WANTED:Senior Grant Writer/ Development Manager

 Organization Mission & History

 WE ACT for Environmental Justice (aka West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT is working to achieve this mission by securing our eight indicators of a healthy community: Clean Air; Affordable, Equitable Transit; Waste Reduction, Pests & Pesticides Reduction; Toxic Free Products; Good Food in Schools; Sustainable Land Use; Open & Green Space; and Healthy Indoor Environments. Since our inception in 1988, WE ACT has grown from a small, community-led volunteer group focused on West Harlem’s most prominent environmental issue – air pollution – into a nationally recognized and respected environmental justice advocate and leader. WE ACT maintains an annual budget of $1.6 million and currently employs 15 staff members. For more information, please visit www.weact.org.

Purpose of Position

WE ACT is seeking a dynamic candidate to provide leadership in all areas of development/fundraising within the organization. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Manager of Development will spearhead fundraising efforts as WE ACT continues to grow. The Manager will have the opportunity for promotion and to expand the development functions of the department.


The Manager of Development supervises one Development Associate as well as relevant interns, and reports to the Executive Director.


  • Create and lead a strategic, well-thought-out fundraising plan
  • Write and submit grant proposals with the aim of securing financial support from foundations, corporations and government entities
  • Develop  and  track  proposals  and  reports  for  all  foundation,  corporate  and  government fundraising
  • Create and execute a strategy for building a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with existing individual donors
  • Serve as the organizational liaison to EarthShare New York
  • Manage the planning and implementation of fund development initiatives, including Direct Mailing and Major Gift and Donor recognition
  • Supervise the co-ordination of all special events and fundraising initiatives
  • Work with the Executive Director and organizational staff to determine and pursue specific sponsorship of programs
  • Incorporate    web-based      programming    and    e-philanthropy    concepts    into   organizational fundraising activities
  • Work with department staff and the Director of Administration to ensure that all funds raised are accounted for and deposited in a timely manner and that donor information is accurately recorded in the donor database
  • Manage the implementation of Raiser’s Edge and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Supervise, support and provide performance feedback to Development staff
  • Work  with  executive  leadership  team  to  develop,  monitor  and  administer  organizational budget, cash flow, workplans and reports
  • Ensure effective management, review and analysis of donor statistics and information
  • Create and provide quarterly reports and scorecards on development activities to the Board of Directors
  • Serve as staff support for the Board’s Development Committee or special events committee as needed
  • Participating in the Board’s Finance Committee deliberations 

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • BA (required), English major preferred, MA (a plus)
  • Minimum 5 years experience in grant writing for advocacy /social justice organizations
  • Minimum 3 years experience in management, with demonstrated expertise in strategic thinking, program planning and fundraising
  • Must be adept in developing project proposals from logic models
  • Commitment  to  social  justice  and  familiarity  with  environmental/environmental  justice concepts
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills
  • Track record of raising funds from foundations, corporations and government funders through the writing of solid grant proposals
  • Experienced with Raiser’s Edge, Excel, email management software, and Microsoft Office
    • Familiarity with coordinating events, developing and cultivating donors Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply please submit resume and cover letter to the Director of Administration and HR, Evelyn Joseph, evelyn@weact.org