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IAVA’s culture is an important part of our DNA.  As a results-oriented organization, we have an edgy, intelligent and innovative personality that makes us unique, and our passion for our mission drives us every day. We embrace a diversity of styles, ideas and people – veteran and civilian alike form our staff, from all walks of life.

IAVA’s team members uphold a high level of professionalism and excellence in our Communication, Analytical Thinking, Drive, Execution and Teamwork.  That’s why we sell them our CADET Standards of Impact, and together they drive us to power our mission to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. Similarly, we expect all prospective candidates to demonstrate the same qualities in their professional and personal experience.

IAVA is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington, DC. IAVA offers competitive compensation and a great benefits package, including medical, dental, access to vision and a 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid time off.

If you are interested in working with IAVA, please review our current career and internship opportunities listed in the links below.

Current Job Openings

New York, NY

Washington DC

Current Internships

  • Click here to see IAVA’s internship opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities


IAVA is always seeking dedicated civilian and veteran volunteers to support our mission and grow our reach. Opportunities range throughout the year, from involvement in our membership events or campaigns across the country, to providing administrative support or technical expertise in our NYC or DC offices.

 Director of Individual Giving

New York, NY. Full Time

Based in our New York City headquarters, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is seeking a highly skilled and seasoned Director of Individual Giving. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic organization as it enters its second decade at the forefront of the veterans’ movement, advocating for our newest generation of heroes. The position reports directly to the Chief Development Officer.

As part of a senior fundraising team, the Director is responsible for managing individual donor relations and overseeing strategic Moves Management of a large and untapped donor pool to increase revenue.  The Director will develop strategies and oversee implementation, targeted outreach, cultivation and stewardship.  The emphasis is on building a renewable and sustainable annual giving program and identifying prospects who can become major gift donors.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute individual donor programs, including annual giving and direct response appeals, on-line appeals, major gifts, planned gifts, and monthly sustainers
  • Coordinate efforts to coordinate efforts to expand, renew and upgrade the individual donor base at all giving levels and implement practices to increase gift size and maximize retention
  • Design cultivation strategies to engage and solicit prospects and current donors.
  • Support solicitation, cultivation and stewardship activities by the CEO, CDO and senior program staff
  • Develop and oversee prospecting efforts with individual donors, including managing research to ensure a robust pipeline of prospective major donors
  • Oversee junior staff in the development of profiles for existing and prospective donors, as well as reports on donor giving and stewardship
  • Initiate and manage events to cultivate major donors and prospects
  • Engage existing donors as connectors in efforts to broaden donor base
  • Oversee individual donor direct response program, including grassroots and mid level annual fund efforts.
  • Provide support and leadership for the Circle of Valor and Leadership Council.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 10 years + of related work experience in the development field with significant and demonstrated success in raising funds from individual donors and knowledge of effective strategies for retention and upgrade.  
  • Knowledge and exposure to planned giving a plus.  Experience in  NY philanthropic community preferred.  
  • Knowledge of and exposure to direct response a plus.
  • Highly-organized and efficient, capable of juggling multiple tasks and meeting deadlines within a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to develop and drive idea from concept to goal;
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Passion for IAVA’s mission

Start Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Rolling

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. IAVA provides comprehensive health and dental coverage, access to vision benefits, a Flexible Spending Account, Transportation Savings Account and a 403(b) retirement plan, in addition to thirty Paid Time Off days per year.

To ApplyClick Here to complete our online application. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to IAVA. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

IAVA is an equal opportunity employer; VETERANS OF THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

To learn more about IAVA’s history, mission and model, click here.

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 Senior Associate, Foundation Relations and Grantsmanship

New York, NY. Full Time

An exciting opportunity exists to join a dynamic working environment involved with many of the most important issues facing the nation. Based in our New York City headquarters, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is seeking an experience Senior Associate, Foundation Relations and Grantsmanship. This is an exciting opportunity to join the organization as it enters its second decade at the forefront of the veterans’ movement, advocating for our newest generation of heroes.

The Senior Associate will be responsible for implementing successful foundation and corporate fundraising strategies, developing a portfolio of sustainable, renewable, and upgradeable institutional donors. S/he will be responsible for proposal writing; donor stewardship; identifying and researching appropriate foundation prospects; and management of the foundation fundraising calendar.

The Senior Associate, Foundation Relations and Grantsmanship will report directly to the Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare foundation and corporate foundation grant proposals, including proposal research, writing, proposal budgets and submittals;
  • Maintain grants calendar: submissions, renewals, reports, funding projected and received;
  • Identify and research prospective foundation and corporate foundation donors. Prepare foundation profiles as required;
  • Steward foundation relationships through donor and prospect visits, donor reports and mailing, regular telephone contact, invitations to events, etc.
  • Travel or evening and weekend meetings required on an as needed basis;
  • Other duties as assigned required.

