Join Our Core Organizing Team!
We’re looking for a new Development Organizer!
The Carolina Youth Action Project (CYAP) is an abolitionist organization that centers political education and community organizing to build power among girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth. We envision a South Carolina transformed by the radical organizing of girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth, where our communities work collectively to dismantle the existing structures of domination, violence, and punishment that shape their lives and create spaces for growth and healing in their place.
The Carolina Youth Action Project is seeking a Development Organizer to lead the financial development of the organization through grassroots and foundation fundraising. The Development Organizer will serve as a member of a collective of core organizers who ground and guide CYAP’s work. CYAP is a growing organization and this position provides opportunities for staff members to expand their roles and salaries as the organization expands.
We believe that our leaders should reflect the communities in which we work. Therefore, women, trans people, gender nonconforming people, people of color, working class people, and people who have been directly impacted by the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.
Establish and sustain individual donor relationships
Update and maintain donor database
Create annual fundraising plan
Plan and host annual fundraising events
Coordinate online merchandise store
Recruit fundraising team volunteers annually
Develop and conduct political education for fundraising team volunteers
Coordinate and facilitate year-round fundraising team meetings
Develop tools and materials for fundraising outreach
Create and coordinate fundraising communications on social media
Engage core organizing team and board of directors in fundraising efforts
Conduct ongoing learning on best practices for grassroots fundraising
Research new funding opportunities
Develop and submit grant proposals and related materials
Coordinate meetings and visits with potential and existing funders
Establish and sustain foundation partnerships
Track progress of grant deliverables and activities
Develop and submit grant reports and related materials
Conduct ongoing learning on best practices for foundation fundraising
Core Collective (shared responsibilities)
Attend and co-facilitate weekly core team meetings
Contribute to strategic planning and organizational development
Support operations, youth initiatives, and campaign work
Support with future hiring and training of new organizers
Maintain regular communication with board members
Participate in annual board convenings
Assist with communications and social media strategy
Travel to select conferences, trainings, convenings, and site visits
Develop and strengthen alliances with (potential) partner organizations
Create and be accountable to individual leadership development plan
Participate in semi-annual evaluations
Engage in continued self-reflection and political development
Help establish CYAP as a political home for young people
Support the social and emotional needs of young people
Communicate openly about any organizational questions, conflicts, and concerns
Helpful Skills & Experience
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Proficient in Google Apps, Microsoft Office, and Squarespace
Ability to work independently and collectively
Base-building and outreach
Facilitation and curriculum development
Political education and skill sharing
Communications and social media strategizing
Experience working with criminalized youth, particularly youth of color, queer and trans youth, and poor and working class youth
Helpful Political Understandings
Prison abolition and transformative justice
Feminism / womanism, anti-racism
Trauma-informed youth work
Identity, intersectionality, positionality
Respectability and disposability politics
Impact of neoliberalism, capitalism, colonization, imperialism, militarism, and other forms of state violence on various communities
Political landscape in Charleston and the larger state of South Carolina
Legacy of violence and resistance in the Southeastern United States
The Development Organizer position will receive on the job training for the first month for 24 hours a week at $15 an hour. After the first month, training will continue, but the position will be salaried at $35,000/year with benefits. This position will exist as a temporary role between May 2019 and December 2020, though there is potential for the position to become permanent.
Application deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 11:59 PM EST
Ideal start date: Monday, May 6, 2019
To apply, please send a resume and responses to the three questions/prompts below to email@example.com.
What specific skills or experiences will you bring to the Development Organizer position?
Share a story that speaks to your belief in and/or commitment to southern political organizing and liberation.
Submit a brief outline for a grassroots fundraising event to raise $5,000.