Development Manager

Posted: January 2, 2017

About Eskolta

Founded in 2010, Eskolta School Research and Design, Inc., is a non-profit organization that helps urban public schools improve results for their most vulnerable youth. We consult with teachers, school principals, and school district staff to interpret existing data and research, use this to launch and share practices in their schools, test those practices in order to improve and adapt them to their student needs, and help them to disseminate learning so that more educators can learn from their experience. We complement this site-based work with coaching to school district staff and research on school-based work to better understand how change occurs in public schools.

We focus in particular on students who have struggled in middle school and high school—youth who often face dramatic skill deficit and lack of confidence in their own ability as learners. The researchbased practices we study and support schools to put in place draw upon four core principles: strength-based culture to engage students and adults; transparent and frequent feedback loops to help students and adults know how they can improve; clear pathways to success to help students flexibly progress to their futures; and data-guided leadership for adults to collaborate towards success.

Since Eskolta’s founding, we have worked with 54 schools in New York City and Newark, facilitated projects enabling more than 800 teachers and counselors in schools to improve how they support 15,650 students. Our work in 2015-16 earned a 96% satisfaction rate from participating educators; 78% rate of educators showing changes in practice; 74% rate of students showing change in skills; and 58% of students shifting mindsets to view their own role in schools more positively. We have produced research helping the NYC Department of Education to better understand how they leverage teacher leadership and continuous improvement to help all students learn.

Working with Eskolta is a unique opportunity to join an organization that is at the forefront of the effort to turn around the dropout problem through innovative education reform. We are dedicated to supporting a healthy work/life balance for everyone we work with by supporting a talented team while building a flexible workplace.

Development Manager Position Overview

Eskolta is seeking a Development Manager to help thrust our growing organization into a new era, reaching new goals for fundraising, investment, and growth. The Development Manager will research, monitor, and submit proposals, reports and other materials to meet annual fundraising goals; manage and maintain a database of opportunities for the Executive Director to develop new partnerships and strengthen existing ones; and coordinate and collaborate on work with Eskolta staff compiling in-house data and materials to produce compelling materials that tell the Eskolta story.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional researcher, writer and storyteller who can translate Eskolta’s work into compelling talking points and collateral, and a highly organized and conscientious planner who can support the Executive Director in driving forward Eskolta’s fundraising while juggling multiple projects. The Development Manager will possess a passion for relationship-building, bring strong attention to detail and project management, and be a self-starter with the creativity and adaptability to persevere through challenging projects.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Research prospective funders—including foundations, government funders, and others—to determine appropriate priorities for outreach and development.
  • Write high-quality proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, memos, collateral materials that effectively and succinctly capture Eskolta’s work and impact and future vision.
  • Ensure all deadlines are met for proposals and reports and coordinate with other Eskolta team members to ensure grant requirements are met in a timely and coordinated fashion.
  • Monitor and manage the compilation of quantitative and qualitative data reflecting the impact of projects in order to maintain accurate and compelling reports on Eskolta’s impact as a whole.
  • Manage and organize Eskolta’s annual conference to build and highlight connections within our community.
  • Manage and coordinate sharing of information across the organization to aggregate data, information, and materials that will help inform and tailor funding requests to align with funders’ priorities.
  • Collaborate with the full Eskolta team and support cross-team learning and development.


  • 4+ years’ experience in relevant field with demonstrated success in grant and proposal writing, development, or journalism/public relations
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to articulate clear, persuasive, and concise thoughts.
  • Exceptional project manager with strong attention to detail, highly organized, and meticulous in monitoring work.
  • Strong research skills through both Internet and academic sources
  • Understanding of fundraising, sources of support for nonprofits in New York City and beyond, and how to articulate Eskolta’s role to funders in the nonprofit sector.
  • A self-starter with the ability to move a project forward in a small, entrepreneurial environment
  • A good listener, eager to grow and take feedback to learn
  • A progressive thinker committed to Eskolta’s mission and values
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, and an eagerness to get the job done.

Compensation & Eskolta’s Commitment to Work/Life Balance

  • Please include weekly work preference in application. Position can be between 3.5-5 days a week (i.e., 70-100% time).
  • Please include salary requirements (based on work preferences) in application. Salary commensurate with experience.
  • This position requires 20 hours per week at Eskolta’s office at 50 Broad Street in Manhattan, while other time can be completed in or out of the office in coordination with the Executive Director.
  • 6 weeks of paid annual days off in addition to Eskolta’s 10 paid holidays.
  • 401k match of 5%.
  • Health insurance coverage.
  • Flexible Savings Accounts to make transportation, medical costs, and dependent care tax deductible.
  • Partially paid family leave.
  • Participation in an innovative, caring, growing environment

How to Apply

Submit via email to resume, work week preferences, salary requirements, writing sample, and cover letter. Your writing sample should be no longer than 3 pages but may be an excerpt of a longer piece.

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