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8 Sep 2022

Full-Time Development Manager

The Children’s Storefront – Posted by Storefront New York, New York, United States

Job Description

About The Children’s Storefront

The science is clear: back-and-forth interactions between caregivers and children in the first three years of life build the strongest foundation for brain growth and lifelong success, and responsive play is an important tool to build babies’ brains — yet this research often doesn’t reach the parents who could use it to support their children’s healthy development.

The Children’s Storefront has partnered with families in Harlem for over fifty years, and is now laser-focused on bringing the power of responsive interactions and child-led play to our community. Our newly-launched playspace model allows parents and children to learn together, with caregivers practicing the skills that spur brain development while receiving immediate feedback and support from early childhood specialists. Our program has a lasting impact on children, families, and communities, and we hope you’ll join us to move this important work forward!


About the Position

The Development Manager (DM) is responsible for developing relationships and garnering support for The Children’s Storefront to bring our early childhood program to families across Harlem, New York City, and beyond.

The DM role is a stellar opportunity for creative individuals who are passionate about our early childhood mission. We are seeking a Development Manager who will raise the funds to fully support our operating budget (this year, set at $1.1m) and diversify our revenue streams. The DM will craft a comprehensive development strategy, co-manage fundraising plans, and research, cultivate, and steward relationships with a variety of supporters and stakeholders. They will report to and collaborate closely with the Executive Director and will serve on the leadership team.

Primary Responsibilities

Fundraising and Strategy Development (~35%)

  • Create a fundraising strategy and development timeline focused on major gifts and planned giving in order to raise $1.1m annually, increasing this amount in future years to meet goals identified in our forthcoming strategic plan
  • Conduct an assessment and make recommendations on whether and how to integrate events into overall development strategy
  • Research and recommend additional revenue streams to pursue
  • Define clear goals for fundraising; track and analyze data and share reports on progress towards those goals with Executive Director and Board of Trustees

Relationship Development (~35%)

  • Conduct meetings and develop strong relationships with donors and prospects
  • Facilitate the involvement of the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees in the cultivation of potential major individual and institutional donors, providing background research and briefing materials
  • Regularly attend networking events and identify opportunities to build a robust network within the world of philanthropy

Communications (~20%)

  • Develop a communications plan specifically to support fundraising efforts and create or revise needed collateral
  • Coordinate with Program Manager and Executive Director to ensure that the outreach and communications materials they develop are aligned with the fundraising collateral

Leadership (~10%)

  • Serve on the organization’s growing leadership team, alongside the Executive Director and the Program Manager
  • Participate in organizational strategic planning process, charting the course for the next several years of growth
  • As additional capacity needs are identified in the future, the DM will build out our Development Team.
  • Advise Executive Director on future hiring needs related to our annual fundraising goals
  • Develop job descriptions for needed team members and participate in the future recruitment, evaluation, and hiring process



We seek candidates who have a minimum of four years of experience in fundraising and relationship development, with a successful track record of implementing a development program and growing the revenue streams of their organizations.

The Development Manager should be comfortable working in a small but growing nonprofit, and should be excited by the opportunity to support The Children’s Storefront during a critical period of growth. The Development Manager is a creative problem-solver, adaptive and flexible in a start-up environment, and highly organized. While they will work closely with the Executive Director, they should also be very self-motivated and comfortable setting their own priorities. They should be passionate, effective, and engaging communicators, in both verbal and written formats, and should enjoy opportunities for public speaking and representing our organization. This role requires someone who possesses both external relationship-building skills as well as the internally-focused technical skills needed to move the work forward. Experience with development platforms such as Network for Good is preferred.

The Children’s Storefront serves a diverse and evolving neighborhood. The Development Manager should view this as a source of strength, and should enjoy building authentic, trusting relationships with those who may hold identities or have lived experiences that differ from their own. As an organization centering justice and racial equity, candidates must be committed to the ongoing individual work that anti-racist practice requires of us. The Children’s Storefront values the wisdom that comes from parenting and from our local community, and encourages Harlem residents and caregivers to apply.


Our Benefits

  • Salary: $75,000 – $80,000/year
  • 100% employer-paid premiums for health, dental, and vision insurance for individual employees (with generous options for spouse/family coverage)
  • Flexible spending account
  • Ample paid time off, including 15 holidays, sick time, and vacation time
  • Professional development funds for each team member, along with regular team training opportunities
  • Hybrid work schedule – team members work remotely part of the time, and spend the rest of their time in our office in Harlem, NY

How to Apply

Application Instructions Please email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Development Manager - Your Name”. Your cover letter should be no more than one page in length, and it should detail how your experience positions you for this role and why you are invested in early childhood work. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.   The Children’s Storefront recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes team members without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: development, Events, Fundraising, grants, Leadership, major gifts, planned giving, and relationship development. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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