The Development Manager is responsible for providing strategic support and high-level implementation of the Center City District Foundation’s fundraising projects. The Development Manager will be responsible for foundation, government and corporate grant research and writing and for building and expanding over time a base of individual donors to supplement traditional grant opportunities. The ideal candidate should have a history of quantifiable fundraising success as well as experience with project management, creating fundraising campaigns, identifying prospects and cultivating relationships. The Development Manager should be a team player with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, both with donors and other staff. The Development Manager will closely collaborate with marketing, communications, graphics, finance and business development departments of the Center City District. 


  • Track all regional foundation and corporate grant cycles and opportunities, help cultivate and maintain relationships with funders and take the lead on formulating and writing grant proposals to these funders, as well as government entities.
  • Identify individual and corporate prospects, maintain established relationships and diversify supporters and methods of support. 
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of an annual plan that integrates all aspects of fundraising (appeals, fundraising events, major gifts, and grant support), sponsorship, communications/marketing, and revenue generating activities.
  • Maintain an updated flexible case for support to be used in public presentations, print and online marketing collateral, and individual, corporate, and foundation solicitations for agreed upon funding priorities.  Prepare and coordinate annual appeals and fundraising cultivation outreach with all other written, electronic and social media messaging. 
  • With the Executive Director of the Foundation, help prepare and guide the activities of the Foundation Board - foster, and maintain an active group of board members and volunteer leaders to advocate for funding for the Foundation.  
  • Act as an ambassador for philanthropy at CCD, sharing fundraising knowledge, expertise, and opportunities with key volunteers and staff.  
  • Support marketing and sponsorship initiatives as appropriate for coordination of prospects and messaging, to insure that sponsorship goals are met.   
  • Help develop and implement an overall strategy that will increase the visibility and brand of the Foundation and support its fundraising and other outreach efforts. 
  • Monitor the budget for the fundraising program, and work closely with the Foundation Executive Director and VP of Finance on financial matters and revenue projections.
  • Maintain accurate and updated records of all contacts and revenue and projections, as well as a pipeline of opportunities, highlighting the prospecting, research, networking, outbound calls, and meetings.
  • Ensure that the systems, policies, procedures, and materials are in place to achieve success in all aspects of development.
  • Attend meetings and other events as appropriate.


  •  This position does not require any supervisory responsibilities.


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) or advanced degree (e.g. MBA) is preferred and a minimum of three years of fundraising experience in positions of progressive responsibility including corporate and foundation relations in a nonprofit environment. 
  • Familiarity with fundraising database and relational management systems, e.g. Salesforce.


  • Strong writing skills and demonstrated experience with writing foundation and other grant proposals;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, diplomatically and persuasively with a diversity of people, from corporate and philanthropic leaders, foundation officers, and government leaders, to donors, prospective donors and organizational partners.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively and independently; Excellent organizational skills, self-drive and self-management.
  • Works collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Ability to sit and work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work in a high energy environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
  • Facile with fundraising database systems; Salesforce experience is helpful.
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation including criminal history, child abuse clearance, drug screening, and reference check.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; and the ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (life, carry, move) light to medium weights up to 30 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information. The associate frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.

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Human Resources Department
Center City District
660 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: 215.922.7672

We are an EEO/AA employer. No phone calls please.