IDC Opportunities

In Defense of Christians (IDC) is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit and 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that advocates for the protection and preservation of Christian communities in the Middle East.

IDC SEEKS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

IDC seeks a Development Director to manage the organization’s development and fundraising function, through the design and implementation of a strategic development plan. The Development Director will design, execute, and maintain a sustainable development program and campaigns through traditional and alternative means and sources of fundraising. The Development Director will foster and expand relationships among donors and supporters, while managing development data and metrics.

Responsibilities

  • Build a strategic development plan to achieve IDC’s fundraising goals
  • Work with the IDC team to implement development projects and campaigns
  • Create reports to inform donors of advocacy accomplishments and future initiatives
  • Maintain and develop bases of donor support through relationship-building, regular contact, and outreach campaigns
  • Identify new donors—individuals, corporations, foundations, etc.
  • Donor and fundraiser data management
  • Other relevant duties as assigned

Travel: Up to 25% of the time

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of relevant development/fundraising experience preferred
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Customer relations management (Salsa Labs) familiarity preferred
  • QuickBooks familiarity preferred
  • Grant writing familiarity preferred
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills
  • Entrepreneurial/self-starter personality
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong information management skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • High moral character and professional ethics
  • Strong commitment to preserving the Christian communities and heritage of the Middle East

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IDC SEEKS GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ASSOCIATE

IDC seeks a Government Relations Associate to advance policy priorities in Congress and the federal government, through collaborative work with congressional allies and coalition partners. The Government Relations Associate will engage regularly with congressional offices, the White House, federal agencies, and various embassies to build relationships and advocate for IDC’s policy priorities. The Government Relations
Associate will be responsible for helping develop innovative legislative strategies, building coalitions with partner organizations, and helping to draft, track, and shepherd legislation through Congress.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute innovative legislative strategies
  • Foster strategic relationships in Congress and throughout the executive branch—become familiar with each office’s and agency’s priorities
  • Coordinate with congressional and agency staffs to secure meetings with Members and staffs
  • Advocate and build consensus around IDC’s policy priorities
  • Assist in the drafting of legislation, correspondence, and policy presentations
  • Track legislation through Congress
  • Track other congressional activities (e.g. committee hearings)
  • Engage with foreign embassies in DC for relationship building
  • Other relevant duties as assigned

Travel: Up to 10% of the time

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of relevant legislative or foreign policy experience preferred
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Entrepreneurial/self-starter personality
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to work on a bipartisan basis
  • High moral character and professional ethics
  • Strong commitment to preserving the Christian communities and heritage of the Middle East

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IDC SEEKS COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA ASSOCIATE

IDC seeks a Communications and Media Associate to work closely with the IDC executive team in leading the development and daily execution of IDC’s strategic and grassroots communication to progress IDC’s priorities. The Communications and Media Associate will manage and operate via diverse media, including broadcast, print, and social media.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute strategic messaging to promote IDC policy priorities
  • Liaison between IDC and print and broadcast media outlets for regular engagement and appearance
  • Work with IDC policy team to draft and publish public statements and press releases
  • Manage grassroots communication—through targeted emails and newsletters—to grow and maintain awareness and action
  • Manage IDC social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Work with Development Director to design and launch fundraising campaigns
  • Work with Executive Director and Government Relations Associate to design and launch policy action initiatives
  • Serve as IDC liaison to web developer
  • Other relevant duties as assigned

Travel: Up to 10% of the time

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of relevant communication/media/marketing experience preferred
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Social media savvy
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Entrepreneurial/self-starter personality
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • High moral character and professional ethics
  • Strong commitment to preserving the Christian communities and heritage of the Middle East

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MICHAEL KAZMA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

In Defense of Christians (IDC) is accepting applications for full- or part-time student internships at its Washington, DC headquarters office.

The Kazma Internship Program is tailored to undergraduate and graduate students, and young professionals, who are interested in matters of religious freedom and foreign policy. Interns make important contributions in each facet of IDC’s mission to protect, preserve, and strengthen persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East and around the world.

The Kazma Internship Program offers professional enrichment through practical experience in advocacy, foreign policy, government affairs, public affairs, media, and organizational operations and development. The internship program affords students and young professionals an exciting and unique opportunity to serve an important cause, and gain beneficial and transferable skills.

Interns are assigned to one the following departments: Government Relations, Communications and Media, and Development.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to richard@indefenseofchristians.org.

Applicants should specify the semester for which they are applying, and department of preference.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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