Development Manager

Title: Development Manager
Reports to: Executive Director

Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice
Adhikaar, meaning rights in Nepali, is a New York-based nonprofit organization working with Nepali-speaking communities to promote human rights and social justice for all. Established in 2005, Adhikaar is the only organization providing essential services and mobilizing the Nepali-speaking community in the New York area to raise our voices and take collective action against injustices on issues affecting us through organizing, community education, grassroots advocacy, leadership development, and individual assistance, working in four program areas: workers’ rights, immigrant rights, access to healthcare, and language justice. It is a fast-paced office with many programs going on at once and the right candidate will thrive in such an environment.


The Development Manager leads, designs, manages and provides strategic direction to Adhikaar’s fundraising. The Development Manager works with staff, partners, funders and members to ensure effective integration of Adhikaar’s vision and goals into fundraising and research efforts. They must be excellent writers, comfortable working independently and under pressure. The Development Manager reports directly to the Executive Director.

The Development Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Development Strategy & Implementation

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight of Adhikaar’s fundraising plan to cultivate and retain private and corporate funders, government contracts, and individual donors that promote the organization’s mission & principles;
  • Manage grants including writing proposals, reporting, and ensure all deadlines are met;
  • Support cultivation of new funders and donors and expand Adhikaar’s fundraising efforts;
  • Maintain regular communications with funders, partners, donors, staff, and board members related to development updates, achievements, and events;
  • Represent Adhikaar at events to promote the organization’s mission, including with funders, target donors, and partners engaged in efforts relevant to Adhikaar’s vision and fundraising goals;
  • Work closely with the Directors and other Managers to develop strategies to integrate Adhikaar’s goals, vision, and progress into Adhikaar’s fundraising plan.

Government Contracts

  • Collaborate with finance, program directors, and relevant program staff to craft contract budgets and workscopes and to help ensure timely implementation and compliance with contract deliverables and budgets and align them with annual program budgets;
  • Work with and build relationships with contract personnel from City and/or State government agencies and if needed, engage with legislators or elected/appointed officials, to ensure the execution and implementation of all contracts;
  • Oversee the timely close-out, renewal, or extension for all Adhikaar’s contracts and grants;
  • Oversee all aspects of government contract audits, preparing requested documentation ahead of time and serving as a point person for all communications;
  • Other responsibilities, as assigned.

Research & Evaluation

  • Manage Adhikaar’s research projects (internal and with partner organizations),
  • Develop and disseminate research-based policy materials to reach different stakeholders;
  • Prepare research briefs and reports as requested by the Executive Director;
  • Work with Directors and Managers to streamline the day-to-day operations and tracking of programs, evaluation, reporting, and data collection as it relates to quarterly reporting;
  • Support the management of Adhikaar’s database specifically concentrated on funders’ data.



  • Demonstrated commitment to Adhikaar’s mission and vision;
  • At least 4-5 years of work experience in development, preferably in a non-profit;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; detail oriented;
  • Excellent analytical skills including experience with quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Excellent computer skills including internet research, social media, emails, Google Apps and MS Office and the ability quickly learn other online tools as needed;
  • Experience with databases, Excel and other data management programs;
  • Ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to work in an autonomous environment, be self-directed, and self-motivated;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a wide variety of professional backgrounds and experiences;
  • Ability to work in a team as well as lead independent projects, and maintain good working relationships at all levels of the organization;
  • Excellent English proficiency.


  • Strong understanding of the political landscape and political analysis of immigrant rights, workers rights, and gender issues;
  • Educational background in nonprofit development and research might be considered to complement past non-profit experience.

Position Details

  • Full-time Position;
  • Location – The location for this position is in New York City where the current staff are based;
  • Salary: $75,000


  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • Please email your resume and cover letter to Indicate “Development Manager” in the subject line. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.