Senior Development Manager

GO Project | New York, New York


About GO Project 

The GO Project’s vision is to close the opportunity gap for all under-resourced families who have children that are struggling in their New York City public school. By providing access to coordinated, comprehensive, and effective programs, GO supports families in ensuring their child’s success in school, at home, and in life.

Founded in 1968, the GO Project has a long history of serving public school children that are struggling academically. The GO Project currently serves 722 students in grades K-8, and their families, through our summer (GO Summer) and school year program (GO School). Unique to the GO Project model is the partnership we have developed with independent schools in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. These schools donate space and resources to the GO Project to enable us to operate our programs in a cost efficient manner. Current independent school and host site partners include Grace Church, Grace Church School, LREI, Avenues: The World School, St. Luke’s, and Berkeley Carroll. 

The GO Project was named a semi-finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, was named one of the most effective summer program models in the United States by the National Summer Learning Association, and was highlighted as an effective out-of-school time program as part of American Graduate Day on PBS. GO was also recognized for its outstanding board leadership as a finalist for the Brooke W. Mahoney Award. Please learn more about our programs and outcomes at

This is an exciting time in the history of the GO Project. In June 2013, the GO Project completed a 5-year strategic plan that has guided the organization’s growth on the Lower East Side and New York City.  As of 2018, the GO Project has increased enrollment by 30% on the Lower East Side, and has expanded to a new neighborhood in Brooklyn. To fund this growth, the GO Project successfully completed a $2.5 million growth campaign in early 2017. As the organization completes the final year in the strategic plan, and prepares for the next strategic planning process in early 2019, the team continues to work towards deepening partnerships with public schools and host sites, building on our strong family engagement practices, developing a gold standard level of evidence for our programs, and increasing visibility in New York City and in the broader field of education.

Job Summary

The GO Project is seeking a Senior Development Manager to join a dynamic development department responsible for raising $3 million annually. The Senior Development Manager will report directly to the Chief Development Officer and will work alongside the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing and part-time Grant Writer to achieve the goals of the department.

Reports To

The Senior Development Manager will report directly to the Chief Development Officer.


Young Leadership Council
Oversee GO’s Young Leadership Council (YLC), a dynamic group of approximately 40 young professionals. Each November, the YLC organizes a Fall Cocktail Party which is attended by over 200 individuals and raises critical funds for the organization. Each spring, the YLC participates in a program related event such as a school supply drive. The Senior Development Manager will be the primary point of contact for the YLC and will be tasked with setting the annual strategy for this group to ensure revenue targets are met, recruiting and managing members, organizing and leading meetings, and assisting the Council with events.

Individual Giving
The Senior Development Manager will provide significant support around GO’s major gift and mid-level donor program including conducting prospect research, developing stewardship plans, drafting outreach to donors on behalf of the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer, and generally supporting GO’s stewardship and cultivation efforts. The Senior Development Manager will also support GO’s Annual Appeal mailing including working directly with Board members to develop their mailing lists, tracking donations, and generating timely acknowledgment letters.

Special Events
The Senior Development Manager will assist with all aspects of GO’s Annual Spring Benefit which raised $1.5 million for the organization this past year. This will include helping to set the strategy for the event, acting as a point person for the Benefit Committee and Co-Chairs, maintaining all auction records and managing the 501 Auctions relationship, managing vendor relationships, attending meetings, and tracking all donations in the Raiser’s Edge database. The Manager will also assist with the preparation for and management of all other development events including designer shopping events, Board driven cultivation events throughout the year, and the NYC Half Marathon.

Board of Directors
GO benefits from the support of 23 active Board members. This position will interface directly with the Board and Development sub-committee, and support their efforts with fundraising. This will include attending quarterly Development Committee meetings.

Corporate Relations
The Senior Development Manager will work closely with the Community Engagement team to arrange corporate volunteer opportunities on Saturdays and during the summer with the goal of building long-term relationships with institutions.

Administrative (Development and Executive)
The Senior Development Manager will support the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer with certain administrative tasks including processing gifts and issuing acknowledgments, maintaining all donor data in Raiser’s Edge and running queries for use in assembling financial reports, mailing lists, and solicitations, preparing for all Board meetings and activities including scheduling and producing materials, and providing other administrative support as needed. The Manager will also work closely with the finance team to complete monthly reconciliation reports, track and collect on receivables, and play a key role in the annual audit process. The Development Department recruits a Development Intern each year who also supports the administrative functions described above.

This is a full-time position with occasional time required on Saturdays (between October-April) and during the evenings for special events and to meet deadlines.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 3+ years’ experience in development required.
  • Direct experience with organizing special events required.
  • Knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge or similar database required.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Ability to write for a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong research and analytic skills.
  • Detail oriented with excellent administrative and organizational skills.
  • Flexible, team player.
  • Ability to use discretion and judgment in handling confidential and sensitive information.
  • Motivated self-starter with ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Proven commitment to GO’s mission of bridging the educational divide for children from under-resourced communities.
  • Comfort in interacting with various stakeholders (funders, families, board members).

The ideal candidate is exceptionally intelligent, warm, engaging and energetic. He or she also:

  • Sees the possibilities as opposed to the obstacles and is creative and tenacious in solving problems.
  • Enjoys working with others in a collaborative, creative environment.
  • Has a strong work ethic and high standards for his/her own work and the work of others; is flexible and has a sense of humor.


Salary is based on experience. Excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits. Four weeks annual paid vacation + paid holidays. Pension contribution match plan after one year. Life insurance and short- and long-term disability.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the Senior Development Manager position, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to In the subject, please indicate Senior Development Manager. No phone calls will be accepted.

GO Project


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations