Development Manager (P/T)

Development Manager (P/T)

Application Deadline: June 4th, 2018

Application Start Date: June 27th, 2018

Position Overview

This is a part-time (18 hours/week) position. The Development Manager plays a key role in supporting all of NY Writers Coalition’s fundraising activities, including maintaining individual donors/major gifts, planning and implementing fundraising events, and growing our funding base.

You will be joining a staff of 5 who are deeply dedicated to our mission. We have a working environment that matches our philosophy of creating a positive space where people can be at their best. That being said, our organization provides extensive programming on a very limited budget so you will be asked to juggle many different duties, most likely including new responsibilities as needed. Thus, you will develop a wide range of skills.

This job is an opportunity to have an enormous impact on the work we do, and will help make NYC a more inclusive and just city. You will help expand our resources so we can serve even more people in our empowering and enriching creative writing programs.

Organization Overview

NY Writers Coalition Inc. (NYWC) empowers and enriches the lives of New Yorkers of all backgrounds and experiences through the art of creative writing. We are one of the largest community writing organizations in the country. In 2017, NYWC served more than 1,600 people in about 1,100 workshop session at 40 locations around New York City.

Participants in our free and low-cost writing workshops in New York City become part of a community of peers, present their work publicly through NYWC’s readings and publications, and connect with broader audiences. Our workshops are particularly targeted toward underserved people, including youth, seniors, women, LGBTQ communities, people living with disabilities, people who are incarcerated or have been incarcerated, and others from traditionally silenced groups.

Writing and sharing their work with others in a safe atmosphere of respect and acceptance, NYWC’s writers discover the power of their own stories, gain confidence and a stronger sense of self, and become part of a creative and socially conscious community. We encourage creative writing as a long-term practice in the lives of our constituents, developing an audience and recognition of individuals’ artistic and personal value. We believe that everyone has a voice and a story and that the world is a better place when we respect, deeply listen to, and honor all of its citizens.

We believe:

  • Everyone is a writer, regardless of prior writing experience and formal education.
  • Through encouragement and support, people grow as writers and artists.
  • In the value of the uniqueness of every individual’s voice.
  • Each person’s experiences are a source of strength and power as a writer and an artist.
  • In creating and maintaining a non-judgmental, open and respectful community where everyone is encouraged to support and listen to each other and to take risks and grow as writers.
  • Each person, through writing, can shape and influence the lives of others.
  • We can achieve social change by providing access and opportunity for all writers, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability.

Position Responsibilites:

  • Plan and execute year-end, major donor and other fundraising campaigns
  • Manage all fundraising events, including an annual cocktail party, art auction, and the NYWC Write-A-Thon
  • Process and record gifts, including monthly recurring gifts
  • Manage transition from Donor Perfect donor database to Little Green Light
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with donors
  • Generate acknowledgement letters to donors
  • Create lists and run reports of donors and donor prospects as directed
  • Support NYWC volunteers, Board, and staff members in their fundraising efforts
  • Write and proofread documents; ensure accuracy of distributed content
  • Oversee Grants Calendar of application and report deadlines
  • Prepare written grant reports and proposals
  • Assisting with and representing NYWC at programmatic events, including readings and our annual Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival
  • Gather and organize data for NYWC’s Annual Report
  • Update NYWC website, Firstgiving page, and presence on other online platforms as needed
  • Maintain NYWC online accounts with government and other funders
  • Perform other general administrative duties and tasks as assigned

Essential Skills and Education/Expierence:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of professional experience in an office environment, preferably with non-profit events and/or individual giving
  • A high level of computer proficiency, and comfortable working with a wide range of applications (MS office, WordPress, social media, etc.)
  • Donor Perfect, Little Green Light, or other donor database experience highly preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in an effective and professional manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small staff
  • Enthusiasm about NYWC’s mission and programs and a belief in social justice and equity

Ideal Candidate: 

An ideal candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for NYWC’s mission and beliefs, have a connection to social justice and racial equity issues, will be familiar with nonprofit settings, will relate to people in a positive and friendly manner, and will welcome being a part of a close-knit community of writers and activists. Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and prioritize under pressure are highly valued.

NYWC has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness throughout our community and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance NYWC’s diversity.

Approximately $22,000/year. Benefits include paid sick/vacation time and a flexible spending account.

How to Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and (1) professional writing sample to, using the SUBJECT LINE: Development Manager

Application Deadline: Monday, June 4 but applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so it benefits you to apply as soon as possible.