Development Manager

The Other Side Intercultural Theatre (TOS) is seeking an experienced, part time, NYC-based Development Manager. TOS is an initiative to empower girls globally using drama.

About The Other Side:

The Other Side creates a cross-cultural exchange of dramatic storytelling amongst girls, supporting their common experience, inspiring leadership, and developing community. Our vision is to provide a safe space for girls in underserved communities to advocate for themselves and support each other. Groups of girls are paired across countries and share their personal narratives through drawing, writing, playmaking, and theatre games. In our program, participants are given the tools to express themselves and build camaraderie with classmates in their own community and abroad.

Purpose of the position:

It is an exciting time for The Other Side. We seek a Development Manager with creative, strategic vision to oversee our comprehensive fundraising activities. TOS is a small non profit with a staff of three employees. Our current goals include strengthening our development infrastructure, increasing our visibility, and building new partnerships to expand our revenue significantly by the end of our fiscal year 2021. To help lead this effort, TOS’ new Development Manager will be an entrepreneurial fundraiser, a motivated new contact-collector, and project manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will focus on raising funds through individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, special events, foundations, and government grants. The Development Manager will assist with the production, marketing, and sponsorship for fundraising events, and will oversee donor cultivation events.

Fundraising expectations:

The position provides an opportunity for an early- to mid-career development professional with a passion for engaging stakeholders at all levels in transformative work that is impacting young women, and a passion for promoting global sisterhood everyday. The Development Manager would be joining a small, hardworking and committed team and would play an instrumental role in taking the organization into the future.

The Development Manager will oversee all areas of fundraising. However, TOS is particularly focused on growing our individual donors, grants and corporate program. We seek a Development Manager who can make new contacts, then develop and implement innovative strategies to engage donors, program officers and corporate executives to partner in our work. The Development Manager must be able to conduct research, write solid proposals, cultivate relationships, seek networking and outreach opportunities, and create avenues for potential funding.

Additionally, our annual benefit event is in need of strategic vision, as a possible opportunity to expand our financial base.

The ability to work well with key staff, the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, volunteers, and our Fundraising Committee is essential.

Development Manager duties and responsibilities:

  • Meet and cultivate strong relationships with potential and current donors/sponsors.
  • Play a leadership role in building an institutional giving and corporate program.
  • Research foundation, corporate, and government funding opportunities and recommend prospects with the greatest potential and propose cultivation strategies including developing relationships with individuals and program officers.
  • Write grant proposals and take the lead to prepare materials for submission in collaboration with the Executive Director and Teaching Artist.
  • Supervise interns and volunteers who will bring additional resources to building the grants program. Ensure the grants assistants are researching grant opportunities, writing and submitting LOI’s, proposals and reports.
  • Supervise tracking system for grant proposal and report submission dates.
  • Maintain records and reporting in the Little Green Light database, generate thank you letters to donors and funders, conduct research, and provide administrative support to all areas of fundraising,
  • Coordinate with Executive Director on various documents and budgets to ensure grant deliverables to foundations.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director in our pursuit of new corporate partners.
  • Oversee the project management of fundraising events (e.g., developing marketing materials, recruiting potential corporate sponsors, working with event vendors, engaging the Host Committee and other stakeholders around fundraising, etc.).
  • Manage a donor development program to build TOS’s donor base at all giving levels through special appeals, monthly giving, cultivation events and major gifts.
  • Work with the Executive Director to produce consistent communication to donors and create opportunities to engage donors in programs and volunteering.
  • Oversee peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives and work with interns, staff, and volunteers to build an audience through all social media platforms.
  • Manage and track all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship using Little Green Light.
  • Update office systems to support all development projects and operations.
  • Monitor and report regularly to the Executive Director and the Board on the progress of the development program.
  • Meet with Executive Director once a week to review strategies and goals
  • Meet with all staff once a month.


  • This is a remote position, but applicant must be based in NYC.
  • At least four years of professional experience in fundraising preferred;
  • Passion for writing and strong facility as a writer;
  • Comfort and facility engaging with donors and representing an organization externally;
  • Excellent project management skills and facility for motivating and helping to guide fellow staff and volunteers;
  • Willingness and ability to manage tasks independently, supported by weekly meetings with Executive Director;
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Critical thinker, analytical, and detail oriented;
  • Creative, bold, and ambitious;
  • Proficiency in communication platform Slack preferred, but not required
  • Strong proficiency in Google Docs, sheets (similar to proficiency in MSOffice Suite)
  • Prior donor database experience (ideally with Little Green Light); and
  • Graphic design experience is a bonus, but not required.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to make an impact in the lives of under-served young women in New York City and overseas. The candidate would join a passionate and creative team that is dedicated to the work and to the young people we serve.


Compensation is $25/hr, at 15-20 hours per week.

The Other Side Intercultural Theatre values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply. 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.

People of color encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

All applications must include a resume, cover letter, and professional references (please include contact details and how long you have known the individual).

All applicants must include two writing samples, for example: letter of intent, proposal, funder report.

Please send application materials to Melanie Closs at


Applications close February 29th.


Rolling interviews begin January 2020. Start date is February/March 2020.