About African Communities Together (ACT)
Together is an
organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights,
opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S.
and worldwide. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate
socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically. We develop
our members as grassroots leaders who take action to make social
change. Since its founding, ACT has supported thousands of African
immigrants with direct services, trained hundreds of new leaders,
and led successful policy campaigns at the federal, state, and
local levels that have impacted hundreds of thousands of
immigrants. ACT’s African immigrant membership comes from a diverse
range of nationalities, cultures, and languages, is religiously
diverse, and is predominantly working-class and low-income.
ACT has offices in New York City, Philadelphia, and the
Washington, D.C. metro area. The position can be based in any
of these offices, depending on the candidate. This position is
hybrid: while much of the work can be completed from home, the
position is not fully remote, and will require regular travel to an
office and may require occasional travel to other ACT
African Communities Together seeks to hire a Development
Director to provide effective, dynamic leadership in our
fundraising efforts. The Development Director will assume the
following responsibilities, coordinating with and reporting
directly to ACT’s Executive Director:
- Strategy: Develop, manage, and assess fundraising strategy,
workplan, and timeline.
- Grants Management: Refine and maintain ACT’s grants management
system in order to meet fundraising deadlines
- Funder cultivation: Develop list of prospective funders; help
cultivate individual donor base; and develop and maintain
relationships with funding partners
- Grant writing: Draft close-to-final grant proposals and reports
and prepare application and reporting packets
- Promotional materials: Work closely with ED and Communications
staff to develop appropriate promotional materials and fundraising
- Grant budget development: Collaborate with ED and finance
manager to ensure consistency between grant budgets, program
requirements, and resource allocation
- Public leadership: Support the ED in representing ACT in
meetings and other convenings with funders, as appropriate
- Minimum five years of full-time, professional experience
working in non-profit organizations or foundations; at least three
in a fundraising or grantmaking capacity.
- Strong English language communications skills, both written and
- Cultural competence and significant experience with African
- Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines or
communicate in advance when they need to be reconsidered.
- Alignment with ACT’s mission and values.
- High attention to detail.
- Excellent follow through.
- Skilled at building and maintaining systems.
- Ability to succeed in a collaborative community organization
environment, including accountability to goals, ability to work
independently, manage across teams and prioritize.
- Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate,
collaborate and connect with people from various backgrounds,
identities, experiences and positions.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred. Relevant
professional degree, such as an MPA, is desirable and will be
counted towards minimum professional experience requirement.
Salary and Benefits
ACT offers competitive salary, benefits, and leave policies.
Baseline salary is $95,000; additional compensation negotiable
based on experience. Additional benefits include employer-paid
health insurance; employer-paid pension contribution (SEP);
professional development; vacation and personal leave; and a
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume along with a cover letter
describing your interest in the position, via this
link. Please combine the resume, cover letter into one
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by August 1,
2022; however, applications will be accepted until the position is
ACT is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the
social goals of affirmative action. We therefore make special
efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically
under-represented in professional environments, or that suffer from
broader societal discrimination.