Program Development Coordinator (Grassroots Fundraiser)


HOURS: 20 to 40 hours/week, to be decided based on applicants

SALARY Depending on experience

BENEFITS: Full health, dental, and life insurance

DEADLINE: October 25, 2013


Founded in 1988, Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and human trafficking and promoting the social, economic and political self-determination of women. AWS provides comprehensive programs and services in over forty languages through its Direct Service (DS) programs, including a 24-hour shelter program and crisis line, Multilingual Access Model, and Queer Asian Women and Transgender Support Program. AWS’s Community Building (CB) programs change values, practices, systems, and policies through grassroots mobilization, systems reform, and inter-organizational community and capacity building. Support of Communities and Services (SOCS) programs empower community members and engage them in AWS as trained volunteers and multi-lingual, multi-cultural advocates and agents for change.

AWS upholds all program areas with an organizational foundation comprised of 1) dedicated board, staff, volunteers, on-call language advocates, and community members; 2) sound fiscal, personnel, and administrative management; and 3) organizational development, which includes strategic planning, evaluation and enhancement of programs and staff, shared leadership development, anti-oppression framework, movement-building and community partnerships, and commitment to personal and organizational integrity. More information can be found at

Position Summary

The Program Development Coordinator (PDC)’s main role is to increase AWS’s unrestricted donations through fundraising activities targeting individual and corporate donors. The PDC is responsible for coordinating and implementing these activities, distinct from public and private grant-writing activities. The PDC works closely with the Executive Director and Associate Director and is supervised by the Executive Director.


Create and Implement Unrestricted Fundraising Strategy

  • Work with Executive Director, Associate Director, staff, and board to develop, implement and document agency’s short and long-term fundraising plans for individual and corporate donors
  • Integrate fundraising strategy into agency’s strategic direction
  • Coordinate and implement direct mail solicitations and other donations
  • Support, oversee, and document fundraising events hosted by board, volunteers, or other donors

Major Donor Cultivation

  • Cultivate relationships with donors through donor visits or events and maintain DonorPerfect records
  • Develop and implement a planned giving program
  • Oversee major donor campaigns through activities including:
    • Recruit and train campaign volunteers from all AWS teams
    • Manage development of campaign marketing materials

Organize Annual Fundraising Event

  • Recruit staff, board, and volunteers for annual event steering committee and sub-committees
  • Support committees to identify fundraising goals and implement activities to achieve them.
  • Coordinate and implement all event-related donor mailings
  • Coordinate vendor contracts


  • Coordinate development of fundraising materials, including annual report
  • Represent AWS to potential funders and community groups
  • Generate and send monthly or bi-monthly electronic newsletters to supporters
  • Work with media as appropriate for publicity, including writing press releases and articles
  • Update and utilize on-line social networking sites (website, e-news, etc.) to fundraise and expand outreach


  • Integrate staff, board, and volunteers into fundraising activities, as appropriate
  • Provide program development and administrative support to various fundraising activities hosted by board members

General Responsibilities Shared by Full Time Staff

  • Participate in implementation of AWS annual benefit and annual holiday party for residents
  • Following completion of AWS training, share responsibility for crisis line, answering office phones, shelter emergency coverage, emergency response, mail pick-up, and contribute to general upkeep of office and shelter space
  • Participate and support quarterly staff retreat and weekly staff meetings
  • Contribute to expanding public awareness and organizational visibility
  • Contribute to development and implementation of team and agency work plans and strategic planning


  • Experience: Minimum 3 years managing a non-profit grassroots fundraising program focused on individual, foundation, and corporate donors, as well as 2 years as event planner
  • Demonstrated success in building and sustaining positive relationships with donors and funders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and experience producing content for social media
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Excellent practice of self-reflection, communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution
  • Computer proficient (Microsoft Word, Excel), Macintosh preferred; able to use DonorPerfect
  • Able to work independently, as well as collaborate with colleagues, other organizations, and community
  • Willingness to participate fully in non-hierarchical, consensus decision-making process with an open mind and positive attitude towards problem-solving
  • Commitment to non-violence
  • Experience working in diverse communities, including Asian communities, immigrant and refugee, and LGBTQ communities
  • Available to work some evenings and occasional weekends
  • Ability to deal with crisis situations effectively and calmly
  • Bilingual/bicultural preferred

Asian Women’s Shelter is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, or disability and denial of family medical leave and pregnancy leave.

This search is being conducted by Asian Women’s Shelter.

How to apply

To Be considered

  • Please send a resume and a cover letter to:
  • Please write “PDC Application- [Your Last Name]” in subject line.
  • No phone calls, please.
San Francisco, California
Asian Women's Shelter (AWS)

3543 18th Street, #19, San Francisco, CA, 94110, US