Development Manager

Founded in 2006, exalt’s mission is to elevate expectations of personal success for youth ages 15-19 who have been involved in the criminal justice system. exalt inspires youth at a critical crossroads to believe in their worth, from the first steps in contemplation through the journey to create lasting behavioral change. exalt’s powerful combination of structured classes for tangible skill development, individualized support to navigate the education and justice systems, placement in paid internships and an alumni network of resources equips youth with the tools and experience to avoid further criminal justice system involvement. exalt is the first organization designed specifically for youth involved in the criminal justice system in which youth participate by choice, versus compliance. The organization currently serves 180 youth annually - 70% young men and 30% young women. Over 90% of participants in exalt’s program are Black (Caribbean, African, and African American) or Latino. exalt’s Board of Directors recently approved an ambitious strategic plan that will guide the organization as it scales to nearly triple its current size. exalt’s impact is remarkable: 95% of its participants do not recidivate two-years post-program (compared to the 60% state average), and 99% of its participants are enrolled and progressing in school two-years post-program where typically only 4% of court involved youth across the city go on to graduate from four-year colleges. exalt empowers youth to see a future filled with hope, and provides a roadmap to get there.

Reporting to exalt’s new Deputy Director with a dotted line to exalt’s Executive Director, the Development Manager will support the organization’s fundraising efforts through this pivotal time by researching prospective individual and institutional donors, writing grant proposals and donor communications, serving as point-person in planning events, while expanding and engaging exalt’s circle of supporters and friends. This is an ideal opportunity for an excellent project manager and writer who is organized, self-motivated, and passionate about growing and scaling exalt’s mission. Key responsibilities of this position will include:

Strategy Execution
In partnership with the Deputy Director and Executive Director:
● Support the organization’s capacity to raise $8.4M over the next three years through the following channels:
○ Implementation of a broad-based development strategy to meet $2.4 million of exalt’s annual fundraising goals through major gifts,
corporate, foundation and government funding, special events, and cause-related marketing
○ Development of exalt’s first scaling campaign to raise an additional $2.6 million dollars in growth capital over three years

● Project-manage complete grant cycle processes for foundations: create high quality grant applications and proposals including budgets;
prepare other materials as needed (e.g., reports, letters of intent, program briefs, etc.); manage submission processes and necessary follow-
ups in order to grow this major revenue stream
● In partnership with the Deputy Director and Executive Director, support a major gifts program: identify and research prospects; prepare
exalt’s leaders to cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors; track and manage follow-ups for all prospects on an ongoing basis
● Assist in identifying and cultivating corporate and government prospects
● Work with exalt’s accountant to develop and produce financial and other related reports for all fundraising programs
● Assist in planning and leading the flawless execution of multiple fundraising events annually
● Maintain exalt’s donor management system, ensuring information is up to date, accurate and useful; i.e. entering gifts
● In partnership with the Deputy Director and Executive Director, build and develop board capacity and goal-setting in order to drive
fundraising impact

● Strategically communicate exalt’s unique story effectively to the right audiences to deepen the organization’s impact
● Manage direct mail and online programs, seeking to increase the amount given by current donors, and growing the total base of donors
● Manage creative content and messaging for various communications, such as e-mail solicitations, periodic newsletters, annual reports, press
releases, and sponsorship decks
● Ensure timely and accurate acknowledgement and recognition of all gifts, from all sources
● Create appropriate reporting materials both for funders and the Board of Directors
● Work collaboratively across exalt’s team to ensure everyone at the organization is well positioned to be a storyteller on behalf of the

To be considered for this exciting position, candidates should possess the following:
● Palpable, well-articulated connection to exalt’s mission
● A minimum of three years of development experience in the non-profit sector required
● Track record of supporting significant, successful individual and institutional funding efforts; knowledge of the New York City philanthropic
community a plus but not required; knowledge of government funding a plus but not required
● Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
● Experience supporting a development leader and Executive Director to drive fundraising impact
● Strong time-management skills and ability to work efficiently and effectively in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment
● Hunger for fighting systemic oppression and a collaborative, passionate, “all hands on deck” orientation to going to work
● Excellent computer skills required


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


exalt is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.