AMP is hiring a Development Director!

Allied Media Projects seeks a Development Director to join our team. AMP has steadily grown our fundraising capacity over the years and we are very excited to be able to offer a position specifically dedicated to the critical work of fundraising and sustainability.

We are looking for a Development Director who is passionate about finding and directing resources in support of media-based organizing for social justice and transformation. The Development Director will co-design and implement fundraising strategies in support of AMP’s mission: to cultivate media strategies for a more just, creative, and collaborative world.

This position is full time and based in Detroit, Michigan. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The target start date for this position is November 2, 2015.

Working at AMP is fun, dynamic, and challenging. AMP is a growing, grassroots organization that is continually evolving and we are seeking candidates who are passionate about their work and excited to contribute. We offer a good salary and generous benefits.

About AMP

AMP has two core initiatives: the Allied Media Conference and the Sponsored Projects program.

Held every summer in Detroit, the Allied Media Conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change. The conference is created each year through a participatory design process and features over 300 hands-on workshops, film screenings, Detroit tours, art and music events. Over 2,500 people attended the 17th annual Allied Media Conference in June of 2015.

AMP’s Sponsored Projects program offers support to social justice-oriented art, media, and technology projects in the form of: fiscal sponsorship, project planning and management, communications strategy, and fundraising. The network of AMP sponsored projects is growing, with over two dozen active projects at the time of this posting.

About the Development Director Position

The Development Director will report to the Executive Director to determine work plans and priorities. Fundraising needs will be identified and strategies will be developed in consultation with AMP’s Chief Operating Officer, and with the leaders of each of AMP’s sponsored projects.

The Development Director is responsible for:

  • contributing to the development of fundraising strategies for the organization as a whole, for the Allied Media Conference, and for each AMP Sponsored Project with the goal of increased immediate-term revenue and long-term sustainability
  • writing, editing, and compiling materials for grant applications and reports
  • researching prospective grant opportunities
  • developing trainings and consultations in grassroots fundraising strategy to be shared with volunteer coordinators of the Allied Media Conference, and with leaders of AMP’s sponsored projects
  • consulting on the development of and/or leading the implementation of individual donor and sustainer campaigns, and crowdfunding campaigns
  • evaluating progress towards fundraising goals
  • managing the sponsorship program for the Allied Media Conference
  • managing outside contractors who may support with specific fundraising responsibilities such as grant or report writing, sponsorship or donor outreach, etc.


Skills and Experience

  • Superior written and verbal communications
  • Grant writing and grant management
  • Experience with creatively cultivating individual donors and/or corporate and partner organization sponsorships
  • Research, question-asking, interviewing, and evaluation skills
  • Understanding of and experience in developing nonprofit mission and purpose statements, and experience with strategic planning
  • Ability to enhance storytelling with statistics, rich media, and direct quotes
  • Ability to edit the work of others, drawing out their essential ideas with clarity and conciseness
  • Experience as a grassroots fundraiser and the ability to train these skills to others


  • Efficient work style
  • Ability to be managed and receive feedback, as well as ability to manage the work of others
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration
  • Strong ethical standards
  • Committed to values of accountability, transparency, creativity, and cooperation
  • Familiarity with the principles and practices of grassroots fundraising
  • Familiarity with AMP’s work. Allied Media Projects’ diverse range of programming works at the intersection of media arts, transformative education, community technology, and social justice. The ideal candidate has specific knowledge in at least one of these fields and interest and capacity to quickly learn about those fields in which you may not be as familiar.
  • An understanding of both the limitations and potential of the nonprofit industry and philanthropic sector to effect lasting social change

How to apply

Please submit the items listed below to No calls please.

  • a cover letter describing your interest in this position
  • a resume or link to your LinkedIn profile.
  • in your application, please specifically note your individual track record of writing and securing grant funds: the amounts raised, the beneficiary organizations, and the funders
  • in your application please specifically note your work experience in the nonprofit sector
  • work sample #1: a grant for which you were the primary author. Please include all attachments related to the grant (you may redact confidential information)
  • work sample #2: a public-facing fundraising campaign that you led, such as a crowdfunding campaign, a funding appeal, press release for a fundraising event, etc.
  • a list of at least 3 professional references

AMP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ, and disabled candidates to apply.


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