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16 Aug 2018

Marketing and Communications Development Manager

The Urban Assembly

Job Description

Organization Mission & Background

A nonprofit organization that seeks to advance students’ economic and social mobility by improving public education, the Urban Assembly (UA) launches and supports unique, small public secondary schools in New York City and shares innovative programs and resources with partners across the country. UA schools are open to all students, and they significantly outperform comparable schools in the city. Our goal is to prepare 100% of UA graduates for success in the 21st century economy through cutting-edge academic and school leadership supports, social-emotional skills development, college access and success programming, and career readiness efforts.

Position Summary

The UA is seeking a talented, creative and passionate Development Manager to drive our fundraising efforts as part of the Advancement team. The Development Manager reports to the Director of Advancement, and serves as a specialist in all matters of grant writing, grants management, donor prospecting and cultivation, and event planning, with a focus on diversifying the UA’s funding streams both in New York City and nationally. The ideal candidate will have a passion for education and youth development, and a talent for engaging with a variety of audiences in order to build upon the UA’s strong funding base.

This is an opportunity to join an engaged, collaborative, mission-driven staff and to take part in the vital process of improving the lives of NYC students. The Development Manager collaborates with UA staff, schools, and a wide variety of partners, and is based at the UA’s newly renovated central office in Manhattan’s Financial District. This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position, averaging 35 hours per week, including paid sick and vacation days, paid holidays, and generous health benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.


The Development Manager will:

  • With the Advancement Director, execute an annual fundraising strategy which accounts for aggressive growth in donations from new foundations, as well as individuals, to diversify the organization’s fundraising streams and maintain fiscal stability
  • Support donor prospecting efforts to identify potential funders and assess alignment to organizational fundraising and programmatic needs
  • Work with Advancement Director to implement an engagement strategy for existing donors, including targeted events and communications throughout the year
  • In partnership with Communications Manager, craft compelling narratives across multiple platforms that present UA programs and schools to a wide range of audiences and potential funders
  • Maintain systems to cultivate all donors (foundation, corporate and individual) through personal outreach, invitations, school visits, special events, publications and correspondence
  • Update and maintain Salesforce database with donor information and grant payment, submission and reporting schedules
  • Support the development of proposals to multiple potential funding audiences, including foundations, corporate donors, individual donors, and governmental grant programs
  • With the Advancement DIrector and program teams, ensure adherence to goals and timely reporting on all existing grants
  • Develop strategy and recruit for a new UA Young Professionals Board
  • With the CEO, Board and Advancement Director, successfully execute the annual UA benefit


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 5 years’ experience with development/fundraising in the nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully soliciting new donors
  • Event planning experience preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to effectively engage      with a variety of audiences
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Salesforce expertise strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with deadlines and adapt to changing priorities  as needed
  • Self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively
  • Awareness of local and national education issues and passion for mission-driven youth development

The UA is committed to building a diverse team. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and résumé to Sarah Kelly  ( with “Development Manager” in the subject heading. For additional information about the UA, please visit

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Marketing and Communications.

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