GRIOT is hiring

Griot Circle is currently accepting resumes for Development Manager.



GRIOT Circle was founded in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1996 by LGBTQ elders of color in order to respond to the social and psychological fragmentation caused by ageism, racism, sexism, homophobia and poverty in the lives of LGBTQ elders of color.  GRIOT (Gay Reunion in Our Time) – meaning storyteller and keeper of oral history in West African culture – is officially recognized as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) and remains the only staffed organization in the country exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ elders of color.



GRIOT Circle’s mission is to respond to and eliminate all forms of oppression, including: ageism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, poverty, xenophobia, and their intersections. We achieve this by providing health, wellness, advocacy, and leadership activities to remove isolation and fear, build community, as well as honor racial and ethnic traditions.

TITLE: Manager of Development

HOURS:  FTE (40hrs/week)

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director


Position Summary:

The Development Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of GRIOT Circle’s fundraising initiatives including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns.  The Director works closely with The Executive Director, Board of Directors, and GRIOT staff.


  • Maintain/build and cultivate the relationships with elected and appointed government officials (council members, the office of Borough President).
  • Grow individual and major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Work closely with staff to collect and analyze data and deliverables in order to write the appropriate reports.
  • Coordinate the annual celebration benefit, fundraising drives.
  • and special events related to fundraising.
  • Oversee creation of publications and marketing materials to support fundraising activities (invitations, newsletters.)
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the organizations work in an effort to raise profile and engage and cultivate donors and relationships with the philanthropy community; experience doing in-person pitches and supporting board and member-led house parties and events.
  • Staff Board Development Committee meetings.
  • Oversee fundraising database and internal data tracking systems.
  • With the Executive Director and Board Fundraising Committee, responsible for the creation of the annual fundraising plan.
  • Assist the Executive Director with external relationship management that has funding implications.


  • Proven ability working with multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-gendered, intergenerational communities and organizations especially within LGBTQ People of Color communities.
  • Excellent writing skills, and demonstrated ability to write strong grants proposals and donor letters that center the needs and conditions of the LGBTQ POC community.
  • Have knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques, particularly individual and major gift fundraising.
  • Strong working knowledge of LGBTQ POC, communities, issues, and resources locally & nationally.
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
  • Comfort and experience with communicating with community members, community leaders, donors and funders.
  • Have the desire to build external relationships.
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
  • Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent development management skills including a high level of organization and attention to details and timeliness
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in professional fundraising and grant management within an organization(s) that serve LGBTQ, and/or seniors and/or communities of color. 


  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively with staff and volunteers, and with people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Interest in working with a small and slowly growing direct service and advocacy organization, with flexibility to adapt as the organization grows.
  • Experience with coordinating community led fundraising events and facilitating grassroots fundraising
  • Knowledge of the racial/gender wealth divide and reparations analysis
  • Budgeting and communications experience a plus


COMPENSATION       $55K-60K FTE with a generous fringe benefits package provided.

Ideal start date is November 1st, 2018, or before.



HOW TO APPLY Applications should include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • 3 professional references with names, telephone and email’s
  • A technical writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages)


Please send all documents as a PDF.


Please only submit applications via email to the Executive Director, Jose Albino, at  We cannot accept hand-delivered applications OR applications in the body of the email.  Due to staffing constraints, we regret that GRIOT Circle is unable to respond to telephone or email inquiries regarding this position.  Any application submitted incorrectly will not be considered.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled


EOE Employer:  GRIOT Circle is an equal opportunity – affirmative action employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, HIV serostatus, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight or disability. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.




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