Blog December 8, 2017
Open Position: Part-Time Development Manager

Afropop Worldwide is seeking a part-time development professional with 3 to 5+ years of successful experience. We produce the Peabody Award-winning nationally distributed Afropop Worldwide public radio program and website ( We are dedicated to celebrating the contemporary musical cultures of Africa and the diaspora and to fostering a deeper understanding of our world. The successful candidate will offer evidence that they have led the successful writing of proposals to foundations as well as successfully cultivated major donors with the ultimate goal of securing excellent Board members. The successful candidate has excellent writing and communication skills and is detailed and well organized. 

In May of 2018 we celebrate our 30th anniversary with a grand gala in NYC and the Development Manager will work closely with the team to make the gala a big success. The successful candidate will demonstrate success in managing fundraising events. A major focus of the first 3 to 4 months of the assignment will be on the gala.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have a connection with our mission and our work. The ideal candidate will take initiative and be able to work independently.


Afropop Worldwide was founded in 1988 by Sean Barlow and has been based in Brooklyn since 1989. We are located at popular Industry City in Sunset Park, a five-minute walk from the N, D, R trains at 36th St. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position starts at half time and may grow to full time. Anticipated start time: January.

TO APPLY: Send a hard copy and electronic version of your cover letter, resume, and writing samples (foundation proposals and letters to prospective major donors) to:

Sean Barlow, Executive Director, Afropop Worldwide 220 36th St., Unit 58, Brooklyn, New York 11232.


The music that Afropop Worldwide covers is a wellspring of American and world culture, and no other organization I know does so well in helping it reach the listeners it deserves —Jon Pareles, chief pop music critic, New York Times 

Afropop Worldwide is a pioneer in the “world music” movement, illuminating the richness and diversity of African and African diasporic cultures, while archiving and fortifying its work on its robust website. It is simply a treat for the ears, and it deserves much support for its ongoing and new projects. —Dr. Jeffrey Jones, director, Peabody Awards 

The mission of our Peabody Award-winning Afropop Worldwide public radio series and website is to promote understanding and enjoyment of the musical cultures of Africa and the African diaspora and to foster a deeper understanding of our world. We introduce listeners to brilliant, world-class musicians, exploring their art in its cultural context. We’ve taken listeners on radio journeys to over 30 countries through our groundbreaking field work. We believe that we are satisfying deeply felt desires by Americans and others to connect to the world, using music to tell stories going far beyond the media’s steady coverage of conflict and calamity in Africa. Program directors continually tell us that no other American media source tells stories of African-derived culture with such depth of research, range of reporting, and consistent entertainment value. A high priority is to keep developing a younger, Web-oriented audience by publishing unique content daily on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, e-newsletter, YouTube, Tumblr and Instagram. We have created a prototype for Web-based education experiences, and we are also raising funds to digitize and organize our unique archive of recorded material gathered over 32 years of field work. We receive major long-term support from the NEH and NEA. We also receive support from PRI stations, board members and other major donors, family foundations, and website advertising. We have a track record of support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Merck, BET and others. More information at

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