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Development Officer

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) is a community of scholars, journalists, activists, and civic leaders who are united by a shared commitment to advancing economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law in America and its great cities.

The Institute has a small team of high-performing development professionals who are MI’s primary fundraisers. Members of this team act as ambassadors for MI by soliciting contributions, researching new donors, and maintaining relationships with MI’s supporters.

About the Role

The Development Officer should be deeply interested in public policy at the national, state, and local levels, and want to help MI raise financial resources. This role is ideal for someone who is keenly analytical and able to maintain and build new relationships for MI that advance the Institute’s mission. Applicants should thrive in entrepreneurial, creative, and fast-paced environments. The Development Officer is required to be a speaker, thinker, and writer who can articulate the value of MI scholars’ projects and goals to audiences of sophisticated, policy-savvy supporters.

The Development Officer can be based in MI’s New York City office or a virtual office. The Officer will travel up to 40% of their time for donor meetings.


Include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing a portfolio of current donors, ensuring continuity, growing relationships, and handling proposal submissions toward the goal of deepening their investment in MI
  • Actively research, cultivate, and secure new gifts from prospective major donors in New York City and across America


  • 2-5+ years of work experience
  • College degree in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience translating nuanced ideas to high-level parties in a persuasive manner
  • Excellent speaking, pitching/presentation, and writing skills
  • Willingness to travel up to 40% for donor meetings
  • The ability to manage multiple projects and meet assignment deadlines in a busy environment
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational capability
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, both in person and remotely
  • Familiarity with MI policy priorities and the work of MI fellows; a keen interest in supporting and extending this work


MI offers generous benefits, including a hybrid work environment, four weeks paid vacation, a Summer Fridays program, paid paternity/maternity leave, medical and dental coverage, medical and dependent care FSA, mental health benefits, remote medicine, paid company cell phone, life insurance, and a 401(k) with a company-funded match.  MI staff also benefit from the opportunity to collaborate and socialize with prominent scholars in our policy space.

The salary range for this position is $70,000/year to $120,00/year, depending on experience and qualifications.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that clearly lays out your interest in the position and how your experience would be valuable to MI specifically; include salary requirements (a stock cover letter will not be considered)
  • A writing sample
  • List of three professional references, including email addresses, telephone numbers, and relationship to the reference

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Senior Manager of Outreach at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.

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