Education & Youth Development

Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP) provides award-winning experiential social justice education to more than 500 young women and gender-expansive youth of color in New York City and Newark each year. Operating with love and rigor, we use the tools of popular education to build critical consciousness, community, and college readiness. Our programs include a nationally recognized six-week summer institute, in-school and after-school classes, college access and persistence support, and an advanced-level fellowship to design and implement an original social justice project. We strengthen, empower, and equip our participants to lead lives in committed pursuit of joy and liberation for self and community.


Sadie Nash seeks a flexible self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit who is committed to promoting the mission of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and our feminist and social justice organizational values. The Director of Development will be the engine of the development team, working in partnership with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and the development team to lead the cultivation of support for Sadie Nash among individual and institutional donors. We are looking for a strategic thinker with deep knowledge of the youth development and social justice funding landscape in the NY Metro area and nationwide. As we prepare for the celebration of the 20th year anniversary of Sadie Nash Leadership Project, the Director of Development will also lead the events planning and development of the 20th anniversary communications campaign.

The Director of Development will work primarily from the New York City office. The Sadie Nash team is currently hybrid, working both in person and remotely. The essential duties and responsibilities of the Director of Development are:
Work closely with the Executive Director to develop a multi-year actionable fundraising plan reflecting a $2 million annual operating budget and strategies for growth within multiple revenue streams (foundations, government, corporate giving, individual, special events).
Steward donors and funders to meet ambitious fundraising goals set for the 20th anniversary.
Serve as staff liaison to the Development Committee, coaching board members to set and reach fundraising goals.
Research cultivation and solicitation opportunities for individual and institutional donors.
Lead work in donor segmentation and prioritization given our fundraising goals; be comfortable making asks and coaching the Executive Director and board to make asks.
Review and analyze staffing needs and other resources (i.e., budget) to build short-term and long-term capacity to support fundraising strategy.
Oversee growth, maintenance, and enhancement of the organization’s development database and donor/prospect list as well as donor communication calendar including email campaigns, invitations, and solicitations.
Expand opportunities to fundraise beyond our annual appeal, annual benefit event, and other existing fundraising initiatives.

Communications Strategy
Work closely with ED to develop cohesive and compelling core messaging around Sadie Nash’s history and future that will guide development strategy and external communications going forward.
Identify and leverage opportunities to increase the visibility of Sadie Nash with existing and new audiences.
Develop communications calendar and protocols for content dissemination across multiple platforms.

Serve as part of a three-person senior leadership team (along with Director of Operations and Director of Programs) responsible for strategic decisions across the organization.
Cultivate a culture of philanthropy across the organization providing opportunities for full and part-time staff to better understand the relationship between fundraising and programs and how to engage successfully.
Supervise and work closely with full-time Development Manager.
Identify, engage and work with external fundraising and communications consultants.

Minimum of 5 years of development and leadership experience in fundraising, communications and leadership roles.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to communicate the SNLP mission to funders, individual donors, and other stakeholders across appropriate media.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build and sustain relationships with supporters of the organization at all levels.
Project management skills in order to stay on top of multiple projects, identify and meet deadlines through careful planning, anticipate obstacles, identify and involve stakeholders appropriately, and use resources wisely
Highly organized, motivated, and detail-oriented exhibiting a strong sense of ownership over goals. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize what’s most important. Maintain a high bar even when things are hectic. Manage a high volume of work with efficiency.
Commitment to racial and gender justice recognizing the role of race, gender, sexuality, and other identities in shaping disparities. Driven to improve conditions by proactively engaging in learning around race, equity, and identity and works collaboratively, collectively and in community.
Collaborative approach with the ability to communicate clearly and ethically working with and managing colleagues.
Familiarity with donor management systems (e.g., Network for Good) is appreciated but not required.

This position is FT Exempt and based in NYC. The salary range for this position is $95,000 – $105,000. Benefits include professional growth and development funds, quarterly wellness stipend, medical, vision, and dental coverage, health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), generous paid leave, and employer match to retirement fund contributions.

SNLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are looking for a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourage women of color, immigrants, gender-expansive people, members of the LGBTQI community, and applicants from low-income and working class backgrounds to apply.