Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $50,000
Details: Full time salary commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



5030 Broadway
Suite 630
New York
New York
United States


People's Theatre Project is seeking experienced fundraising professionals to apply for the organization’s first Development Manager position.

Now in its 10th anniversary season, People's Theatre Project cultivates ongoing artistic dialogue in NYC’s immigrant neighborhoods to amplify youth voices and grow local action. People's Theatre Project is a leading provider of creative youth development programs in Upper Manhattan, rooted in social justice. Through multi-year engagement in arts & social justice projects, People’s Theatre Project engages immigrant youth in ongoing, culturally relevant, and joyful theatre programming as an open invitation into the work of civic action. Through this process, participants deepen their sense of power, strengthen their connection to community and develop the skills to become creative, collaborative and compassionate 21st century leaders.

Development Manager

The Development Manager will capitalize on People's Theatre Project’s history and recent growth to build fundraising capacity. These efforts will grow unrestricted revenue streams to provide the short and long-term financial and mission sustainability the organization seeks.

The Development Manager will have a motivated and enthusiastic Board, Executive Director, Managing Director, and Artistic Director all willing to invest in the success of this initiative. This position will offer the right individual an opportunity to shape, and ultimately grow, the organization’s first development department. S/he will be responsible for spearheading the institutional/foundation proposals, prospect engagement for individual fundraising as well as coordinating efforts for organization-wide fundraising events.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Grant Proposal Writing, Reporting, and Management

  • Conduct research to expand portfolio of institutional prospects suitable for proposals.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive calendar of development activities, including deadlines for government/foundation/corporate proposals and reports.
  • Prepare well-written grant proposals that meet grantor standards and requirements.
  • Work in collaboration with Managing Director to assemble supporting materials for reports as required.
  • Manage and draft acknowledgments when grants are awarded and funding is received and monitor appropriate funder credits.

Fundraising Campaigns & Special Events

  • Support with the planning and implementation of People's Theatre Project’s fundraising events: the #GenerationNow Peer-to-Peer campaign in the Fall and the first board-led Annual cocktail fundraiser in the Spring.
  • Work together with the Executive Director and Board to organize, and coordinate at least 2 smaller annual friendraising/fundraising events for the organization that help educate audiences about the work we do and bring new donors to the organization.

Donor Stewardship & Management

  • Maintain an appropriate database for existing and potential individual donors.
  • Oversee the input of existing and potential donor lists.
  • Support the development and implementation of a major donor cultivation strategy, including by identifying opportunities for the Executive Director to cultivate potential major donors.
  • Assist with strategies to grow and engage our monthly supporters.
  • Support stewardship efforts for donors and volunteers, including preparing and processing acknowledgment letters and sending thank you notes.
  • Draft compelling material to support fundraising efforts on social media platforms.

Planning & Strategy

  • Collaborate and support Executive Director and Managing Director to create short and long-term fundraising strategies for organization.
  • Provide coordination and support for implementation of fundraising strategies.
  • Support the Executive Director to creatively and effectively engage the board.
  • Work with the Communications team to generate compelling content to be used in grant and donor reports.


  • 2+ years nonprofit development experience.
  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated ability to write strong, compelling, and succinct grant proposals and other writings as needed.
  • Excellent at establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships
  • Strong commitment to People's Theatre Project’s mission.
  • Creative problem-solver and collaborator.
  • Strong organizational skills: ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects, and meet all deadlines
  • Interest in learning and participating with People's Theatre Project staff in community development trainings on racial justice, immigrant rights and social equity.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Strong interest in generating innovative ideas and strategies around events, and fundraising.

Working Conditions

  • The Development Manager works closely with the Managing Director and reports to the Executive Director
  • The Development Manager works out of the PTP office, located at 5030 Broadway in Inwood.
  • The Development Manager is a full time position. The general weekly schedule is M-F from 9:30am-5:30pm. Programming outside of these hours will require occasional weekend and evening flexibility.


  • Health and Dental/Vision (75% contribution)
  • 401K access
  • FSA
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Working in a small and growing arts and social justice organization that is committed to creating change
  • Ability to have a strong voice in organization’s direction

Level of Language Proficiency

Conversational Spanish is a big plus!

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Qualified candidates should complete the application form linked above by November 25, 2018. Successful submission includes a 1-2 page resume and 1 page cover letter uploaded as a single PDF, as well as 2 proposal samples.

People’s Theatre Project is an equal opportunity employer and seeks workforce diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities and strongly encourages POC to apply.