Direct Response Manager

Action Against Hunger
🌎 Location
💵 Salary

$90,000 - $95,000

🗓️ Posted

November 6, 2023

New York, NY (Hybrid)

Action Against Hunger leads the global movement to end hunger. We innovate solutions, advocate for change, and reach 24 million people every year with proven hunger prevention and treatment programs. As a nonprofit that works across 50 countries, our 8,300 dedicated staff members partner with communities to address the root causes of hunger, including climate change, conflict, inequity, and emergencies. We strive to create a world free from hunger, for everyone, for good.

Action Against Hunger USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network. As an independent NGO, Action Against Hunger USA currently manages operations in 8 countries: Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Haiti. Action Against Hunger-USA has over $100 million in programs, and approximately 1,800 permanent staff based in New York City, Washington D.C, Nairobi, and country offices. Additional growth is anticipated.

Job Summary

This new role will be an integral part of the Donor Marketing team. The Direct Response Manager will have oversight for all donor renewal, retention and reactivation programs as well as spearhead new non digital acquisition programs. Currently our acquisition efforts are via digital channels. The candidate will be highly data driven and have expertise in traditional well as digital direct response marketing programs.

Action Against Hunger currently has a hybrid work policy that requires at least two days in the office per week and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The organization has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

Purpose: Leads the Action Against Hunger donor lifecycle to renew and increase retention rate of those giving <= $9,999 to meet industry standards.

Engagement: Works closely with the Associate Director of Donor Marketing, Digital Lead, Fundraising Systems, Donor Marketing and Communications teams as well as occasionally with international colleagues.

Delivery: Plans and leads the implementation of data-led strategies to renew and retain donors.


Provides strategic oversight for all donor retention programs related to mass market supporters including:

  • Monthly (THRIVE) donors
  • One time digital and offline supporters
  • Midlevel donors ($500-$9,999)
  • Peer to peer fundraisers

Improve donor retention to meet industry standards

  • Using internal and external data sources, analyze, set targets and develop a strategy for all mass market and mid-level supporters
  • Work with team to roll out plan to improve retention

Provides strategic direction for all future non-digital acquisition efforts eg street/door to door canvassing

Ensure all consultants provide high quality work and meet the service levels agreed upon

Oversee the development of KPIs and marketing dashboards

Work in collaboration with Fundraising Systems team to develop appropriate KPI reporting and dashboards to set targets and measure success

Manage the Donor Relations function

  • Ensure the provision of timely donor care to all supporters
  • Work with the Donor Relations Associate, Donor Marketing Officer and Systems team to develop automations to support donor relations efforts
  • Ensure caging vendor meet mandated service levels

Other duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises a team of three in 2023 which will grow to five in 2024.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with interruptions.
  • To travel to the field, the employee must attest to a level of physical fitness capable of enduring physically difficult, highly stressful situations which may include the necessity to walk long distances, to eat a limited diet and/or to reside in potentially uncomfortable housing or tents.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

  • The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required by contact with the missions, mission security, or other obligations.
  • Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel as well as to the missions if appropriate. While visiting the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well is to infectious diseases.

Gender Equality Commitments & Zero Tolerance to Abuse

  • Foster an environment that reinforces values of people of all genders equal access to information.
  • Provide a work environment where people of all genders must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
  • Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all stakeholders, particularly for children, beneficiaries, and members of staff.
  • Help to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment and sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • Value and respect all cultures.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s desirable

Required Skills & Experience

  • Five years management/ten years of digital and traditional direct response experience
  • Analytical and passionate about data driven strategies
  • Excellent project and vendor management skills
  • Entrepreneurial and driven
  • Expertise in monthly giving & retention strategies for one time and monthly supporters
  • Very proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce CRMs
  • Experience with digital fundraising platforms like Funraise, Classy etc
  • Fluency in written and oral English
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for Action Against Hunger’s mission
  • Flexible and open to change within a growing team
  • Collaborative and nurturing


$90,000/yr - $95,000/yr


New York, NY (Hybrid)

All candidates should apply online at Action Against Hunger-USA provides all staff with an attractive salary & benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Action Against Hunger

Direct Response Manager

$90,000 - $95,000


New York, NY (Hybrid)





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