Associate Director of Development and External Relations



The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College – CENTRO, is a university-based research institute whose mission is to produce, facilitate, and disseminate interdisciplinary research about the experiences of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. and to collect, preserve, and provide access to archival and library resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. To complement these core activities, Centro sponsors a year-round program of educational and cultural activities.

About the Position

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to join our organization as the Associate Director of Development and External Relations. As the Associate Director, you will play a crucial role in shaping and implementing our organization’s development strategies while fostering and maintaining key external partnerships with individual, corporate, and private donors. Reporting directly to the Centro Executive Director, you will work with the Public Policy Director, the Partnership and Internship Manager, and the Grant Specialist in guiding them to achieve our organization’s goals effectively.

Core Responsibilities

  • Development Strategy: Plan and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies that align with the organization’s mission and objectives. This includes identifying potential funding sources, creating compelling grant proposals, and cultivating relationships with donors, philanthropic foundations, and corporate sponsors.
  • Public Policy Support: Support the Public Policy Director in monitoring and analyzing relevant legislative and regulatory developments, providing strategic recommendations, and advocating for policy changes that advance the organization’s initiatives.
  • Grant Proposals: Write proposals and grants to fund public policy research projects. Coach the Grant writing team on grant applications, deadlines, renewals, updates, and report writing.
  • Reporting and Analytics: Provide regular reports to the Executive Director on development and external relationship activities, analyzing outcomes and proposing adjustments as necessary. Create and submit reports to donors, funders, and other private and public office stakeholders.
  • Donor Cultivation: Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with existing donors, keeping them informed about the organization’s progress, impact, and future plans.
  • Partnerships and Collaborations: Support Partnerships Manager with efforts to establish and nurture strategicpartnerships with external organizations, NGOs, government agencies, and other stakeholders. Collaborate with these entities to achieve common goals and maximize the impact of joint initiatives.
  • Fundraising Events: Oversee fundraising events in collaboration with the CENTRO events manager,leveraging networking opportunities and increasing public awareness of the organization’s mission.
  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards in fundraising and external relationship activities.


Bachelor’s Degree and six years’ related experience required.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as Business Administration, Nonprofit Management,Public Relations, or a related discipline. A Master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • Experience: Minimum of 6 years of progressive experience in the management of development, fundraising, public relations, or a related area. Previous experience in a leadership or management role is required with a demonstrated track record of successful fundraising and partnership development.
  • Strategic Vision: A visionary leader who can contribute to the formulation and execution of long-term development and external relations strategy aligned with the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectivelycommunicate with diverse stakeholders, donors, and potential partners. Spanish language proficiency is preferred but not required.
  • Networking and Relationship Building: Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with donors, partners, and external stakeholders to advance the organization’s mission.
  • Analytical Thinking: Strong analytical skills to assess fundraising opportunities, track performance metrics, and make data-driven decisions.
  • Team Management: Experience leading andmotivatingteams to achieve common objectives, fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and effectively adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Ethical Standards: Commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in fundraising, external relationships, and organizational representation.


Plans and manages College fundraising strategy and operations.

  • Implements and monitors comprehensive resource development program; makes recommendations to improve department policies and procedures
  • Fulfills specific goals and targets based on individual portfolio
  • Assists Director with developing funding strategies and assessing outcomes
  • Oversees annual and/or major gift activities to support strategic plan
  • Maintains relationships with donors and sponsoring organizations to cultivate and maintain funding
  • Prepares financial reports for management; may write grant proposals
  • May manage professional and/or clerical staff
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Development Manager


Higher Education Associate




Salary commensurate with education and experience ($86,645-$107,789)

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 27997

Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts;. New users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include:

  • Cover letter describing related qualifications, experience, and proposed development activities.
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • Names and contact information of 3 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred


The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on April 11, 2024. The search will remain open, and screening and review of applications will be ongoing– until the position is filled. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position(s).


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.