Education and Experience

  •  Bachelor’s degree with 7+ years of demonstrated success in foundation and corporate fundraising and proposal writing;
  • Proven track record of developing successful foundation proposals and a demonstrated ability to manage foundation relationships required;
  • Familiarity with foundation and corporate research tools;
  • Practiced knowledge of donor/database management;
  • Proven results in external-facing foundation relationship management.

Traits

  • Positive attitude and empathy toward veterans;
  • Decisive and analytical, a proactive problem solver;
  • Stickler for precision, tracking on projects and detailed record keeping;
  • Exceptional organization, written and verbal communication skills are necessary for success in this position;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines and achieve results in a fast-moving environment;
  • Superior writing skills, and rigorous attention to detail;
  • Solid computer skills, including acquiring ability to use Salesforce (IAVA’s database system) and other programs as needed;
  • Strong facility and Microsoft Office Applications;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, adhere to deadlines and work well under pressure, both independently and as part of a team;
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of IAVA.

Start Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Rolling

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. IAVA provides comprehensive health and dental coverage, access to vision benefits, a Flexible Spending Account, Transportation Savings Account and a 403(b) retirement plan, in addition to thirty Paid Time Off days per year.

To ApplyClick Here to complete our online application. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to IAVA. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

IAVA is an equal opportunity employer; VETERANS OF THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

To learn more about IAVA’s history, mission and model, click here.

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Case Manager

NEW YORK, NY. FULL-TIME.

An exciting opportunity exists to join Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America as a Case Manager for the Rapid Response Referrals Program (RRRP). IAVA’s RRRP is our best in class national referral service with an intensive remote case management component. Since its launch in late 2012, our Case Managers have helped more than 8,000 veterans and family members get on track to meeting their goals through free and confidential support and connections to highest quality resources and benefits.

Our Case Managers will work directly with veterans and their families to understand their needs, provide information and referrals, crisis intervention, and remote case management services. The Case Manager will be based in IAVA’s New York City headquarters and report to the RRRP Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage in remote case-management via phone and email working with veterans and their families.
  • Organize and prioritize daily responsibilities to ensure that clients’ needs are met.
  • Evaluate clients to identify their strengths, support systems, immediate needs, functional capabilities and needed assistance.
  • Provide crisis intervention to individuals and families facing emergencies with food, shelter, medical needs, spousal abuse, mental health and other urgent issues.
  • Provide guidance and support for clients with presenting issues adversely affecting their lives (i.e., mental illness, addiction, abuse).
  • Conduct benefits screenings to determine eligibility.
  • Locate and engage with public agencies on the state and federal level, with other nonprofits, various Veterans Affairs sites and departments to identify employment, supportive and mental health services, housing resources and emergency financial assistance.
  • Provide referral services to veterans and family members to connect them with best in class programs, resources and support.
  • Maintain exclusively electronic files within our Salesforce CRM and ensure that clients’ records are complete, accurate and updated regularly.
  • Conduct rigorous follow-up to ensure clients’ needs are being met and referrals made are providing quality level of services and support.
  • Participate in all required meetings and case conferences.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development and necessary training to improve military cultural competencies, general understanding of services and benefits available to veterans.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • An MSW or a master’s degree in a related field.

  • 2-years experience in social work or human services (internship experience OK)

Traits

  • A commitment to IAVA’s mission and core values.

  • Knowledge of the veterans space a plus.

  • Strong desire and commitment to working with veterans and their families.

  • Positive attitude and sense of empathy towards veterans.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.

  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills.

  • Able to set priorities and work independently.

  • Decisive, analytical and able to follow through on tasks.

  • Results oriented.

Start Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Rolling

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. IAVA provides comprehensive health and dental coverage, access to vision benefits, a Flexible Spending Account, Transportation Savings Account and a 403(b) retirement plan, in addition to thirty Paid Time Off days per year.

To ApplyClick Here to complete our online application. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to IAVA. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

IAVA is an equal opportunity employer; VETERANS OF THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

To learn more about IAVA’s history, mission and model, click here.

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Chief Communications Officer

New York, NY. Full-Time

An exciting opportunity exists for an exceptional individual to help lead IAVA’s efforts to serve our nation’s heroes as Chief Communications Officer.

The Chief Communications Officer will be responsible for overseeing the Engagement Division of IAVA, developing and establishing the organization’s internal and external communication strategy, brand and marketing development and membership and supporter engagement.

IAVA’s Engagement Division is comprised of Communications, Digital Engagement and Marketing and is a leader in new media, technology and online organizing. Together, these departments work tirelessly to raise critical awareness about veterans’ issues, hold lawmakers accountable for policies impacting veterans and ensure the entire country is focused on providing a lasting network of care and support for this newest generation of veterans.

