Available Positions

Development Manager

Garden State Equality seeks a Development Manager to implement and expand Garden State Equality’s comprehensive development plan. The Development Manager will be an experienced and energetic professional with a passion for advancing the mission of Garden State Equality and meeting or exceeding development goals. The Development Manager will be responsible for the administration of Garden State Equality’s development program and its various components, including events, gift solicitation, public and private grants, donor cultivation, program endorsement, development operations, and support staff management. The candidate must possess a high level of judgment in developing ambitious programs that will result in the expansion of Garden State Equality’s income base, budget, and impact.


Major Gifts

  • Work with senior leadership and staff to solicit and steward major donors
  • Maintain and expand support among current major donors and identify and cultivate new donors
  • Research, identify, and solicit corporate, law firm, and foundation prospects to increase sponsorship and in-kind donations

Event Management

  • Work in partnership with the Executive Director on signature events, overseeing responsibilities
  • Prepare goals and budget for fundraising events and track progress towards these goals
  • Coordinate, manage, and inspire the host committees for various fundraising events

Development, Planning, and Management

  • Plan and oversee annual development plan to support growth in annual budget from $800,000 to $1.5 million, incorporating special events, annual giving, corporate sponsorships, direct mail, and major giving
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, prepare annual fundraising plan and track progress throughout the year on the plan’s goals
  • Develop fundraising communications including acknowledgement letters, solicitation letters, newsletters, email alerts, and annual reports
  • Ensure that all donors are properly thanked, acknowledged and stewarded, including overseeing the honor roll of donors

Contracts & Grants

  • In collaboration with senior management, identify grant opportunities, match Garden State Equality with foundations, and draft grant proposals and reports
  • Work with the Executive Director to ensure timely and successful submission of all grant applications and reports and to track all grants throughout the year
  • Ensure accurate and effective systems for tracking grant funds and reporting to agencies

Special Projects

  • Oversee Garden State Equality’s membership campaign, annual campaign, and other non-event solicitations
  • Travel, as needed, to meet responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Successful experience as a generalist in non-profit fundraising, preferably including experience with special events, direct mail, annual giving, major donors, corporate sponsorships, and capital or endowment campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience with designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan with annual and multi-year goals.
  • Demonstrated experience of overseeing successful fundraising events that gross at least $100,000.
  • Demonstrated success with face-to-face solicitation and a high degree of comfort in “making asks” for gifts.
  • Demonstrated success in identifying grant opportunities, and writing grant proposals and reports.
  • Demonstrated skill in writing in order to produce professional, clear and compelling solicitation materials, proposals, public announcements, and routine business correspondence; and the ability to evaluate and edit any of these for content, style, and format.
  • Advanced ability to organize and implement the logistical requirements of events and programs.
  • Skill in speaking effectively and persuasively to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and monitor budgetary matters, including budget preparation and administration of expenditures.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively under conditions of heavy workload, frequent interruptions, distractions, and deadlines.
  • Impeccable integrity and discretion in dealing with donors, alumni, students, administrators, and colleagues.
  • Ability to motivate and excite donors, volunteers, staff, and board members.
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+ philanthropic community nationally
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Google Docs and fundraising software, including proficiency with donor databases and the Advance database.
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill job responsibilities.


  • Full-time annual salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits package, including medical and dental.


Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Contact@GardenStateEquality.org. Be sure to specify “Development Manager” in your email subject and cover letter. No phone calls or visits, please.

ACEs Social Media Internship

Garden State Equality is hiring a paid social media intern focusing on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).


  • Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 16/in grades 9 to 11 as of the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Applicants must also be “tech savvy,” comfortable posting on social media, and willing to be involved in community and attend community events.

To apply, please fill out this form and submit two videos:

  1. A 15-30 second reel that showcases one or all of the positive deviance themes (for more details, see our ACEs page)
  2. A 2-3 minute video about what this opportunity means to you, how you will utilize this experience to elevate your community, and discussing one of the themes that connects with you

Babs Siperstein Fellowship

Babs Siperstein was a trailblazer for equality, and our movement wouldn’t be where we are today without her courage and commitment. In 2019, Babs Siperstein passed away at 76 years old–keeping her legacy alive Garden State Equality established the Babs Siperstein Fellowship with seed funding from Babs’ own Gender Rights Advocacy of New Jersey organization.

Babs came out in 2000 and immediately became an activist for LGBTQ equality in New Jersey, serving as an original board member for Garden State Equality. Most notably, over the course of her advocacy in New Jersey, Babs helped advocate for marriage equality, transgender inclusive nondiscrinimation protections, and the Babs Siperstein Law.

Babs was the first openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee, where she was appointed by then-chairman Tim Kaine. She was appointed to the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee in 2011, where she served until October 2017. 

This fellowship opportunity is for young trans adults, looking to continue Babs’ legacy through advocacy, and advancing policy both at the local, state, and national level. Fellows will work alongside Garden State Equality for a fall, spring, or summer term. They will be compensated with a stipend and are eligible to receive credit with permission from the school.

If you are interested in becoming a Babs Siperstein Fellow, please apply during the term before the term you would like to start. You can apply here. Please be prepared to submit a resume and reason for applying.

At this time, we are currently not accepting fellows because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, we are making small grants available to those seeking funding for a small community project.

Garden State Equality is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, national origin, religion or creed, sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity), marital status, disability, veteran status or genetic information. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities and religions, people with disabilities, women, and non-LGBTQ+ persons to apply.

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