The Ostara Group is a full-service fundraising and strategic consulting firm based in Seattle. Founded in 2009, our goal is to help nonprofit organizations navigate complex fundraising and sustainability issues, address your day-to-day challenges, and bring your work and impact to new heights. We are fundraisers, coaches and leaders with decades of leadership and experience on the front lines of organizations in every nonprofit sector. As a team, we value hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, and authenticity. We also value our connection to our team and our community. We work, play, volunteer, and celebrate together.
The Ostara Group does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. The Ostara Group is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Washington State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.
The Ostara Group seeks a Senior Consultant to participate in, lead, and manage projects with a wide variety of nonprofit organization clients. We are specifically looking for someone who can play a leadership role in Ostara’s grants service line in terms of both client-facing work and business development. This person will report directly to the Director of Grant Services, Brittany Kirk, and will:
Ostara's customized approach to grantseeking is tailored to each client so specific responsibilities will vary, but will usually include some combination of grant prospect research, grant strategy, budget development, grant writing, and grant reporting. This is a writing-intensive position, and a successful applicant will have demonstrated success as a grantwriter and fundraiser. The consultant will frequently support nonprofit staff, volunteers, and other Ostara personnel in writing and submitting grant applications, LOIs, reports, and attachments. Applicant must be skilled to conduct thorough and strategic research on prospective grant funders, and organize information in easy to use formats for clients. In all projects, the consultant will provide expert advice on all grant-related pursuits including but not limited to presentation of financial data, program evaluation, goal-setting, strategic planning, program design, and more. This may include supplying high-impact recommendations that contribute to the strategic goals of the client organization, or contributing to various strategy and tactical planning documents to guide fundraising process and track fundraising progress.
Our dynamic team-based approach is designed to support a fast-paced work environment that requires attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to problem-solve on the go. The Senior Consultant will work with multiple clients and team members, in project lead and supporting roles, at any given time. We expect all consultants to manage each project to success, including completion of deliverables. The ideal candidate will be a capable and inspiring manager of people, systems, and processes. We will assess your ability to maintain excellent communication with clients, ensuring their satisfaction with progress and final results. Successful applicants will be highly independent, self-motivated fundraisers with substantial experience in project management and research. Superior writing, grammar, and editing skills are mandatory, as well as the ability to maintain confidentiality while handling sensitive and private information. Applicant must also demonstrate a willingness to work in multiple locations, often at the offices of multiple clients and remotely, as well as impeccable scheduling and time management skills.
This person will support the work of the grants service line by identifying and cultivating potential clients with support from the Director of Grants Services and Director of Community Engagement. We are looking for someone who can artfully communicate Ostara’s competitive advantage and usher potential customers through the process of exploration, scoping, and closing contracts. The successful candidate will be people-oriented and able to sell the strategic work that we do, while still catering to the needs of each unique client. This consultant will also write and edit business proposals in response to inquiries by prospective clients. To help grow the grants service line over time, this person will cultivate and steward connections and relationships with staff and board leaders of past, current, and potential clients; develop, market, and teach workshops or presentations in their areas of expertise when opportunities arise at conferences or events; and/or generate content for Ostara’s online engagement of the nonprofit sector.
This is a senior-level position, and will play a role in helping the Director of Grant Services assess team strengths and weaknesses, identify opportunities for growth, and plan for the future. There may be opportunities to move into a management role as the service line continues to grow; that movement will be dependent upon the Senior Consultant’s aptitude and willingness for personal and professional growth, and upon company priorities. Mentor, support, and otherwise contribute to the success of all team members, amplifying their talents for the benefit of the individual, the company, and our client organizations
As a member of our senior leadership team, the Senior Consultant will participate actively and regularly in internal meetings, events, workgroups, task forces, and group trainings. We expect all members of the senior team to transfer expertise, insight and knowledge from one client engagement to the next, and to the rest of the Ostara team. We expect the Senior Consultant to stay aware of conventional and emerging trends and best practices in fundraising and nonprofit management. The person in this position may also participate in strategic planning for the long-term health of the company.
While most of this consultant’s work will focus on providing hands-on grantwriting services and high-level grant strategy for nonprofit clients, we expect all Senior Consultants to have the ability and interest to work across service lines. Over time, this person may have the opportunity to participate in other types of projects including but not limited to strategic planning, development planning and assessment, campaign planning and counsel, and etc. Any skills in these non-grant areas are a bonus in this hiring process.
