GrowNYC Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time




100 Gold Street
Suite 3300
New York
United States


GrowNYC is seeking a detail oriented, well organized professional to join our development team as a Development Associate. Founded in 1970, GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit whose mission is to improve New York City's quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. GrowNYC operates farmers markets, engages New Yorkers in recycling education and resources, builds and maintains green spaces, and engages young people in hands-on education.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing GrowNYC’s relationship with the City Council, a significant source of funding for the organization
  • Responding to various government (local, state, federal) RFP’s
  • Stewarding relationships/partnerships with elected officials and others
  • Drafting grant proposals and renewal requests to corporate and foundation supporters
  • Identifying new funding prospects, including Foundation, Corporate, and Individuals
  • Developing grant materials to secure donations
  • Creation of funding appeals (mail, email and social media)
  • In-person interactions with donors
  • Planning and managing fundraising, special events, and funder tours
  • Maintaining records and execute reports
  • Helping maintain and improve our donor database
  • Interacting with board members, including attending board committee meetings


Essential Competencies of the Successful Candidate:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
  • Adept at relentless but personable follow-up with large numbers of external partners
  • Familiarity with the NYC Councilmatic funds, and more
  • Able to be flexible and shift gears as needed i.e. comfortable with putting out fires
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge is a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and take initiative
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to proactively seek out and identify opportunities; a self-starter
  • Adept researcher with knowledge fundraising information sources and industry best practices
  • A patient and even-tempered demeanor


Background / Prior Experience

Bachelor's degree, plus relevant 3+ fundraising experience and a familiarity with federal, state and city grants process is preferred. A particular personal interest and knowledge in the areas of environment, food and/or education is preferred and should be referenced in cover letter.


Salary Range: Salary starts at 45K annually. This position is full-time with a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance and paid time off.


To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume and three references to Chelsea Whittaker,, by close of business on March 16, 2018. Combine all submissions into one PDF and write “Development Associate” in the subject line.


GrowNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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