Production Project Manager (Direct Mail Production, Non-profit Fundraising, Remote)
WFH Flexible Washington, DC
Job Type
Full-time
Description

Are you interested in leveraging your expertise in direct mail production to help environmental, social justice and cultural arts organizations connect with people who care about progressive causes?  Would you like to collaborate with an award-winning, expert team of dedicated, fun, and passionate fundraising professionals at one of the Washington Post’s 2022 Top Workplaces?


As a Production Project Manager with Avalon Consulting Group, you’ll work closely with both internal and external partners to define and coordinate deliverables to maximize production capabilities and deliver error-free, on-time results. You’ll support our remarkable non-profit clients meet their fundraising goals by representing their interests and performing responsibilities:

  • Manage direct mail production process for 4-7 clients depending on the scope of work and project cadence production, vendor schedule needs, and new printing and personalization processes.
  • Execute quality control on mockups, printing proofs, data counts and dumps, personalization, and insertion setups.
  • Work with production partners to define cost-effective packages for all fundraising mailings.
  • Review campaign outlines and mailplans to ensure production elements are correct and consistent with over-arching program goals. 
  • Manage bidding process either directly or through our production partners and provides client with cost evaluation and recommendations.
  • Draft specs and package grids for client approval and submits final package grid to suppliers to complete a project.
  • Review all artwork, bluelines and live data and mailshop set ups and manages approval process with clients.
  • Manage acquisition merge/purge process.
  • Develop and manage individual campaign schedules.
  • Analyze print, data, and mailing for efficiency and reduce costs; negotiate lower prices through gang or program pricing, cost savings recommendations, and ongoing discussions with suppliers and internal departments.
  • Manage printers and mailshops, for each project, communicating specs, deadlines and price expectations.
  • Reconcile campaign bids to the campaign budget to ensure campaigns are within budget.
  • Assist with reprojections and budgets by confirming prior production expenses, assessing upcoming expenses, and suggestion changes to ensure overall program goals are met.

We are pleased to offer a remote-first work environment. While Avalon has a headquarters office in Washington, DC, any staff member is welcomed to work from the comfort and safety of their home office, with occasional travel required for client meetings, industry events/training, or company gatherings. 

Requirements

What we need from you…

You will be a great fit for us if you possess at least three (3) years of direct mail production management experience. You should also possess a working knowledge of changing USPS rules and rates and how the supply chain impacts direct mail. You must be proficient using Microsoft Office programs including Teams, Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.  Prior experience using collaboration tools like Monday.com, Teams, and Zoom are a plus.  Additionally, you must have a proven ability to organize and expertly manage multiple projects and deadlines. 


In addition, our most successful consultants are able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to take a proactive approach to jobs; finds solutions before problems erupt. 
  • Exceptional ability to work in teams and collaborate – both remotely and in person -- with clients, partners, and peers. 
  • Outstanding communication including active listening, persuasion, and remote meeting management.
  • Kindness, consideration, and the ability to foster positive, inclusive relationships with your colleagues. 
  • Creativity and intellectual curiosity.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced agency environment, while multi-tasking and keeping cool under pressure.
  • Comfortable being “behind the scenes” in driving donor support.
  • Critical thinking and troubleshooting.
  • A meticulous attention to detail and the ability to focus on details while keeping the bigger picture in mind.
  • An ability to organize and manages work efficiently.

  

Why you will love Avalon Consulting…

Since 1997, Avalon has been committed to making the world a better place by helping our clients raise the millions of dollars needed to fulfill their inspiring missions. We’ve created a culture unlike any other agency. We’re remote-first, hiring the best fundraisers in the business, no matter where they work. We also love getting together for team and client meetings when necessary. We're strategic, analytical, creative, innovative, collaborative, compassionate, and most of all: passionate about our work. We love what we do, and it shows in our engaged teams, industry awards, and delighted clients.


As one of the Washington Post’s 2022 Top Workplaces, Avalon is proud of our unparalleled supportive and collaborative team environment that encourages professional development while recognizing the importance of flexibility and work-life balance. We are committed to fostering a culture that embraces differences every day, and where each of our staff is supported and inspired to reach their full potential. 


Besides being a great place to work, we are pleased to offer a rich, comprehensive benefit plan, including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, generous paid leave, employer-paid life and disability insurance, and a safe harbor 401(k) plan.

If this sounds like an opportunity you’re excited to pursue, we would love to speak with you! For consideration, please apply using the provided link by submitting your resume and a cover letter. 


Avalon is an equal opportunity employer, and we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to our success. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this opportunity.