TakeRoot Justice (TakeRoot) seeks a part-time (20 hours per week) Development and Communications Manager to join our growing Development and Communications Team. This new position would report to and collaborate closely with the Director of Development and Communications. This position has the potential to become full-time as TakeRoot successfully increases its revenue through fundraising.
About the Organization
TakeRoot was founded in 2001 and provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression. TakeRoot employs a unique model of partnership with grassroots and community-based groups. Our partners take the lead in determining the priorities and goals for our work, and advance our understanding of justice. We believe in a theory of change where short-term and individual successes help build the capacity and power of our partners, who in turn can have longer-term impact on policies, laws and systems that affect their communities.
TakeRoot models our internal structure on anti-oppressive and democratic principles to build a workplace culture that mirrors the progressive change we pursue through our work. We encourage all staff members to participate in key organizational decisions and to help manage integral aspects of our internal operations through a system of committees, or “circles” that oversee areas such as hiring, budgetary decisions, racial justice work, internal and external community building, communications, policy, and more. To learn more about TakeRoot, visit takerootjustice.org.
- Collaborate with TakeRoot’s Director of Development and Communications to oversee the implementation of TakeRoot’s long- and short-term development plans
- Draft and copy edit a wide range of written materials including website pages, annual reports and one-pagers
- Coordinate and draft grant proposals and reports to foundations
- Support the management and growth of TakeRoot’s individual giving and major donor programs, including maintaining donor and revenue records
- Support in planning and executing multiple fundraising events per year
- Support in managing TakeRoot’s public messaging, including our website, newsletters, email campaigns, and social media presence
- Maintain deadline calendars for development activities including foundation grants, board committee meetings, donor thank yous, and newsletters
- Participate on TakeRoot Justice Circles and in overall participatory governance and operations
- 2-5+ years of nonprofit communications and fundraising experience
- Excellent writing skills, with at least 1-2 years of grant writing experience
- Minimum of 1-3 years of experience with individual giving campaigns
- 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 developing written communications and press materials for nonprofit organizations
- Experience managing social media for nonprofit organizations a plus
- Passionate about grassroots movements working towards social justice in New York City
- Enthusiasm for working in a participatory organization
Timeline, Benefits & Compensation
Applications must be received by June 30th and will be considered on a rolling basis. The salary range for this role is $24,000 – $43,000 a year. It is 50% of a 40 hour a week position on our union pay scales based on years of experience.
An excellent benefits package is available, with generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with industry-leading medical and dental coverage. This is a union bargaining unit position proudly represented for collective bargaining purposes by Local 2320 of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW
TakeRoot Justice is an equal opportunity employer. TakeRoot 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.
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample by email to email@example.com, attn: Natalie Schulmonds. The subject line of the email must include: “Development and Communications Manager.” Applications must be received by June 30th and will be considered on a rolling basis.