Development Coordinator Position Now Open!

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UPDATE 5/14/2010: THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Thanks for your interest!

Want to help develop a new model for community based media?
We are looking for a Development Coordinator VISTA to join our team at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.  The VISTA member will serve for one year in Troy NY, starting August 2, 2010.  This position is open until filled; if you are interested, please contact us immediately!

The Development Coordinator VISTA will work on building our grassroots fundraising capacity while organizing and expanding our grant writing efforts. Other priorities include continuing to build our capacity for handling volunteers and in-kind donations. Our goal is to put into place a solid foundation for attracting and retaining a full spectrum of support, ranging from financial and material to human resources.

About us

NY Media Alliance operates The Sanctuary for Independent Media, a historic former church that is now the home base for regional artists and activists focused on media arts, community media, media reform and media justice. The Sanctuary’s telecommunications production facility contains fully equipped multi-media performance spaces, art galleries, meeting areas, and extensive audio, video and computer production facilities–including a four-camera video control room for live shoots and a 16 track audio recording studio. In this sanctuary, the overarching goal is to shed light on media arts’ vital role in the process of building a democratic society.


This position is offered through the Transmission Project, which places members of its Digital Arts Service Corps in organizations for one year.  Read more.


The Development Coordinator will be responsible for our donor program and grant-related work, and working to grow a fundraising culture within the organization and better integrate fundraising into our program activities.

We are seeking a candidate who has a background in social and economic justice work, ideally with experience coordinating diversified fundraising programs.

Candidates for this position should be prepared to take on responsibilities related to collective processes-including shared day-to-day office maintenance tasks, collaborative event facilitation and group organization-building activities.

Job Qualifications


-Strong written and oral communications skills
-Web savvy
-Well-organized and ability to be self-directed
-Experience coordinating multiple projects simultaneously
-Ability to adapt to shifting time tables and strict deadlines
-Familiarity with word processing software, database work, spreadsheet manipulation and electronic communications (i.e. e-mail, distribution lists, etc.)


-Past involvement in shaping a fundraising plan
-Success in building a team to take on fundraising activities
-History of acting as a liaison for an organization and building relationships with donors and funders
-Experience with consensus decision-making
-Graphic design/media/IT skills
-A valid drivers license


You would be serving as a member of the Digital Arts Service Corps, as part of a national team facilitated by the Transmission Project to share resources, experience and advice.

1.   ~$13,000/year living allowance.
2.   $5,350 Education Award (for college tuition or loan repayment) or $1,500 cash stipend paid at the successful completion of service
3.   Student loan deferment or forbearance on qualified loans
4.   Health care coverage (catastrophic coverage, prescription drug coverage, and childcare allowance)
5.   Relocation assistance (if moving more than 50 miles to serve)
6.   Food stamp eligibility
7.   The opportunity to gain high-level experience, skills and access within the nonprofit sector. Many alumni have gone on to full-time employment as a result of their service within the Digital Arts Service Corps.

Total compensation, including benefits and food stamps, is valued at ~$22,500 for the year.

AmeriCorps VISTA members must be U.S. citizens, U.S. national, or lawful permanent residents and at least 18 years of age. You must be available to serve full-time for one year, August 2, 2010 – August 2, 2011 in our office in Troy, NY. Due to VISTA requirements, you may not have secondary employment or full-time college during your year of service.  
How to Apply

Please send us an email addressing your qualifications and interest in this particular position and organization.  All applicants must create an account and apply through the Transmission Project.  Make sure to check NY Media Alliance as the organization to which you applying.

Applications are due immediately!  If you have any any questions about the position or the application process, please call Steve Pierce at (518) 207-6264.