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Staff Positions

MADRE Development Associate


  • Write letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and correspondence related to foundation and other institutional fundraising: responsible for the timely preparation and submission of grant applications, including budgets, logic models and other supporting documents, and reports. Liase with funders as required and meet all funder requirements.
  • Research and profile prospective funders: identify new sources of institutional funding and cultivate existing funders to renew/increase support. Strategize with Executive Director and programmatic staff to cultivate new funding sources.
  • Conduct timely review and evaluation of new funding calls.
  • Maintain thorough records on prospects that are upcoming, pending, in process, and completed, ensuring that all the various electronic and paper files are up to date and contain all actions.
  • Assist other staff members in proofreading, editing, completing special projects related to fundraising, and miscellaneous tasks that forward the organization's mission and morale.
  • Supervise interns so that they learn fundraising skills and contribute effectively to the team.

MADRE offers competitive benefits and is an equal opportunity employer. This is a six-month appointment, with the possibility of permanent arrangement. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send resume and detailed cover letter to No phone calls, please. Position open until filled.

MADRE Office Manager

MADRE seeks an Office Manager to ensure the smooth functioning of our administrative and office systems and maximize the organization’s effectiveness. This position reports to the Executive Director and supports a 12 person staff.

Technical Support & Office Management

  • Troubleshoot and resolve problems with printers, computers, phones, server access and other basic technical issues and serve as the primary contact for our tech support service
  • Ensure filing systems are maintained and current; design new filing systems as needed
  • Monitor procedures for record keeping and ensure security, integrity and confidentiality of data
  • Oversee and/or fulfill responsibilities for answering phones, receiving guests and responding to general inquiries
  • Maintain work area in the office, including equipment maintenance and interfacing with contracted support personnel and building staff
  • Handle procurement of office purchases including supplies and travel
  • Coordinate procurement and shipment of humanitarian aid
  • Postmark outgoing mail and sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Coordinate printing and inventory management of marketing supplies, including branded collateral, letterhead, envelopes, folders and business cards
  • Process daily donations and data entry in eTapestry database
  • Coordinate travel logistics for staff
  • Conduct research as needed
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Executive Director & Board Support

  • Coordinate meeting schedules and manage calendar for Executive Director
  • Coordinate the production of orientation, outreach and committee materials for the board
  • Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising and stakeholder events
  • Coordinate the scheduling, logistics and execution of teleconference calls and meetings for the Executive Director, select staff and board members
  • Supervise board and other stakeholder meeting logistics, including scheduling and calendar invites and manage meeting follow-up.
  • Personnel Support & HR Coordination
  • Work with Executive Director and HR specialist to:
  • Implement office policies and procedures and oversee adherence to office policies and procedures
  • Collect and submit employee timesheets, upkeep personnel files and records, prepare new employee packets, and update the Employee Handbook.
  • Keeps a record of staff vacations schedules and notify staff of their out of office status.
  • Manage new staff hiring process by posting open jobs, collecting and reviewing applications and scheduling job interviews
  • Provide new hire orientation on office protocol and personnel policies.
  • Manage and maintain employee information, including birthdays and contact information
  • Coordinate occasional staff events
  • Manage MADRE’s Internship Program, including outreach, correspondence with candidates, seating, and orientation


  • At least 4 years’ experience in office administration/management
  • Computer skills and knowledge of office software packages and server management. Familiarity with eTapestry database a plus.
  • Warm, professional manner and strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to collaborate with and coordinate the work of other staff members in a harmonious and empowering manner
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Strong written communications skills
  • Ability to prioritize among competing priorities

To apply, send resume and cover letter to No phone calls, please.

MADRE Development Director 

MADRE seeks an experienced development professional with a strong track record of securing both private and public funds to oversee all aspects of its fundraising. This position works with both MADRE staff and board, reporting to the Executive Director (ED).

The Development Director is responsible with the ED for raising the organization's annual budget of $3 million. This is to be achieved through providing strategic leadership, work product and supervision to staff who report to the Development Director. The position entails supervising MADRE’s development team in all aspects of fundraising, including prospecting new donors, grant writing, reporting, and stewarding relationships with funders.

The ideal candidate has the ability to lead staff in fundraising strategies, including leveraging strong contacts with funding institutions, and be an integral part of a successful, growing organization. Importantly, the ideal candidate has the ability to work independently and take initiative while providing leadership, management and strategic direction to MADRE’s development staff. We are looking for someone with dedication, flexibility, energy and enthusiasm—a professional working closely with the ED to create and develop sustained relationships with a wide range of funders, and be a key driver in helping MADRE achieve its strategic growth goals. The candidate should have outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and groups, while demonstrating warmth, integrity and professionalism.

