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.


Grassroots Fundraising

  • 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

Foundation 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

  • Team management

  • Event planning  

  • Communications and social media strategizing

  • Conflict mediation

  • Community organizing

  • 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

  • Popular education

  • 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

Application Details

To apply, please send a resume and responses to the three questions/prompts below to

  • 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.

Kenya Cummings