Development and Communications Manager

A Chance In Life
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 5, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Special Events, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Community Development, International
Employment Type
Full Time
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About A Chance In Life

We are on a mission to provide a chance in life to at-risk children around the world. 

Over the last seven decades A Chance In Life (ACIL) has uplifted more than 40,000 children through our programs and projects in Italy, Ethiopia, India, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and Uganda. Through our unique model of self-government, the young people in our programs are empowered to become self-confident, creative and responsible participants in their communities. We provide education, social support, mentorship, vocational training, nutritional support, healthcare, and recreation to children, while equipping them with the skills they need to become active, productive, successful members of their society.

For the first time, A Chance In Life is bringing this vision of positive youth development to the United States through our new program in New York City – The Village.


Position Overview

After 76 years of providing programming to marginalized youth around the world, A Chance In Life has launched its first US-based program in New York City. In addition to growing this program in 2022, ACIL will continue to support its successful international programs. As a result, the organization seeks to grow its year-over-year revenue by 25%. ACIL is seeking a seasoned development professional with strong interpersonal and written communication skills to join a three-person fundraising team and advance these fundraising efforts.

This position, reporting to the Vice President for Development and Communications, will support this effort by providing a full range of fundraising, communications, administrative and project management support to the Development and Communications team.

The Development and Communications Manager will be the principal fundraiser to support the stewardship and growth of individual donors under $5,000. This position would be responsible for meeting the annual budget goals of donors giving under $5,000, which will be approximately $400,000 in 2022. Chiefly, the position will be tasked with restructuring the existing monthly donor program, which represents approximately $40,000 in revenue, with the goal of increasing revenue by 20%.

Additionally, the Development and Communications Manager will oversee production of donor-facing communications, including monthly email correspondence on behalf of the President, quarterly newsletters, Annual Reports, direct mail campaigns, and other program- and campaign-specific communications and brochures. Fluency with Mailchimp and Canva is required.

The Development and Communications Manager will also oversee all social media channels for the organization, with an eye to increasing visibility across platforms and identifying innovative uses for social media.


Individual Donors & Special Events (55%)

  • Lead donor prospecting, cultivation, gift securing, gratitude and contribution recognition, and all on-going donor communications for individual donor programs (gifts <$5,000)
  • Support in maintaining warm, cordial and strategic relationships with individual donors and Board members
  • Support the Development and Communications team in developing collateral for fundraising events and campaigns
  • Coordinate production and mailing of periodic and year-end appeal letters.
  • Provide strategic support of three annual gala dinner events


Communications (35%)

  • Maintain organizational website, conducting monthly screenings for accuracy and relevancy and updating content frequently.
  • Create and maintain event- and campaign specific websites and/or donation pages to facilitate donor-designated contributions and ticketed events
  • Oversee all aspects of regularly scheduled donor-facing organizational communications, including monthly correspondence on behalf of the President, quarterly newsletter, Annual Report, periodic direct mail appeals, and year-end campaigns.
  • Oversee organizational brand kit and update regularly
  • Manage organizational social media accounts
  • Work with Executive Director and Vice President of Development and Communications to develop beautifully branded pitch materials to support development activity including funder decks, one pager case studies, and other materials, as needed, to support cultivation of major gift prospects and institutional funders


Administrative (10%)

  • Maintain and update relevant records and mailing lists in a variety of CRMs (DonorPerfect, MailChimp)
  • Review and improve automation processes for donor communications (newsletter subscriptions, acknowledgments, etc)


Skills and Competencies

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications
  • Passion for individual donor fundraising, with responsibility for targets and goals
  • Strong written, verbal and story-telling communication skills; experience in external communications around social impact, mission driven, issue advocacy, and/or political organizations
  • Fluency in Wordpress Web Developer required
  • Experience with Canva and MailChimp required
  • Experience with DonorPerfect preferred
  • Experience in managing donor relationships/prior donor-facing roles
  • Experience in rapid response fundraising
  • Experience in client services or ad agency or corporate branding
  • Experience working in an international, entrepreneurial, fast-paced working environment
  • Relationships with potential funders and donors
  • Passionate about international development




This is a full time position based in New York City.



Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive insurance, voluntary retirement account with generous match, convenient Upper East Side office location


To Apply:

Please send your resume and a recent writing sample (2-pages maximum) to


A Chance In Life is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or belief, or any other protected class. We are committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment and are dedicated to making employment decisions based on merit and value.

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