Senior Development Associate/Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



570 Lexington Avenue
5th Floor
New York
New York
United States


About the Roosevelt Institute

Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st-century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have local and national impact. We advance this mission through the work of our staff, fellows, and network of students and alumni.

Roosevelt is taking on some of the biggest issues facing our economy and society and putting out bold, cutting-edge research and policies. Our work ranges from thinking about how we restructure the world of finance to changing the way colleges and universities invest in their communities. In the past year alone we released a bold agenda to rewrite the rules of the American economy which the Washington Post called a new manifesto for fighting inequality; framed the issues of financialization and corporate short-termism and issued a policy agenda that influenced the presidential race and key lawmakers; and crowd-sourced a blueprint for what young people want from candidates in 2016.


Our Culture

At Roosevelt, we recognize that the culture of the workplace and opportunities for career growth and development are important to all.  We believe that diversity of background and experience among our people make our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger.


Roosevelt is equal opportunity employer and, as affirms in policy and practice to consider all applications in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or other legally protected status. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender-neutral bathroom on site.


The Development Operations Manager works under the day-to-day supervision of the Deputy Director of Foundation Relations to drive and manage critical processes, projects, and logistics that ensure the development team functions smoothly and efficiently. The role will require working cross-functionally with finance, communications, program teams, and more. The position requires some administrative work, but will also have the potential autonomy to drive highly strategic projects. This is an exciting opportunity for a data-driven, creative, and action-oriented emerging professional who is looking to build their leadership skills and support organizational development.

This is a non-management, unionized, individual contributor role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Data and Systems Leadership

  • Proactively identify and address opportunities to develop systems, processes, communications, and tools to enable the development team to function in an optimized, streamlined way
  • Creatively leverage the donor database to ensure data-driven decision making and analysis
  • Create and maintain reporting tools and practices to ensure that all stewardship data is being maintained and acted upon
  • Conduct regular audits of data to ensure that it is comprehensive, accurate, and actionable
  • Maintain donor relationship and grant management systems
  • Serve as point person for donor database, providing technical support and best practice thought leadership

Project Management and Operations

  • Manage the development calendar, tracking deadlines for the timely submission of grant materials and managing up to senior staff for all departmental projects and activities to ensure best-in-class donor stewardship
  • Develop processes and workflows around interdepartmental work to ensure efficiency and define clear roles and responsibilities. This includes working with the communications and advocacy teams on external engagement opportunities, the finance team on grants management, the program teams on grant deliverables, etc.
  • Manage relationships with external consultants and vendors as necessary
  • Track departmental progress toward goals

Experience Requirements

  • 3-5 years professional experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • 1-2 years experience working with analytics and database systems (Salesforce preferred)
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and thriving in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to proactively identify problems in organizational processes and propose efficient, time-saving solutions
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to learn quickly, try new things, and remain flexible
  • Strong internal motivation and desire for continuous improvement
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s work and mission
  • The humility to do some administrative work and the ambition to seek out increased responsibility
  • Experience with fundraising highly preferred but not required

The title of the position will be assigned based on combination and experience.


Salaries at the Roosevelt Institute are competitive and we provide a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. We offer a rewarding, friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and employer pension contributions when eligibility criteria are met.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

When applying, please submit your cover letter and resume as one document by August 15, 2018. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.  No phone calls please. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by August 15, 2018 Initial interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. We will only contact applicants who are being considered for interviews.