Development Associate – Restaurant Opportunities Centers United – New York, NY

The Development Associate will work with the ROC United Development team to increase investment in ROC United’s mission by managing new and ongoing grant requests from national, regional, and local funders. The Development Associate reports to the Development Director. This is a full-time, permanent position.


Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has grown into a national organization with close to 14,000 low-wage restaurant worker members in 13 locations, and growing rapidly. From 2001 until 2008, our work was focused in New York City, and achieved great success in impact for restaurant workers. In summer 2007, ROC-NY hosted the nation’s first national restaurant worker convening, and the national organization, ROC United, was born. In January 2008, the co-founders of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) left the local organization in the hands of former members and restaurant workers, and went on to launch ROC United.

Since January 2008, ROC has launched additional affiliates in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Michigan, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New Mexico, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC. In each region, we conduct workplace justice campaigns, partner with ‘high road’ restaurants to conduct advance restaurant workforce development programs, and collaborate with local academics and other allies to produce comprehensive participatory research and policy initiatives. Nationally, we organize convening of restaurant workers, Congressional briefings, public fora, and more. In these ways, ROC continues to build power and voice for low-wage restaurant workers at the local, state, and federal levels.

Over the last 13 years, we have won more than ten workplace justice campaigns, winning more than $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile fine dining restaurant companies covering thousands of workers. We have partnered with 150 responsible restaurant owners to promote the ‘high road’ to profitability, and trained more than 5,000 restaurant workers to advance to livable wage jobs within the industry. We have also published thirty ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, obtaining significant media coverage, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase and paid sick days for tipped workers, and initiated other policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. We own and operate restaurants called COLORS that serve as the home base for our workforce-development training and membership programs in New York and Detroit, and will be expanding COLORS to New Orleans, Washington DC, and Oakland in 2016.


Coordinate and maintain accurate schedule of all grant applications and reports, meet deadlines, and maintain timelines
Coordinate prospect research and outreach with the Development Director to explore new funding opportunities, including tracking the application procedures and deadlines of new funding prospects
Working in collaboration with local and national program staff to gain the necessary information, write and submit grant applications and reports, and maintain all necessary communication in a timely, professional manner to private foundations, government agencies, and others as applicable
Represent ROC United to funders, allies, and other stakeholders as assigned by the Development Director
Assist in the planning and implementation of ROC United fundraising events
Perform additional duties as assigned


Strong writing skills with emphasis on persuasive writing
Minimum of two years of substantive experience in grant writing
Knowledge of local, state, and national common grant procedures
Great attention to detail
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work independently and manage own projects
Demonstration of a professional attitude, including flexibility to take on additional work on short notice and with short deadlines;
Willingness and openness to learn and grow;
Able to communicate openly with direct supervisors;
Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice;
Restaurant work experience a plus; and

Immigrants, women, and people of color encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please send cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to with the subject line ‘Development Associate Application.’ Applicants can apply from anywhere across the country, however, being based in a ROC affiliate city, especially New York, is preferable. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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