Development and Communications Associate

Development and Communications Associate

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), a non-profit educational institute and think-tank devoted to the study of international migration, seeks to hire a full-time development and communications associate. The position will report to the Executive Director (ED), and work closely with CMS’s Deputy Director, Communications Manager, and Director of Programs. The development and communications associate will be responsible for organizing fundraising at the individual, foundation, and corporate levels and organizing special donor events, and assisting the communications manager with digital media, marketing, and outreach responsibilities.

The candidate should have very strong writing and editing skills, the ability to take initiative, great organizational skills, and knowledge of immigration and refugee protection issues. Responsibilities include:

Organize the agency’s fundraising function, including:

      • Work with the ED, board, and staff on the conceptualization, development, and submission of grant proposals.
      • Produce interim and final reports for funders and ensure proper and timely filing.
      • Maintain and update grant documents, funding calendars, and grant tracking and reporting.
      • Research, identify, and contact potential new donors and cultivate existing donors.
      • Establish and help maintain relationships with foundations and corporate donors.
      • Maintain fundraising database, track donor interactions, and generate reports to assist with identifying successful fundraising strategies.
      • Process gifts and draft acknowledgment letters.
      • Create strong fundraising messaging that appeals to potential sponsors.
      • Design and execute CMS’s mid-year, year-end, and special campaign appeals, both mailings, and online appeals.
      • Develop and execute CMS’s corporate fundraising strategy and create new ways to engage corporate donors in CMS’s work. Prepare materials describing sponsorship opportunities.
      • Lead the planning and execution of the annual fundraising gala and other fundraising events.
      • Conduct outreach to existing and potential donors and partners around event sponsorship and ensure delivery of sponsorship benefits.
      • Ensure that all legal reporting requirements are satisfied.

Assist with the organization’s digital communications, including:

      • Create social media content for various platforms and increase engagement with audiences.
      • Manage and maintain all online platforms, including social media and email marketing.
      • Write, edit, and/or proofread content.
      • Design online and print graphics, including infographics, social media visuals, etc.
      • Maintain and streamline CMS branding and identity (including logos).
      • Synthesize monthly/quarterly analytic reports on metrics to identify and track reach, engagement, and retention, in order to inform and guide best practices and improve digital strategy and direction.
      • Interface with web developers, technical support providers, and other vendors related to digital communications.
      • Work closely with staff to ensure initiatives are integrated with CMS branding and messaging.


  • BA and/or training, preferably in a communications-related field.
  • 1 ½ – 2 years of related professional experience strongly preferred, particularly in fundraising, marketing, or digital communications, preferably in a nonprofit context.
  • Excellent oral, public speaking, and written communications skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas and data into digestible, accessible, and compelling language for online platforms.
  • Tech-savvy and comfort with new digital media and website management. Technical proficiency in HTML, open source CMS (WordPress) and databases, blog platforms, SEO, web metrics software, and visual design programs.
  • Expertise in graphic design highly desired. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, Premier Pro, and Photoshop, a strong advantage.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple tasks and last minute changes.
  • Superb organizational skills.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently and to direct projects.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and G Suite.
  • Knowledge of strategic communications and engagement strategies strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of immigration policy and/or issues facing immigrant communities strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Spanish, French, or another language other than English is a strong advantage.

The annual salary for this exempt position is $50,000 – $55,000, commensurate with experience.  CMS offers excellent benefits, including a generous health insurance plan, employer-paid dental and vision coverage, and a tax-deferred annuity plan.

The position is full-time and based in New York City. However, telecommuting is allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please submit a resume, cover letter indicating your availability, and a short writing sample by March 26, 2021, to Daniela Alulema, CMS Director of Programs, at [email protected]. Please include “Development and Communications Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The position is open until filled and applications are accepted immediately.

No calls, please.  Due to the volume of applications, CMS cannot return phone calls about the position, and regrettably, cannot notify all applicants of the status of their applications unless an interview is requested.