Development Manager

  • Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  • New York, NY, United States
  • Jun 11, 2018
Full time Communications / PR Government Affairs / Relations Public Affairs Public Policy Other

Job Description

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, right-of-center public policy think tank based in midtown Manhattan, with a small satellite office in Washington, D.C. For more than 40 years, MI's scholars have been committed to developing and disseminating policy ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility in America.

Their work is rooted in conservative and classical liberal fundamentals. To finance their scholarship, MI relies on gifts from generous supporters. MI's Development team raises monetary support to underwrite our scholars' work.

To fill a new position on this growing team, we seek a candidate who will be responsible for raising support for MI by managing and expanding a book of donors and helping to  lead the Development office.

The successful candidate will be deeply interested and experienced in public policy at the federal, state, and/or local levels. Past fundraising experience is not required, but team-leadership experience, along with extreme attention to detail and exceptional organization skills are essential. Qualified candidates are those who also have proven experience in researching, analyzing, and writing about complex public-policy ideas, and who enjoy doing so with strategic goals in mind. The candidate should be proven in developing external relationships, understanding individuals and coalitions, and communicating with high-level business and thought leaders, as well as their own team.

This position requires a thinker and writer who is capable of articulating the value of MI scholars' projects and goals to audiences of sophisticated, policy-savvy supporters. We seek an individual who thrives in entrepreneurial, creative, and fast-paced environments, and who wants to help propel the success of MI's scholars over time by growing MI's network of donors (primarily but not exclusively in New York City and D.C.). At the same time, this team member will oversee the workflow of other Development staffers, working with the Director of Development to maximize the team's efficiency, organization, and productivity in terms of funds raised.

With respect to his or her individual fundraising portfolio, the Development Manager will be assigned to specific MI policy vertical(s), and will be solely responsible to work with donors and potential donors to further our scholars' work in each area.

The successful candidate may come from a variety of backgrounds—including Capitol Hill, a policy nonprofit, private industry, lobbying, academia, or otherwise. Above all, the candidate must demonstrate exceptional drive, unique ability to be self-directed and motivated by ambitious goals. All applicants must hold past experience in translating nuanced ideas to high-level parties in a persuasive manner. Excellent pitching/presentation and writing skills are required.

Occasional travel to Washington, D.C. and elsewhere is expected.

This position is based at MI's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. Interested candidates who presently do not reside in the region must be planning or willing to relocate to metropolitan New York City.

Applicants lacking prior work experience that speaks to the aforementioned requirements will not be considered.

A graduate degree (MA, MBA, JD, PhD) is strongly preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applicants must articulate how their past experience has prepared them to do the job described above. This will be communicated through a cover letter that connects both your: 1) work experience; and 2) personal outlook to MI's mission. This letter must clearly lay out your interest in the position and how you would add value to MI's Development team. A stock cover letter will not be considered. E-mail your letter—including a salary requirement—with your resume, and a list of three professional references (names and contact info) in a single PDF to, addressed to Matt Toyer, Director of Development.


Manhattan Institute for Policy Research


Commensurate with experience