Manager, Corporate Relations and Special Events

Seeking a candidate to coordinate donor engagement fundraising strategies

Organizational Profile:  Founded in 1991, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC (Advancing Justice-AAJC) works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans, and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.  To achieve our mission, we engage in research, policy advocacy, public education, community capacity-building/mobilization and litigation strategies to advance public policies that enable Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities to reach their full potential and address unfair and discriminatory structures and institutions that systematically deny Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities their civil and human rights.

Based in Washington, DC, Advancing Justice-AAJC is a member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation.  With our affiliates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, we work together as equal and independent partners, operate under one name, and strive to speak with one unified and powerful voice to promote justice, empower our communities, bring local and national constituents together, and strengthen our multi-racial democracy.  

Title:              Manager,  Corporate Relations and Special Events

Reports to:     Vice President of Development

Term:             Immediately

Status:            Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week

Position Summary:  The Manager, Corporate Relations and Special Events is primarily responsible for creating and implementing key strategies and initiatives for donor engagement, recognition and stewardship for corporate donor groups. The Manager works in collaboration with organizational staff in planning, coordinating and executing donor stewardship activities. 

The Manager, Corporate Relations and Special Events will help facilitate the coordination of our donor engagement fundraising strategies and activities with his/her counterparts at the other Advancing Justice affiliates, in order to align and integrate our objectives for maximum effectiveness of our collective endeavors.

In addition, this position is the primary lead for the promotion, planning, and budgeting for the annual American Courage Awards Reception and other organizational fundraising events and activities.


Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Act as thought partner to the Vice President of Development to define the organization’s fundraising strategy, specifically on issues related the American Courage Awards Reception.
  • Act as an active member of the Development Team in the strategic development and implementation of fundraising strategies.
  • Work closely with the Executive Team, all organization staff and Board of Directors to provide assistance with setting budgets, program goals and strategies, advancing new ideas and innovation that align with our organizational mission and strategic plan.
  • Work closely with the Executive Team, to help in the leadership of cross-organizational initiatives amongst our internal divisions.
  • In collaboration with program leadership, support the management of donor relationships and the identification and pursuit of new funding opportunities to support program priorities.

Donor Engagement and Cultivation 

  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Development, develop and implement a corporate donor engagement and event fundraising strategy that contains financial and performance metrics.
  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Development, create and execute strategies and programs for engagement, recognitions and stewardship for donors.
  • Cultivate, manage and develop a portfolio of  corporate donors; expanding the pipeline for new and increased gift giving.
  • Working with the President and Executive Director, the Vice President of Development, Board, NAC and Executive Team to identify and cultivate new corporate donors to fund the mission and specific programs. 
  • In partnership with program leadership, manage donor relationships and identify and pursue new funding opportunities to support program priorities.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate acknowledgement of all donor gifts.  Ensure that door records are updated and maintained. 

Special Events and Stewardship Activities 

  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Development, drive engagement and stewardship activities including conducting cultivation meetings, and events. 
  • Develop, plan and manage all aspects of fundraising and cultivation events including the annual American Courage Awards, live and silent auctions, house parties, donor salons and several smaller-scale cultivation and fundraising events.
  • Serve as the direct liaison with special events committee(s).
  • Additional special event responsibilities include: revenue generation initiatives, budget management, and project work-plans; maximizing collaboration with event committees and chairs; logistics (venue, catering, AV, etc.); design, printing, and mailing of invitations and signage other printed materials; marketing and ticket sales; lead staff of volunteers on-site; coordinating timely and effective post-event follow up.
  • Help secure and act as a liaison with honorees and speaker.
  • Coordinate with the Vice President, Finance and Operations on event and donor revenue, accounting and budgeting.

General Development Activities

  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate donors.
  • Work with the communications department to develop strategies for online fundraising campaigns using digital platforms such as website engagement and via social media channels.
  • Coordinate productions and mailing of spring and year-end appeal letters.
  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fundraising events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Development. 

Information Management and Systems

  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Development, identify organizational income goals through statistical analysis of the donor data.
  • Assist with the management of the donor database, inclusive of process donations and recording relevant funder updates.
  • Provide support for the creation of monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
  • Assist with the preparation of department’s periodic income reports and projections.
  • Ensure the integrity of the department’s Raiser’s Edge fundraising database through:
  • Ensure that data entry protocols are followed;
  • The ability to build and run unique queries, exports, analysis reports and targeted appeal lists;
  • Assist with timely data entry and reporting;
  • Train relevant staff and interns on protocol.
  • Assist with maintaining and updating the organization’s ratings in Charity Navigator, Guidestar, etc.
  • Coordinate on revenue and expense accounting and budgeting with Vice President, Finance and Operations.

Other Duties

  • Contribute to the department’s marketing functions by editing publications, providing relevant website updates, activating social media communications and other collateral, as needed.
  • As assigned, provide administrative support for board committees tasked with overseeing fundraising activities.
  • Responsible for contributing to the leadership and success of the individual members of the development team.

General Advancing Justice-AAJC Roles

  • Live and exhibit the Core Values of Advancing Justice-AAJC, by contributing to an environment that promotes trust, teamwork, and transparency among staff, Board, National Advisory Council, affiliates and community partners.
  • Contribute to, establish and follow policies and procedures, including maintenance of confidentiality, to ensure that the principles of Advancing Justice-AAJC are implemented.
  • Participate fully in decision- making processes; understand outcomes and be accountable for decisions made in, or affecting his/her area.
  • Understand the values and principles of Advancing Justice-AAJC and apply them fully in work responsibilities.
  • Participate in other activities, agency advocacy and serve on ad hoc committees as requested.
  • Contribute to Advancing Justice-AAJC and Board of Directors meetings as requested.
  • Willing to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Four-six years of fundraising experience in a nonprofit or corporate setting is highly desired.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Desire and capacity to work collegially within a team setting.
  • Fundraising experience including building and developing relationships.
  • Excellent communicator and writer .
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.
  • Strong project and process management, including planning and coordinating skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Experience in using and managing a fundraising database.

Desired Qualification

  • Experience and knowledge in Asian American, civil and human rights issues.

Application Process: 

Send resume with references, short writing sample and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at

Advancing Justice-AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.