Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



37-43 77th Street
New York
United States


About Chhaya CDC

Founded in 2000 Chhaya Community Development Corporation builds the power, housing, stability, and economic well-being of South Asian and Indo Caribbean communities in New York. Chhaya has helped prevent hundreds of foreclosures; assisted first-time homebuyers in obtaining thousands of dollars in down-payment assistance; played a critical role in the ongoing effort to legalize basement apartments to expand the pool of safe and affordable housing; provided individuals with key immigration services to better navigate daily life; empowered families with financial management tools and skills; and fostered the civic engagement of thousands of South Asian New Yorkers.  



The Development Director is responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy to sustain existing programs and support the growth of the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Program Director, Board members, and a grant writer, the Development Director oversees all aspects of fundraising.

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: Grant-Writer, Development interns/fellows

Hours: Mon-Friday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm (flex), with occasional nights and weekends

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead, design, manage, and execute the implementation of a successful fundraising strategy to support organizational and project development needs
  • Build individual donor programs (i.e. major donors; monthly sustainers; young professionals), with the goal of broadening the donor base through prospect identification, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Manage the entire grant life cycle of institutional funders; from grant prospecting; proposal writing and submission; grant administration and reporting.
  • Lead the production of fundraising and cultivation events, including peer-to-peer fundraisers, cocktail parties, dinners, and an annual gala.
  • Collaborate with Communications and Program teams to produce internal and external briefing materials, proposals, presentations, reports, and marketing collateral (i.e. annual report; one pager; information packs).
  • Lead planning and implementation of major fundraising campaigns, including end of the year appeal; Giving Tuesday appeal; and capital campaigns.

Other Responsibilities

  • Expand and deepen relationships with New York-based businesses/corporations to garner sponsorships and employee volunteer engagement.
  • Cultivate strong cross-departmental collaboration to engage all staff in fundraising efforts.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to support their fundraising efforts. Serve as staff lead to board fundraising committee.
  • Ensure fundraising activities and goals are aligned with organizational needs and goals.
  • Report fundraising accomplishments, data, and trends to Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Serve as member of senior management team.

Qualifications and skills

  • Minimum 4-5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising with individuals, foundations and/or corporations.
  • Minimum two years of experience leading a team and managing staff.
  • Demonstrated success developing individual donor programs (i.e. monthly sustainers, young professionals groups, major donor).  
  • Experience organizing fundraising galas and other special events.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make presentations to individuals and groups.
  • Outstanding ability to thrive under pressure and effectively manage multiple responsibilities.
  • Knowledge or familiarity with Salesforce or similar client management software.
  • Language skills: Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Nepali, Spanish (preferred).
  • Committed to working with diverse immigrant populations on issues of social and economic justice.
  • Experience using Salesforce



Chhaya CDC is an equal opportunity that celebrates diversity. Chhaya does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and organizational need.


Chhaya offers an excellent benefits package that includes; employer paid health insurance; transit check; paid vacation and sick days; and a 403 (B) retirement plan with match.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Spanish (preferred)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email a Cover Letter, Resume, and Salary Expectations to

Subject Title: Development Director