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Development Manager

The Organization

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) is the nation’s leading American history organization dedicated to K–12 education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Since its founding in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created powerful and meaningful ways to teach and learn history. Focusing on primary sources, the Institute offers teacher seminars, online courses, exhibitions, digital materials, and print publications that enable students of all ages and backgrounds to study the nation’s past.

The Institute brings the work of today’s leading historians into classrooms and homes around the globe. Through public events, publications, posters, videos, exhibitions, essays, and a dedicated website rich in primary sources, the Institute brings every period of American history to life. The Institute’s diverse education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, provide opportunities to explore five centuries of American history. The Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School network comprises twelve million students and more than 90,500 teachers from more than 34,000 schools worldwide.

The Role

Are you passionate about the field of education? Excited by the idea of helping to inspire rising generations to be civically engaged at this critical moment for American democracy? Looking for an entrepreneurial fundraising role that allows you to be creative, hands-on, and part of recruiting the next generation of engaged supporters? The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Development team is looking for you!

The Institute’s annual operating budget is approximately $10M, more than $4M of which comes from philanthropy. We are currently seeking a Development Manager, reporting to the Director of Development. The successful candidate will truly love to write and be excited about being a leader in rethinking how the Institute pairs words, images, and video to articulate the urgency of our mission and the impact of our programs on educators, students, and society as a whole. While writing will be an important component of this job, the Development Manager will also have the opportunity to engage directly with donors. This is an ideal position for someone who is interested in the donor relationship-building aspects of fundraising, while relishing the idea of spending a significant portion of your time immersed in creating the materials that are so essential to effective fundraising. The writing that the Development Manager oversees will range from shorter to longer formats depending on the donor-related need, but with an overall emphasis on distilling our work into highly concise pieces that use graphic design and visual elements as useful to our storytelling.

The Development Manager will play a key role in

  • Creating compelling marketing materials that help staff, Trustees, and other stakeholders fundraise for priority programs and our annual fund  
  • Strengthening our donor stewardship by regularly producing compelling communications pieces 
  • Helping to sustain and grow our portfolio of donors by writing impact reports, proposals, and other materials to secure funds
  • Cultivating donors in meetings, with opportunities to engage directly with donors aligned to the candidate’s level of experience

The Development Manager will be joining the Institute at a dynamic time, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2024 and continue to enhance and expand our nonpartisan K–12 and public programming at a critical time for our nation.

This role will be based in New York City, and currently requires working in person at least one day per week in GLI’s midtown office.

Position Overview

The Development Manager will play a crucial role in bringing our stories to life across donor audiences and mediums, helping us sustain our current donor base and significantly expand and diversify this base. Specific responsibilities will include

  • Creating a toolkit of essential fundraising collateral for staff, Trustees, and President’s Council members to use in reaching out to donors, developing materials in both deck and document-based formats
  • Producing donor newsletters and other key donor communications pieces that capture highlights of the Institute’s work, taking these projects from start to finish by proposing the most compelling content, writing copy, and executing all relevant graphic design elements
  • Supporting the success of donor cultivation events by writing event-related collateral including e-blasts to advertise event opportunities, written program materials distributed to event guests, and post-event publicity pieces
  • Developing and executing a plan for Trustee communications to inspire their giving and outreach by sharing impact stories
  • Managing a calendar of direct mail appeals, identifying compelling opportunities to solicit giving to our annual fund, and developing aligned appeal pieces (which could take the form of letters, videos, or any other creative approach to fundraising)
  • Managing communications with donors who give to specific initiatives and/or programs in specific states, developing a calendar of outreach opportunities, and writing compelling updates to provide regular touchpoints throughout the year
  • Writing donor reports and proposals supporting at least $1M worth of gifts, working with the Institute’s Education team to develop compelling updates on our impact and cases for support
  • Supporting or leading annual meetings with a portfolio of donors to renew critical funds

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • An excellent writer, who also enjoys writing in multiple different formats and finding the right balance between telling stories through words, images, and videos
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications
  • Basic graphic design skills strongly preferred (i.e., you feel comfortable using Canva or equivalent tools to design a 1-page marketing document or design an e-blast)
  • Prior experience in non-profit fundraising and/or communications strongly preferred, or demonstrated experience in another professional role that requires writing for external audiences. Candidates with significant professional experience may be considered at the Senior Manager level.

Other Qualifications

  • Commitment to GLI’s mission and enthusiasm about communicating the mission to external audiences
  • Exceptional project management skills, with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment that involves juggling multiple projects at once and being detail-oriented about each task
  • Strong relationship management skills and intuitive understanding of how to handle sensitive communications with care
  • Team-oriented with a desire to participate in creating a strong team culture

Compensation

Compensation range: $60,000–$70,000 annually; compensation will be commensurate with candidate’s experience and other qualifications, and only candidates with significant professional experience will be considered for the position as a Senior Manager with compensation up to $80,000 annually.  

