Associate Director of Development

June 27th, 2022
Associate Director of Development

Associate Director of Development

  • Full Time
  • Senior Level
  • Applications have closed
Job Category: Development
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Human Services, Legal

Youth Represent is seeking a full-time Associate Director of Development with an immediate start date.

We are a youth defense and advocacy non-profit organization looking for a self-starting, entrepreneurial, results-oriented development professional with a passion for racial justice. To live true to our values, we provide comprehensive legal representation, community support, education, and policy advocacy on behalf of our clients and broader community network throughout NYC.

The newly created Associate Director of Development position will be a part of the senior management team and joins Youth Represent at a pivotal time in our organizational growth. Youth Represent currently operates on a $2.5 million dollar annual budget, with diverse revenue streams including foundation, individual, and corporate giving. 

The successful candidate will have a talent for building relationships and a proven track record in securing funds from private funders. They are excited to bring bold leadership to our small fundraising team, while recognizing that, as a small team, the majority of this position requires action-oriented, execution of fundraising duties. Finally, they will also have a commitment to racial justice that recognizes the role of race, gender, sexuality, and other identities play in shaping historical harm in philanthropy and a dedication to ethical and community-centric fundraising.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”), working closely with our Executive Director, consultant grant writer and Operations & Development Coordinator, and engaging with a passionate Board of Directors, the candidate will support the development and execution of a comprehensive fundraising strategy, providing the necessary vision, leadership, and skills to identify, research, cultivate, solicit, and steward a pipeline of foundation donors, corporate sponsors, and individual prospects to help Youth Represent achieve short- and long-term goals for our programs and activities.   

The person who will best succeed in this role:

       Entrepreneurial – Youth Represent currently manages a $2.5 million dollar budget with no full-time development staff. We have been able to do so through the collective passion and experience of our Executive Director, Operations team, and Board of Directors. However, to advance our exciting and progressive mission, we need a dynamic and creative development professional to build out a department.

       Exceptional Communicator This person will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and has experience proofreading and drafting high-quality, ethical narratives (often in a fast-paced environment) that inspire individuals to participate in supporting a bold vision and mission.

       Expert Relationship Builder – We are proud of the authentic and meaningful relationships we have built with our supporters. We understand development work as an opportunity to allow those who can give small and large gifts to advance our mission. We seek a development professional who connects and learns from others and can listen carefully and learn quickly.


       Leadership (20%)

        Implement an annual fundraising and development plan, in partnership with the Senior Management and our Board of Directors, that pairs key programs and assets with targeted strategies for raising revenue.

        Review and improve development operations, processes, and strategies.

        Support the vision and execution of expanding a development department.

        Serve on the Senior Management team responsible for strategic decisions across the organization.

        Work closely with the Executive Director to develop cohesive and compelling core messaging around Youth Represent’s future that will guide development strategy.

       Grants and Grants Management (50%)

        With support from our COO and grants consultant:

       oversee the management and execution of our existing robust grants portfolio, including foundation and corporate opportunities;

       write and edit grants and reports for institutional donors;

       research new funding opportunities; and

       identify lapsed and prospective institutional funders.

        Ensure all grant-related goals, guidelines, and requirements are executed and communicated to key stakeholders.

        Support the review and submission of government grant reporting.

       Individual Donors (30%)

        Support the Executive Director in the design and execution of activities focused on increasing revenue associated with individual donors, including annual fundraising campaigns and events.

        Support the Executive Director and Board in advancing our individual fundraising goals through major donor cultivation activities, including:

       developing and executing successful major donor engagement using donor segmentation strategies;

       researching and preparing information for individual and institutional donor meeting;

       coaching the Executive Director and Board to make effective asks; and

       drafting major donor updates and correspondence.

        Support the execution of communications related projects, including update e printed and online materials for events, campaigns, and social media.

        Ensure timely acknowledgment of all contributions, in collaboration with the Operations & Development Coordinator.


       4 to 6 years’ experience nonprofit leadership experience as a fundraiser.

       A commitment to fundraising while centering racial justice, superb writing, interpersonal, and communication skills.

       Proven track record of cultivating and securing revenue from a variety of funders, including corporations, foundations, and individuals.

       Experience building donor relationships and soliciting major gifts.

       Strong attention to detail.

       A personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.

NOTE: Current COVID-19 Protocols

       All interviews will be conducted remotely.

       Staff are expected to work in-person three days a week.

Salary Range & Benefits Package

       Salary for this position is $80,000 – $90,000, commensurate with relevant experience.

       We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the full premium for our medical, vision, and dental plan. Other benefits include short- and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, commuter benefits, a 401(k) plan, and a generous parental leave policy. We also offer four weeks of paid vacation and eleven holidays, and we close the office the week between Christmas and New Years. Helping to build out a development team, a successful candidate has tremendous opportunity for professional development and growth.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should email a PDF copy of their resume and a cover letter, with the subject line of “Associate Director of Development –[Your Last Name]”, to [email protected].

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting July 8, 2022. Applications without cover letters that directly address the candidate’s fit with the key qualifications will not be considered.

Youth Represent is an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating a truly equitable and anti oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities and experiences. We particularly encourage applicants from marginalized communities, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, and those directly impacted by the differing legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting a hiring process that is equitable and accessible to all.

Youth Represent

Justice from Courtroom to Community

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  • Suite 1512, New York 10007
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  • Phone: 646-759-8080
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