• Full Time
  • Remote

Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) seeks a Development Director to lead 1) the expansion of its fundraising program (foundation grants, HNW individual donors, etc.); and 2) the capitalization of a $30+ million social investment fund to finance affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization projects sponsored by Metro IAF’s broad-based citizens’ organization affiliates. Metro IAF’s organizing goals are centered on homeownership & climate equity, criminal justice reform, immigrant rights & leadership development, organizing low-income and formerly incarcerated individuals for living wage jobs and organizing across the political divide in swing areas and states.

Relationships & Responsibilities:

The Director will work with a small team: Metro IAF Director, senior Strategy Team leaders, and Shared Leadership Team organizers. The Director reports to and is supervised by the Metro IAF Director, an experienced and willing partner in resource development for IAF. The Metro IAF Development Director will have the following responsibilities:

  • Develop a fundraising strategy and plan to meet Metro IAF’s organizing goals and 5-year and annual budget plans
  • Conduct foundation research (local and national) to identify potential new funders for general operating and specific project support (6 – 8 figure gifts and grants)
  • Co-create relationship-building strategies with the Metro IAF Director and support relationship development and stewardship
  • Write compelling proposals and reports
  • Research and prepare investment proposals for foundations, religious institutions, financial institutions, and wealthy individual investors for a $30+ million Affordable Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Fund (currently $11.5 million) for use in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois and other areas where IAF affiliates work
  • Prepare and often join the Metro IAF team for meetings with key potential investors/grantors/donors, including securing meetings, writing briefings and conducting timely follow-up
  • Serve as a key partner on communication strategy and implementation to enhance fundraising success


The successful candidate can come from varied backgrounds and experiences but must have a proven drive to raise money, relate well to a wide variety of people, work independently, write exceptionally well, be proficient in social media communications management as well as have strong attention to detail. Candidates need to think big, be fearless, take initiative and be comfortable operating in dynamic settings. A passion for making a direct and positive impact on the most defining social and economic issues of our times is essential. The Development Director must be able to manage multiple efforts effectively and forge strong working relationships with Metro IAF’s organizers and volunteer leaders. The job is an excellent leadership opportunity for an early-to-mid-career development professional to bring best practices to one of the most recognized, accomplished, innovative, and socially entrepreneurial citizens’ power organization networks in the country and take it to the next level. Metro IAF is open to candidates who need/want a flexible schedule, including working from a home office. While candidates can live anywhere in the US, they must be willing to travel to meet with Metro IAF organizer colleagues, leaders, and donors. Being based in an area with a Metro IAF/IAF affiliate (e.g., metro NYC, Baltimore, Chicago, Washington DC, Raleigh/Durham) will help candidates build community in and understanding of IAF/Metro IAF’s organizing work.


Salary is commensurate with experience and ranges from $110,000 – $130,000. Metro IAF provides excellent training and generous benefits: family health insurance, vacation, paid holidays, employer pension contribution (15% after one year).

IAF/Metro IAF Overview & Accomplishments:

The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) is a part of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith strictly non-partisan citizens power organizing network in the US. IAF, founded by Saul Alinsky, has 55+ affiliate organizations across the US. Metro IAF works with the IAF affiliates in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, & Great Lakes/Midwest. IAF/Metro won the first universal health care law in Massachusetts that became the blueprint for Federal expansion, conceived and won the first living wage laws in Baltimore and New York that became a national movement, won pioneering criminal justice reforms in CT, NC, VA, IL, NJ as well as other areas, secured more than $1 trillion in infrastructure, housing, schools investment to revitalize poor rural, urban and suburban communities across the US and developed successful social enterprises which generate earned income for organizing. Most visibly, it has developed more than 7,000 units of affordable homeownership housing through its nationally recognized Nehemiah strategy.

IAF/Metro IAF has trained hundreds of thousands of citizen leaders and organizers, including Ceasar Chavez, Carmelia Goff, Bishop Douglas Miles, and Sister Christine Stephens. In 2021, IAF/Metro IAF received a transformative gift from MacKenzie Scott. Other current funders include F. B. Heron Foundation, Ford Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Climate Imperative, Energy Foundation and JPB Foundation. Links to more information follow application instructions.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter outlining your qualifications for this position as well as a resume and writing sample to ashley.hulsey@metro-iaf.org. Metro IAF greatly values diversity in its staff. Metro IAF provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Additional IAF/Metro IAF Background Information:

  • the CBS News/Ted Koppel story on IAF Nehemiah Housing work;
  • Boston Review: In Defense of Politics by Michael Gecan;
  • Listen, Organize, Act Podcast on organizing, produced in conjunction with Duke University;
  • Metro IAF’s Criminal Justice Reform Organizing Highlights;
  • One Quarter for One Baltimore video campaign for jobs.

To apply for this job email your details to ashley.hulsey@metro-iaf.org