Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



594 Grand Concourse
Suite #2
United States



South Bronx United Inc. (SBU) is a sports-based youth development organization that uses soccer as a tool for social change. Its mission is to prepare youth to succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. SBU serves more than 1,100 boys and girls annually through programming on the field and in the classroom, including academic enrichment and tutoring, college prep, mentoring, leadership development, health and wellness, immigration legal services, and other individual and family supports. The majority of youth served are from immigrant families and many were board outside of the country. While the South Bronx has the nation’s highest poverty rate and low educational outcomes, SBU makes a significant difference in the lives of its youth. In the last five years, 100% of youth in the organization’s core program, the SBU Academy, have graduated high school, 92% have graduated in four years, and 94% have gone on to attend college.

South Bronx United seeks a Development Manager to work collaboratively with the Executive Director and program staff to increase funding for the organization in order to help SBU sustain and expand its impact.


The role of the Development Manager involves owning every aspect of South Bronx United’s fundraising operations, including database management, preparation and coordination of donor communications and solicitations, gift processing, grant writing support, and prospect research. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will also assist in organizing special events, including a major annual benefit. Core responsibilities for the Development Manager position include the following:

1. Work with the Executive Director to implement and design all fundraising activities.

• Prepare and coordinate donor communications and mailings, including end-of- year appeals and acknowledgment letters.

• Manage fundraising timelines including grant deadlines, upcoming events, program site visits, and board meetings.

• Communicate with the Executive Director and Development Associate on upcoming deadlines and activities.

• Work with the SBU Supporters Club board and the board of directors to promote engagement and support development activities.

• Maintain relationships with donors and funders.

• Oversee the updating of development-related pages of the website and generate fundraising email communications.

• Support the Executive Director, senior staff, and Board of Directors in all development initiatives and other activities as assigned.

2. Work with the Executive Director and outside consultants to produce high quality grant proposals that result in awards from foundations for organizations programs and initiatives.

• Prepare first drafts of grant proposals.

• Support the Executive Director with external and internal outreach and planning required.

• Maintain updated, accurate grant materials, include budgets, program data, and personnel lists

• Coordinate submission of grant reports.

• Ensure the grants and reports are submitted within a specified timeframe

3. Manage and coordinate fundraising events including the Annual Benefit, which raises $100,000 for 300 guests every year.

• Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare all materials, and liaise with event support.

• Solicit potential donors, in-kind donors, and sponsors.

• Communicate with committee members and supervise evening volunteers.

• Implement a marketing plan to promote events.

4. Manage the donor database and donor communications.

• Oversee and execute data entry for gifts, pledges, grants, and donor reports.

• Track donor relationships in the Salesforce database

• Ensure that receipts are issued for all contributions in a timely manner

• Prepare a variety of reports including contact and giving history. Coordinate with the fiscal team to track incoming donations and prepare financial reports.

5. Prospect for new funding opportunities that may good fits for supporting SBU's programs.

• Research prospects, including individuals, corporations and foundations.

• Conduct ongoing research in business, philanthropy and related fields to identify potential donors and sources of donor information.

6. Manage development staff, including an AmeriCorps VISTA Development and Communications Associate and development and special event interns.


The ideal candidate has the following experience and skills:

• 3-5 years of development management or grant-writing experience with a nonprofit organization

• Self-motivated problem-solver; exceptionally organized, detail-oriented, and optimistic

• Strong communicator with good interpersonal skills and customer service sense

• First-rate writing skills

• Experience in producing grant proposals on behalf of 501c3 nonprofit organizations

• Adept at skillfully partnering with program staff; and able to quickly assimilate knowledge about South Bronx United and its work

• A passion for the mission and programs of South Bronx United and the broader community

• An ability to work in diverse, multi-cultural settings

• Familiarity with event planning preferred

• Bachelors degree required


Full-time, Competitive Salary plus a health stipend

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to us and add Development Manager to the subject line.