Partnership & Capacity Building Specialist

Arab American Family Support Center Brooklyn, NY $58500.00 per year

JOB TITLE: Partnership & Capacity Building Specialist


REPORTS TO: Senior Director, Resource Development




The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services. Our mission is to empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in their communities. While our doors are open to all, with 36 languages represented across staff, AAFSC has developed cultural and linguistic expertise serving members of NYC’s Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, Muslim, and South Asian (AMENAMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.


AAFSC works across four key priority areas – Prevent Harm, Promote Well-Being, Prepare to Learn, and Pursue Solutions – in order to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. We promote mental and physical well-being and community power. We ensure families are knowledgeable about their rights and equipped to participate in civic society with confidence and security. We strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and work to end domestic and gender-based violence. We provide the tools for learners of every age to succeed. Finally, we uplift the voices and needs of under-represented communities and champion gender, racial, restorative, and immigrant justice.



AAFSC is looking for a dynamic and detail-oriented professional to oversee key external relations, outreach, research, and resource development projects to advance the organization’s goals. A successful person in this role will be a strong writer, have a record as a trusted partner to senior leadership, and exhibit sound work ethic. The Partnership & Capacity Building Specialist will be organized, have attention to detail, and the capacity to thrive under pressure while working on multiple projects. A commitment to immigrant, refugee, and low-income communities is essential for this role.



Partnership Building, Advocacy, & External Engagement

·         Take ownership for understanding and communicating the needs of AAFSC’s organizational Priority Areas – Prevent Harm, Promote Well-Being, Prepare to Learn, and Pursue Solutions.

·         Translate programmatic objectives, priorities, and analysis of current resources into accurate and clear communication materials.

·         Manage campaigns, including but not limited to, outreach and education on Public Charge, Travel Ban, Get out the Vote, COVID- vaccine equity, participatory budgeting, etc.

·         Stay abreast of local and national policy changes that could impact immigrant communities.

·         Train and engage colleagues on key policy changes and advocacy campaigns.

·         Enhance AAFSC’s coalition building efforts and engage with potential partners.

·         Serve as point person to coalition partners like CACF, NYIC, and UNH. Attend meetings and report back to the rest of the team.

·         Serve as lead contact on our Taskforce for Racial Inclusion and Equity & Know Your Rights projects.

·         Represent AAFSC at advocacy events.

·         Develop and maintain relationships with City Council Members. Creatively develop engagement opportunities for Council Members.

·         Oversee outreach efforts to raise awareness about AAFSC.

·         Participate in City Council Budget efforts including applications, outreach initiatives, budget meetings, and Contract Registration processes.

·         Actively seek and develop relationships with other partners, government officials, and key stakeholders.

·         Work in partnership with the Associate Vice President of Resource Development and Director of Resource Development to identify program performance criteria that need to be measured to evaluate quality and opportunities for improvement.

·         Write and copy-edit high-quality proposals, applications, reports, concept notes, briefs, letters of inquiry, acknowledgements, and other written materials for submission to private and government funders in support of AAFSC programming.

·         Maintain strong pipeline of communications between program staff and resource development team to ensure timely and accurate reporting for all grants.


Capacity Building:

·         Support the organization’s capacity building goals.

·         Identify opportunities that will enhance AAFSC’s mission, goals, and objectives.

·         Manage the City Council contract registration process.

·         Maintain clear filing systems of materials and upload required documents to city platforms in a timely manner.

·         Partner with program teams to ensure that goals are being met as outlined in contracts.


In-Kind Donation Program

·         Oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive in-kind donation program at AAFSC.

·         Monitor client needs for items like diapers, food, books, etc. and seek funders/partners to support this work.

·         Build and maintain relationships with donors.

·         Track and maintain records of donated products; support in the distribution plans.

·         Organize events for distribution of in-kind donations.

·         Track and report on impact.


Volunteer Engagement

·         Support the Development and Communications Coordinator in implementing the volunteer program.

·         Identify opportunities for volunteers to engage in AAFSC’s work and advance our advocacy efforts.

·         Maintain strong lines of communication with volunteers and internal staff.



Ambassador & Champion

·         Every AAFSC team member serves as an ambassador of the organization and champion of AAFSC’s mission, vision, and values. This includes the following:

o   Cultivate relationships on behalf of and in support of the organization in partnership with Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team. This includes being sensitive to and aware of others, providing every client, partner and participant with high-quality service, professional communication, and follow through, and always keeping Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team aware of any opportunities, challenges, or updates.

o   All team members are expected to support the Resource Development team with any requests in a timely manner, including, but not limited to: grant applications, reports, attendance at meetings, hearings, or other events, and sharing of AAFSC social media, flyers, and other externally-facing communications.

o   Demonstrate a willingness to respond to evolving community needs, including, but not limited to, making referrals in light of community needs, supporting with the development of and implementation of new initiatives or programming, and raising awareness of new or evolving needs.

o   Always act with integrity, positivity, dedication, and professionalism within the office and externally. This includes, but is not limited to, email communication, verbal communication, communication with colleagues and peers, communication with clients, or communication with external partners or agencies.


Other duties and responsibilities

·         Participate in AAFSC meetings, trainings, and events.

·         Perform other duties assigned as necessary.

·         Attend external meetings and trainings as scheduled.



·         Bachelor’s degree required

·         Experiencing writing high-quality grant proposals

·         Experience conducting research and evaluation, as well as facilitating conversations around continuous quality improvement, preferably in a non-profit setting

·         Passion for learning, problem-solving, distilling lessons and turning them into proposals for funding and corrective action as needed

·         Able to thrive in an environment of innovation--stretching resources and managing knowledge

·         Excellent organizational, time-management, follow-up, and administrative skills with a strong attention to detail

·         Self-starter with the ability to work independently, and as a part of a team, in a fast paced deadline-driven environment

·         Experience working with immigrant, refugee and low-income communities preferred

·         Strong technology skills, including using Microsoft Office products as well as navigating and using government and internal databases

·         Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends to manage crises, attend events, or meetings

·         Job contingent on pre-employment background check and fingerprint clearance

·         U.S. Work Authorization is required


We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.



Arab American Family Support Center is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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