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 and co-leading 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 Manager of Donors Relations 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 public 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, and interested candidates who presently do not reside in the tristate 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.
HOW TO APPLY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to Matt Toyer, Director of Development.
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, right-of-center public policy think tank based in midtown Manhattan. 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 American life. The empirical research, journalism, and media commentary that MI's scholars put forward are rooted in conservative and classical liberal fundamentals: limited and effective government; vibrant, diverse, and innovative civil society; free markets; rich cultural life; educational and economic opportunity for all citizens. Unlike many right-of-center national think tanks, MI's experts focus significant time and attention on matters of state and local concern, in addition to federal policy issues, and often partner with local policymakers to see our ideas put into action. MI publishes a policy magazine, City Journal, online and in print, which boasts a readership of millions across the U.S. and around the globe. For decades, our scholars have advanced policy solutions that have significantly improved urban life, especially in the realms of crime prevention and policing, tax and welfare reform, and K-12 educational innovation. A qualified 501(c)(3) organization, MI seeks staff who share its core values and want to advance MI's vision as described above.