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Development Associate: Work in the Arts & Social Justice for Alternate ROOTS

Alternate ROOTS
Working from home / Fully remote work environment, with flexibility to meet your schedule
$37,000-47,000 + benefits
Closing date
Feb 17, 2023

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Focus Areas
Arts / Culture / Humanities
Job Function
Development / Fundraising
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
High School
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Job Details

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the US South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.

The Development Associate supports the organization’s overall fundraising and development goals. The Development Associate assists with the management of the organization’s donor/funder relationship cultivation strategies; leads research, data collection, and analysis; and assists in implementing effective fundraising campaigns. The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development.

Essential Job Functions & Key Outcomes

  • Work with the Director of Development to manage and grow the ROOTS philanthropic family and donor base.
  • Work closely with the Membership team to optimize CRM software integration throughout the organization.

  • Work closely with the Development Director to optimize project management implementation.

  • Participate in donor/funder prospect research and coordinate relationship cultivation with new and existing donors and funders.

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director of Development to implement fundraising strategies in line with the organization’s fund development plan.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date information pertaining to funders/donors, deadlines, and records.

  • Assist with compiling information for grant proposals and reports.

  • Coordinate accurate and up-to-date development calendar and send notifications as needed to internal staff for deadlines, grant reports, and new grant opportunities.

  • Support the organization’s grant writer in maintaining compliance with awarded grants, including communicating funding requirements to appropriate staff and ensuring the timely submission of required statistical and narrative reports.

  • Conduct ongoing research related to current and new institutional and individual donors.

  • Schedule donor/funder meetings as needed.

  • Supports Development Director in collaborating with the Communications team to amplify ROOTS’ impact and the work of our members in the region. 

  • Assists with the implementation of the year-round donor communications and digital marketing strategy. 

  • Composes donor letters and thank you notes to ROOTS’ individual supporters in a timely manner.

  • Support the Development Director in fundraising strategies together with ROOTS' community-building initiatives and regional events.

  • Manage evaluation and assessment projects in support of understanding ROOTS’ organizational impact and our members’ reach.

  • Support member-driven learning exchanges and sessions aimed at amplifying the organization’s culture of abundance.

  • Attend and participate in ROOTS’ hosted events including ROOTS Week, ROOTS Weekends, and regional Rhizome gatherings.

  • Support the compilation and management of the team budget.

  • Support team finance administration and operations (creating, submitting, and tracking agreements, check requests, payments, and expense tracking).

  • Prepare agreements as needed for contractors and other service providers.

  • Contribute to organizational development by participating in strategic and long-range planning, representing ROOTS at field-wide conferences, actively participating in maintaining a healthy work culture, providing thought partnership and support for indigenizing/decolonizing work, and supporting ROOTS hosted events and Face-to-Face meetings through attendance, as permitted.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to work at the intersections of art and social justice movements; familiarity with the language, histories, theories, and practices that undergird this field.
  • Willingness to work within progressive decision-making processes moving toward decolonization and transformative justice practices.

  • Willingness to gain knowledge of the grant funding principles, including pipeline development, grant writing, and compliance.

  • Knowledge of general fundraising principles, including donor prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

  • Skill in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail.

  • Ability to give and receive critical feedback and adopt the organization’s processes for giving and receiving feedback. 

  • Ability to analyze, organize and prioritize work while meeting multiple deadlines.

  • Ability to communicate information in writing and speaking to a wide variety of audiences so that they will understand.

  • Ability to establish and maintain good rapport with others.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and build relations with colleagues, coworkers, and others.

  • Ability to work successfully as a member of a team and independently with moderate supervision.

  • Ability to work remotely.

  • Skill in the use of Google Suite, Slack, customer relationship management software, and project management software.

The Development Associate is a full time, 40 hours per week, exempt position that is fully remote. In addition to a competitive salary total compensation includes:

  • A fully remote work environment, with flexibility to meet your schedule
  • 2 weeks vacation (to start), 3 floating holidays, 7 wellness days and 3 weeks of office closure days for holidays and end of the year staff reflection

  • Monthly office and wellness stipends

  • Annual individual professional development funds

  •  Medical insurance paid at 100% for staff members

  • Vision, dental, and other ancillary benefits

  • Non-elective 401k contributions (regardless of the employee contribution)

  • Paid 6 month sabbatical after 6 years of service

Application Deadline

Friday, February 17 2023 


Target Start Date

Late March-Early April 2023

All applications and expressed interest in this position will be handled confidentially. 

Alternate ROOTS is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, trans and gender non-conforming individuals, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, and progressive visionaries are encouraged to apply.

Alternate ROOTS will not discriminate against any employee or applicant based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, sexual harassment, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities or status as a covered veteran or any other attribute or characteristic protected by law in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.






Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.


Alternate ROOTS is a regional* arts service organization with 39 years of history. As a member-driven national resource for artists and cultural organizers, we seek to champion social and economic justice and the work of people in our field.

Alternate ROOTS provides the connective tissue for a distinct segment of the arts and culture field – artists who have a commitment to making work in, with, by, for and about their communities, and those whose cultural work strives for social justice. The nature of this work spreads us far and wide from each other, so collaboration, peer sharing and combined impact can be a challenge. Alternate ROOTS helps us sustain our artistic development, increased visibility, and stability as activist artists and cultural organizers.

*The ROOTS Region covers the Southern area of the United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.


Alternate ROOTS is an organization based in the Southern USA* whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers we strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.

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