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Want to work at MADRE? MADRE is located in New York City, and staff/interns are required to live within a commuting distance of Manhattan.

Staff Positions

Program/ Development Manager   

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Program/ Development Manager is responsible for managing and growing MADRE’s institutional fundraising efforts, supervising the Program/Development Coordinator, and developing and leading strategies designed to achieve revenue targets during a time of organizational growth. The Program/Development Manager will serve as a primary grant writer and liaison between MADRE’s Development team and Programs teams in order synthesize programmatic developments and compile, analyze and report on MADRE’s impact to funders. He/she will develop compelling proposals and reports for impact using a logical framework, identify viable prospects, and steward and solicit a portfolio of institutional funders and prospects.

Primary roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Help build the departmental plan for managing and growing relationships with foundations and institutional funders to achieve ambitious annual revenue targets.
  • Manage the proposal and reporting process of institutional donors, which includes developing and writing compelling concept papers, grant proposals and requests for foundation and institutional funding.
  • Establish relationships and manage a portfolio of current and potential institutional funders, which includes correspondence, phone calls, meetings, cultivation and solicitation.
  • Work with MADRE Programs staff to analyze and capture MADRE's impact for funders.
  • Develop strong M&E language within proposals and reports.
  • Provide dedicated supervision to MADRE’s Program/Development Coordinator.
  • Identify and research foundation and government funders and prospects.
  • Work with Finance team to ensure that all reports for foundation and government funders are drafted and submitted on time.
  • Understand MADRE’s mission, programs and goals to effectively research, monitor and identify new potential sources of funding.

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of development/ fundraising experience.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Proven track record of writing successful, high quality grant proposals for foundations and institutional funders.
  • Creative, strategic thinker with ability to proactively develop new ideas.
  • Ability to conceptualize and describe organizational needs in accessible, persuasive and inspiring ways.
  • Ability to interpret, analyze and represent complex human rights issues in funder-accessible language.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and prioritize while working under multiple deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with individuals with diverse personalities and styles, and at different levels of seniority.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • M& E Background a plus.
  • Passionate about MADRE’s mission, committed to teamwork, and achieving results.

People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and people of diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application instructions: Please email your resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Development Associate 

Reporting to the Development Manager, the Development Associate provides support for MADRE’s Major Donor program and helps to develop and grow MADRE’s pipeline of prospective major donors. The Development Associate is responsible for assisting with all major donor-related activities and works collaboratively with the Development and Communications teams to achieve individual giving goals.

Primary roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative support for the Major Donor program, including writing and mailing personalized acknowledgement letters; drafting renewal letters, proposals, email communications and reports for major donors; and responding to inquiries.
  • Steward and cultivate major donors through written communications, phone calls and in-person meetings; over time, develop a personal portfolio of major donors.
  • Develop a pipeline of major donor prospects and monitor and evaluate progress; maintain accurate and up-to-date prospect lists.  
  • Help to plan and coordinate donor events.
  • Assist in coordinating major donor direct mail and email appeals with Development Manager and Membership Coordinator as needed.
  • Organize and maintain accurate major donor records in eTapestry database, and run file pulls for major donor mailings and general donor reports.
  • Assist the Development Manager and Executive Director with scheduling and preparation for cultivation meetings and trips.
  • Assist with other development projects as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree required with 1-2 years of fundraising experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and high standards, including meticulous attention to detail, excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong ability to interact with a diverse and broad range of individuals.
  • Strong initiative; ability to assume significant project management responsibility.
  • Excels at working both independently and as part of a team; strong ability to track and report on progress with limited supervision.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills required; proficiency in eTapestry or other similar donor database highly desirable.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work to effectively balance multiple assignments, set priorities and meet strict deadlines.

MADRE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTIQ individuals, and candidates with disabilities to apply. We appreciate all applicants, but please be advised that our capacity allows us to only respond to those candidates best qualified for the position.

Application Instructions: Please email your resume and cover letter to Emily Ball, Development Manager, at No phone calls, please.


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

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:

Human Rights Legal Advocacy Intern

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

Interns will learn practical skills of:

  • Representing MADRE at meetings and in coalition work with other NGOs and UN contacts;
  • Following and participating in UN processes, such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and others, as needed;
  • Drafting, editing and submitting memoranda, reports, and testimony to UN human rights bodies, as needed;
  • Conducting 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;
  • Monitoring, investigating, and documenting human rights developments in the field, and reporting findings quickly and regularly;
  • Developing and implementing advocacy strategies for addressing the abuses documented;
  • Collaborating with MADRE Program and Human Rights Advocacy staff.

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

Human Rights Program Intern

Length of Internship: 3 to 6 months

Interns will learn practical skills of:

  • Conducting research and compiling reports on issues related to MADRE’s thematic initiatives:1) Rape as a Weapon of War; 2) Climate Justice and Gender Justice; 3) Sexual Rights;
  • Developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks, data collection tools, and processing information received from partners;
  • Monitoring UN debates and processes on issues related to MADRE's work;
  • Providing support with programmatic updates, highlights, and reports to donors;
  • Providing administrative and logistics support to Program Staff.


  • Knowledge and/or experience in gender and human rights issues
  • Strong analytical, writing, and communications skills; excellent organizational skills;
  • Full proficiency (reading, writing, and speaking) in Spanish is required
  • Knowledge and/or experience in monitoring and evaluation for nonprofits
  • Ability to be flexible and to work independently, yet in close coordination with peers and supervisors;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment.

This position is not currently accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

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