Based in our New York, NY headquarters, the Chief Communications Officer will report to the Chief of Staff, and serve as a key member of the senior leadership team.

Key Responsibilities

  •  Chief Communications Officer will increase awareness by developing and executing:
    • External communications strategy across all platforms;
    • Brand development and guardianship;
    • Marketing development;
    • Customer insight research;
    • Membership and supporter engagement;
  • Establish clear, compelling and consistent communications around the vision of IAVA;
  • Identify, foster and facilitate creative and innovative ideas and concepts to achieve greater communications results;
  • Engage monitoring and management of performance across functional interfaces, metrics include, but are not limited to:
    • Media growth;
    • Digital engagement;
    • Brand awareness;
    • Foster joint responsibility with senior-level leadership for total customer satisfaction and retention.

Ideal Qualifications

  • 5-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization and management; demonstrated success in a communications/engagement function;
  • Flawless communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Ability to work in a flexibly, change-savvy manner;
  • Ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituents and build long-term, sustainable relationships;
  • Strong organizational and planning skills;
  • High energy and passion for IAVA’s mission;
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Traits

  • Possess outstanding interpersonal skills; able to build and maintain effective working relationships, with the energy and dynamism to inspire others;
  • Able to work both independently, but also as a team player who will productively engage others at varying levels of seniority both within and outside of IAVA;
  • Adept at planning, prioritizing, organization and follow through;
  • Able to construct, articulate, and implement new and traditional media strategies;
  • Have exceptional attention to detail;
  • Have a positive attitude and great sense of humor;
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission and programs of IAVA

Start Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Rolling

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. IAVA provides comprehensive health and dental coverage, access to vision benefits, a Flexible Spending Account, Transportation Savings Account and a 403(b) retirement plan, in addition to thirty Paid Time Off days per year.

To ApplyClick Here to complete our online application. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to IAVA. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

IAVA is an equal opportunity employer; VETERANS OF THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

To learn more about IAVA’s history, mission and model, click here.

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Human Capital Coordinator

New York, NY. Full Time

IAVA is an exceptionally dynamic working environment that offers staff a unique opportunity to become a leader with the most important issues facing the nation. Based in our headquarters in New York City, we are seeking a Human Capital Coordinator.

S/he will support the Human Capital team in leading internal processes and personnel function. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity to assist the Chief Talent Officer by supporting IAVA’s recruiting and HR efforts. The Human Capital Coordinator will need to quickly grasp and internalize IAVA’s organizational culture; HR efforts will be an important part of enriching IAVA office life as the organization grows.

Applicants for this role should be ready to hit the ground running — this is a job for someone who’s eager and ready to take the lead. If you apply, you should have innovative ideas for recruiting top talent and developing existing talent, as well as an open mind towards continued improvement. This is a position with significant opportunity for growth and promotion.

This position reports to the Chief Talent Officer.

Responsibilities

    • Support recruiting efforts through job postings, candidate vetting, and scheduling interviews.
    • Lead onboarding of new hires and support staff transition processes.
    • Organize events, including socials, learning lunches, bi-annual staff advances, and external trainings.
    • Support professional development initiatives including IAVA’s review process and training programs.
    • Oversee IAVA’s intern and volunteer programs, including recruiting, evaluation, and all logistical components.
    • Support benefits administration and maintain personnel files.
    • Manage internal processes and fulfill administrative duties as needed.

Qualifications

    • At least 2 years relevant work experience.
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent military experience.
    • Experience in staff event planning and managing vendor relationships – experience operated with or within a Professional Services Organization (PEO) a plus.
    • Experience with intern and volunteer management, demonstrated interview skills a plus.
    • Knowledge of the Salesforce CRM platform strongly preferred.

Traits

    • A deep commitment to the mission of improving the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families – knowledge of the veterans space a plus.
    • The ability to work independently and maintain a strong commitment to teamwork.
    • Ability and experience handling information that is confidential in nature.
    • Highly organized with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with meticulous attention to detail.
    • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
    • A dedication to quality – perfectionists welcome
    • A sense of humor

Start Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Rolling

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. IAVA provides comprehensive health and dental coverage, access to vision benefits, a Flexible Spending Account, Transportation Savings Account and a 403(b) retirement plan, in addition to thirty Paid Time Off days per year.

To Apply:  Click Here to complete our online application. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to IAVA. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

IAVA is an equal opportunity employer; VETERANS OF THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

To learn more about IAVA’s history, mission and model, click here.

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Research Coordinator

Washington DC. Full Time

IAVA is the nation’s first and largest group for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, IAVA is a young, dynamic nonprofit focused on awareness, advocacy and assistance for the 2.2 million men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with over 270,000 veteran members and grassroots supporters in 50 states.

