Development Coordinator

Humanities New York
New York, United States
$60,000.00 - $80,000.00
Closing date
Feb 15, 2023
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Humanities New York is known nationally as an innovator and leader in the exciting and growing field of the public humanities. Using dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking, Humanities New York applies the humanities to strengthen democratic society.



Are you a development professional with a passion for building systems and processes? 

Are you enthusiastic about growing and scaling an organization in order to serve constituents across New York State? 

Are you a credible proponent of HNY’s organizational values of justice; community; dialogue; diversity; collaboration; and relevance?

Are you inspired to play a vital role in the dynamic field of the public humanities? 

Are you excited to work with different teams and HNY board members, and represent the organization credibly with new and existing partners?

Are you a lifelong learner, avid reader, curious researcher, and self-starter?

If so, we invite you to keep reading and think about your role in helping invest in New York State communities. 



Since 1975, Humanities New York has been the sole statewide proponent of the public humanities, offering grants and signature programs to the cultural field across the state. It is the NYS partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, which networks HNY with its counterparts in every US state and territory. Its grants and programs have a decades-long focus on and track record of equitable distribution and user-friendly accessibility. HNY’s strategic plan includes work with citizens returning from prison, including a new grant line for equitable partnerships, a book discussion program, and a podcast; public events with VIP opportunities; and work with indigenous people across NYS. HNY is proud of its diverse and illustrious board of directors, staff, and 200+ partner organizations across the state. Its commitment to DEI work and training also descends from a long-time focus on equity and justice. HNY advocates for public support of the humanities, in general, and the National Endowment for the Humanities in particular, and reports on the statewide results of public funding. 



The Development Coordinator (DC) reports to the Deputy Director for Development and Communications. Duties of the DC include researching potential funders; writing letters of intent and grant proposals; analyzing past and current work in grants and programs to provide reporting on HNY activities for funders; representing HNY with potential funders; mastering CRM and donor management system; and supporting HNY-conducted events. 



Research and Pipeline Generation

    Research foundations and individuals to identify potential funders for HNY Prepare research profiles in advance of funder meetings  Maintain lookbook for HNY Board of Directors

Gift Processing and Administration

    Process gifts in data management system Create all funder acknowledgment letters Track institutional funding proposal submissions and awards

Writing and Communications 

    Collaborating with HNY teams, gather appropriate programmatic information to write compelling LOI and grant proposals for institutional funders Compose year-end and spring appeal letters and emails; manage year-end appeal mailing process, including any external vendors; assist in creating social media copy for year-end and spring appeals

Reporting and Evaluation

    Work with the grants team to ensure on-time reporting to funders  Coordinating with the Data and Systems Manager, compile and analyze pipeline metrics to enable sales forecasting  Coordinating with the Data and Systems Manager, develop impact reports for advocacy purposes (City, State, Federal)  Collaborating with the HNY grant and program teams, create Annual Report narrative

Additional Responsibilities

    Represent HNY at fundraising events  Meet with and steward funders, as needed  Light travel expected



    A bachelor's degree Two to four years of fundraising, sales, sales development, or marketing experience or commensurate work experience Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines across a variety of stakeholders Attention to detail with excellent organizational and time management skills Excellent communication skills, both written and interpersonal A true team player that collaborates with colleagues in a hybrid environment Ability to work with flexibility and efficiency Ability to track progress using specific metrics and analyze performance data Experience with a variety of software systems with the capacity to grasp new systems and concepts quickly Experience with donor management systems (Salesforce preferred) An active interest in the public humanities preferred



Humanities New York offers a competitive benefits package for all employees. The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $80,000. HNY offers generous benefits including medical, dental, and vision coverage; retirement savings account with a match after one year; paid time off, sick, and personal days; life insurance; commuter benefits; and a professional development stipend for all employees. HNY is currently working on a hybrid office schedule. 


Please email a cover letter and resume to Initial interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and continue until the position has been filled. HNY requests that candidates not call the office.

Humanities New York provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate based on any status protected by law. Black, Indigenous, and people of color; trans, non-binary, and intersex people, especially transwomen; those from poor and working-class backgrounds, immigrants, and people with disabilities; as well as people at the intersections of these experiences are highly encouraged to apply. 

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