CYAP is hiring a part-time Development Lead!


**This position is no longer available**

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 Lead to manage the financial development of the organization through grassroots and foundation fundraising. The Development Lead will serve as a member of the core team who grounds and guides 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.

Individual Responsibilities

Grassroots Fundraising

  • Establish and sustain individual donor relationships

  • Create annual fundraising plan

  • Plan and host annual fundraising events

  • 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 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

  • Develop and submit grant reports and related materials

  • Coordinate meetings and visits with potential and existing funders

  • Establish and sustain foundation partnerships

  • Track progress of grant deliverables and activities

  • Conduct ongoing learning on best practices for foundation fundraising

Shared Responsibilities

Core Team

  • Attend and co-facilitate bi-monthly full core team meetings

  • Attend monthly check-in with full-time organizers

  • Contribute to strategic planning and organizational development

  • Support with future hiring and training of new organizers

  • Support with updating and maintaining organizational database

  • Support communications work

  • 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

  • Create and be accountable to individual wellness plan

  • Participate in semi-annual evaluations

  • Engage in continued self-reflection and political development

  • Communicate openly about any organizational questions, conflicts, and concerns

  • Attend and co-facilitate weekly check-ins between Operations Lead and Development Lead

  • Create and maintain monthly budget to actuals report

  • Maintain and audit merchandise inventory

Helpful Skills & Experience  

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficiency in Google Apps, Microsoft Office, eTapestry, Donorbox, 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


  • Starting pay is $15 an hour/20 hours a week. Benefits include paid time off and a $80 monthly cell phone stipend. The Development Lead position will exist as a temporary role between August 2019 and December 2020. There is potential, however, for the position to extend beyond that time frame and/or become permanent.


  • Application deadline: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 11:59 PM EST

  • Ideal start date: Monday, August 26, 2019

Application Details

To apply, please send a resume and responses to the four 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.

  • What support structures have you and/or do you use to prioritize your own wellness (e.g. therapist, coach, support group)?

  • Submit a detailed outline for a grassroots fundraising event to raise $5,000.

Kenya Cummings