Required Skills and Qualifications
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
Ostara works hard to build and preserve a warm and supportive culture. This position is a full-time, position, with a salary range of $70,000-$90,000. This position is eligible for health insurance, PTO, an annual professional development stipend.
How to Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to Brittany Kirk, Director of Grant Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position will be open until filled. We expect the start date for this position will be Monday, February 4, 2019.
We plan to conduct interviews in December. As part of this application process, you can also expect to complete a timed exercise that assesses your writing and critical thinking skills.
Ostara seeks a full time Operations Coordinator to support our fast-paced, collaborative work environment. The position requires excellent attention to detail, thorough and timely execution, and sophisticated planning skills. You will work with team members at all levels of the company, and interface externally with our clients.
Applicant must be practiced at complex time, task, and project management, and must demonstrate significant strength and comfort in reliability, regularity, and routine – often helping others to maintain routine responsibilities in time tracking, business development, and event planning. The Operations Coordinator will frequently handle sensitive and private information, so sophisticated communication skills are very important to display at all times.
We are only seeking applicants with a strong interest in advancing their role in the operations side of our business. While a background in nonprofit fundraising and/or consulting can be very helpful in this position, and we welcome applicants who want to bring fundraising experience into this operations role, we do not aim to transition operations staff into a consultant role.
Ostara’s work space is shared among the entire team, so you will sometimes be working in a bustling office with meetings and conversations happening all day, and sometimes be working alone for an entire day. It is important that the applicant has the ability to work effectively in both types of situations.
In your cover letter, please let us know if you have deeper experience in office management, bookkeeping, sales, human resources, or other core administrative and business functions.
To be considered for this position, applicants must be able to start between January 21 and February 4.
In addition to internal operations work described above, the Operations Coordinator will be asked to contribute their unique perspective on our systems and tools to continuously heighten Ostara’s impact in the community.
Required Skills and Qualifications
Desired Skills and Qualifications
Ostara works hard to build and preserve a warm and supportive team culture. This position is a full-time, exempt position, with a salary range of $50,000-60,000. This position is eligible for health insurance, PTO, meal and transportation reimbursements, an annual professional development stipend, and a membership to the People’s Memorial Association.
How to Apply
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Ali Marcus, Partner & Managing Director, at email@example.com. Please include a work sample that you feel best demonstrates why you are a good fit for the role. Be creative about this sample and please make sure to include one. It helps give us a sense of your experience in the field as well as the way you think about your skills.
This position will be open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by December 1, 2018. We expect the start date for this position will be between January 21, 2019 and February 4, 2019.
Director of Campaign Services
The Ostara Group seeks a Senior Consultant, Director of Campaign Services, to build our consulting practice with clients raising funds as part of capital and other campaign efforts. The ideal candidate will grow the existing campaign service line and manage projects with a wide variety of nonprofit organization clients. The successful candidate will be innovative and entrepreneurial, with deep experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. They will be creative and energetic, and show the capacity and willingness to lead, mentor, manage, and inspire both clients and Ostara team members.
The Director of Campaign Services reports directly to Partner, Vice President, Rebecca Zanatta. The ideal candidate will be a capable and inspiring manager of people, systems, and processes. They will be a skilled in individual giving, able to work at the strategic level of capital or major campaigns, and other fundraising work with equal ease.
As a Service Line Director, the Director of Campaign Services will:
As a member of our senior leadership team, the Director of Campaign Services will:
When leading a team or project, the Director of Campaign Services will:
A successful candidate will be an innovative and proactive campaign fundraising professional who is interested in using their skills and competencies to benefit a wide range of organizations, while continuing to grow professionally and actively learn from team members at all levels. Successful candidates must thrive in a team environment while maintaining independence and taking initiative in their own work.
In addition, s/he will have:
Ostara works hard to build and preserve a warm and supportive culture. This position is a full-time, position, with a salary range of $80,000-100,000. This position is eligible for health insurance, PTO, stock options, an annual professional development stipend.
How to Apply
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Rebecca Zanatta, Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position will be open until filled. We expect the start date for this position will be January 2, 2019.