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Community Voices Heard - Director of Development

Client Overview


Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a member-led, multi-racial organization principally comprised of women of color and low-income families in New York State. Founded in 1994, CVH tackles tough issues and builds power to secure racial, social and economic justice for all New Yorkers.  


Through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes, and creating new models of direct democracy CVH is creating a truly equitable New York State. CVH’s core organizing issues include fighting for a just social safety net, good jobs and access to them, truly affordable housing, sustainable and resilient communities, and a participatory democracy.


CVH works towards its goals with four key strategies:

Base Building: Using a model of multi-issue, multi-generational, and multi-cultural base building actively increases the number of impacted community members joining the fight for social change for their community.

Leadership Development:  Through leadership development, CVH empowers member-leaders to organize their neighbors and build collective power to achieve systemic change.

Strategic Campaigns: In true participatory-action form CVH members and staff organizers work together to research and share lived experiences, bringing unique and authentic perspectives to the issues.

Actions: Within each campaign creative, non-violent actions and demonstrations bring to light, on a public platform, the issues faced by those most affected by the decision making of those in power.


CVH is working to build a society in which the systems that govern foster racial, social and economic justice not exploitation – particularly for low-income people of color. CVH seeks a society in which all people – regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender expression, sexual identity, citizen status, primary language, and ability – are treated with mutual respect and where privileges of one group do not exist.


Position Overview


Community Voices Heard is seeking an energetic and strategic Director of Development to manage and advance the fundraising efforts of a powerful, growing organization.


The Director will lead the planning, directing, and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program aimed at increasing revenues through foundation and individual donor support.


Working in close partnership with the Executive Director, the Director will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors. The Director will diversify and grow fundraising efforts from foundations, individual major and small donors, and members.  


The ideal candidate will possess a strong foundation in non-profit fundraising, enjoy combining high-level strategy with hands-on implementation, and share a strong commitment to the movement to build power to secure racial, social and economic justice.


This is a fantastic opportunity to join a passionate team at an ambitious grassroots organization working to build a truly equitable New York.


Position Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy to meet annual and multi-year development goals through foundation and individual funders
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Directors on goals, strategy and donor outreach
  • Sustain, grow, and manage relationships with individual donors and foundations
  • Develop strategies for targeted growth in individual and foundation fundraising
  • Develop annual revenue projections and assist with development of organizational budget
  • Communicate the vision and work of CVH with individual donors and foundations
  • Oversee the organization’s grant applications, processes, and reporting to ensure continued funding
  • Ensure that all grants, proposals, and donor communications are high-quality, compelling and accurate
  • Serve as a member of the CVH leadership team, engaging with and supporting campaigns in each of the CVH chapters


Key Qualifications

  • At least 5+ years of non-profit development experience with increasing responsibility in an annual fundraising program
  • Track record of building and maintaining successful relationships with donors
  • Excellent written, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills, including financial oversight and planning capability
  • Ability to troubleshoot, multitask, and manage multiple projects at once
  • Familiarity with fundraising administration (best practices, protocols, procedures, and record/data management)
  • Sense of humor, confidence and self motivation
  • Experience and ability to work/organize across racial and cultural lines
  • Experience working in a grassroots membership organization or other type of social justice organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to building long-term power for low-income people of color, their families, and their communities


Compensation and Benefits

The salary range is $80,000-$90,000, depending on experience. Excellent benefits including vacation days, personal days, holidays, medical/dental/vision healthcare coverage, and 403(b) plan.


To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume online at The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.

Community Voices Heard is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For all CVH employment and volunteer opportunities, people of color, women, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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