CSAJ Communications & Non-Profit Development Fellowship



Hours per week

Flexiblle: June-Sept, 10-40hrs/week



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641 S Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice (CSAJ) is seeking a Non-Profit Development & Communications Fellow to join our team for Summer 2018 (extension possible). The Fellowship is open to college students in journalism, communications, marketing, or social work, nonprofit management, business, or other liberal studies areas with an interest in non-profit management and communications. CSAJ will work with the accepted Fellow to seek course credit, as desired.

Organization Description

The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice is a national organization dedicated to enhancing advocacy for survivors of intimate partner violence. CSAJ develops and promotes transformative advocacy approaches that remove systemic barriers, enhance organizational responses, and improve professional practices to meet the self-defined needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors. We steer this towards our vision: a world where all people have equal access to physical safety, economic security, and human dignity.

The Development & Communications Fellow will contribute to and help grow CSAJ’s groundbreaking initiatives, including: 

  • The Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative (CRI) is a national project of CSAJ that enhances economic justice for survivors of domestic violence by building the capacity of and building partnerships between domestic violence and consumer lawyers and advocates across the nation. 
  • The Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors Project (REEP) is a national project that seeks to remedy the systemic inequalities facing survivors of color and shift the current violence against women paradigm. In partnership with diverse anti-poverty, race equity, and violence against women practitioners, REEP will engage communities in identifying inequalities and employing impact legal and policy strategies that facilitate access to economic opportunity for survivors of color.

Position Description

CSAJ is composed of a small team of dedicated advocates in the legal, social work, public health, and academic fields who are wholly committed to creative vision, open communication, and justice-minded social change work. We are looking for a lively, bright, creative, and self-motivated team member who is social-justice minded, thrives in the media space, brings an aptitude for development and program planning, and demonstrates effective communication.

The Fellowship is a unique and exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience developing strategy and managing communications to help shape the growth and direction of a quickly expanding national non-profit. The Development & Communications Fellow will work alongside CSAJ Staff and Board of Directors to research and develop funding from private foundations, corporation, and government grants as well as help conduct and manage CSAJ’s communications plan. 

The Fellow should be located in New York City or Washington, DC, but is able to enjoy the flexibility and convenience of telecommuting. Fellows are integral to the CSAJ team, participating in weekly staff meetings with the organization's leadership, take part in all of CSAJ's trainings, and receive supervision and support from CSAJ Staff and Board of Directors.

Development Responsibilities Include:

  • Work with CSAJ Executive Director, staff, and/or board members to identify funding priorities and develop strategies.
  • Research and develop funding from private foundations, corporations, and government grants for a national anti-domestic violence agency.
  • Compile and update a comprehensive list of potential funders. 
  • Draft reports on potential funder and develop a plan for the organization based on research and incorporating ideas from board and staff. 
  • Participate in drafting concept papers and grant proposals.
  • Review CSAJ’s ideas for raising funds. Compile them into a development plan with goals, objectives and tasks. Add timelines and assignment of responsibilities.
  • Link fundraising efforts to communications plan.

Communications Project Opportunities Include: 

  • Work with CSAJ’s Director of Programs and Research to implement communications strategy, including developing media and outreach calendars, creating website and media content strategy, expanding use of social media platforms, and donor communications.
  • Pitch and execute a social media campaign to disseminate and amplify a recent report: Showing Up: How We See, Speak & Disrupt Racial Inequity Facing Survivors.
  • Develop and manage content for CSAJ website, social media, and e-blasts.
  • Design and produce email-blasts, newsletters, and other publications for program activities and outreach, as needed.
  • Develop and manage contact lists.
  • Support national webinar trainings by managing Zoom platform and coordinating other communications to support and amplify training (e.g. live tweet during trainings).
  • Provide general communications support including supporting staff in new media tools, assist in donor relations efforts, liaise with CSAJ programs, staff, expert advisors, and Board of Directors.
  • Help establish, develop tracking methods, and meet communications benchmarks.

This is an unpaid fellowship with a time commitment ranging from one semester to a full academic year. Opportunities to grow and receive future stipend may become available, based on program funding. Hours and projects can be flexible based on the schedule and goals of the applicant.


  • Experience and enthusiasm about strategy or program development.
  • Education and/or experience related to the job requirements (communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, outreach/education, social work, or liberal studies) with an interest in nonprofit management, development, and/or communications.
  • Proficiency and interest in digital and social media, design, multimedia, art, tech, and/or pop culture as well as strong written and verbal communication.
  • Familiarity with design/communications suites such as Microsoft Office, Google Apps, iWork Suite, Adobe, HTML and other coding languages, and digital and social media platforms (from webinar software to Facebook/Twitter).
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Strong organization is key! Ability and desire to implement a project from start to finish, establish self-directed deadlines, and collaborate with CSAJ staff to accomplish goals.
  • Sense of creativity and innovation, loves a challenge, driven, and passionate for a cause.
  • Understanding of domestic violence and/or economic justice advocacy strongly desired

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Sara Wee at sarawee@csaj.org.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. CSAJ welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

How To Apply



To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Sara Wee at sarawee@csaj.org. Encourage submission of a writing or work sample.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. CSAJ welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences.