Join the Define American team


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Join the Define American team

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Define American is the nation’s leading non-profit media advocacy organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. We believe that in order to change the politics of immigration, we must change the culture in which people see immigrants, documented and undocumented. With over 260,000 people interacting with Define American content daily (including CNN, MTV, Fox News, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times), we offer the ability to make a lasting impact in a growing organization. Our accomplishments include production of an Emmy-nominated TV special, White People, and consultation on 12 TV Projects (Grey’s Anatomy, Superstore) with nine networks in the past two years. So are you ready to join the fight for a more welcoming nation? Our staff makes a positive difference in people’s lives every day.

The leadership team includes award-winning individuals from different sectors who have dedicated their lives to accomplishing the mission of the organization. Define American was co-founded in April 2011 by Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

Development Manager


Already a leading national media and culture organization in the immigration and citizenship space, Define American is seeking an experienced, energetic and multi-talented leader to join its team as a full-time Development Manager. The successful candidate will help build our brand and contribute to fundraising and strategic initiatives for our growing organization.

The Development Manager will report directly to the Development Director. Required travel: 10-15%.


  • Support the implementation of Define American’s fundraising strategy, including annual fund, institutional and corporate giving
  • Play a critical role in the growth and expansion of the development team
  • Nurture the development and maintenance of relationships with existing donors
  • Grow donor base through online and offline strategies
  • Assist in creation of major gifts program
  • Write and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Plan and coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds and sponsorships for special projects
  • Maintain detailed donor records in Salesforce
  • Draft and send donor acknowledgement letters


  • At least three years of progressively gaining responsibilities and experience in fundraising and a strong familiarity with and network of funders in the cultural, arts, and social justice space
  • Strong writer; preference for candidates with grant research and writing experience
  • Familiarity with Salesforce
  • BA/BS or higher required
  • Valid driver’s license; travel is necessary for this position

Successful candidates will possess most of the following qualifications:

  • Ability to integrate into a faced-paced, team-first work environment, embracing and supporting coworkers in their objectives and goals as necessary.
  • Experience developing and maintaining fruitful relationships with foundations and philanthropic professionals
  • Knowledge of the techniques for disseminating information through various channels of communication including print, web, email and various existing and new social media channels
  • The ability to write clearly and succinctly
  • Strong interpersonal, problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and the ability to handle several duties simultaneously
  • Self-sufficient and proactive
  • Community-mindedness and a passion for social justice


Candidates residing in New York, Bay Area, and Los Angeles are preferred. Applicants throughout the United States will be considered.


  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits available
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key issues facing our nation today
  • The ability to partner and meet with America’s most notable organizations and leaders in every sector


  • Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] attn: Define American Hiring Team, with the words “Development Manager Application” and your name in the subject line
  • Will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.