experience mapping out user flows and information architecture
  • Planning and running user research. This could be anything from delving into a site's analytics data, running an AB test, or conducting "ad-hoc" user testing in a café.
  • Experience crafting presentations to unveil your ideas and participation in design workshops, critiques/reviews, and product discussions
  • Ambassador for usability, accessibility, and general Web standards in all of our work
  • Experience with responsive design, cross device design and development, and multi-browser support
  • Interest in data visualization
  • Comfort with multitasking and working independently
  • Passion for working with people to provide a great user experience
  • 1 to 2+ years of nonprofit sector experience a plus
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Other Skills/Experience

  • Proactive self-starter who is results oriented
  • Strong attention to detail, and a commitment to delivering highly polished Web-based and mobile prototypes under tight time constraints
  • Proven observational and listening skills; ability to recognize user experience needs and convert into product design
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong interest in learning, sharing knowledge, and possessing good interpersonal skills

Position Details

  • Compensation: Competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and comprehensive benefits package
  • Location: San Francisco, CA

How to Apply

E-mail the following materials to jobsCA@guidestar.org:

  • Cover letter explaining specific interest and experience in the projects listed above and dates of availability
  • Résumé
  • Link to portfolio and/or Github account

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