Development Manager

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Category

Next City seeks a full-time Development Manager to join a small but high performing team in Philadelphia, PA. Next City is engaged in a campaign to raise visibility, build new partnerships, and increase overall funding for the nonprofit journalism organization. This role will be critical in organizing and managing Next City’s day-to-day fundraising efforts and implementation of the campaign. The position reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities will include:

· Manage overall fundraising process for Next City, implementing the organization’s strategy.

· Research funders and influencers to identify key contacts and priorities.

· Conduct initial and ongoing outreach to funders and partners.

· Assist team in scheduling and executing meetings with partners and key contacts.

· Write and submit letters of interest and proposals.

· Responsible for grants management, including performance reporting, budget reconciliation, and grant compliance. Ensure timely and accurate delivery of all reporting to funders.

· Manage ongoing contact with new partners and funders which includes tracking relationships, identifying opportunities, and updating team members.

· Participate in regular meetings and updates with Executive Director and Board, if needed.

· Aid the Events Director in executing fundraising events and donor receptions.

· Complete additional tasks as needed by team and/or Executive Director.

Our ideal candidate has:

· 4-5 years experience in fundraising, partner or sponsorship management, and database management.

· Excellent proposal writing and presentation skills.

· Excellent project management and organizational skills.

· Basic budgeting skills.

· Experience completing online grant applications.

· Experience communicating via phone with partners and funders.

· Functional knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

· Interest in urbanism, community development, racial equity, and U.S. cities.

· A commitment to the mission and vision of Next City.

· Previous experience working in a nonprofit organization preferred.

Founded in 2003, Next City is an independent nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world. We publish award-winning long-form features and daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress and change in metropolitan regions across the world.

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of journalism or subject areas relevant to coverage of cities, including but not limited to affordable and fair housing, transportation equity, equitable economic development, smart cities, renewable energy and sustainability, and more.

We are a small staff and everyone wears many hats. You must be a team player, detail-oriented, adept at prioritizing and multi-tasking, and willing to pitch in where needed. Some travel will be required. This is a full-time position based in our Philadelphia office.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Please put “Development Manager” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.

Next City is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

About Us

Next City ( is a nonprofit news organization, founded in 2003, that believes in the power of journalism to amplify solutions, helping spread them from one city to the next city. More than 2 million influential change-makers visit Next City’s website annually, another 150,000 follow its coverage on social media, and 40,000 subscribe to its newsletters. All are in search of solutions that infuse cities with greater economic, environmental, and social justice. Next City’s journalism is supported directly by its readers, and by sponsors and foundations that care about issues such as poverty, discrimination, housing equity, greater access to capital, sustainable development, and many more. When solutions are plentiful, so will our lives be in the city.

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