Development Manager

at Free the Slaves
Published November 14, 2023
Location New York, United States of America
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


The Development Manager will play a critical role in raising funds, and building and expanding the base of support for FTS in-country programming, organizational engagements, and movement advancement. This position is integral to the design and implementation of the Free the Slaves fundraising strategy, ensuring alignment with the mission, vision, and programmatic goals of the organization. The Fundraising Manager will work closely with the leadership and staff of Free the Slaves on strategic initiatives and oversee the organization’s fundraising efforts. The Development Manager reports to the Executive Director.

This position can be based anywhere, depending on the candidate’s preference.


The Development Manager will:

Work with the Executive Director, FTS staff, and the Board Fundraising Committee to grow income from new and existing supporters, identify opportunity donor segments, and design campaign programs.

Participate in the review, revision, and update of strategic planning to increase revenue from a diversified portfolio of institutional donors (governments, multi-laterals, and foundations), while overseeing the individual and corporate fundraising initiatives.

Design and implement an organizational fundraising strategy (short and long-term)

Evaluate new opportunities as they arise and determine relevance to strategy and income potential.

Lead the process of grant reports and grant proposals, including grant writing, coordinating the efforts of the concerned staff members.

Maintain a grant calendar to ensure all deadlines for proposals and reports are met.

Work with the board and staff members in managing the fundraising initiatives.

Develop an in-depth understanding of the work of Free the Slaves to be an effective representative to donors (foundations, governmental and multilateral agencies, corporations, and individuals).

Support appeal campaigns and online giving initiatives.

Build and foster relationships with prospects and donors through visits, correspondence, and regular communication.

Oversee the maintenance and integrity of the Salesforce, and other systems at FTS.

The Development Manager may be asked to travel to solicit funds or in support of fundraising efforts.

Key Relationships

The Development Manager will:

Report to the Executive Director, serving as an advisor to the Executive Director on fundraising, and effectively deploying the ED as a fundraising asset.

As a grant writer, lead the development, review, and submission of proposals.

Lead the process and execution of grant reports.

Supervise the staff assigned to the development team.

Develop and execute the organizational development and fundraising plan and strategy.

Attend quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and serve on the Board Fundraising Committee.


6+ years of progressively increasing responsibility as a frontline fundraiser operating in fast-paced environments with a diversified portfolio of individual, foundation, government, and corporate donors.

Demonstrated breadth and depth of expertise and experience in securing funds for international nonprofit organizations.

Demonstrated experience in grant writing.

Deep personal connection and/or demonstrated commitment to the organizational mission.

Excellently keen to details and accurate analysis.

Ability to communicate clearly and consistently with a variety of technical and non-technical audiences, including staff, stakeholders, donors, and board members, both orally and in writing.

Superior negotiating, organizational, analytical, and fundraising skills, including the ability to interpret financial information and manage data.

Experience overseeing budgets, with the capacity to allocate resources strategically.

Strong knowledge of fundraising tech platforms and understanding of current and emerging media platforms, technologies, and trends.

Applicants should submit a tailored cover letter that outlines your interest and experience, a resume, and a list of three references from former supervisors. PLEASE SUBMIT THESE AS ONE (1) WORD OR PDF DOCUMENT.

Please include your last name in the title of the document.

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