Associate General Secretary for Advancement, American Friends Service Committee

Posted by American Friends Service Committee on April 16, 2018

Application Deadline: May 14, 2018

For consideration, please attach your cover letter and resume to the online application.


Founded in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, AFSC nurtures the seeds of change and respect for human life that transforms social relations and systems.

AFSC is re-energized as it enters its second century of promoting peace and justice around the globe. This, coupled with the increasing demand for our work, the organization is entering a period of re-visioning and renewal. With a new General Secretary, the organization is embarking on a strategic planning process that aligns our work for maximum impact, gives voice to diverse ways of working toward the same goals, and motivates the AFSC community with renewed energy and hope.

The Associate General Secretary for Advancement (AGSA) will play a crucial role in the re-visioning process and provide strategic leadership for the institutional advancement of AFSC. Through the fusion of the development and communications departments, the AGSA will create harmony and shared objectives for the team. The post holder will lead centrally and regionally- based innovative, digital-strong and effective strategies. The organization has loyal donors and recently completed a successful capital campaign. With the AGSA’s leadership, new outreach and fundraising plans to diversify our supporter base and attract new people to join with us as activists, donors, and volunteers will be developed.

Summary of Principal Responsibilities

AFSC seeks a dynamic Associate General Secretary for Advancement to:

  • Advance the mission and vision and support organizational priorities by increasing the visibility of AFSC, increasing donors and supporters, and enhancing internal communications;
  • Weave together AFSC’s strands of work in collaboration with program units and regional offices so that “the total is greater than the sum of the parts”;
  • Build visibility and branding for AFSC to advance public recognition of AFSC relevance;
  • Lead the development and communication teams with a goal of raising $30 to $40 million annually;
  • Build on strong major donor and planned giving programs, and a strong communications team, work to increase funding from domestic and foreign foundations, governments and individuals, with a focus on sustainable income growth.

The AGSA will have an extensive network in the field of philanthropy and mastery of a broad range of fundraising approaches. In addition, the AGSA will be ready to manage both department’s present multi-million-dollar budgets and 40 staff members located in Philadelphia and several remote locations, inspiring them to work professionally, imaginatively and collaboratively to meet and exceed their goals. The AGSA will be able to develop and lead the strategic planning and growth progressions of the department and will be passionate about raising money to promote AFSC’s mission and programs and should be eager to embrace innovations and experiments in fundraising, online, person-to-person, in the mail, on the phones, and in other formats. The AGSA will serve as a visible spokesperson for AFSC to the donor community and other external constituencies. The AGSA will report to the General Secretary.

More in "Job Opportunities/AmeriCorps Opportunities"

Stay Current in Philly's Higher Education and Nonprofit Sector

We compile a weekly email with local events, resources, national conferences, calls for proposals, grant, volunteer and job opportunities in the higher education and nonprofit sectors.