Development Consultant

Job Type

Part Time




224 W 29th St, 14th Fl.
New York
New York
United States




YA-YA Network's (Youth Activists-Youth Allies) mission is to develop the next generation of young activists in the movement for social and economic justice. Through political education anti-oppression training and organizing skills, we train NYC young people of color from 15-19 to be the next generation of social justice activists. We have worked on a number of winning campaigns and continue to forge ahead in fighting for an end to the school to prison pipeline and for social justice through an antiracist, antisexist, class-conscious lens.


Development Consultant

Part-time or Contract Temporary

20 hours per week

We are seeking a results-driven Development Consultant who will be responsible for building and initiating a long-term development strategy and infrastructure for fundraising that will be implemented by our staff. They will report to the Executive Director and lead in diversifying and increasing funding to support the work of our youth organizers. This individual will have the opportunity to be part of a growing organization and use their strengths to support youth activism and organizing.

This position requires a results-driven, strategic thinker with an ability to manage expectations and deadlines. This position requires exceptional writing and editing skills as well as a demonstrated ability to develop and implement effective fundraising and relationship-building strategies.


  • Work with Executive Director, Board, and team in establishing annual and long-term goals and strategies for securing revenue
  • Creating systems for management of donor relationships, timely and accurate reporting, and regular updating of the Executive Director and board of revenue streams
  • Participate in the organizational budgeting process and ensure that revenue projections and program allocations are in-line with expected funding
  • Training and coaching staff to carry out the development plan in the long-term


  • Manage the proposal development process. Research new institutional, foundation, and individual funding prospects and prioritize funding opportunities. Draft and review a minimum of 10 proposals, letters of inquiry and reports to prospective and existing funders, using outcomes data, and participant success stories to develop compelling pitches for funding.
  • Develop database/CRM to keep accurate records and track development results in database/CRM and development files to manage donor relationships and follow-up
  • Develop the deadline calendar of all development writing projects including researching and logging grant guidelines and due dates, submitting all grant materials on time
  • Explore expansion of the donor base, including investigation of other individuals and organizations and opening contact with these groups.
  • Develop and initiate relationship-building and relationship management strategies for a wide range of audiences including alumni, prospective and existing funders/supporters
  • Develop a plan for friend-raising and fundraising events, including annual appeals and campaigns
  • Create templates for acknowledgment letters, call sheets, donor profiles and specifically designated communications to individual donors; Create a script and coach staff pn calling donors and prospects regarding follow-up on invitations, meeting requests, and solicitations..
  • Research, cultivate and identify grant/funding opportunities in areas such as activism, community organizing, and youth leadership
  • Work with Communications Coordinator to develop media and promotional materials to support development activities


  • Professional with a minimum of 5 years of nonprofit development experience
  • Proficiency with donor tracking software and databases
  • Demonstrated success at grant writing, large and small donor cultivation, and building relationships with institutional funders and individual donors
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, adjust work schedules and prioritize to meet tight deadlines, manage multiple assignments simultaneously, and work in a fast-paced environment without sacrificing attention to detail or quality of work
  • Good sense of humor. Ability to work within a team as well as independently. Ability to work with YA-YA youth and staff to coach and support them in developing and maintaining donor relationships, preparing for funder site visits etc. Experience working collaboratively with staff and youth of color strongly recommended.
  • Passion for social justice, experience and prior knowledge working with a social justice organization is strongly recommended
  • Knowledge of the issues that impact youth in NYC, some familiarity in the areas of education and the criminal justice system is highly preferred

POC, queer folk and women are especially encouraged to apply.


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Minimum Education Required

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