Deputy Director of Development

New York City or Washington D.C. Full-time


Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We move members from analysis to action on crucial issues so that we can build the Black political power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. Color Of Change was founded in 2005 in response to the realization that during the crisis caused by Hurricane Katrina, as Black people were left stranded on their roofs to die, no one was afraid to disappoint Black people. When government, media, corporations and other decision makers are not afraid of to disappoint Black people, Black communities are negatively impacted and cannot move forward.



The Deputy Director of Development is a new and critical position that was created to help execute the vision and growth of the Development Department at Color Of Change. The Deputy reports to the Development Director and supervises the Institutional Partnerships Manager. A competitive applicant will possess a deep commitment to and understanding of current social justice issues that intersect racial, media, economic, criminal, gender and climate justice. Applicants should have prior experience working within a structured and effective development department and brings an entrepreneurial approach both to their career path and to development work. This person not only has an aptitude for data, but also can create and oversee effective systems to streamline workflow that is in service to a rapid response fundraising environment. This position is ideal for someone looking to build upon an established career in development.



Update and oversee internal systems to ensure the timely and successful submission of proposals and reports that make up Color Of Change’s institutional/Foundation funding portfolio.

  • Supervise the Institutional Partnerships Manager in the creation and submission of grant proposals and reporting requirements.
  • Edit and provide feedback to the Institutional Partnerships Manager on all proposal and report drafts.
  • Working closely with the Development Director, drive a streamlined system to get input and approval from the Executive Director on necessary reports and proposals.


With the support of the Development Director, develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for a portfolio of individual donors and prospects.

  • Evaluate gift opportunities and giving vehicles and their alignment for donors. Where appropriate, develop, write, and present proposals to individual donors.
  • Solicit gifts from individuals;
  • Plan, organize and execute modest-sized fundraising and donor cultivation events such as salons or briefings.
  • Perform comprehensive ongoing data analysis and evaluation related to all aspects of the annual giving program.
  • Establish and meet annual goals including, dollars raised, renewal percentages, and donor pipeline development.
  • Use sophisticated prospect research techniques to identify new donors, increase giving of current donors, and overall, help grow funds.
  • Oversee stewardship efforts to ensure that all donors are well-informed, acknowledged in meaningful ways, and appreciated in an appropriate and timely manner throughout the year.


Working closely with the Development Director, serve as a cohesive force to identify, implement and maintain inter- and intra-departmental systems that support a highly efficient, rapid response-focused development department.

  • Become proficient in use of organizational databases (ActionKit & Salesforce) and development-focused software and technology to oversee and maintain data analysis and relationship management of prospects, donors, and institutions.
  • Recommend and implement information strategies that create a holistic view of foundation prospects.
  • Support the Development Director in creating the conditions for success within the department including structure, operations, vision and values.
  • Participate in programmatic events to define and enhance fundraising potential.
  • Lead special projects as needed.


Required Qualifications

  • Experience with strategic and annual planning, project management, and process improvement efforts;
  • Demonstrated experience writing proposals and reports for progressive social justice institutions;
  • Skilled in management and/or coaching;
  • A talent for organizing the work, tolerant of some uncertainty, with high standards for quality and productivity, close attention to detail, ability to coordinate, synthesize and track large amounts of information, ability to work effectively and accurately under pressure, meet deadlines and manage competing priorities;
  • Strong familiarity with computer systems and a willingness and ability to use new systems and technology;
  • Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required – including the ability to set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, including the ability to communicate effectively and lead, influence, and collaborate with colleagues in a multi-racial, multi-generational work environment;
  • An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required;
  • Must be flexible and adaptable in a rapid response environment;
  • An ability to give and receive feedback and be able to embrace it as a growth opportunity for yourself and the organization;
  • Strategic and analytical thinking skills coupled with the ability to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Experience in individual donor work;
  • Drive to help anchor a growing development department; and
  • Enthusiasm for the organization’s mission and campaigns, as well as a passion for participating in the organization’s long-term sustainability.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in growing a donor base, including strong prospect research skills and a solid understanding of moves management.
  • Ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to prospects, donors, Board members and other stakeholders.
  • Prior experience in developing systems and processes to support fundraising activity.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional work experience, with at least three (3) years in development related activities.



The salary for the Deputy Development Director is commensurate with experience. Color of Change offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and holiday schedules and medical, dental and disability insurances.  


Color Of Change is an equal opportunity employer. Color Of Change prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.


Application submission

Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples.