Founded in May of 2014, MORTAR exists to help entrepreneurs build businesses and transform their cities. MORTAR accomplishes this goal by offering a 15-week business training course designed to teach community entrepreneurs the nuances of starting or growing a business. Post-graduation, our alumni program offers additional months of ongoing support. MORTAR operates a network of BRICK Pop Up Shops that entrepreneurs can utilize for various periods of time to provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to pressure-test their ideas in real-time. Lastly, through the Iron Chest Fund, we’ve had the ability to deliver over a quarter-million dollars in the form of grants, low-interest loans, and equity investments directly into the hands of MORTAR alumni who are in need of start-up/growth capital.

Learn more about MORTAR here.

MORTAR is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, and talents can flourish.


MORTAR seeks a full-time Development Manager.  This role supports all fundraising initiatives including but not limited to working with board members, staff, and volunteers as well as building relationships with donors in an effort to support the financial well-being of the organization. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished grant writer, as well as a forward and strategic thinker who enjoys seeing projects through from conception to completion both independently and with a team.



MORTAR is experiencing significant growth and expansion. For this reason, we’re adding to our high-performing team to meet the growing needs of our organization.

We’re looking for a compelling communicator and writer to increase our capacity to attract, cultivate, and maintain individual, corporate, and foundation partnerships that yield the necessary support to scale MORTAR’s impact across the nation.

The successful candidate will join our high-performing team, which has laid the foundation of MORTAR’s work over the course of the last 7 years,  as we continue our work toward our vision,  strategy, and establishing MORTAR as the go-to organization for equipping communities to build more equitable small business ecosystems for Black and minority entrepreneurs.

Success in this role requires a propensity for developing meaningful partnerships with donors, meticulously managing grants and fundraising campaigns from ideation to completion, and the ability to work both within a dynamic team and independently.

Our ideal candidate will join MORTAR’S team of all-stars to work closely with the Development Director, to meet or exceed the fundraising goals as established in the annual fundraising plan. ensure MORTAR’s long-term fiscal sustainability in accordance with the organizational strategic goals, as well as the annual organizational budget​.​

If you have a passion for building relationships, a mind for fundraising & development, the chops for sales, and a heart for building equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems, this might be the perfect opportunity for you.



Ensure MORTAR storytelling is consistent across all staff, board, stakeholders and media

Diversify MORTAR’s philanthropic revenue streams to meet/or exceed the organization’s fundraising goals as forecasted in the annual fundraising plan and organizational budget

Improve and increase MORTAR’s donor engagement practices


Grant research, writing, management, and reporting

Implementation, management, and tracking of annual fundraising campaigns and fundraising events

Cultivate and retain a robust portfolio of donors and partners; building relationships  to help further MORTAR’s mission in accordance with department engagement plan

Act as a representative of MORTAR at community events, meetings, and gatherings



Flexible, optimistic, constructive, with a good sense of humor; must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines

Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills

Exceptional planning and time management skills

Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability  

Passionate about the mission of MORTAR

Emotional maturity

Creative, self-starter attitude

Hard-working, highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently  

Adhere to the utmost ethical standards, intuitive, considerate, and kind

Adaptable, versatile, forward-looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions


Two years of professional or volunteer nonprofit fundraising

Database entry and management

Extra credit for being bilingual (English & Spanish) - as we think about the future of MORTAR, the ability to read, write, and speak both languages without limitation or assistance is a highly beneficial skill

Bonus points for candidates with an extensive understanding of local and national entrepreneurial ecosystems and barriers


Salary Based On Experience

Parking and Competitive PTO package (including a paid day off for your birthday)

Health, Dental & Vision benefit plans available after 45-day probationary period