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SAALT offers multiple opportunities to diverse individuals who bring both commitment and skills to enact social change at a rapid-paced national non-profit.


Position Title: Communications & Development Manager
Job Status: Full-time position with benefits, including health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend
Date of Posting: June 9, 2016
Location: Takoma Park, MD or New York City
Reports To: Executive Director
Priority Deadline: August 1, 2016
Application PDF

About the Organization:
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), is a national non-partisan non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations seeking to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. SAALT is the premier national nonprofit advocacy organization that brings together the full diversity of South Asian American communities nationwide. www.saalt.org

The Position:
Working closely with the Executive Director, the Communications and Development Manager will have two distinct functions. The first will be focused on developing and executing the organization’s communications strategy for the next three (3) years. The second will be expanding and strengthening the organization’s resources with a focus on individual donors. It is anticipated that short term the split of responsibilities will be 65% communications and 35% development.

Communications-related responsibilities include:

  • Identifying opportunities to expand SAALT’s communications presence and efforts across core issue areas, South Asian American communities, and regions, including drafting press releases and media advisories; monitoring and expanding its social media presence and strategy;
  • Developing proactive relationships with mainstream and ethnic media journalists to amplify SAALT’s work and the priorities of South Asian immigrant communities;
  • Working closely with the Executive Director to write and place op-eds that examine pressing issues for South Asian communities;
  • Drafting language for emails, newsletters, and other forms of communications to reach SAALT’s diverse audiences.

Resource development responsibilities include:

  • Strengthening SAALT’s fundraising capacity, with an emphasis on individual donor cultivation;
  • Developing and implementing an individual donor fundraising plan, including donor research and crafting messages for individual donors; managing solicitation campaigns and events aimed at individuals, and coordinating SAALT’s donor cultivation efforts in close partnership with the Executive Director and the SAALT Board of Directors;
  • Supervising individual donor development consultants around the country;
  • Managing ongoing communications with existing donors and core constituencies and assist the Executive Director with managing ongoing donor relationships;
  • Assist Executive Director with other special projects, as necessary.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Minimum of three to five years of experience in marketing, communications, resource development or philanthropy.
  • Excellent writing, analytic, and verbal/presentation skills with the ability to summarize information and connect with a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated self-starter with ability to identify and pursue strategic opportunities.
  • Successful track record of articulating, evaluating, measuring, and reporting goals and successes/areas of improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative, self-directed and manage and prioritize multiple tasks and roles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a fast-paced and collaborative team-based environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, have a flexible approach to work, and quickly adapt and pivot to changing needs in a dynamic non-profit environment.
  • Exceptional email management skills and ability to thrive in a high-volume email office.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly learn other basic programs.
  • Commitment to and passion for social justice issues and to a career in the non-profit sector.
  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing and enhancing SAALT’s mission.
  • Commitment to an office culture where creativity and diversity are celebrated.
  • Sense of humor and familiarity with databases such as Salesforce are a plus.
  • Travel within the United States may be required.

SAALT will provide compensation for this position commensurate with experience. A generous vacation policy and health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend benefits will also be provided.

How to Apply
Please e-mail a thoughtful cover letter detailing your relevant experience, resume, and an unedited development, communications, or policy-related writing sample (maximum 5 pages) as a single PDF document to info@saalt.org, indicating “Communications and Development Manager”  in the subject line. We are accepting applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, and will give priority consideration to applications received by August 1, 2016. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

SAALT is an equal opportunity employer.



Policy Intern, Programs Intern, and Communications Intern
Priority Deadline: August 31st, 2016

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. SAALT is located in Takoma Park, MD (near Washington, D.C.) and is accessible by the metro. See our website at www.saalt.org or email us at info@saalt.org for more information.

SAALT’s internships enable students to promote the civic and political engagement of South Asians in the United States. We encourage applications from undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are self-motivated and committed to working toward social change in your community.

The following internships are available for Fall 2016 at SAALT’s office in Takoma Park, MD:

Policy Intern

The policy intern will support SAALT’s policy advocacy work by:

  • Tracking various policy issues – including immigration reform and executive action on immigration, racial profiling and civil liberties, voter suppression and language access, and gender equity
  • Researching legal and policy issues to develop community education and advocacy materials
  • Assisting with advocacy efforts with congressional offices and administrative agencies
  • Attending Hill briefings and coalition meetings

Programs Intern

The programs intern will promote the mission of SAALT’s community mobilization, partnerships, and leadership development work by:

  • Providing support for program development and implementation, including research and writing
  • Supporting program preparation involving conference calls, research, and planning for events around the country
  • Assisting in community outreach, recruitment of event co-sponsors, and advertising for community events across the country

Communications Intern

The communications intern will support SAALT’s social media and communications work by:

  • Assisting with projects that include media components, including planning media roll-outs; drafting and editing press releases and other media submissions; and making press calls and pitches
  • Drafting content highlighting SAALT’s work to share with national membership and other stakeholders via listservs and other forms of distribution
  • Maintaining ethnic and mainstream media lists


  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other basic programs
  • Experience with high-volume email management
  • Keen attention to detail and resourcefulness
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects (individual and team-based) in a rapid-paced work environment
  • Understanding of issues affecting immigrant or South Asian communities
  • Interest in learning more about the non-profit sector and developing professional office skills

NOTE: All interns will provide policy, programs, or communications and general support to programs such as the Young Leaders Institute and Be the Change.


Fall 2016 interns will be provided a modest stipend. SAALT can also work with potential candidates to arrange for class credit. We encourage a commitment of at least 24 hours per week for 10–12 weeks. Part-time and full-time internships are available.

How to Apply

Please e-mail your cover letter demonstrating your qualifications, resume, and 1–3  page unedited writing sample as a single PDF file to info@saalt.org and indicate “Policy Internship,” “Communications Internship,” or “Programs Internship” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by August 31st. Only potential candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

SAALT is an equal opportunity employer.

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