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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 Coordinator

Reporting to the Development Director, the Program/Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting MADRE’s institutional fundraising and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) efforts. The Program/Development Coordinator will serve as MADRE’s primary grant writer and liaison between the Development team and Programs teams in order to 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 take ownership for the development and implementation of fundraising strategies designed to achieve revenue targets during a time of organizational growth.  

Primary roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and write compelling concept papers, grant proposals and requests for foundation and government funding.
  • Work with MADRE Programs staff overseeing our M&E process to help implement that process and analyze MADRE's impact for both internal and external use, particularly among funders.
  • Develop strong M&E language within proposals and reports.
  • 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:

  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Creative, strategic thinker with ability to proactively develop new ideas.
  • Ability to conceptualize and describe organizational needs in accessible, persuasive and inspiring ways.
  • Proven track record of fundraising from foundations.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Minimum of 3 years of development/ fundraising experience.
  • M& E Background a plus.
  • Passionate about MADRE’s mission, committed to teamwork, and achieving results.

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

Membership Coordinator

MADRE is seeking a Membership Coordinator who will build relationships with our donors, coordinate the production of donor-centric materials, manage our membership database, and assist with writing and editing. She/he should also be a highly organized, detail-oriented, and motivated person with great systems management skills, ability to multi-task and a demonstrated commitment to women’s rights and international social justice.  

Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordinate the design, production and distribution of direct mail solicitations by conducting background research, editing drafts, production schedules and segmented mailing lists, overseeing budgets and collaborating with outside designers and vendors
  • Supervise online membership strategy and ensure integration with website
  • Engage with donor relations strategy, with a focus on low-dollar donors
  • Assist with editing of fundraising appeals and cultivation messages
  • Deploy e-appeals, action alerts and email updates
  • Coordinate and select photos for membership materials
  • Coordinate recurring/monthly donor program, including seeking new and cultivating current members
  • Coordinate additional sources of funding, including third-party donation sites, matching gifts, payroll deductions, and federal and state employee giving
  • Propose and implement strategies to meet fundraising and retention targets, including for list growth
  • Analyze performance of direct mail campaigns and other fundraising efforts
  • Build strategy for fundraising events

Database Management

  • Manage a clean and functional donor database
  • Conduct file pulls, run queries and generate donor reports
  • Create and update email segments with queries, and deploy mass emails through the database

Donations Processing

  • Manage donations processing and ensure consistent internal tracking of both offline and online donations. Run daily and monthly reconciliation reports for Finance team.
  • Implement donor acknowledgement process, including for alternative gift purchases and in-honor and in-memory gifts
  • Process weekly acknowledgements, managing out-sourced and in-house processes


  • Coordinate compliance with state fundraising registrations
  • Supervise MADRE’s fiscal sponsorship program for organizations


  • Commitment to women’s rights and progressive social change, knowledge of the focus areas and regions in which MADRE works
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Prior experience with donor databases, preferably eTapestry
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office suite
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to manage many distinct areas of work at once 
  • Strong research, writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Some experience in fundraising or communications preferred

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: membership-search@madre.orgNo 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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