New York, NY

Development Director, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

The Organization

Established in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) spun off into a separate 501(c)(3) entity in 2015 and is now a national membership network with a mission to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys.

CBMA’s work sits at the intersection of movement- and field-building, supporting local leaders on the ground while at same time amplifying and catalyzing the Black Male Achievement movement across the country. We have 5,000 individual members and 3,000 organizational members representing a vast array of providers, policymakers, and stakeholders.

Position Overview

CBMA seeks an experienced Development Director to lead the organization’s fundraising and development efforts. Reporting to – and working closely with – CBMA’s Chief Executive Officer, the Development Director will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies for growing the organization’s current $5M annual budget. The Development Director will also partner with the Communications, Operations, and Programmatic teams to research, develop, and write fundraising communications and persuasively communicate CBMA’s mission and programs to potential funders.

Roles and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Develop and write grant proposals and reports to foundations and other grant-making organization
  • Draft Letters of Inquiry (LOI) to funding prospects
  • Participate in meetings with funders and other resource partners
  • Establish and maintain personal contacts and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers
  • Ensure prompt notification of foundation gifts to CBMA Operations Team
  • Create and manage a calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and grant reports
  • Conduct rigorous research and due diligence in the fund development process
  • Work in collaboration with subject matter experts to strategically plan, draft, and package high-impact funding reports
  • Provide analysis of evidence-based practices for developing funding proposals and reports
  • Manage and grow individual donation and corporate partnership portfolio
  • Lead and support fundraising and cultivation events
  • Participate in CBMA special events and field-building activities
  • Work closely with the CEO and Executive Leadership Team to prepare for funding meetings and presentations
  • Work closely with the Communications Team to highlight the impact of CBMA work within the funding community
  • Work with Operation Manager to ensure budget and financial reports are completed in a timely and exemplary manner, as well as to review, process, and manage CBMA’s grants to partner organizations in the field of Black male achievement

Other Position Details:

  • Position is full-time exempt employee
  • Travel may be up to 10%
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of five years of grant writing experience at a nonprofit organization
  • Experience obtaining funding from foundations, local and national grant sources, and/or individual donors
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations and be able to maintain confidential information in the strictest confidence
  • Ability to collaborate with people and synthesize diverse sets of institutional perspectives into a concise report
  • Highly organized with superb attention to detail and project management skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to take initiative, be entrepreneurial, and work independently

How To Apply

Submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and what you would bring to the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Send cover letter and resume as a single document to Be sure to include Development Director in the subject line.

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