National Book Foundation

Development Manager

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is seeking a full-time Development Manager. This newly-created role will work closely with NBF’s Director of Development to support the growth and diversification of a new development department, and help manage all aspects of the Foundation’s fundraising and cultivation efforts, including: individual outreach and annual giving campaigns; corporate and foundation grant-writing and reporting; management of government contracts; support of sponsorship requests and other event related tasks; and more.

The ideal start date for this position is on or around May 1, 2023. This is a full-time position based in New York City and operates on a hybrid in-office / remote schedule. Some evening and weekend work is required.


Individual Donors:

  • Manage annual individual mailings, draft correspondence including solicitation letters, follow ups, and individual proposals
  • Support the evolution and maintenance of a comprehensive moves management system, including tracking all interactions with current and potential major donors
  • Prepare research briefs for potential major donors
  • Assist with developing strategy on individual major donors
  • Support the planning and execution of donor cultivation events
  • Manage and track timely benefits fulfillment
  • Assist with re-engagement strategies for individual donors, including working closely with Manager of Marketing & Communications

Corporate & Foundations:

  • Draft and submit applications, reports, attachments, and other supplemental materials as needed, including working with Manager of Finance and Operations finance on budget preparation
  • Surface, research and submit new applications as appropriate
  • Maintain comprehensive calendar and ensure timely submission of grant applications and reports


  • Manage timelines and ensure compliance with government pre-certification process for federal, state and city grant contract eligibility
  • Manage approved contract execution and track all necessary grant information
  • Manage reporting and application timelines for all federal, state, and city grant contracts
  • Draft reports and applications, compile outreach and reporting materials

Special Events:

  • Work with Awards and Honors Manager to broaden sponsorship opportunities for National Book Awards and other National Book Foundation honors including research and outreach to potential sponsors, preparing, and submitting sponsorship decks, and other responsibilities as needed
  • Ensure inclusion of Leadership Circle members in events as appropriate, support outreach efforts for individual donors around National Book Awards and other events

Other responsibilities:

  • Support Director of Development and other senior staff in the creation of annual strategies and goals, including running and analyzing donor reports and trends
  • Work with Manager of Operations & Finance to verify accurate coding and tracking of donations; work with Administrative Assistant to ensure timely, accurate acknowledgement of gifts
  • Manage NBF’s young professionals’ group, the Book Council.


We are looking for applicants with at least 2-3 years of managing development activities, preferably within an arts or cultural organization. Candidates should possess: excellent verbal and written communication skills; exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to handle multiple, simultaneous tasks and work under deadlines; comfort interfacing with new and potential donors; and enthusiasm about working and collaborating with a small, passionate team. Applicants should be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and database programs (preferably eTapestry). A passion for reading and literature is a must.


This is a full-time exempt position based in New York City (with a flexible in-office/remote hybrid schedule) and benefits package, including paid time off, health care, and other benefits. Salary is $60,000-$72,000 depending on experience.


Send resume and cover letter to with the subject line Development Manager. Review of applications will begin in mid-March 2023 and continue until the position is filled; priority will be given to applications received by March 12, 2023. Position begins in May 2023. No phone calls.

The National Book Foundation is committed to inclusivity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability.

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