Development and Communications Associate (temporary)

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 6 days ago(2/22/2021 9:02 AM)
Job ID
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Workforce Development and Employment
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Worker's Justice Project


Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) ( was founded in 2010 to address the racial and economic injustices that low-wage immigrant workers face in New York City by building collective power to win institutional change. WJP, a fiscally-sponsored project of TSNE (, runs two long-standing worker’s centers in Brooklyn. We promote justice and opportunity for low-wage immigrant workers in New York City by pushing for systematic enforcement and expansion of workplace protections, which include labor and occupational health and safety standards while advocating for industry-specific efforts to improve working conditions. WJP also offers skills-building training to workers in health & safety and industry-specific areas and we educate immigrant communities about their rights in the workplace and how to exercise those rights.


The Development and Communication Associate (Associate) will work closely with Workers’ Center Directors and the Executive Director to develop and drive the organization’s campaigns and programmatic work. The Associate will develop and implement strategic campaigns, build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and provide organizing training support to workers’ rights organizers and worker leaders. This position is temporary and is anticipated to span six months from the date of hire.


Essential Functions

  • Fundraising Strategy & Implementation
    • Oversee administration of our fundraising program, including but not limited to: grassroots donor program, monthly sustainers, and foundation grants;
    • Collaborate with the Executive Director to identify how to support WJP’s mission and goals through fundraising;
    • Serve as key thought partners with ED and Steering Committee (board) in developing fundraising strategies and take responsibility for the successful execution of these strategies, including through direct engagement in fundraising;
    • Develop annual fundraising goals and long-term targets for WJP, in collaboration with the member-led Steering Committee (board) and Executive Directors;
    • Develop and share out grant proposals with TSNE staff;
    • Maintain close interactions related to fundraising and fiscal-sponsorship functions with the appropriate TSNE staff.
  • Grassroots Fundraising
    • Cultivate, maintain, and grow individual donor engagement. This includes expanding WJP's pool of donors;
    • Ensure timely follow-up and recognition actions promoting donor appreciation;
    • Create timely and regular data reports on and analyze donor and fundraising trends;
    • Manage WJP's donor databse, including entering, acknowledging, and recording all donations and donor information;
    • Coordinate WJP's annual anniversary fund drive, End of Year Fund Drive, and annual monthly sustainer campaign. This includes recruitmenting, coaching, developing, and overseeing high-performing grassroots fundraising teams involving members, supporters, and staff. The right candidate will be able to communicate the vision, help define team roles and benchmarks, and provide guidance;
    • Provide constructive and timely feedback on staff members involved in grassroots fundraising, along with constructive feedback to all volunteers on the fund team;
    • Coordinate the WJP Anniversary Fundraising Celebration and other major fundraising events, including overseeing logistics and post-event evaluations and follow-up;
    • Coordinate and train evewnt volunteers (most of whom are WJP members).
  • Institutional Fundraising
    • Develop strategy and oversee stewardship, prospecting, solicitation, and retention of grants from foundations;
    • Lead grant narrative and report writing along with grant financial report writing;
    • Collaborate with the ED and Steering Committee to prepare for funder stewardship and cultivation activities;
    • Oversee, in coordination with ED, the creation of compelling, timely concept papers and proposals to present to funders;
    • Collaborate with the WJP team to oversee development of funder-racing materials, including annual reports and website content;
    • Manage grants database;
    • Collaborate with WJP staff and community members to develop and maintain a healthy culture of mutual caring and respect.
  • Communications
    • Oversee timely updates to website and social media accounts;
    • In collaboration with WJP's organizers, create original content for use in emails to supporters, for social media posts, and press releases;
    • Coordinate and collaborate with the ED and organizers to develop effective storylines and pitches for media outlets including those relating to political and issue campaigns; events and direct actions; policy proposals and advocacy; thought-leadershipl; and local grassroots organizing.
  • Administration (Human Resources, Contracts, Infrastructure)
    • Provide administrative process support to WJP leadership and staff;
    • Provide oversight of office operations in collaboration with the Office Manager;
    • Contribute to WJP's annual operations calendars and manuals across all areas of work;
    • Attend and participate in WJP trainings and meetings, providing administrative support as needed;
    • In collaboration with WJP's leadership, develop job descriptions and support staffing plans while ensuring that WJP is complying with TSNE's Human Resources policies and procedures, as well as other federal and NY-state laws;
    • Monitor the execution of consulting contracts, including payments, deliverables, and work schedules;
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Health and Safety in the WJP Workplace
    • Follow all WJP safety protocols and safety rules while working on-site as an Essential Employee;
    • Use and model good judgment in following safety procedures;
    • Maintain a clean and compliant designated work area and equipment;
    • Conduct health check-in with members before scheduling in-person appointments;
    • Use personal protective equipment at all times while working on site as an Essential Employee;
    • Provide members with relevant safety information and ensure personal protective equipment is used at all times while on site. Additionally, providing information related to the centers’ first aid, toilets, and wash facilities, and emergency procedures;
    • Provide relevant health and safety information to the public in the form of signage and event and meeting announcements;
    • Monitor, manage and mitigate risks on site risks by having trained member leaders who are responsible for crown and traffic control. It is expected that everyone using the space signs in on entry into the centers in order to monitor and control visitors and to mitigate risk.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with demonstrated success in creating compelling proposals to secure grant funding and in presenting complex programmatic information clearly;
  • At least 3 years of grant-writing experience;
  • At least 2 years of experience working in grassroots donor development (small donations, major donations, and/or monthly sustainers);
  • Excellent relationship building skills with donors, funders, and team members;
  • Excellent personal, organizational, and time management skills;
  • Experience in working successfully within multi-lingual, multi-racial organizations;
  • Respect for and willingness to learn from people with differing perspectives and backgrounds;
  • Clear, persuasive communicator and networker;
  • A team player who will roll up their sleeves with staff, and be resourceful and creative to get the job done;
  • Demonstrated commitment to base-led organizing for economic, racial, gender, and social justice;
  • Commitment to WJP's mission and values;
  • Experience with donor databases and/or CRMs is a plus;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is required;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, and to develop and drive a plan forward;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Unrelenting attention to detail;
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and complete assignments with accuracy, under strict deadlines, with minimal supervision;
  • Experience with contracts management, administration, and office management;
  • Flexible and adaptive work style with the ability to thrive in a growing, mission-driven environment;
  • Ability to work some weekends, as needed.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed at our main office in New York City, NY. This position requires periodic travel.

Compensation: The starting rate for this position is $55,000 - $60,000/yr and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost Guardian Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/Worker's Justice Project envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Worker's Justice Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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