Development Manager


Development Manager

Program: Development

Reporting to: Director, Development Operations

Future Direct Report: Development Associate

Full-Time, Exempt

Location: New York City (Due to current pandemic this role may begin remote)

Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights seeks a Development Manager to join our Development efforts. The Development Manager will be responsible for writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects as well as Salesforce reporting, data integrity maintenance, managing subgrants and endowment campaigns, as well as other project opportunities.

Development Team

The work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is possible thanks to a dynamic, multi-source model of revenue, supported by an endowment, individual giving (largely driven by board and leadership council support), events (such as our annual Ripple of Hope gala and Compass Investor Conference(s), and institutional support.


  • Increase funding in the institutional portfolio for the organization;

  • Lead for full grant management cycle, conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to individuals, foundation, and corporate sources:
    • Collaborate with staff across the organization to collect supporting documentation;

    • Advise on program design and monitoring and evaluation;

    • Comply with all grant reporting and provide stewardship to current donors;

  • Make appointments for President and COO with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees);

  • Conduct prospect research on individuals, foundations, and corporations to evaluate alignment and develop solicitation strategies for various stakeholders;

  • Manage the Endowment Campaign for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. This includes:
    • Coordinating meetings with internal and external partners;

    • Solicitation strategy;

    • Tracking campaign goals, etc.

  • Oversee Engagement Plans. This includes:
    • Collaborating with the Technical Project Manager to access the latest data.

    • Decision-making informed by data insights;

    • Creation of plans to streamline individual donors and moves;

    • Development of communication plans and supporting materials;

    • Creation of reports

  • Maintain current records in the database including grant tracking and reporting.

  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide the department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc.);

  • Work with finance to ensure they have all supporting documentation needed for auditing purposes, create cost centers, among others;

  • Work with the Director of Development Operations and Communications Department to provide development input for all written institutional materials (including donor solicitations, annual report, member newsletters);

  • Develop, refine & maintain Salesforce reporting functionality;
    • Create dashboards, object views, email alerts and other ad hoc reports. Create and manage basic Salesforce records (contacts, organizations and leads). Create and manage Salesforce Campaigns and Opportunities.

    • Create and manage MOVES and email tracking system with the Technical Project Manager

    • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Participate in the recruitment, hiring, and training of department staff.

  • Advocate for and support direct report's decision-making and innovation with program and collaboration across the organization.

  • Provide feedback and guidance for team members to successfully comprehend and align individual goals with program and organization goals and strategies.

  • Provide constructive and timely performance evaluations for team members.

  • Advocate for additional resources, staff capacity, or training needed for team success in discussion with the Director of Development Operations.

A successful candidate must have the following skills and experiences

  • At least 5 years experience with nonprofit fundraising, grant writing, and prospect research;

  • Experience across the donor lifecycle including the successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donations over $50,000;

  • Experience managing a portfolio of $100k-$1MM in grants/donations;

  • Demonstrated experience with MOVES Management;

  • Working experience on a CRM (Customer Relationship Management), such as Salesforce or similar;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel;

  • Demonstrated experience working on online platforms such as Zoom and Google Suite;

  • A demonstrated passion for RFKHR’s mission and demonstrated commitment to community-centered advocacy;

  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills, you can manage individuals and a team collaboratively with a commitment to fostering individual and collective development and growth mindset;

  • Ability to provide effective feedback, you're able to manage up and horizontally;

  • Ability to initiate new ideas and initiatives with the ability to institutionalize and build processes as needed;

  • Success streamlining processes involving multiple stakeholders;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated research skills suitable for varied audiences;

  • Strong attention to detail and able to scope out errors, including a willingness to own and fix mistakes;

  • Exceptional time management, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;

  • Flexible, patient, and ability to stay gracious under pressure;

  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information;

  • Innovative thinking, willingness to voice your opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential;

  • Strong sense of teamwork that builds positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, and a willingness to help others;

  • Believes in inclusivity when working with colleagues with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

How to Apply

  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to with “Your Name + Development Manager” in the subject heading. For example “Jane Doe + Development Manager”.
  • In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position.
  • Ideal writing samples will focus on a social issue of your choice.

Benefits and other Perks

  • Flexibility and independence to help manage your work and home life: Staff have the ability to occasionally work from home or telecommute (post-COVID).

  • RFKHR values your health: RFK Human Rights covers 100% of individual-only costs of our platinum medical, dental, vision benefits, and subsidizes the cost for dependent coverage.

  • RFKHR understands the importance of financial planning and saving:
    • An automatic contribution of 7% of your salary after your first year of employment.

    • A College Saveup/Loan PayDown program with an automatic $100/monthly contribution for any current loans or future loans.

    • An automatic monthly cell phone & internet speed stipend of $125/monthly to offset any phone & internet expenses.

    • Employees receive a $1,000 benefits card each calendar year to use towards food and home & life purchases to help support work from home needs.

  • RFKHR values your growth: RFK Human Rights provides an annual $2,000 professional development stipend to all full-time staff to use towards any courses, conferences, or training that would further one's professional learning and development. As well as professional development days/hours to complete these courses.

  • RFKHR loves to celebrate human rights advocates and our hard work! We do so by hosting award ceremonies, galas, summer outings, holiday parties, potlucks, domestic and international staff retreats, and spur-of-the-moment social outings.

How to Apply

  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to with “Your Name + Development Manager” in the subject heading. For example “Jane Doe + Development Manager”.

  • In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position.

  • Ideal writing samples will focus on a social issue of your choice.

No phone calls please. RFK Human Rights will contact qualified candidates directly.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool.