Communications and Development Manager

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Summary & Qualifications:
The role of the Development and Communications Manager is to actively coordinate and manage fundraising and communication efforts, with a focus on foundations and individual giving. This fundraising professional will work closely with the Executive Director to identify, solicit, and steward gifts in support of Takeroot’s mission and publicize news and updates about our new independent organization to various audiences. The ideal candidate will be a highly organized, self-motivated individual with experience in fundraising and a clear and demonstrated passion for social, racial and economic justice.

B.A and 5+ years nonprofit experience (at least 4 years fundraising experience required, preferably some communication experience as well)
Exceptionally organized and detail-oriented with strong time-management skills and ability to effectively manage multiple projects
Outstanding and enthusiastic relationship builder
Ability to work efficiently in a deadline-driven environment
Strong computer skills and experience with fundraising databases; experience with managing social media campaigns a plus
Excellent writing skills; grant and/or annual report writing experience preferred
Passionate about grassroots efforts working towards social justice
Familiarity with philanthropic landscape in NYC
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Fundraising (75%)
Oversee and serve as the leader for CDP’s fundraising, in collaboration with the Executive Director
Develop and maintain a master development and communications calendar with deadlines for proposals, reports, events, appeals and other major development initiatives
Implement a plan for growing CDP’s foundation grant income
Coordinate and help draft grant proposals and prepare and submit timely reports to foundations
Collaborate with community partners for collaborative grant-writing and fundraising
Work with other resource management staff to manage, maintain and grow a diversified funding base, particularly institutional funding
Train and support board members and volunteers to secure, renew, and increase gifts

Communications (25%)
Develop and manage social media plan and website updates
Primary liaison with press or communications consultants
Coordinate regular e-blasts and partner newsletters
Manage Annual Report/Overview development

A salary competitive in the NYC legal services community and excellent benefits package is available, including generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with strong medical and dental coverage. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2320.

Takeroot Justice is an equal opportunity employer. CDP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve. To learn more about CDP, visit

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by email to, Attn: Elizabeth Clay Roy. Please include “Development and Communications Manager” in the subject line. We are looking to fill the position immediately. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until we fill the position.