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Development Manager
The Center for Fiction


The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community.

We are seeking a full-time Development Manager. Reporting to the Director of Development, and working closely with the Executive Director, this position will help to strengthen our unique voice and advance fundraising efforts and initiatives across the organization.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Write grant proposals and take the lead on preparing materials for submission of low- to mid-level opportunities as assigned by the Director of Development
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective sources of grant and sponsorship funding
  • Assist with peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives by creating donor lists and generating project timelines
  • Help acquire new donors and cultivate/maintain relationships through fundraising events, donor stewardship, and relationship-building activities for individuals and companies
  • Assist with membership recruitment and supporting members of our Founders Society (major donors)
  • Assist with engagement opportunities with donors, including acting as the primary liaison with the Junior Board/Fete Committee
  • Donor Communications: 
    • Coordinate fundraising mailings, including End-of-Year appeal letters, campaigns, and event invitations
    • Assemble donor kits for events and presentations
    • Manage the collection and storage of program stories and impact data for development communications
  • Grant Management and Development Systems:
    • Maintain the tracking system for grant proposals and report submission dates in NEON
    • Manage marketing initiatives in partnership with Marketing Manager for new donors by distributing draft acknowledgment letters and other engagement plans
    • Process online/offline donations with assistance from Webmaster
    • Update and maintain clean database records in NEON
    • Create and manage all campaigns and donor reports in NEON
    • Maintain foundation, corporate, government, and individual donor physical files
    • Assist with submitting and filing government, foundation, and corporate forms and proposals
    • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development
  • Membership:
    • Manage membership renewals and correspondence
    • Respond to membership inquiries
    • Track membership data in NEON database and coordinate with library staff and other departments
    • Support other membership initiatives as they arise



  • Deep dedication to CFF’s mission, values, and strategic objectives
  • A minimum of 2-3 successful years of nonprofit grant writing experience
  • Demonstrated experience with database management and CRM functions (NEON preferred)
  • An understanding of donor management and relationship building
  • Exceptional program, project, and time management skills: highly organized, detail focused, and results-driven, with the ability to handle fast-paced environment and last-minute, urgent requests
  • Strong communications skills: interpersonal, leadership, and problem-solving; a calm, diplomatic demeanor
  • Experience supporting small- and large-scale events, as well as working as an effective partner across departments
  • Strong customer service skills
  • General knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Adobe Suite, WordPress, and WooCommerce (or similar product/revenue systems)

Our Ideal Candidate: 

  • Has 2-3 years of work experience in Development
  • Is interested in a career in nonprofit management or fundraising
  • Is reflective and adaptive when giving and receiving feedback and participating in meetings
  • Places a high value on literary culture
  • Communicates and operates from an assets-based framework while fundraising

Location: In-Person work beginning September 2021. New York City-based position.

Salary:  $60,000-$65,000

To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and emails of three references to with “2021 Development Manager” as the subject. Please, no calls. 

Application deadline: July 16, 2021. Interviews will begin in Early August.

The Center for Fiction is committed to building a diverse and culturally vibrant team. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we respect and value diversity and inclusion, and engage employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.


Date posted:

Expire date

July 16, 2021

Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable