Director of Development

The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project), a nationally-recognized leader in media literacy education, seeks a Director of Development to help lead the organization at a critical juncture. Currently celebrating its ten year anniversary, The LAMP is also at the forefront of discussions around combating fake news and using media tools to boost youth civic engagement, such as with the MediaBreaker/Studios application and the upcoming 22 Million Votes by 2020 campaign. This is an exciting time for a driven development professional to work closely with The LAMP’s co-founder and Executive Director in steering organizational strategy and development.

The LAMP teaches what we call The Three Cs: we want our participants to Comprehend all forms of media, to Create all forms of media, and ultimately to Challenge all forms of media – to talk back. We conduct workshops during and after school, through the summer and on weekends. We hold free public events and trainings, and develop interactive online resources to support media learning in classrooms and households nationwide. The LAMP partners with dozens of public schools and community-based organizations in high-need communities. We bring equipment, materials and teachers directly to schools, community centers and libraries throughout New York City. Simply put, we meet people where they are rather than expecting them to come to us.

Of more than 900 students served by The LAMP in the 2015-2016 school year, 86% identified as African-American or Hispanic/Latino. 48% were between 9 and 13 years old, and 37% were between 14 and 18; the remaining 15% were young adults and educators. 49% of students were female. The LAMP routinely serves low-income communities in public schools, settlement houses, public housing and community-based organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Job duties will include:

  • Oversight of all grant research, writing and reporting
  • Oversight of all individual giving and major gifts
  • Oversight of all fundraising special events, including The LAMP’s 10-year celebration slated for the fall of 2017
  • Coordination of the Annual Appeal campaign
  • Salesforce database management and reporting
  • Relationship building and site visits with institutional and private funders/donors
  • Support for members of the Executive Board
  • Oversight of the Associate Board
  • Stay up to date on news and trends in the media literacy space

The ideal applicant has the following skills/qualities:

  • Minimum 5 years of development experience, preferably with an education nonprofit
  • Demonstrated success raising ~ $500k in grants and gifts annually
  • Motivated self-starter comfortable working independently and as part of a team
  • Interest in education, media literacy and technology
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, the Foundation Center online directory, Google apps and tools
  • Exceptional communication skills

The LAMP offers:

  • Reimbursement for travel
  • Flexibility to work from home
  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Health benefits, vacation and holidays
  • A tight-knit team in a work environment that values openness and inclusivity

Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Executive Director D.C. Vito at, and include “Director of Development position” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, so interested parties are encouraged to apply early.

The LAMP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is located in a wheelchair accessible building. People of color, LGBTQ people, women, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Activist Campaign Management Internship

  • May 15 2017 – August 11 2017
  • 12-20 hours per week
  • Travel Stipend
  • Internship will be carried out at The LAMP’s mid-town Manhattan office, with opportunities to work from home.
  • Deadline to apply: May 1, 2017

There are 22 million teenagers in the United States who will be of voting age for the first time by the 2020 election. It is our aim to help as many of them learn how to challenge harmful, misleading and untrue messages before 2020. This intern will work closely with The LAMP’s Executive Director in designing, planning, and executing activities in relationship to the 22×20 media literacy campaign.

Exact job duties will depend on the interests of the candidate, and may include:

  • Meeting regularly with the Executive Director to review deliverables for the 22×20 Fall Summit in September
  • Creation various 22×20 assets and documents that will be distributed to the various 22×20 partners
  • Research potential partners, financial supporters and other stakeholders
  • Identify and execute pathways to engage/organize youth involvement and leadership in the campaign
  • Manage the 22×20 social media profiles
  • Administrative office duties
  • Composing emails and other outreach to prospective partners
  • Collaborating with a team of smart, driven people to find ways to promote media literacy nationwide
What you bring:
  • Active desire to participate in a ground-breaking civic media activism campaign
  • Experience with driving youth-led movements/campaigns
  • Interest in media literacy + civic engagement
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Punctuality
  • Professionalism
What you get:
  • Professional experience developing and implementing campaigns for a rapidly-growing nonprofit
  • Career mentorship
  • Skills in fundraising and written outreach
  • Opportunities to network with funders and professionals in the media and nonprofit sectors
  • Ownership over projects tailored to your interests
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Timeframe: Position begins May 15th and runs through August 11th
  • Hours: 12-15 hours/week (flexible)
  • Rate: $11/hour

To apply: please send a resume and brief cover letter stating what you hope to gain from this internship to D.C. Vito, Executive Director.
Deadline to apply: May 1, 2017

*Applications will be reviewed until position is filled, so we encourage you to apply early!

The LAMP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is located in a wheelchair accessible building. People of color, LGBTQ people, women, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.