The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is seeking an experienced Director of Development to join our team! This position is a full-time remote role with a likely transition into an in-office role in AAPF’s New York office. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Finance and the Chief of Staff (COS), the Director of Development will oversee all fundraising activities and initiatives for AAPF, including grants management, individual giving, annual planning, events management, corporate sponsorship, and reporting.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
The Director of Development will participate with the management team in developing and implementing the AAPF’s strategic and operational plans, providing insight into funder and donor needs and expectations. The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Finance, and Chief of Staff to develop plans for long-term financial sustainability.
Fundraising Planning and Implementation
As the senior fundraising manager, the Director of Development is responsible for preparing and implementing an annual fundraising plan, including projections, timetables, and deliverables, that will detail how AAPF will meet its philanthropic fundraising goals.
Grants: The Director of Development will manage and build AAPF’s portfolio of family foundation, corporate, and government grants, taking the lead in the writing of grant proposals and developing event opportunities.
Individual Giving and Major Donor Program: The Director of Development will research and identify prospective new donors, including potential sponsors of individual AAPF programs and campaigns, and collaborate with the Chief of Staff and Executive Director in maintaining communications with current and prospective donors and sponsors.
Events Management: The Director of Development will assist in the execution of crucial fundraising events coordinating all aspects of the events and activities from planning to execution.
Reporting: The Director of Development will prepare AAPF’s annual report, all grant reports, and financial reports to donors; maintain a grants schedule on progress; keep the donor management system updated; and periodically evaluate the effectiveness of the fundraising program.
The Director of Development will work closely with the Board of Directors to engage them in fundraising.
Programs and Campaigns
The Director of Development will collaborate with the management team and program team leaders to provide a development perspective on content, timelines, and milestones for AAPF’s programs and campaigns.
Communications and Marketing
The Director of Development will collaborate with AAPF’s communications team in representing AAPF in philanthropic spaces and in providing content for social media, the website, e-newsletters, print materials, event facilitation, and press outreach.
The Ideal Candidate should:
Strong organizational skills and ability to “follow through” on multiple tasks and goals
Effective written and oral communication skills
A workable understanding of Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory
Proven track record of fundraising for an organization with a $1 million+ budget
Experience in implementation and management of donor databases and CRMs
Demonstrated ability to generate grant proposals, donor communications, newsletters, and annual report
Proven record of successful donor management
Experience working with race, gender, and economic justice issues
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
Experience in the creation of print, digital and social media content
Experience building allyship around race, gender, and economic justice, a plus
Knowledge and curiosity about trends and best practices in resource development
Experience and ability to plan and execute special events
Proven success in bringing in new and increased sources of funding
Experience managing development staff, a plus
Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of progressive experience in development
Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and relevant writing sample to .
AAPF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workplace that strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.
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