Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • New York
  • Applications have closed

Website Data & Society

Deadline for applications: March 13, 2020
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Data & Society is seeking a motivated and experienced Development Manager to implement the organization’s strategies around fundraising. This is a wonderful opportunity for a mid-career development professional to join a young and growing organization.

About the Development Manager

You love all aspects of development: understanding and crafting stories about why the work is important, communicating with donors, and managing the nitty-gritty of day-to-day development work across a vibrant organization. You will support the Executive Director with the implementation of Data & Society’s development strategy for both short-term and long-term organizational sustainability. As a seasoned development professional, you bring experience in fundraising from a range of different sources, including philanthropic organizations and individual donors. And you’ve been involved with different types of fundraising, from stewardship of long-term supporters to annual fund drives to creative events.

You’re comfortable working with Salesforce as a development tool and helping others to figure out how to use it to best effect to capture and manage development information from across teams. You’ll be responsible for implementing development practices at the organization, including the creation and rollout of new resources and clear processes as needed. You’ll be coordinating closely with our Board of Directors and senior leadership to ensure consistent communication around Data & Society’s rich body of work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Implementation of the overall fundraising strategy for the organization in consultation with the Executive Director and Board;
  • Oversight of all donor-related activities, including cultivating and maintaining donor lists, developing and implementing all stewardship and donor development strategies, overseeing the production of all donor materials, and producing and directing donor cultivation events;
  • Supporting staff across the organization in pursuing funding opportunities, and stewarding existing donors relationships;
  • Drafting donor correspondence, grant proposals, and reports;
  • Acting as the central point of organizational communication on development activities, such as preparing and delivering fundraising updates to Data & Society colleagues, leading quarterly income forecasts, and serving as the staff lead on the fundraising committee;
  • Facilitating and supporting board and advisor engagement with fundraising efforts.


  • Five or more years of experience working in a development team in the non-profit sector.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Detail-oriented and used to tracking multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • A love of using Salesforce for development.
  • Knowledge of development compliance preferred.

Compensation: $80 – $100K, commensurate with experience. Benefits include a generous amount of paid time off; health, dental, and life insurance benefits; and a flexible, friendly work environment in our NYC office.

Anticipated Start Date: April/May 2020

Practical Considerations

This position is headquartered at the Data & Society office in NYC. The role allows for some telecommuting, at the discretion of the Executive Director.
You must be eligible to work in the United States, as we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.

To apply, please submit the following items via this link. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through Friday, March 13, 2020:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this role, how you learned about this opportunity, and why you would be a good fit for this position. Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting.
  • Your resume/CV.
  • The names, affiliations, and contact information for three professional references.

Please feel free to contact us at should you have any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.

About Data & Society Research Institute

Founded in 2013, Data & Society is an NYC-based research institute. We advance public understanding of the social and cultural implications of data-centric technologies and automation. Through interdisciplinary research and engagement, we work to ensure that knowledge guides the development and governance of technology.

We see the field as comprised of researchers, journalists, policymakers, technologists, industry leaders and workers, funders, advocates, and civil society actors. We are committed to helping this field engage substantively, and with an evidence base, in debates over implications arising from the increasing reliance on data at scale to automated decision-making across a range of sectors.

Data & Society is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law, and believe that we are strengthened by the diversity of our network.

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