Development Manager

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 20, 2020
Dec 19, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time


Reports to:  Vice President of Development 

Based in:  New York, NY 


The Council for Economic Education’s (CEE’s) mission is to equip K-12 students with the tools and knowledge of personal finance and economics so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

We carry out our mission by providing resources and training to K-12 educators and have done so for over 70 years. Nearly two-thirds of the teachers we reach in-person are in low to moderate income schools. All resources and programs are developed by educators and delivered by our nearly 200 affiliates across the country in every state. We reach over 50,000 teachers a year through in-person professional development and those teachers, in turn, reach approximately 5 million students throughout the country. Our growing virtual educator programs will reach over 10,000 educators this year. EconEdLink, our free online educator gateway for economic and personal finance lessons and resources for educators, attracts more than 800,000 unique visitors per year. Our student facing programs, Invest in Girls, the National Personal Finance Challenge and the National Economics Challenge together reached over 30,000 high school students in 2019 (we went virtual in 2020, with great programs but fewer students). We also advocate for more and better education in personal finance and economics, primarily through the biennial Survey of the States.


The Development Manager position offers a unique opportunity to join a dynamic team and manage a range of activities across several development department functions including fundraising, operations and events. In partnership with the Vice President of Development, the Manager will be responsible for end-to-end fundraising and management of a portfolio of foundation and institutional donors. The Manager will be actively engaged in prospect research, development of cultivation and solicitation plans, pipeline management, proposal writing, renewals and grant reporting. They will draft correspondence as needed for the CEO and VP of Development. The Manager will be actively engaged in developing plans for and execution of annual appeals. They will also support the VP in stewardship of all donor categories.

The Manager will support the Senior Director with departmental operations ensuring that best practices are followed.  The Manager will be responsible for database management and integrity. In addition, the Manager will support the Senior Director by providing assistance with Associate Board events and stewardship of this volunteer leadership group. The Manager will also supervise the Development Associate’s activities.

The Manager will actively support cultivation, fundraising and program events. Working closely with the Events Coordinator, the Manager will facilitate donor facing aspects - e.g. invitation mailing, seating and event correspondence such as thank yous, and work closely with the VP and CEO on ROS plans.

The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills and be extremely detail oriented. They should have strong database and pipeline management skills.

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Manage a portfolio of institutional funders
  • Process management for funding applications including writing LOIs, proposals, and grant reports
  • Ensure that all existing foundation and corporate funders are successfully renewed

(working with VP, CPO, CEO)

  • Pipeline management and tracking of reporting deadlines
  • Provide regular updates of institutional fundraising goals
  • Conduct prospect research and prepare donor profiles for all categories of funders
  • Assist with planning and execution of donor stewardship
  • Plan and manage mailings for appeals and event invitations
  • Ensure best practices in development operations
  • Maintain database and data integrity
  • Supervise and guide activities of the Development Assistant
  • Support event planning and logistics
  • Assist with Associate Board event planning
  • Partner with Marketing on development related website updates and fundraising collateral pieces 
  • Draft correspondence and provide administrative support as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years minimum experience in institutional fundraising and development operations
  • Knowledge of and experience with prospect research, identification, and fundraising techniques
  • Strong pipeline and database management skills
  • Familiarity with best practices in development operations
  • High level of proficiency in Raisers Edge, or similar fundraising database, and Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with volunteer leaders 
  • Passion for CEE’s mission
  • Exemplify CEE’s core values of Trust, Respect for the Individual, Integrity, Transparency and Teamwork
  • A positive attitude, demonstrated presence, self-confidence, common sense
  • Ability to work occasional evenings as related to special events


Salary commensurate with background and experience. CEE offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, vision and dental insurance, life/disability insurance, 401K plan, and generous vacation.

To apply: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter 

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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