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Manhattan Institute

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Development Officer, Policy Initiatives

Manhattan Institute (MI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank located in midtown Manhattan. For 40 years, MI’s scholars have been committed to developing and disseminating policy ideas based on conservative and classical liberal principles; the policy solutions that 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 our scholarship, (including MI’s quarterly urban policy magazine, City Journal), MI relies on gifts from generous supporters. Development Officers 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.

To fill a new position on our growing Development team, we seek candidates who are interested in policy at the national, state, and local levels, and who want to help MI raise financial resources. (Past fundraising experience is not required.) Most importantly, we seek those who have a high “social IQ” and proven experience in analyzing and writing about complex public-policy ideas—and who enjoy doing so with strategic goals in mind.

Effective Development Officers at MI are curious about policy, are keenly analytical, and can naturally maintain and build new relationships for MI that advance MI's mission. They also are 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.

The Development Officer, Policy Initiatives team member will be assigned to specific MI policy vertical(s)—which range from federal-level issues such as energy and health care to statelocal, and urban affairs, as well as promoting free-market ideas to the next generation of Americans.


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 affairsCapitol Hill, a think tank, or academia. Qualified applicants must hold past experience in translating nuanced ideas to high-level parties (preferably in New York and Washington) in a persuasive manner. Excellent speaking, pitching/presentation, and writing skills are required. Occasional travel to Washington, D.C. and elsewhere is required.

This position is based at MI's main office in midtown Manhattan, and interested candidates who do not reside in the New York City region should be planning or willing to relocate immediately.

Applicants lacking prior work experience that speaks to most, if not all, of the aforementioned requirements will not be considered. A graduate degree (MA, MBA, JD, PhD) is preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applicants should e-mail a cover letter that clearly lays out their interest in the position and how their experience would be valuable to MI specifically. A stock cover letter will not be considered. Please submit your cover letter—including a salary requirement—with a resume, and a list of three professional references (names and contact info), in a single PDF attachment to Please address to Matt Toyer, Director of Development.

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