Sr. Development Manager
June 14th, 2022

Sr. Development Manager

June 14th, 2022

Reports To: President and CEO

Job Description:

The Senior Development Manager will be responsible for achieving specific revenue goals through a variety of development activities including coordinating Board quarterly meeting preparation and logistics, event planning, tracking of contributions and expenses; drafting proposals, reports and follow-up for various contributors; and managing relationships with key stakeholders.


PowerPlay NYC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the lives of girls through sports, helping them grow physically, emotionally, and academically stronger. The nonprofit creates opportunities for girls aged 8-18 by partnering with schools and community-based organizations to conduct after-school and summer programs that emphasize physical fitness and education. Through sports PowerPlay builds girls’ confidence and resiliency and creates safe spaces where girls learn from each other and from strong female role models. PowerPlay programming is offered in all five boroughs and is concentrated in low-income, underserved communities and in Title 1-funded public schools. 

PowerPlay serves over 1,800 girls and young women per year through its core programs and citywide events, and across 35 partner sites throughout NYC. Over 90% of participants are girls of color (primarily Black and Latinx), and over 90% receive free school lunch. Participants benefit from a year-round continuum of cohort-based services through three central programs: Sports Training and Role models for Success (STARS) Series Program, RisingSTARS Leadership Academy (RSA), and SuperSTARS Leadership Academy (SSLA).


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1) Development

  • Assist President/CEO in the management of the organization’s overall fundraising efforts and orchestrate methods of approach to existing and prospective donors. This includes the development of a donor retention strategy.
  • Manage PowerPlay’s fundraising platforms: Blackbaud Online Express, JustGiving, and Blackbaud’s Events Module, and other platforms such as GiveSmart.
  • Process all donations, including gift entry and ensure timely/accurate acknowledgments emails and letters.
  • Oversee management of Raiser’s Edge, including but not limited to: data entry, reviewing and cleaning data, compiling and updating mailing lists, running reports/queries, tracking campaigns and assessing donor trends and analytics.
  • Research prospects; write/submit Letters of Intents (LOIs), extensive grant proposals, and grant reports.
  • Complete and submit PowerPlay’s NYC Council expense applications each year, and work with the Finance department to support the contract development process. Knowledge of DYCD contract management and registration process.
  • Manage and support projects including but not limited to: execution of the President’s Quarterly Report (for Board Meetings), assist with the planning of Direct Mail and/or E-Appeals, Annual Celebration Gala; and various other events.
  • Oversee and manage all activities of PowerPlay’s Junior Board.
  • Work closely with the President/CEO and Development Committee Chair to create fundraising and outreach strategies for each Board member.

2) Executive Support:

  • Work closely and effectively with the President/CEO and other senior staff to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, and appropriate follow-up
  • Act within the appropriate scope of authority, manage special projects, coordinate planning and strategic conversations in service to organizational goals and annual plans
  • Prepare materials, research, and background information for meetings with Board and various constituents assuming responsibilities for all logistics
  • Draft communication on behalf of the President/CEO (or Board Members) to individuals and groups: preparing communication briefings as necessary; review all documents to be shared externally (via mail, email, or digitally) for accuracy

  • Potential to be a “front-line fundraiser,” directly executing cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities with an assigned portfolio
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, using appropriate and diplomatic language, grammar, spelling, and style
  • Ability to identify and anticipate problems, analyze situations and recommend solutions/problem-solve
  • Demonstrated achievement in a demanding work environment
  • Well organized with systematic and meticulous attention to details
  • Flexible and adaptable – Ability to work with changing conditions and priorities and willingness to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to manage and balance a wide range of projects and duties in fast moving environment
  • Proactive, “can-do” approach/attitude; demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness
  • An excellent team player with a positive attitude and the ability to connect and collaborate with others
  • Accountable – willing to accept appropriate levels of responsibility for tasks, projects and outcomes


  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Minimum 2-3 years’ work experience in nonprofit development/grant writing required; experience and/or familiarity with youth development and/or girl-focused initiatives
  • Sports background a plus


  • Intermediate or better proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products and general ability to learn new software; experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM highly preferred

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $63,000 - $65,000 a year

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