Manager, Development and Engagement -- Keeping the Magic Going

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $47,000
Maximum: $50,000




53 W Jackson Blvd
Suite 835
United States


Want to help make the world a better place for sick kids and use your superpowers for good? You’ve come to the right job listing.

Do you have experience building, growing, and supporting Boards? Do you have experience researching, writing, and managing grants? Have you managed engagement programs for volunteers? Have you planned and executed large and small events?

We’re looking for an energetic, creative, and proactive team member who is interested in being part of something truly special and taking an innovative children’s charity to the next level. Each member of our small team contributes a big part of helping us achieve our goal of reaching seriously ill kids in children’s hospitals across the nation in a smart, sustainable manner.

Open Heart Magic: Not Your Typical Non-Profit Children’s Charity

Open Heart Magic (OHM) began in 2004 with the mission of bringing the transformative and therapeutic power of magic to kids facing the toughest medical situations. Today, with a staff of five and budget of $800,000, over 170 volunteer Hospital Magicians perform and teach kids magic at their hospital bedsides to change the hospital experience by taking their minds off their fears, bringing them hope and making them feel stronger to tackle their illnesses.

Our volunteer Hospital Magicians go into pediatric intensive care, oncology departments, the burn unit and even isolation rooms to reach kids who are in the fight of their lives. Our intense screening, training and certification program has created a dynamic community of passionate, talented, caring volunteers. 

We’re looking for a Manager who will care just as much.

Today, we reach over 13,000 children one-to-one at twelve children’s hospitals in Chicago, Ann Arbor and Cleveland, including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. As part of our commitment to bringing magic to more hospitalized kids every year, we will be launching new programs at three new hospital partners over the next twelve months. Meanwhile, we’re preparing a long-term operations plan to continue our successful growth to new hospitals across the nation.

Here’s a previous Benefit video showing the impact on kids and sharing how we grew to reach 10,000 kids:

The Manager will work with the Director of Operations and Development to grow OHM’s operations and and revenue to prepare for national expansion over the next four years. This reimagined role will be critical in building and maintaining the volunteer and Board communities in our expanded locations of Ann Arbor and Cleveland, while also supporting HQ in operational processes and fundraising activities. 

Job Requirements

We’re looking for someone who has solid experience in non-profits and is used to wearing multiple hats. OHM is a tightly and well run organization with the spirit and culture of a growing start up. We prefer a fast pace pursuing exciting results over blindly following the way its always been done. We are dedicated to leading the children’s hospital programming niche with the most thoughtful and beneficial children’s hospital programs fulfilled by the best trained and most passionate group of volunteers in the nation.

We need someone to take the high-level strategies designed by leadership, and suggest, confirm, and implement the steps required to get there. 

We need the quality of organization processes to function with 100% certainty, because seriously ill kids are depending on us. A great track record of keeping yourself organized and strong project management skills are a must. New ideas and ongoing innovation are at the core of OHM, and we expect every staff member to contribute to help us keep getting better and growing sustainably.

Specifics on Requirements

  • Experience in Board relations is vital, including recruitment, management, and engagement activities
  • Proven success in securing and managing foundation and corporate grant funding, from prospect research through stewardship; willingness to drive the growth and strength of our grant program as a whole
  • Ability to own projects from start to finish with minimal direction on day-to-day activities, as well as time management skills to work on multiple projects concurrently with a strict attention to detail
  • Experience with cross-channel fundraising and/or recruitment campaigns, including social media, email, paid advertising, etc.
  • Great written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to interact effectively in person, by email, and over the phone with a wide variety of groups of people.
  • The willingness and desire to get your hands dirty on the front lines of a small but might organization: handwriting hundreds of envelopes, moving boxes, and cheering on our charity team runners along the marathon course
  • The flexibility to work some evenings and weekends for special events is required

Job Responsibilities

  • You’ll be a primary driver on building our local communities in Ann Arbor and Cleveland, focused on new local Boards as well as volunteer recruitment
  • You’ll also be responsible for the nuts and bolts of the grant program, expanding it to play a larger role in our overall fundraising strategy
  • You’ll be a key point person in envisioning and implementing creative events with a goal of engagement and cultivation
  • You’ll be the right hand to the Director of Operations & Development, supporting programs including Charity Team, volunteer recruitment, individual fundraising, and general organization operations


  • Full time position, with flexible work days
  • Use of Mac laptop provided
  • Use of iPhone provided after 6 month probation
  • Medical and 401K
  • Time off for sick days, vacation, holidays
  • Future compensation based on performance and OHM growth

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Ready to Work Magic?

To apply for this position, please submit your resume as a PDF and provide a writing sample by answering the following questions. There is no need to attach a separate cover letter. You can drop this information into the body of your email to make it easy.

  1. What has been your most out-of-the-box idea that you’ve come up with to solve a problem or meet a goal in a job? How did you implement it and how did it go?
  2. Small non-profits are a unique niche - what is it about Open Heart Magic that makes you interested in this role? First non-profit or 50th, why non-profit now in your career?
  3. Add anything else you think would be helpful for us to know.

Please email your response to 

Best of luck. If you don’t hear back from us within two months, another candidate was selected. If this ad is still live, then we’re still looking. We know it stinks not hearing back and we hate sending canned emails. We think you’re already a superhero for wanting to work for a nonprofit that helps kids. Thanks for applying.