AMP is hiring a Development Associate

Allied Media Projects seeks a Development Associate to join our team to support the critical work of fundraising and sustainability.

We are looking for a Development Associate who is passionate about the work of generating resources to support art, media, and technology projects working for social change. This position is a shared position between Allied Media Projects and 18 Million Rising (18MR), a sponsored project of AMP. The Development Associate will work in a team with AMP’s current Development Associate, AMP’s Executive Director, and 18MR’s Executive Director.

If you believe this is the position for you, then we encourage you to apply! Details about the specific responsibilities and qualifications of the job are listed below.

The salary range for this full-time position is $40,000 - $55,000 commensurate with experience. AMP employees enjoy a generous benefits package that includes full medical benefits with dental and vision insurance, an employer-matching retirement plan, and technology stipend.

This position is full time and based in Detroit, Michigan. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to no later than March 18, 2019. The target start date for this position is May 1, 2019.

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About the Development Associate Position

The Development Associate is motivated by a desire to see social movement infrastructure well-resourced and resilient. From keeping track of opportunities and deadlines to drafting proposals and reports, they take a hands-on approach to helping make sure 18MR and other AMP sponsored projects follow up on funding leads in a timely fashion. They spend their time in close collaboration with director-level staff, developing proposals that will sustain the work without compromising its heart, and helping assemble reports that reflect victories and lessons from the field.


  • Assist 18MR and other AMP sponsored projects in designing and implementing fundraising strategies for their organizations with the goal of increased immediate-term revenue and long-term sustainability.
  • Prospecting potential grant and funding opportunities.
  • Learning about the missions, programs, and story arcs of 18MR and other AMP projects to which they are assigned so as to communicate their stories as effectively as possible.
  • Compiling content for grant proposals and reports. This may include:
    • pulling language from previous grants
    • conducting interviews with project leaders
    • compiling data and selecting quotes from program evaluations
    • compiling photos, videos, and other supplemental materials.
  • Managing a grants tracking system and calendar to ensure timely delivery of proposals, reports, and other documents.
  • Assisting with the development of and/or leading the implementation of individual donor and sustainer campaigns, and crowdfunding campaigns.
  • Recordkeeping for individual donors and support acknowledgements and thank yous as appropriate.
  • Assisting with trainings and consultations in grassroots fundraising strategy.
  • Receiving training as needed from AMP and 18MR staff in grantwriting and editing, development, and program design, budget development and financial reporting.


Must-Have Skills and Experience

  • At least two years’ experience in a fundraising role at a grassroots or online organization.
  • An excellent writer who knows how to communicate values, passion, and vision to current and potential funders.
  • Ability to edit the work of others, drawing out their essential ideas with clarity and conciseness.
  • Detail-orientation, especially when it comes to proofreading ensuring that grant requirements are met.
  • High standards of quality for work produced.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, while balancing multiple priorities.
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication.
  • Research, question-asking, interviewing, and evaluation skills
  • Desire to deepen grantwriting and other fund development skills

Nice-to-Have Skills and Experience

  • Experience working with donor database software.
  • Experience working with online campaigns and fundraising tools, such as Action Network or ActionKit.
  • Experience designing community-based non-profit programs and/or online campaigns.
  • Storytelling experience (journalistic, creative, or other) and ability to enhance storytelling with statistics, rich media, and direct quotes.
  • Familiarity with AMP’s work and or the work of 18MR. Allied Media Projects’ diverse range of programming works at the intersection of media arts, transformative education, community technology, and social justice. The ideal candidate has specific knowledge in at least one of these fields and interest and capacity to quickly learn about those fields in which they may not be as familiar.
  • An understanding of the history and major themes of Asian American social movements.


  • Efficient work style
  • Ability to be managed and receive feedback
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration
  • Strong ethical standards
  • Committed to values of accountability, transparency, creativity, and cooperation
  • A belief in the power of people and grassroots communities to affect social change

About 18 Million Rising ( brings Asian American communities together online and offline to re-imagine Asian American identity with nuance, specificity, and power. We are using this Asian American identity as the foundation to build a more just and creative world where our experiences are affirmed, our leadership is valued, and all of us have the opportunity to thrive.

Using technology and popular culture, we develop new ways for Asian Americans and our allies to collaborate, create new ways of being, and transform the world around us. We utilize digital-first advocacy tactics to elevate the voices of and mobilize our over 120,000 members to take action on issues that matter to them. We create meeting places online where young Asian Americans can deliberate together about what it means to be Asian American in the 21st century.

Read about 18MR's operating principles here.

About Allied Media Projects

What’s it like to work at Allied Media Projects?

"[Working at] Allied Media Projects is an adventure that is equal parts hard work, big ideas, and loving execution"
– Mo Willis, Associate Director

"I’ve worked here for more than 10 years and have never been bored for a single day."
– Jenny Lee, Executive Director

"AMP is a place where you can bring your whole self. Everyone has a lot of things that they’re passionate about and you don’t have to leave them behind to work here."
– Muna Danish, former Communications Manager

What does Allied Media Projects do?

We produce the annual Allied Media Conference, and through our Sponsored Projects Program we provide fiscal sponsorship and other support services to more than 100 media, art, and technology-based social justice projects in Detroit and nationally.

To learn about AMP, check out the following links:
AMP Mission
History of the AMC
Profiles of our Sponsored Projects

Allied Media Projects is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status or marital status.

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