Development Director – Street Vendor Project

Job Posting: Development Director – Street Vendor Project

Location: Temporarily remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY

About the Street Vendor Project

Founded in 2001, the Street Vendor Project (SVP) is a grassroots membership-driven organization working to defend the rights and achieve just working conditions of the community of workers, self-employed people and small business owners who make their living as vendors on the streets and sidewalks of New York City. Through direct leadership development, education, legal support, and strategic legislative advocacy, SVP builds power and community among vendors in the fight to legalize street vending. 

About the Position 

The Street Vendor Project is at an exciting moment of growth and opportunity and is looking to hire someone for a new role, Development Director.  We are seeking a new team member who has the desire to work at a grassroots member-driven justice organization, lead, and implement fundraising efforts for our small and growing worker center.  

The Development Director will play a key, strategic role in leading the Street Vendor Project to deepen its fundraising capacity, and serve as a critical thought partner with the organization’s fundraising team which includes the Director, Deputy Director, and part-time Event Coordinator. Reporting to the Deputy Director, this position will be responsible for all aspects of philanthropic support, including foundation, individual donor, and government fundraising: 

  • Collaborate with Deputy Director to strategize, craft, and implement SVP’s fundraising strategy.
  • Contribute to the development of processes to ensure a streamlined workflow from prospecting through grant closure, including an annual plan to ensure a timely and comprehensive response to existing grant deadlines as well as emerging deadlines for new funding opportunities.
  • Manage portfolio of foundation and government grant proposals and reports, including serving as the lead grant report and renewal request writer, developing budgets and financial narratives.
  • Manage an institutional donor profile, with a focus on deepening partnerships to secure renewed and expanded support.
  • Collaborate with leadership team on the planning and execution of meetings with foundation leaders/staff, and donor advisors, including researching and cultivate new relationships with foundation funding prospects, serving as the lead writer for concept notes, inquiries, and new applications.
  • Maintain grants and contracts calendar; develop and implement systems and strategies to maintain up-to-date information on the status of all existing grants as well as proposals; oversee grants and contracts file management. 
  • Develop the Advisory Board as ambassadors and fundraisers for the organization  
  • Support the Fundraising Committee and Event Coordinator in leading virtual and in person events.
  • Actively analyze and understand emerging needs within the organization and identify prospects and implement approaches to secure new funding.
  • Stay abreast of philanthropic trends and foundation, government, and corporate giving opportunities. Develop strategies to regularly monitor and prospect for new funding opportunities.


SVP is looking for a Development Director who:  

  • Understands the challenges immigrant workers face and is dedicated to movement building.  
  • Brings 3+ years of development experience working with foundations, government, and/or individual donors.
  • Is an excellent writer and relationship builder and can identify and speak to funder interests. 
  • Demonstrates airtight project management skills and the capacity to both plan in work advance and respond to timely new opportunities that may arise.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and accuracy – commitment to work product that is thorough, complete, and polished. 
  • Like most roles in a small organization, this role is flexible, and the exact duties may contain other tasks and duties in keeping with the general nature of the position


SVP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we fight alongside and serve. People of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ-identified individuals, and folks from low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Street Vendor Project is part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers. 

Start Date: As soon as possible

Application Process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and two references to

Applications submitted will be reviewed on a rolling basis.