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United Neighborhood Houses

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$65,000 to $70,000 annual salary based on experience.



United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) is a policy and social change organization representing neighborhood settlement houses that reach 765,000 New Yorkers from all walks of life. A progressive leader for more than 100 years, UNH is stewarding a new era for New York’s settlement house movement. We mobilize our members and their communities to advocate for good public policies and promote strong organizations and practices that keep neighborhoods resilient and thriving for all New Yorkers. UNH seeks a Development and Communications Associate who will develop and design content to help people learn about and be compelled to invest in UNH.

UNH strives to apply a racial equity lens to our work. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds including race, ethnic culture, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.


The Development and Communication Associate elevates the voice and presence of UNH and the settlement house movement by creating multi-media materials and events. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Development and Communications Associate plays a critical role in engaging current and future individual and institutional supporters of UNH. This work includes special events and content creation and design.

The ideal candidate is creative, dependable, able to tell compelling stories about all of UNH’s work through words and images in several platforms, a natural collaborator, and a self-motivated contributor. The Development and Communications Associate will work with all UNH staff.


  • Create and develop fundraising campaigns such as but not limited to the Spring Appeal, Benefit, End-of-Year Appeal and summary reports. This includes content development and design of materials.
  • Conceive and create new materials such as videos, photos, and other mediums to introduce UNH to a wider audience and engage new supporters.
  • Produce the Annual Benefit in collaboration with the Manager of Individual Giving. This includes the development of multi-media materials, securing talent, writing speeches, identifying, and creating a welcoming space.
  • Manage consultants and vendors including, graphic designers, printer, mail house, photographers, etc.
  • Draft regular messages from the Executive Director to Board members and other key stakeholders about UNH’s work, impact, and potential.
  • Provide staff support to Board committees and the full Board including helping to prepare materials and meeting summaries.
  • Enhance the content on UNH’s website to engage current and prospective donors and other external stakeholders.
  • In close collaboration with the Policy and Advocacy Communications Associate, monitor and grow social media presence across channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Participate in the Communications and Development Workgroups, peer learning groups comprised of communications and development staff from UNH member organizations and other peer groups to learn about the work of UNH and settlement houses. This may include creating background and/or summary materials.
  • Other related duties that support the mission of UNH.

UNH recognizes that by adopting a racial equity framework, and openly acknowledging and challenging racial inequity through our work, we can play a more deliberate and intentional role in combating explicit and implicit racial biases as well as systemic racism. We believe diversity and inclusion enrich our work so that we may better strengthen our communities. Therefore, every UNH job description includes the following:

  • Each UNH employee is encouraged to seek ways in their work to thoughtfully act towards our long-term goal of ensuring that race no longer predicts the quality and trajectory of an individual’s life nor the quality of life in the communities where we live and where settlement houses operate.


  • Ability to tell stories and share data in a compelling manner.
  • Strong writing, design, communication, and time-management skills, including taking initiative, prioritizing duties, paying attention to detail, and working independently.
  • Two years of relevant work experience and a bachelor’s degree; experience may substitute for a degree.
  • Design skills including familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, and other graphic design software.
  • Interest in human services, anti-poverty, and civic engagement issues.
  • Commitment to racial and social justice, with an understanding of the needs of communities served by settlement houses and the ability to incorporate a racial equity frame in professional development and peer learning efforts.


  • Knowledge and strategic utilization of social media tools (Twitter, Instagram, Constant Contact, and other platforms) in the nonprofit fundraising or communications environment,
  • Video and photo editing experience,
  • Experience in the planning and staffing of fundraising events,
  • Knowledge of settlement houses,
  • Ability to work well with a wide variety of people.


$65,000 to $70,000 annual salary based on experience. UNH offers a competitive benefits package as well as excellent medical, dental and retirement plans, and is committed to professional growth within the organization. Note that UNH offices are currently operating on a hybrid schedule. Applicants must have the ability to commute to our office in Lower Manhattan, as well as the ability to travel throughout New York City during business hours and occasionally after business hours for events.

How to Apply:

email a cover letter and resume to: No inquiries please; only successful candidates will be contacted.

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