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Development/Grants Manager

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 22, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Program Administration and Management
Advocacy, Community Development, Education, International, Legal Services, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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Development/Grants Manager

Program: Development 

Reporting to: Director, Development Operations

Future Direct Report: Development Associate

Full-Time, Exempt

Location: New York City (Due to current pandemic this role may begin remote)

Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights seeks a Development Manager to join our Development efforts. The Development Manager will be responsible for writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects as well as Salesforce reporting, data integrity maintenance, managing subgrants and endowment campaigns, as well as other projects opportunities. 


    Increase funding in the institutional portfolio for the organization; Lead for full grant management cycle, conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to individuals, foundation, and corporate sources:
      Collaborate with staff across the organization to collect supporting documentation; Advise on program design and monitoring and evaluation; Comply with all grant reporting and provide stewardship to current donors;
    Make appointments for President and COO with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees); Conduct prospect research on individuals, foundations, and corporations to evaluate alignment and develop solicitation strategies for various stakeholders; Manage the Endowment Campaign for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. This includes:
      Coordinating meetings with internal and external partners; Solicitation strategy; Tracking campaign goals, etc. 
    Oversee Engagement Plans. This includes:
      Collaborating with the Technical Project Manager to access the latest data. Decision-making informed by data insights; Creation of plans to streamline individual donors and moves; Development of communication plans and supporting materials; Creation of reports
    Maintain current records in the database including grant tracking and reporting. Track statistics relevant to development and provide the department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc.); Work with finance to ensure they have all supporting documentation needed for auditing purposes, create cost centers, among others; Work with the Director of Development Operations and Communications Department to provide development input for all written institutional materials (including donor solicitations, annual report, member newsletters); Develop, refine & maintain Salesforce reporting functionality;
      Create dashboards, object views, email alerts and other ad hoc reports. Create and manage basic Salesforce records (contacts, organizations and leads). Create and manage Salesforce Campaigns and Opportunities. Create and manage MOVES and email tracking system with the Technical Project Manager Assist with other fundraising projects as requested
    All new staff will undergo an introductory period of three (3) months as a training and learning period; Do your part in keeping our operations running smoothly - tracking your hours and submitting timecards in a timely manner.

Supervisor Responsibilities:

    Provide feedback and guidance for direct reports, including interns, to successfully comprehend and align individual goals with program and organization goals + strategies; Provide constructive and timely performance evaluations for direct reports; Function as an advocate and mentor for all direct reports as needed for professional development, resources, and support; Approve work related expenses and PTO requests for direct reports. 


    At least four years experience with nonprofit fundraising, grant writing, and prospect research; Experience across the donor lifecycle including the successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donations over $50,000; Experience managing a portfolio of $100k-$1MM in grants/donations; Demonstrated experience with MOVES Management; Awareness and interest in current events and issues relating to human rights around the world; Success streamlining processes involving multiple stakeholders; Working experience on a CRM (Customer Relationship Management), such as Salesforce or similar; Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel; Demonstrated experience working on online platforms such as Zoom and Google Suite; Strong verbal and written communication skills; Demonstrated research skills suitable for varied audiences; Attention to detail, you’re able to scope out errors and willing to fix mistakes; Time management, you have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once; Flexible, patient, and ability to stay gracious under pressure; High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information; Innovative thinking, willingness to voice your opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential; Teamwork, you are able to build positive relationships with your colleagues and are willing to help others; Inclusive, you’re excited to work with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.

Benefits and other Perks:

    We value your health: RFK Human Rights covers 100% of individual-only costs of our platinum medical, dental, vision benefits and subsidize the cost for dependent coverage; We understand the importance of financial planning and saving we provide: 
      an automatic contribution of 7% of your salary after your first year of employment; A College Saveup/Loan PayDown program with an automatic $100/monthly contribution for any current loans or future loans; An automatic monthly cell phone & internet speed stipend of $125/monthly to offset any phone & internet expenses; 
    Flexibility and independent to help manage your work and home life: Staff have the ability to work from home or telecommute; We love to celebrate human rights advocates and our hard work! We do so by hosting award ceremonies, galas, summer outings, holiday parties, potlucks, domestic and international staff retreats, and spur-of-the-moment virtual events.

How to Apply:

    Submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to with “Your Name + Development Manager” in the subject heading. For example “Jane Doe + Development Manager”.  In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position. Ideal writing samples will focus on a social issue of your choice. 

No phone calls please. RFK Human Rights will contact qualified candidates directly. 

You are welcome here...

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool. 

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