Who We Are

Damayan is a grassroots organization that serves and empowers low-wage Filipino migrant workers living and working in New York City and New Jersey, especially domestic workers and labor trafficking survivors. We were established in 2002 by a group of Filipina domestic workers experiencing employer abuses, like illegally refusing to pay minimum wage, termination without cause or notice, and working overtime without compensation.

About the Role

Damayan is hiring for a Director of Development & Communications (DDC), a key member of the team. The DDC oversees all areas of fundraising to meet our $800,000 budget, such as institutional fundraising, individual donor outreach, and government contracts. The DDC also oversees communications, including social media, digital outreach, and print. Reporting to the Executive Director, the DDC will supervise our part-time communications staff, part-time grant writer, and development associate (when the position is filled). They will work alongside our organizing and case management team.

Areas of Work


  • Overall

    • Develop plans for list growth and engagement

    • Ensure consistency in Damayan communications

    • Lead development of Damayan statements

  • Digital outreach

    • Maintain, schedule, and write (with support from other staff) all digital outreach

    • Develop plan for social media outreach

    • Manage communications staff in implementation of all projects


  • Overall

    • Develop and implement annual strategic fundraising plan to ensure the financial health and sustainability for Damayan

    • Hire, onboard, and manage a Development Associate

  • Grants and government contracts

    • Prospect for new institutional funders

    • Maintain calendar of deadlines

    • Collect all data on deliverables from program staff

    • Lead all grant and report writing with support from other staff

    • Submit grants and reports with support from operations

  • Individual giving

    • Build relationships with current donor base

    • Support other staff in maintaining donor relationships

    • Support operations in maintaining clean data on all donors

    • Run periodic fundraising campaigns (digital, peer to peer, etc)

    • Build board involvement in fundraising

Organizational Leadership

  • Work with the staff to do annual, quarterly and monthly planning, and assessments

  • Delegate responsibilities and supervise the senior, coordinator and associate team members of the Development & Communications Team, and hold check-in and feedback meetings

  • Model Damayan’s core values and principles

Who You Are and Keys to Success

  • Trustworthy: As this role is about relationships, you take those relationships and the community’s trust very seriously. You are honest and reliable.

  • Results-Oriented and Organized: Not easily fazed with multiple projects or tasks, your usual strategy is to establish a plan and timeline right away. You are all about meeting challenges with possible solutions, all towards Damayan’s goals.

  • Collaborative: You believe in the power of collective work and leadership, and are not afraid to explore other solutions to improve workflow. You appreciate both receiving and giving feedback, and believe in open and professional communication.

  • Committed to Racial Equity and Social Justice: You recognize the racial disparities in policies, income, and opportunities, and you want to fight and help empower the community for equality and equity.

  • Political Alignment: You have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to learning more about Damayan’s vision, mission, strategies, programs, and organizational values.


  • 3 to 7 years of development experience

  • At least 2 years of supervision experience

  • Fluency in Tagalog (preferred)

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Signal, and Zoom

  • Accountable, communicative, and self-driven

  • Familiarity with PowerBase or other CRM

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Other Employment Information

  • Full-time, 40 hours a week position, Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm

  • In-person employment at our office at 406 West 40th Street, Third Floor (walk-up), New York, NY (with some opportunities for hybrid work)

  • Salary range: $65,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience

  • Generous benefits including health insurance and Paid Time Off (PTO) for vacation, holidays, sick, and personal days

Information About Applying

Please submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@damayanmigrants.org with the subject line “Director of Development & Communications Position” and indicate where you saw the position. The position is open until filled, with preference given to applicants who submit their materials by July 12, 2024.

Damayan is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a diverse and passionate team. Immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, and trans and/or gender non-conforming applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Damayan does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, medical condition, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

We recognize that people from marginalized groups may be less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

To apply for this job email your details to hiring@damayanmigrants.org