Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.




330 West 42nd Street
17 Floor
New York
New York
United States


Building for the Arts NY, Inc. (the new name of 42ndStreet Development Corp.) sets the stage for communities to thrive through creative cultural efforts. Our two signature projects, Theatre Row and Music and the Brain, reflect the belief that vibrant arts experience – when directly connected to a neighborhood – serve as the cornerstone to thriving communities. We provide a unique platform for emerging and established theater, music, and dance artists, a home for diverse audiences, and life-changing arts education opportunities for youth.

Theatre Row is a vibrant cultural hub in the heart of Times Square that provides a home for mid-level artists and arts organizations to stabilize their business models. We bring new theater, dance, music, and arts education initiatives to the next level. (

Music and the Brain is our powerful neuroscience-based program that builds fundamental cognitive and critical thinking skills in pre-K to eighth grade students in underserved communities through classroom keyboard instruction. Music and the Brain operates in more than 240 public schools across the country, reaching more than 400,000 students since 1997. (


The Manager of Development will help ensure that Building for the Arts has the financial resources it needs to meet its short and long term goals.  Responsibilities include resource development planning; management and implementation of all fundraising initiatives (foundation, corporate and major gifts, government funding, annual support and events); prospect research and fundraising database development and management. This position will report to the President of Building for the Arts NY, Inc.


  • Work closely with the President of Building for the Arts to increase contributed revenue from foundations, corporations, major donors and government agencies; also work directly with the Director of Music and the Brain to raise the funds required to scale the program in the coming years. 
  • Work closely with the President and Director to assess fundraising needs as determined by annual goals and operating needs. 
  • Monitor philanthropic trends and develop short and long term fundraising strategies aimed at maximizing income. 
  • Develop annual fundraising budgets, prepare and monitor income projections and progress reports. 
  • Develop, implement and monitor all fundraising programs, including foundation grants, corporate contributions, major gifts, government funding,  annual appeals  and special events 
  • Build the involvement of the President, Director and Board members in the solicitation and donor stewardship processes.  
  • Conduct prospect research; write proposals, annual appeals, donor acknowledgements and all fundraising related materials. 
  • Develop and implement the fundraising data management system.


Full Health and Dental Coverage

Paid Holidays

Cell Phone Stipend

Generous company contribution to 403B plan after two years of employment

Level of Language Proficiency


  • Three or more years experience in diversified fundraising, with an emphasis on foundations, corporations and major donors.
  • Entrepreneurial and intellectually curious; ability to recognize opportunities and proactively pursue them.
  • Superior organizational skills and abilities in effectively managing multiple projects and prioritizing and meeting deadlines.
  • Strong writing skills and experience in the preparation of foundation proposals, corporate sponsorship requests and major donor solicitations. 
  • Excellent donor prospect research skills and experience with fundraising database systems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to create and sustain positive working relationships with donors, board members and staff.
  • Ability to serve as an effective spokesperson for the organization.
  • A team player. 
  • Passionate about the arts.
  • Advanced degree in non-profit, public administration or business a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

This search is being conducted by St James Strategy on behalf of Building for the Arts NY, Inc. Please send cover letter and resume to:

Building for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in recruitment or employment on the base of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.