Development Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000
Maximum: $90,000
Details: Dependent upon qualifications




215 Park Avenue South
11th Floor
New York
New York
United States


BACKGROUND & DESCRIPTION: The Access Challenge seeks an experienced development professional to cultivate and build a dynamic network of individuals, foundations, and companies to support our work in Africa. This individual would utilize resources and expand our current relationships both in New York City and across Africa. This individual should be eager to act outside of the box to make building donor relationships part of creating change in health advocacy. The Access Challenge is a small, nimble organization, so this individual must be able to wear multiple hats, and be willing to make this job his or her own. The day-to-day job will require experience engaging with corporations, foundations, and individuals, writing grants, maintaining and cultivating donor relationships, and arranging strategic “Jeffersonian-style” gatherings.

The Access Challenge is a New York-based organization committed to Universal Health Access across Africa with on-the-ground offices in Tanzania and Nigeria. We partner with leaders to build African-centered mass-media campaigns and strategic advocacy programs to change health policy. We seek to influence policy to enable a world where the next generation of global citizens, our children, have equal access to the opportunities and services they need to thrive. This access will be universal, and will not be dictated by where a child is born, or their economic status. Our dedicated team works strategically alongside leaders and influencers at the country, continental, and international level. We strive to encourage a culture of collaboration and cooperation within the public health sector.

Our office is located in a shared workspace near Union Square with access to the 4,5,6,L,N,Q,R and W trains.


- Create and implement a development plan to meet both annual and long-range plans for TAC’s budgeted fundraising goals

- Work with Program Manager to write grants to foundations

- Deepen, cultivate, and build relationships with current and new donors

- Build organizational relationships with new corporations, foundations, and high-net worth individuals

- Train and motivate board members, staff, and volunteers in their role for assisting in the organization’s development

- Develop sustainable development systems, infrastructure, relationships to maintain and build fundraising capacity and donor stewardship overtime

- Develop “Jeffersonian Dinners” or creative and engaged networks of committed individuals across the range of areas within public health TAC is involved

- Track and report all gifts and pledges by source and purpose on TAC’s CRM database: Network for Good


- Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in a field related to public health, global health, and/or business, communications and development

- Excellent ability in writing and proposal development with proven ability to develop high-level, compelling proposals (1-3 years of grant writing experience required)

- Detail oriented with strong project management skills in planning, prioritizing, and coordinating multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment

- Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing, proficiency in French is preferred, but not required

- Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills; outgoing and well-spoken in communicating mission effectively with different audiences and sectors

- Strong collaboration skills; comfortable working with stakeholders across sectors and with diverse groups of people in different departments, functions, and cultures

- Work experience in fundraising and development, negotiating, and administering grants and contracts

- Excellent research and analytical skills, experience in developing budgets and quantitative data analysis

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Dropbox and/or Google Drive, Skype and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) donor relations database system

The Development Director will report directly to the CEO.


Our office is located in a shared workspace with free coffee and breakfast, near Union Square with access to the 4,5,6,L,N,Q,R and W trains. Benefits open to negotiation.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Proficiency in French is preferred, but not required

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email admin(at)accesschallenge(dot)org your CV and answers to the following questions:

1) What do you find interesting about this organization? Why the Access Challenge?

2) How do you build and sustain a relationship with your a) board, b) donors, and c) corporate partners that positions you as something other than a “nag”?

3) What is your experience in writing grants? How would you describe the ideal relationship between the Development Director and a Program Manager?

4) What are the three ideal characteristics of a Development Director?

5) How would you describe the ideal relationship between the lead fundraiser and the Executive Director?

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.