Strategic Initiatives Manager, American India Foundation

Position Title: Strategic Initiatives Manager, New York Chapter 

Reports to: Chief Development Officer

Position: Full-Time, Exempt

Location: Remote, located in New York

Salary: $70,000 – $80,000

About American India Foundation

The American India Foundation (AIF) is a secular, purpose-driven, impact-oriented entity powered by connection, community, and the commitment to drive social change in India while strengthening the bridge between the civil societies of the world’s two largest and most powerful democracies. AIF designs bold solutions to complex problems for communities that need it the most. Our unique value proposition is our capacity to create broad engagement between central and state governments, NGO partners, local communities, civil society, and technical expertise to work at the systemic level to leverage transformation at scale. With poverty alleviation and gender equity as our guiding pillars, we have generated a sustainable positive impact for millions across the most remote parts of India in maternal and neonatal health, education, and livelihoods. Cultivating a robust platform for leadership development, AIF’s fellowship program nurtures the next generation of social leaders to drive leadership in thought and action across these categories and beyond. To date, AIF has impacted almost 16 million lives across 36 states and union territories in India. Driven by values of transparency, secularism, and nonpartisanship, AIF remains staunchly dedicated to executing initiatives to further equity, inclusion, and opportunity for marginalized communities in India. 

The Opportunity

AIF has been on a high-growth path, with the size of the organization more than doubling in the last 4 years.  The program investments have grown more than 3 times. This new role has been created as part of AIF’s business sustainability agenda of better stakeholder management and diversification of revenue that sustains and enables further growth in AIF’s impact and influence.   

Under the general guidance of the Chief Development Officer (CDO), this role is accountable for 3-4 areas of key strategic importance for the organization – senior volunteer engagement, growth of the major gifts portfolio in the US, and better brand recognition and recall, for example, by convening high-quality knowledge events. This post is a visible, external-facing role that will entail independent representation of the organization externally to stakeholders and developing key strategic partnerships and initiatives. The position holder will contribute towards strategy development for the organization and will carry clear, pre-agreed annual development goals. 

The delivery of strategic initiatives by the position holder will contribute towards creating and expanding a more effective AIF community that is committed, excited, and passionate about AIF’s mission, impact, and influence. On a day-to-day basis, the achievements of the position holder will contribute directly to AIF’s efforts on empowering underprivileged women, children, and youth in India and build a lasting bridge between the two largest democracies of the world.  


  Supporter Relations (40%)

  • Responsible for keeping all of AIF’s Charter volunteer bodies – Founders Circle, National Leadership Council, Global Council of Advisors, Young Professionals, and Youth Ambassadors – drafted and updated. 
  • Implementing the new volunteer structure and ensuring that membership lists are finalized and posted on the website and in the annual report yearly.
  • Proactively contact supporters to assess supporter requirements, interpreting their needs and expectations. Promote and cross-sell different engagement offerings.
  • Create a volunteer service and engagement plan and provide outstanding service to enhance supporter experience, and strengthen the relationships that support revenue maximization;
  • Strategize on creating an Annual AIF Retreat (50-80 people) with the participation of volunteer bodies, staff leadership, donors, and external thought leaders/experts;
  • Set up and grow AIF’s Corporate Council and nurture the relationship with USISPF and USIBC.
  • Work very closely with the Young professionals and support chapters to set up junior boards to create and steward AIF’s next generation of supporters and leaders.

Development (50%)

  • Support and expand all fundraising initiatives by Young Professionals across chapters as well as the junior board campaigns across chapters.
  • Working with the Global Leadership Team, landscape mapping across the US. For example, tracking the diaspora and big moves with their philanthropy; identifying new opportunities, and sharing with relevant teams
  • Conduct prospect research, development, cultivation, and stewardship of a multi-million-dollar portfolio of UHNIs and corporations/foundations outside of California, NY Tristate, New England, and Chicago markets.
  • Support the CDO and CEO lead in organizing AIF’s 25th Anniversary campaign and celebrations.
  • Support the circle of hope bodies across chapters to deepen and expand their influence.
  • Lead organizing virtual and in-person knowledge events throughout the year aimed at supporter engagement and brand building. 
  • Work collaboratively with staff members across the organization to stay current on programs and to identify avenues of financial support for programs/projects.
  • Actively promote AIF at every opportunity and all channels and deepen supporter engagement.

Other (10%)

  • Project management of special projects as needed;
  • Support CDO for major organization initiatives on and when basis (especially as it relates to engagement with members of the volunteer bodies)
Key Skills, Competencies, and Desired Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree preferably in Communications
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in a similar role with a strong relationship management component. Demonstrated track record of raising funds from major gifts donors and institutional donors
  • Gets others to accept ideas by using convincing arguments, creates a win-win situation, and responds appropriately to key stakeholders
  • Growth mindset with a collaborative outlook; meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with board members and senior supporters.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and ability to multitask; willingness to take on additional workload
  • Ability to work independently and lead projects; take the initiative, think strategically, and work creatively
  • High energy, proactive, positive, curious, and flexible
  • Sound reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential material and issues
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
Salary and Benefits
  • American India Foundation offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits; The individual will have opportunities to learn all aspects of a non-profit organization
  • Medical insurance (comprehensive benefits package;100% paid for by AIF for the standard plan)
  • Dental and Vision insurance (comprehensive benefits package; 100% paid for by AIF for the standard plan)
  • AIF-paid 403(b) plan
  • Pre-tax flexible spending accounts (FSA)
  • Life insurance is paid by AIF
  • Paid Maternity Leave
  • Commuter benefits
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Opportunities to learn and grow in all aspects of a non-profit organization

The American India Foundation has retained the services of Charity Search Group to coordinate the search for this position. To discuss your suitability for the role, please contact Monika Whitfield ( or visit

The American India Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels of the organization. We recognize the importance of not viewing individuals based on a single identity, and we thrive on being equitable in our recruitment process as well as in our efforts to be inclusive of all employees.

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