The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. - Fundraising and Communication Manager Email

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Name of Organization: The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.
Title of Position: Fundraising and Communication Manager
Starting Date: 01/10/2022
Salary Range (low): $50,000
Salary Range (high): $60,000
Organization Website:

Description of Responsibilities: The Center for Teen Empowerment (TE) employs, trains, and empowers youth, in collaboration with adults, to create peace, equity and justice. Through a unique asset-based youth organizing program implemented in Rochester, NY, and Boston and Somerville, MA, TE hires teens, in the neighborhoods where our sites are located, to identify the most pressing issues in their community and develop a strategy to address those issues. Using TE’s interactive model, the project builds the leadership skills of youth and trains them to do the planning and problem solving necessary to implement strategic plans. Currently Rochester has two neighborhood sites – SW Quadrant and Beechwood/Marketview Heights. TE’s vision is to create multiple neighborhood-based sites throughout Rochester to develop a city-wide presence that is greatly needed.

We are seeking a Fundraising and Communication Manager to raise the funds needed to support our continued growth by researching grants, writing grant proposals, leading fundraising events, and leveraging social media and other platforms. The Rochester Fundraising and Communication Manager will work closely with the Rochester Director and the Rochester-based team, and TE’s Director of Development, to develop and implement a comprehensive local fundraising and communication strategy for TE Rochester. This work will include an emphasis on DEI messaging and branding of Teen Empowerment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and tracking grant proposals and reports from the public and private foundation and corporate sectors.
  • Managing, implementing, and evaluating annual appeal and other fundraising efforts.
  • Working with the Rochester team to coordinate fundraising events and initiatives including sponsorships, in-kind services, and giving platforms.
  • Organizing the implementation of gift data entry, processing, and acknowledgments.
  • Coordinating and planning with consultants as necessary.
  • Supporting the Development Committee of the Rochester Advisory Board and working alongside the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Coordinating fundraising efforts with Boston headquarters’ overall organizational strategies.
  • Assisting in the development of social media strategies and creating consistent messaging.

Organizational Budget: $3,046,420
Fund Goal This Year: $1,118,120
Organization's Financial Sources:
Foundation and Corporate Grants
Special Events
United Way
Government Grants
Earned Income (dues, tuition, etc.)

Salary Increment Policy
annual cost of living increases
Vacation and Holiday Policy: 10 days vacation days/yr (increases with years of service), 2 "comp" weeks, 12 sick days/yr, 3 personal days/ yr
Medical, Dental, and Vision
Life Insurance
Retirement Plan: 401k no match

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

Experience/Personal Qualifications:

  • At least five to ten years of demonstrated grant writing and fundraising experience in a nonprofit, mission-based organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and editing skills, with ability to adapt communication style for various audiences.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize work, and meet deadlines. Attention to detail.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work independently, take initiative, and participate productively in team projects and group efforts.
  • Working knowledge of donor database systems and software.
  • Working knowledge of graphic and collateral design.
  • Commitment to critically conscious youth development in Rochester, New York.

Specific Requirements of Position:

Annual Campaigns
Grant Writing
Major Gift Solicitation
Annual Report/Brochure Production
Capital Campaigns
Special Events Planning
Computer - Database
Computer - Desktop Publishing
Computer - Word Processing
Direct Mail
Donor Research

Position Reports to: Doug Ackley, Rochester Director

Send Correspondence to:
Doug Ackley, Rochester Director
The Center for Teen Empowerment
392 Genesee Street
Rochester, New York 14611
[email protected]

Include with Correspondence:
Cover Letter