We are seeking a highly qualified Research Coordinator to join IAVA’s Research Department. Research will span a variety of issues impacting the newest generation of veterans, including unemployment, education, mental health, the VA claims process and homelessness. The Research Coordinator will work as part of the research team to track and analyze these issues and will help conceptualize, research and draft Issue Reports, White Papers, memos, blogs and other documents. IAVA’s influential Issue Reports and Policy Agenda are often cited by the media and used extensively on Capitol Hill. The Research Coordinator will join a growing research staff, and an energetic, highly visible team, helping win important battles on Capitol Hill and around the country.

The Research Coordinator will report to the Research Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct primary and secondary research into issues facing new veterans, translating data into policy actions.
  • Develop, field and analyze IAVA’s survey data.
  • Work closely with the Research Director to develop, research and write Issue Reports, White Papers, and IAVA’s Member Survey Report.
  • Respond to daily requests for data internal and external to the organization.
  • Track and analyze data and reports on veterans’ issues.
  • Develop expertise on several major issues related to post-9/11 veterans.
  • Perform related tasks as assigned.

Skills and Traits:

  • Strong writing and editing skills a must.
  • Statistical analysis and survey design experience.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Proven research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Flexibility, motivation and enthusiasm.
  • Knowledge of legislative and administrative policy-making processes.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 1 to 2 years minimum experience assessing and applying quantitative and qualitative data in a research and policy context.
  • Research and writing experience.
  • Experience with survey design and statistical analysis.
  • Public policy, social sciences or social work background is preferred.
  • Experience working on veterans’ issues and/or for a nonprofit or think-tank a plus.
  • A commitment to IAVA’s mission and core values.

Start Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Rolling

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. IAVA provides comprehensive health and dental coverage, access to vision benefits, a Flexible Spending Account, Transportation Savings Account and a 403(b) retirement plan, in addition to thirty Paid Time Off days per year.

To ApplyClick Here to complete our online application. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to IAVA. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

IAVA is an equal opportunity employer; VETERANS OF THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

To learn more about IAVA’s history, mission and model, click here.

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Legislative Associate

Washington DC. Full Time

An exciting opportunity exists for an exceptional individual to join the Legislative Department of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s (IAVA) Policy Division.

IAVA has become the leading voice for new veterans in Washington, DC – on the Hill, in the Administration and in the media. We’ve lead and been a part of major legislative victories for new veterans including the Joshua Omvig Suicide Prevention Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Advance Appropriations, the New GI Bill 2.0, repeal of “Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell,” and the Vow to Hire Heroes Act.

Reporting to the Legislative Director, the Legislative Associate will support the organization’s efforts to advocate for our nation’s veterans in Washington, DC while bringing veterans’ issues out of the beltway and into the consciousness of the American public.

The ideal candidate will be ambitious, energetic and passionate about veterans issues, as well as:

  • Possess strong interpersonal skills; able to build and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Able to work both independently, but also as a team player who will engage others both within and outside of IAVA;
  • Have exceptional attention to detail;
  • Have a positive attitude and great sense of humor;
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission of IAVA.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Legislative Director and Legislative team, the Legislative Associate will:
    • Be responsible for becoming an expert in a variety of assigned veterans issues and with proven success and performance;
    • Track and report on federal and state legislation, and government policies pertaining to the veterans’ community and IAVA’s policy goals;
    • Support the organization’s efforts to bring veterans’ issues out of the beltway and into the consciousness of the American public;
    • Represent IAVA effectively with the Administration and with Congress, as well as in the national and local media and at public events.

Ideal Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will be a creative and analytical leader with the following characteristics and experience;
  • At least one of the following:
    • One or more tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and/or Operation New Dawn (OND);
    • Two years of experience working within the Federal Government on veteran related programs or agencies;
    • Two years of experience in State or Municipal government dealing with veterans’ affairs or related issues;
    • Two years of experience in advocacy, on Capitol Hill, or with/within the federal government, or in a related field;
    • Extensive experience working on National or State campaigns;
    • Experience writing memorandum and briefing materials for principles;
    • Working knowledge of the legislative process to include legislative analysis, political acumen, and the procedures of Congress;
    • Clear, thoughtful, precise, and quick writing skills;
    • Basic facility with public speaking and media;
    • High energy and passion for IAVA’s mission;
    • Bachelor’s degree required.

Start Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Rolling

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. IAVA provides comprehensive health and dental coverage, access to vision benefits, a Flexible Spending Account, Transportation Savings Account and a 403(b) retirement plan, in addition to thirty Paid Time Off days per year.

To ApplyClick Here to complete our online application. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to IAVA. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

IAVA is an equal opportunity employer; VETERANS OF THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

To learn more about IAVA’s history, mission and model, click here.

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