Development Officer

Counter Extremism Project
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 22

Position description

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) is a nonprofit and non-partisan international policy organization formed to combat the growing threat from extremist ideologies. CEP builds a more moderate and secure society by educating the public, policymakers, the private sector, and civil society actors about the threat of extremism. CEP also formulates programs to sever the financial, recruitment, and material support networks of extremist groups and their leaders.

CEP deploys education, advocacy, and communication tools to inform the public, media, academia, business leaders, and policymakers about the dangers posed by extremist ideologies and movements as well as their recruitment and operational tactics. CEP also provides support to counter-extremism, preventions, deradicalization, and rehabilitation/reintegration programs around the world.

Headquartered in New York City with a presence in Washington, D.C., London, Brussels, and Berlin, CEP has experts who specialize in a variety of extremist movements—from Islamist to far-right extremism—and who have served in a variety of government, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies; held notable positions in academic institutions or think tanks; or are individuals with extensive on-the-ground experience in prevention, counter-radicalization, rehabilitation, or reintegration. 

CEP’s resources and support services serve as an important foundation for stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic in their efforts to tackle extremists’ insidious ideologies that threaten moderate and tolerant societies, promote violence, and reject basic human rights. Our leadership and experts as well as CEP’s programs have been featured in variety of international media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, Newsweek, Reuters, BBC News, Guardian, Independent, Metro UK, Sydney Today, ABC News (Australia), South China Morning Post, India Times, Euronews, Deutsche Welle, France 24, and AllAfrica, among others.

Job Description

CEP is seeking a development officer with excellent communication and organization skills, as well as a demonstrated grant writing and fundraising track record. S/he must be able to quickly familiarize themselves with CEP’s programming and work independently. S/he be able to interact and maintain professional relationships with CEP experts, advisory board members, and donors. S/he will report directly to and work in close coordination with CEP’s leadership team. 

The development officer will be adding to CEP’s existing portfolio of grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, National Counterterrorism Center and EU governments—totaling several million USD. These grants have backed CEP programming on the rehabilitation and reintegration of returning families of foreign terrorist fighters; the development of a preventing violent extremism (PVE) training and mentorship program; the establishment of rehabilitation/reintegration programs for convicted terrorists in the United States; analyzing the transnational connectivity of right-wing extremism (in particular in the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Finland); and investigating the presence and activities of violent far-right groups and individuals in Germany.

The development officer will be a key member of a team working to ensure that CEP maintains its status as a trusted partner for governments, the private sector, and other nongovernmental organizations operating around the world.

Proposal writing, identifying grant opportunities, donor relationship cultivation, and marketing are major components of the position. A successful candidate will be able to maintain a steady base of donors and grant programming while identifying new opportunities based on CEP’s expertise and programs. S/he will have strong communication, organization, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

Key Responsibilities


  • In close coordination with senior leadership team, develop a CEP fundraising plan that seeks to leverage existing CEP programs and personnel, build on current managed grants and awards, and identify new and diverse sources of program revenue.
  • Conduct a comprehensive survey to identify potential development and revenue opportunities
  • Prepare and draft proposals, solicitation letters, online fundraising content, and other materials for general contribution appeals
  • Identify and respond to government, foundation, and other funding opportunities, RFPs, and NOFOs.
  • Ensure compliance with all grant award and other reporting requirements and serve as point of contact for all development and award relationships
  • Create and manage a development calendar to track deadlines for fundraising opportunities and grant reporting
  • Develop a fundraising database to (1) ensure that all development-related information is tracked accurately and entered in a timely fashion; and (2) track correspondence and meetings with donors
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned by the executive director


  • Work with CEP leadership and public affairs team to develop a marketing plan and specific marketing products and tools
  • Create reports and marketing materials that clearly explain CEP’s programming in a manner that is readable and accessible to a broad audience

Events (pending COVID-19 pandemic restrictions)

  • Assist with special events (e.g. briefings with experts, fundraising dinners/lunches, etc.)
  • Represent CEP at third-party events in order to expand the organization’s network and cultivate new funding prospects


  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with ability to customize communications to multiple audiences
  • Experience in prospect research and writing successful grant proposals
  • Meticulous budgetary skills
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Ability to develop, implement, and monitor fundraising strategies
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Experience working successfully with senior leadership in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, especially in a fast-paced work environment
  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising for non-profits
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and individually
  • High-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals/deadlines
  • Outstanding professional judgment and humble demeanor
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • 3 to 5 years of work experience

Preferred Skills

  • Strong command of Adobe tools (particularly Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop)
  • Foreign language skills (particularly German or French)
  • Interest in and knowledge of counter-extremism policy and foreign policy
  • Understanding of various extremist groups 

Application instructions

Please send a cover letter, CV, and two writing samples. 

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