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Center for NYC Neighborhoods

Development & Events Manager

Development & External Affairs · New York, New York
Department Development & External Affairs
Employment Type Full time

 About the Center

The Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc. (the “Center”) promotes and protects affordable homeownership in New York so that middle- and working-class families are able to build strong, thriving communities. Established by public and private partners, the Center meets the diverse needs of homeowners throughout New York State by offering free, high-quality housing services. The Center’s current projects support our policy goals and help to keep homeownership affordable by responding to the ongoing effects of the foreclosure crisis, the rising cost of homeownership, predatory scams, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather.  

We are looking for a Development & Events Manager who is driven to work for a mission-oriented organization and has the skills to expand our fundraising and income generation through events and other cultivation strategies. The Development & Events Manager is an exempt position that reports to the Vice President for Development & External Affairs. Direct reports include our External Affairs intern. 







Essential Functions:

  • Manage logistics and fundraising implementation for 2 major events annually: 1) Affordable Homeownership Summit, a programmatic event drawing approximately 350 attendees; 2) coordinating the Center Celebration, an annual fundraising event in the spring with honorees. Explore whether launching a funder breakfast could raise additional income. 
  • Lead development of all fundraising, cultivation, and sponsorship materials and collateral, in collaboration with the Fundraising and Communications teams and external design firm, ensuring high standards for all materials. Projects to include creation/updating of: 
    • Organizational one-pagers tailored for various donors and prospects
    • A case statement about our impact and demand for services, in coordination with our policy and research team
    • Our digital Annual Report, ensuring it tells a story of impact across programs and offers opportunities for investment that speak to donors, funders, and other influencers.
    • Donor newsletters or eblasts to keep key stakeholders abreast of news and outcomes.
  • Maintaining our donor database in SalesForce, ensuring accurate donor records and capturing donor communication, outreach deadlines, and other relevant information in the system.  Manage an impact storytelling pipeline across the organization, ensuring we collect inspiring and impactful stories of those served by the Center to create and deploy compelling content for priority audiences and platforms in order to generate new and increased financial support. 
  • Facilitate social media content and copy development as part of grant responsibilities. 
  • Work with VP to discuss and implement yearly and multi-year funding goals. 
  • Support the VP and grant writer in putting together funding proposals and with donor cultivation, as needed. 
  • Oversee gift collection and acknowledgment activities in alignment with the finance staff, including tracking donations and sending gift acknowledgments through Salesforce. 
  • Other tasks and duties reasonably related to job responsibilities. 
  • Demonstrate Ownership by showing initiative, acting conscientious, and putting team results above individual accomplishments
  • Demonstrate Growth Mindset through resilience, engaging in expansive thinking, and showing curiosity 
  • Works collaboratively by demonstrating the ability to work in teams, exhibiting emotional intelligence and having positive energy 

Skills & Qualifications: 

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate ideas and information, confidently, effectively and compellingly to both internal and external stakeholders 

  • 2-4 years of experience in development or communications or related experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred

  • High level proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other standard office tools required

  • Proficiency in Salesforce or other CRM system

  • Experience recruiting, interviewing, and working with graphic designers, photographers, caterers, event consultants, videographers etc. strongly preferred

  • Experience planning and facilitating small to medium-sized events (ranging from 25-350 people)

  • Experience with goal setting, establishing, tracking, and reporting against KPIs - ability to manage and prioritize projects using a project management tool that align with goals; experience using Asana is preferred

  • Judgment and understanding regarding working with priority audiences including Board members, funders, and potential donors

  • Passion and commitment to a mission-oriented organization required; an affinity for homeownership and housing is preferred

  • Experience conducting interviews, oral histories, or journalism helpful

  • Ideal candidate has a sense of humor, is even-keeled and flexible. 

 Essential Mental and Physical Functions: 

  • Regularly required to speak English clearly and hear the spoken word well.

  • Regularly required to physically operate routine office equipment such as telephones, computers, etc.

  • Regularly required to lift heavy equipment such as boxes, posters, etc. especially for special events.

  • Frequently required to travel throughout New York and utilize public transportation.

  • Regularly required to utilize near vision ability to read data and documents, including spreadsheets and reports, in printed form and on computer screens.

 Work Environment:

  • Noise level is consistent with levels usually present in an office environment.

  • Hazards present are consistent with those common to an office environment.


We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. 


Please apply for this position via the Center’s website.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Center for NYC Neighborhoods. No phone calls, please. Accepting resumes until the position is filled.

The Center strongly encourages Section 3 residents to participate in this hiring effort. Information to determine if you are a Section 3 resident can be obtained by contacting

 Persons requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in this hiring effort are requested to contact:

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, hire, upgrade, train, and promote for all positions and job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital, veteran or disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other status as a member of any other legally protected group or activity.


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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
    Development & External Affairs
  • Employment Type
    Full time