The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a generous and inclusive benefits package, including employer-paid health, dental, disability, and life insurance, 401(k) and FSA plans, and paid time off in the first year of hire including a paid winter recess from December 26 to 31.

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume in a single file to hr@gilderlehrman.org.

Candidates must also submit as separate attachments two work samples that highlight relevant skills for this position. One sample should be a narrative piece of writing (a short piece of two or three pages is ideal, with the maximum submission length being five pages). The second sample should integrate graphic design and narrative elements. Pieces written for donors or other marketing purposes are ideal. Candidates applying without a background in fundraising or communications may choose samples at their discretion that demonstrate relevant skills.

Please include “Development Manager” in the subject line of your email. Please also let us know how you heard about the role.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, sex, gender identity, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, height, weight, or any other legally protected status. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, GLI encourages you to apply.

Program Coordinator, Educational Programs Department

The Organization

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) is the nation’s leading American history organization dedicated to K–12 education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Since its founding in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created powerful and meaningful ways to teach and learn history. Focusing on primary sources, the Institute offers teacher seminars, online courses, exhibitions, digital materials, and print publications that enable students of all ages and backgrounds to study the nation’s past.

The Institute brings the work of today’s leading historians into classrooms and homes around the globe. Through public events, publications, posters, videos, exhibitions, essays, and a dedicated website rich in primary sources, the Institute brings every period of American history to life. The Institute’s diverse education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, provide opportunities to explore five centuries of American history. The Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School network comprises twelve million students and more than 90,500 teachers from more than 35,000 schools worldwide.

The Role

The Institute seeks an Education Program Coordinator to manage the implementation of professional development and history education projects serving teachers and students. These projects may range from one-day professional development workshops serving teachers in a specific school district to multiyear grant-funded programs serving schools nationwide. Many of these projects focus on teacher professional development but may also involve the creation of educational resources such as lesson plans or video series. The Program Coordinator will oversee the planning and implementation of such projects to ensure that they meet teacher and student needs and represent the high standards of the Gilder Lehrman Institute. This will involve collaborating closely within and across departments and working with master teachers, scholars, external partners and funders about project content and deliverables. The Coordinator may also be asked to contribute to other projects within the Educational Programs Department.

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, have outstanding project management and communication skills (verbal and written), and be flexible. A background in American history and/or K–12 education is not required but is preferred. This role reports to a Senior Program Manager and is based in New York City. The position is hybrid, with one to two days in the office and three to four days working remotely.

Position Overview

  • Program and Events Management (65%)
  • Create and manage project plans and communicate these plans internally and externally
  • Manage session logistics, which may include (but is not limited to) moderating online sessions or preparing printed materials for in-person sessions. When programs are held in person, this may include being onsite for support as needed.
  • Communicate with scholars, teacher consultants, and external partners, including schools and school districts, about the project content and logistics
  • Participate in shaping the content of a project, such as selecting materials or lesson plans, with support from Educational Programs Department leadership
  • Work with GLI staff and external contractors to ensure that project deadlines are met within budget constraints, and communicate project changes as needed
  • Manage budgets and track expenses
  • Participate in the evaluation of projects, including data collection and tracking, and reflecting on areas for improvement
  • Content Review of Educational Materials (30%)
  • Work with contractors and Editorial staff to ensure that all project deliverables are completed on time and meet GLI standards
  • Secure permissions and rights from external parties for text and images in educational deliverables (lesson plan units, slide decks, and other materials)
  • Work closely with the Director of Curriculum Development and Instructional Design and Editorial staff to ensure that all information is inputted correctly into a database of materials
  • Coordinate with the Collection Manager to document educational resources in our CMS
  • Contribute to organizational processes to streamline and improve our work (5%)

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in history, education, or a related field
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience working well under pressure, meeting deadlines, and developing short- and long-term strategies to meet objectives
  • Proficiency in G-Suite and Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Previous experience using a database preferred; experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Experience with project management programs like Asana is a plus
  • Some evening and weekend work
  • Occasional travel may be required

Other Desired Qualifications

  • Commitment to GLI’s mission and enthusiasm about communicating the mission to external audiences
  • Experience managing non-profit educational programs and working with K–12 teachers and students
  • Exceptional project management skills, with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment that involves juggling multiple projects at once and being detail-oriented about each task
  • Strong relationship management skills and an intuitive understanding of how to handle sensitive communications with care
  • Team-oriented with a desire to participate in creating a strong team culture

Compensation

Compensation range: $50,000–$55,000 annually; compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and other qualifications.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a generous and inclusive benefits package, including employer-paid health, dental, disability, and life insurance, 401(k) non-matching employer contributions, Flexible Spending Account plans, and paid time off in the first year of hire, including a paid winter recess from December 26 to 31.

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume in a single file to hr@gilderlehrman.org. Please include “Education Program Coordinator” in the subject line of your email and let us know how you heard about the role.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, sex, gender identity, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, height, weight, or any other legally protected status. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, GLI encourages you to apply.