The Development Director is responsible for foundation, corporate and individual fundraising, working with the ED, who will orient and provide direction. Responsibilities include:

  • Secure financial support from, and develop strategic relationships with, institutional donors, including foundations and corporations, and begin efforts to tap investment capital;
  • Lead the stewardship of our long-term donors, and ensure they receive timely reports and new requests for funding;
  • In coordination with the ED, develop and coordinate a major individual donor program;
  • Develop and execute an overall organizational fundraising strategy, including benchmarks for progress and needed systems and tools to implement priorities;
  • Build and supervise a team of staff/consultants to achieve fundraising goals, including research, pipeline tracking, and execution of proposals, reports, and written communication;
  • Identify new funding opportunities and donor prospects; 
  • Oversee the development of high quality proposals that meet donor requirements;
  • Strengthen MADRE’s capacity to compete for funding calls in coordination with relevant stakeholders;
  • Work w/ ED and Bookkeeper to ensure that all proposal submissions include budgets that adequately cover costs;
  • Work closely with staff to develop and present ideas to potential donors;
  • Work closely with staff to ensure fundraising goals are aligned with program goals;
  • Analyze development data and reports on a quarterly basis to ensure our best efforts are invested in areas that yield high results; 
  • And, other duties as assigned by the ED.


  • Minimum 8-10 years non-profit development experience;
  • Proven ability to raise an annual budget on par with MADRE’s and cultivate new donors; 
  • Experience working with both foundations and private donors strongly preferred; 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior writing skills and the ability to effectively manage a variety of relationships;
  • Proven supervision and management skills and ability to negotiate effectively with donors and partners;
  • Experience with strategic planning;
  • Strong critical thinking, research, and analytical skills;
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time and meet deadlines, and proven ability to work under pressure; 
  • Strong knowledge of current trends in charitable giving; 
  • Expertise in the content of MADRE’s work and familiarity with the International Women’s Human Rights movement and its allies preferred. 

To apply, send resume and cover letter to No phone calls, please.

MADRE, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.



MADRE internships are a great way to gain work experience and support MADRE's work with women and families worldwide.

Internships come with a $15/day stipend and require a minimum time commitment of 15 hours a week for at least three months. Internships take place at the MADRE office in Manhattan.  MADRE offers three internship sessions throughout the year: Summer (June-August), Fall (September-December), and Spring (January-May).

Please send your application to ONLY one email address. If you wish to apply to multiple internships send your application to your first choice and include your other choices in your cover letter.

Internship positions include:

Program Intern

Deadlines:  March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring) 

  • Assist with Partnerships for Change projects, including program updates, proposals, reports, highlights, and profiles of organizations.
  • Research specific issues related to MADRE programs: Peace Building, Women's Health/Violence Against Women/Sexual Rights, Economic & Environmental Justice.
  • Provide support for MADRE campaigns and programs.
  • Monitor UN debates on issues related to MADRE programs and issue areas.
  • Provide research support on women's human rights, using UN reports and other resources.
  • Provide administrative support to MADRE staff.

**Bilingual Spanish/English language skills are desired, but not required, for the Program Intern position.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Human Rights Legal Advocacy Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring) 

  • Represent MADRE at meetings and in coalition work with other NGOs and UN contacts
  • Follow and participate in the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings, and other UN processes as needed
  • Draft and submit memoranda of law to Special Rapporteurs, as needed
  • Conduct research for publications and program work on gender dimensions of women’s health and violence against women; and peace building and women’s political participation
  • Develop and implement a strategy to advance women’s human rights in UN processes
  • Collaborate with MADRE Program and Human Rights Advocacy staff

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Communications Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)

  • Monitor international news reports related to MADRE program areas and partnerships.
  • Assist in creating content, designing and producing MADRE print materials and newsletters
  • Assist with e-communications to MADRE's membership.
  • Conduct research and draft content for MADRE's website.
  • Assist with social networking initiatives.
  • Draft and post blog entries to myMADRE, the MADRE blog.
  • Provide research assistance as needed.
  • Assist with event planning and outreach.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Development Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)

  • Assist development staff with research on topics related to grant proposals.
  • Research funding opportunities (with businesses and religious communities).
  • Assist staff with written communications with funders and follow-up phone calls.
  • Assist with the maintenance of funder files (electronic and paper).

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)   

  • Engage in ongoing aid campaigns by soliciting, gathering, and inventorying material donations that meet the specific needs of MADRE’s sister organizations around the world.
  • Maintain and update large donor and inventory databases.
  • Research women’s human rights issues as background for student outreach and new campaign launches.
  • Design and write promotional materials in a variety of media.
  • Assist with planning and execution of donor events and fundraisers.
  • Position may involve lifting and transporting boxes around New York City; interns will also provide occasional administrative support to MADRE staff.
  • Experienced interns may have the opportunity to launch their own humanitarian aid campaigns

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Accounting Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)

  • Assist with data entry and maintaining electronic files.
  • Assist in the reconciliation of financial transactions.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Possess knowledge of Fund E-Z or a comparable computerized accounting system.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Please send your application to ONLY one email address. If you wish to apply to multiple internships send your application to your first choice and include your other choices in your cover letter.