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Development Officer

About The New Press: The New Press is a nonprofit publisher committed to social change. We have amplified progressive voices for a more inclusive, just, and equitable world for more than thirty years. Our books enrich public discourse, defend democratic values, and promote the public interest. We are:  

  • A book publisher with a social justice mission
  • An intellectual home for the nation’s leading progressive thinkers, journalists, scholars, political leaders, and activists. 
  • A publishing house where ideas and movements come together. 
  • A small, diverse organization with a big vision: to change the world, book by book

 

Today, The New Press has evolved into a key player in the progressive infrastructure, collaborating with dozens of nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, research institutes, think tanks, colleges and universities, and philanthropic foundations as we position our books as catalysts for social change.  

Job Summary: As the day-to-day operational lead for foundation fundraising, the Development Officer manages The New Press-wide grants efforts and is responsible for securing support from a range of large and small foundations to meet the organization’s philanthropic goals and operating needs – currently $2.5 million in foundation grants from over two dozen major foundations (Ford, MacArthur, Open Society, Omidyar, etc.) annually. In addition to writing and managing grant proposals and preparing grant reports, the position is also responsible for assisting in planning and budget development, including developing other materials as needed as well as prospect research. The position reports to the Chief Development Officer and collaborates with the Development Assistant and other junior staff within the department.  

 

Responsibilities  

  • Strategize with management on an ongoing basis to maintain long-term financial sustainability through major six figure foundation grants in support of the organization’s mission and operations. 
  • Primary responsibility for sustaining high-level foundation contacts and for maintaining grant funding levels year-over-year. 
  • Manage, oversee, and execute The New Press’s foundation fundraising plan in support of the organization’s $2.5m foundation funding goal; maintain relationships with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Identify, research, and cultivate new and lapsed foundation donors for unrestricted and restricted support. 
  • Coordinate, prepare for, attend, and do follow-up for (as appropriate) meetings with foundation staff with the Executive Director, Chief Development Officer, Editorial Director, and editorial staff. 
  • Write and coordinate foundation proposals, in conjunction with other members of the fundraising team and editorial staff, for general operating support as well as specific book projects. 
  • Report on all foundation grants in a thorough and timely fashion. 
  • Maintain on-going cultivation of existing foundation contacts 
  • Work closely with The New Press accounting manager on financial reporting. 
  • Work with Chief Development Officer to develop and manage budget projections. 
  • Attend editorial meetings, as appropriate, to evaluate funding opportunities related to editorial prospects (proposals, RFPs, potential authors), to convey foundation interests, and to help facilitate the exchange of ideas/information between development and editorial staff. 
  • Liaise with key staff to ensure grant compliance. 

Required Skills/Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree.  
  • Proven track record with proposal writing for institutional funders, including successful procurement of multiple six-figure grants. 
  • As a publishing house, we prioritize a high-level command of the written word. Excellent communication skills (oral and written) are essential. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, effectively manage multiple projects, tasks, and deadlines. 
  • Proficiency with fundraising techniques, strategies, and sources. 
  • Knowledge and familiarity with prospect research techniques. 
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring finances with a high degree of accuracy. 
  • Ability to hold in confidence information concerning the organization’s strategic, philanthropic, and financial goals and priorities. 
  • Ability to identify ways to match the programs, books, and activities of The New Press with potential foundation funders; identify proactive and responsive strategies for engaging (and partnering as appropriate) with program officers in ways that address foundation priorities and goals. 
  • Exceptional organizational skills, diplomacy, discretion, attention to detail, pro-activeness, and a high energy level. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with foundation stakeholders and will be a central part of the team that meets with foundation stakeholders. 
  • Passion for progressive social change and familiarity with the NYC philanthropy landscape  

Preferred Experience 

  • Certified Fundraising Executive credentialing  
  • Experience using Raisers Edge 
  • Supervisory experience with freelancers/contractors/junior staff   
  • Love of reading 
  • Familiarity with New Press books 
  • Familiarity with New Press funders 

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