Development Manager

The Center at West Park

165 W 86th St
New York, NY 10024


Oct 01, 2021


Sep 02, 2021

We are seeking a part-time Development Manager to join our small, dedicated, and collaborative team.

The Center at West Park (CWP) is a non-profit community performing arts center based in the historic West Park Presbyterian Church, a New York City landmark. We present engaging and boundary-pushing early-career and established artists through our artist residency programs, provide affordable rental space for artists to develop their work, and steward the restoration of our historic home’s landmark exterior. CWP is led by Artistic Director Zachary Tomlinson and Managing Director Natasha Katerinopoulos.

We are building a welcoming and inclusive community that spans diverse points of view; cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; national origins and immigration statuses; ages, abilities, orientations, and gender identities; and religious and spiritual affiliations (or none at all). We call the diverse members of our community into relationship through our shared commitment to creative and intellectual expression.

The Center at West Park is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that is free from discrimination and discriminatory practices. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, veteran status, military service, or any other legally protected status is contrary to our principles and our policies. We practice nondiscrimination in employment, including recruitment, selection, job assignment, pay, benefits, training, transfer, promotion, and termination. We strive to include individuals from all backgrounds in our workplace and encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply for all available positions. We will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities consistent with our obligations under the law.

We are looking for a skilled and experienced person dedicated to growing and sustaining the artistic community of New York City to join our team as our Development Manager. This person has prior experience in non-profit development and fundraising and is interested in being a key member of a small organization with a big vision for a more inclusive and accessible arts and cultural community on the Upper West Side and all of New York City.

We are seeking a pool of qualified applicants as diverse as New York City. People from historically under-represented communities, including Black and Indigenous people and people of color; LGBTQ, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people; and people with disabilities, as well as people who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Development Manager will be responsible for managing CWP’s development and fundraising activities, including individual giving, institutional giving, and special events.

This person will manage CWP’s donor database, annual appeal and other individual giving campaigns, corporate giving, grant applications to government funders and foundations, and annual gala and other special events. They will supervise grant writers, event coordinators, and other independent contractors working on fundraising and development projects. Reporting to the Managing Director, this person will work with the administrative staff and board of directors.

The Development Manager will be onsite for special events and may work remotely and/or at the CWP office during business hours.

Duties include:
- Attend weekly staff meetings
- Attend gala & fundraising committee meetings as scheduled
- Manage and maintain CWP donor database
- Manage annual appeal and other individual giving campaigns
- Manage and track corporate giving and in-kind donations
- Write and manage grant applications to government funders and foundations
- Write and manage grant reporting to funders
- Build and maintain relationships with funding organizations, program officers, and individual donors
- Manage annual gala and other special events
- Engage and supervise development contract workers, including and grant writers event coordinators
- Provide fundraising reports for quarterly board meetings


- Experience in non-profit development and fundraising
- Reliable, honest, and respectful of others
- Excellent communication and people skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Strong writer and editor
- Strong computer and information technology (IT) skills
- Ability to work individually and collaboratively with staff
- Ability to maintain confidentiality about the institution, its donors, and its staff
- Available at least 20 hours per week between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday
- Available to work occasional nights and weekends for special events

Bonus points for:
- Passion for theater, dance, music, and/or other performing arts
- Experience in individual giving, institutional giving, grant writing, special events, and/or capitol campaigns for New York City performing arts organization(s)
- Experience with the preservation of landmarks and/or historic buildings
- Strong graphic design skills

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