Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Senior Development Associate

The Asian American Federation (AAF), founded in 1989, is New York City’s most powerful leadership voice for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian New Yorkers. Our mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support.

In collaboration with 70 member and partner community-based organizations, we serve the interests of 1.7 million New Yorkers from 20 ethnic groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New York’s Asian community, by providing expert research and unrelenting advocacy; working with lawmakers to change policies; and training Asian nonprofits to better serve their communities.

We fight to keep the pan-Asian American community visible and to ensure our needs are met, our contributions are valued, and our stories are told.


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Asian American Federation Inc. (AAF) is seeking an experienced and dynamic Senior Development Associate to help carry out our organization’s efforts to secure funding, build strategic partnerships, manage development operations, and facilitate donor relations. The Senior Development Associate is a crucial member of the Development team and will be instrumental in helping the organization to advance its mission and ensure the sustainability of its programs.

This is a hybrid role reporting to AAF’s Wall Street office and will be required to be in the office 2 days a week. Special events or convenings may require this person to work on occasional weeknights/weekends.


Strategic Planning Support

  • Work on all aspects of fundraising planning, implementation, and strategy to support the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Maintain the organization’s annual fundraising calendar in close coordination with the Director of Development, senior staff, and the Communications and Program/Policy teams.

Development Operations

  • Oversee the donor database, which includes maintaining accurate and up-to-date donor records.
  • Prepare and create reports and analyses for the Board of Directors, funders, and senior staff.
  • Coordinate and send donor solicitations, acknowledgements, and other correspondence.
  • Collaborate with the communications team to create compelling fundraising materials and communications.

Prospect Research & Proposal Development

  • Assist with the identification and cultivation of new funding opportunities, including foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, major gifts, and individual giving campaigns.
  • Develop funding proposals that are in alignment with organizational priorities and funders’ requirements.
  • Manage the grant application process, including the tracking of deadlines, submission of timely proposals and reports, and compliance with funder requirements.
  • Assist in cultivating and maintaining relationships with current and prospective donors, ensuring consistent engagement and a strong, positive connection to our mission.

Event Management

  • Attend events and meetings with potential collaborators.
  • Work on the planning and execution of fundraising events including the annual gala, donor engagement and recognition activities, as well as other special events.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in a related field (public relations, communications, English, etc., preferred) or equivalent experience.
  • 3-4 years of relevant experience in grant writing, fundraising, and grants management for nonprofit organizations; experience in the social justice sector a plus.
  • All new hires must be vaccinated and must stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered a position with AAF, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by AAF.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is $67,000 to $71,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes generous paid time off, health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a 403(b) plan.

To uphold organizational parity and pay equity, AAF will use a non-negotiable salary structure that takes into consideration the entire breadth of a candidate’s experience, employment, and education to arrive at their base salary.

To Apply: This search is being managed by TalentED Advisors, a talent strategy and management firm which partners exclusively with non-profit organizations. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in our mission and qualifications for the position using this link.

The Asian American Federation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.