Social Action & Advocacy

Overview of the Position: The Development Manager will support the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in implementing corporate, foundation, government, special events and individual funding strategies at Avenues for Justice. They will be responsible for writing high-quality and compelling correspondence, letters of inquiry, proposals, and grant reports for institutional funders, managing the proposal writing process, maintaining a comprehensive monthly foundation tracker and identifying new mission-aligned prospects. Additionally, the Development Manager will support the COO in evolving Avenues for Justice’s approach to a robust fundraising program to raise $2.5 million through a combination of major gifts, individual donations, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, and fundraising special events. The Development Manager will manage a small, but mighty fundraising team charged with increasing revenue and in-kind support to fulfill the organization’s mission.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Researches, identifies, and cultivates new donor prospects, performs high-quality and strategic prospect research
● Gathers grant information internally and through market research. Prepares draft and final proposals, letters of inquiry, reports, correspondence, and other accompanying materials, including budgets and financial attachments.
● Works with COO, development consultants and program staff to develop persuasive proposal strategies, narratives, and language for new programs and initiatives.
● Creates and maintains a robust and accurate grant proposal template to streamline the grant writing process at Avenues for Justice.
● Maintains an accurate grants calendar, tracking all grant deliverables and timelines. Ensures that all institutional gifts and activities are properly entered in the AFJ tracker and database.
● Interacts with funders via email, phone, and in-person (as needed) to develop and deepen relationships through formal and informal touchpoints and stewardship.
● Works with the COO and development consultants to enhance fundraising operations and special events.
● Assists the COO and the development team in the development and creation of all press materials, publications, including press releases, publications, annual report, and weekly newsletter/blog.
● Works with Communications and Data Specialist in generating visibility for the organization’s messaging initiatives through AFJ’s website and social media platform.
● Promotes visibility and support through ongoing networking with funding sources, government agencies, and other potential corporate partners as assigned by the COO.
● Writes and maintains all donor reports, monthly and quarterly fundraising reports, and budget modifications—reconciling with bookkeeper.
● Assists the COO and development consultant in supporting all Board of Director, Board committee and Advisory Council activities, including sending out meeting notices, developing agendas, development and program reports; monthly board correspondence updates and preparing supporting materials.
● Works with development team and event planner in all fundraising initiatives, including grant writing, special events, holiday/end-of-year appeal, planned individual giving campaign, donor cultivation and acknowledgement.
● Supports the Junior Board’s efforts, such as cultivation events, fundraisers, and other initiatives that help to raise the organization’s profile.
● Arranges and preparing for visits from individual donors and institutional funders.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS
Commitment to our hashtags of #ServicesNotCells and #JobsNotJails. Our goal is to keep youth and young adults out of prison through a three-fold mission to: 1. Intervene to divert and reclaim young people from lives of crime. 2. Provide an overloaded court system a reliable alternative to incarceration. 3. Make New York City a safer place for everyone.
● 5-8 years of nonprofit fundraising, development and program experience is highly desirable.
● Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
● Donor database experience is required.
● Excellent prioritization and organization skills and a proven ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines.
● Excellent written communication skills with the ability to connect to a variety of audiences and key stakeholders.
● Superior interpersonal skills, engaging professionally with colleagues, donors, and community members.
● Respect for confidentiality of donor information and a strong sense for donor ethics.
● Proven strength in administration, financial management, program development, board support, special events, public relations, social marketing, technology and fundraising is required.
● Is passionate about and committed to working in the nonprofit sector.
● Strong computer literacy in Word, Excel, Salesforce, QuickBooks, etc. Knowledge of Word Press strongly preferred.
● Must demonstrate flexibility, professionalism, creativity, compassion & a sense of humor.
● Spanish fluency is a plus.
Full time, Monday-Friday schedule; with virtual/remote work flexibility, some occasional evening work and weekend work will be required.
Salary range is $70,000-$75,000 and is negotiable depending on candidate’s experience. All full-time employees receive an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance, a 401k retirement plan, sick and paid vacation time per year.

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