Development Manager (grant writer)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $62,000




30 Broad Street, 9th Floor
New York
New York
United States


About iMentor

iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Students work with their mentors one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success. In New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area, iMentor partners with public schools to ensure every student in the schools receives a mentor. iMentor also provides its curriculum, technology, and best practices to help nonprofits run effective programs in the iMentor model. 

Since 1999, iMentor has connected more than 25,000 students with mentors and this year, iMentor is serving nearly 9,000 students across the country. iMentor has been recognized through funding from many of the leading education funders in the country, including the Ballmer Group, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Bezos Family Foundation, New Profit Inc., and the Kresge Foundation.

iMentor is one of the nation’s most innovative and quickly growing college success organizations. As a team, we are mission-focused, results-oriented, passionate and fun, and were named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by Opportunity Knocks and The Nonprofit Times.

Position Overview

The Development Manager will be iMentor NYC’s researcher and grant writer, driving asset mapping and drafting proposals in support of our frontline development staff. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, iMentor NYC, the Development Manager (DM) will help secure funding across all revenue sources, including foundation, corporate, and individual giving.

The ideal candidate will be a strong researcher and writer, eager to steep themselves in iMentor NYC's program to tell the stories of our pairs and equally excited to identify new funding sources. Through grant writing, reporting and pipeline building, this person will play a critical role in to supporting iMentor's largest region on the path toward financial sustainability and strategic programmatic expansion.


Prospect Research and Cultivation

·        Research new prospects to strengthen iMentor’s pipeline across revenue streams: foundations, corporations and individual funders.

·        Support the development of cultivation strategies for both new and current foundation funders utilizing Salesforce, LinkedIn Wealth Engine, Charity Navigator and Foundation Center.

Grant Writing and Reporting

·        Write exceptional grant proposals and reports, letters of inquiry, internal briefing documents and memos, and other communications and materials, as needed, effectively and succinctly capturing iMentor’s work and impact.

·        Work closely with AD of Development to leverage grant templates, report on and renew existing grants and prepare for five-figure grant proposals.

·        Manage internal grants calendar and schedule to ensure proposals are submitted on time.

Project and Systems Management

·        Build relationships with key departments within iMentor – e.g., program, finance, and research and evaluation – to aggregate data and information that will help inform and tailor grant requests to strongly align with the grant-making priorities of each foundation.

·        Provide administrative, systems and project support to plan, coordinate and execute events to convene funders.

·        Update and maintain iMentor’s Salesforce database of foundation funders and prospects.

Donor Communication and Special Initiatives

·        Devise a stewardship and communications plan that engages supporters with the stories of mentor-mentee pairs, iMentor national impact, and the broader organizational development of iMentor.

·        Collaborate with special event committee(s) to support event coordination and execution.

·        Create mailing list(s), draft End of Year (EOY) appeal letters and work with mail house venders to execute EOY Giving plan.

·        Support organization-wide and development team initiatives and events, including weeknight evenings.


·        3+ years’ experience in relevant field with demonstrated success in grant and proposal writing, development, member/constituent services, or journalism/public relations; experience in the nonprofit sector a must

·        Strong writing skills with ability to demonstrate persuasive writing and articulate clear and concise thoughts.

·        Sharp analytical skills to figure out the inputs that lead to desired outputs, figure out what’s missing, what’s superfluous, and how to do it better with a strong focus on systems and process.

·        Strong contributor in team environments to help strengthen internal communications, collaborations, and organizational culture.

·        Understanding of local fundraising landscape and development cycle.

·        Proven track record of relationship development with ability to balance mutually beneficial relationships and work collaboratively toward outcomes.

·        Exceptional project management skills and ability to balance multiple, complex projects in a highly deadline-driven environment.

·        Displays resiliency and realistic optimism when articulating challenges in their work and ability to use a solutions-based, collaborative approach to drive change.

·        Quick learner who demonstrates an eagerness to continually strengthen their understanding of iMentor’s work, impact, successes, and challenges. Continually seeks constructive feedback and leverages input to move work forward.

·        Flexible and adaptive to effectively manage changing priorities and new opportunities.

·        Deep commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and aligned in thought and action with iMentor's values.

 Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory fingerprinting and criminal background check, conducted by the Division of Human Resources at the New York City Department of Education


Compensation & Benefits

·        Salary commensurate with experience

·        Up to 100% employer funded comprehensive medical and dental coverage

·        18 days paid annual vacation and 13 paid holidays + most iMentor functions closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day

·        401K match up to 4%

Significant opportunities for professional development and growth

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Visit to submit a resume and detailed cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so it is in candidates’ best interest to apply as soon as possible. No phone, email, mail, or fax inquiries will receive a response.