National Book Foundation

Director of Development

The National Book Foundation is seeking an experienced development professional to join a small, dynamic team in the full-time, senior-level role of Director of Development. The Director of Development will manage all aspects of the Foundation’s fundraising and cultivation efforts, working alongside the Executive Director and in collaboration with staff to provide intellectual support and leadership for all development efforts and activities, including: individual and corporate annual giving campaigns; grant-writing and research; development and oversight of an Endowment campaign; high-level management of the Foundation’s donor database and tracking / communication systems; and the building and/or maintaining of the Foundation’s Book Council and forthcoming National Council. This position is based in New York.

Primary Responsibilities:

Grants & Fundraising

  • Oversee the logistics of year-round fundraising campaigns, as well as creating/supporting major gifts and individual giving strategy 
  • Draft grant narratives, with support from program staff
  • Identify and cultivate new foundations, major donors, and avenues of support
  • Provide stewardship for all high-level current donors; build and maintain relationships with National Book Award donors to cultivate year-round Foundation support
  • Identify new corporate partners and assist in the management of existing corporate relationships  
  • Collaborate with Deputy Director on all government funding applications, renewals, and reports, including meeting with local government representatives, when appropriate
  • Manage individual appeals and end-of-year mailings
  • Maintain organizational grants calendar
  • Ensure external materials (web, print) are up-to-date and funder-friendly

Board of Directors, Councils, and Committees

  • Work with the Executive Director on the development of the National Book Foundation’s new National Council (a group of individuals from around the country that attend the NBAs, support the Foundation and help to develop national partnerships in collaboration); once formed, the Director of Development will oversee this group
  • Oversight of Book Council including scheduling meetings, nomination process, and supervision of all Book Council activities
  • Supports the planning of, attends, and documents meetings with the Board of Directors and Board Committee meetings, when appropriate; maintain up-to-date information on Board Members (contact info, professional activities)

Endowment Campaign

  • Work alongside the Executive Director and the Board of Directors (or appropriate committee) and any contractors to execute all aspects of the National Book Foundation’s endowment campaign 
  • Contribute to the development and execution of strategies for building the organization’s endowment in preparation for 75th Anniversary in 2024

Database Management

  • Manage NBF’s eTapestry database, including systems for coding, tracking, tagging, and list-pulling for all development activities
  • Coordinate with Manager of Marketing and Communications and other staff to ensure lists from special events and other NBF activities are synchronized with database and mailing lists


We are looking for applicants with at least 5 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 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. Some evening and weekend work, as well as some travel, is required.


This is a full-time exempt position with a generous benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience.


To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Director of Development”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls, please.

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.

Contact Information

National Book Foundation,
90 Broad Street, Suite 604
New York
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