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About the Organization

Manhattan Institute (MI) is a national public policy think tank based in midtown Manhattan. For over 40 years, MI’s scholars have been developing and disseminating policy ideas based on conservative and classical liberal principles; the policy solutions they put forward are research-based and intended to help foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility in New York City and across America. To finance its work (including MI’s quarterly urban policy magazine, City Journal), MI relies on gifts from generous supporters.

About the Team

The Institute has a small team of high-performing development professionals who are MI’s primary fundraisers, responsible for researching and cultivating new donors, soliciting contributions, building and maintaining relationships with MI’s supporters, and acting as ambassadors for MI in New York, Washington, and nationally.

About the Opening

We seek candidates who are deeply interested in public policy at the national, state, and local levels, and who want to help MI raise financial resources. An effective development officer will be curious about policy, keenly analytical, and able to maintain and build new relationships for MI that advance the Institute’s mission. They will be indefatigable, hyper-organized, eager to set ambitious goals, and driven to meet and exceed these goals every day.

The position requires a speaker, thinker, and writer who is capable of articulating the value of MI scholars’ projects and goals to audiences of sophisticated, policy-savvy supporters. We seek an individual who thrives in entrepreneurial, creative, and fast-paced environments, and who wants to help propel the success of MI’s scholars over time.

This is a full-time role based in MI’s New York City office. For exceptional candidates, however, working virtually will be an option.


Job responsibilities may include:

  • 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


The successful candidate may come from a variety of backgrounds—including private industry (especially but not exclusively investor relations, business development, or sales), government or public affairs, Capitol Hill, a think tank, or academia.

Specifically, we are looking for candidates who possess the following attributes:

  • 2-5+ years of work experience
  • 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

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits, including retirement, are provided.

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)
  • 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:

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.

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Network Engagement Strategist at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

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.