Open Positions

Development & Administration Manager

The Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Development and Administration Manager. This position will work closely with the staff and board to lead the overall vision and strategy for fundraising including shaping and implementing the organization’s short- and long-term fundraising goals, as well as manage the administrative needs of the organization.  


Development and Fundraising Activities

  • Manage development efforts, such as grant-writing, drafting reports for funders, establishing project budgets & performing development research.
  •  Maintain and steward the current donor base while also identifying and cultivating new donors and funding sources.
  • Acting as liaison to the HDC board’s development committee and supporting their work on development initiatives.  
  • Leading staff on fundraising events.
  • Manage P/T bookkeeper and coordinate annual audit.

Administrative Activities

  • Manage budgets, including treasurer reports, project budgets, and helping create yearly organizational budget. 
  • Office management (ordering supplies, liaising with vendors).
  • Board administration including coordinating board meetings, taking minutes, regular communication with board members.
  • Management of constituent database, including reporting and regular maintenance. 
  • Assist with other events and programs as needed.

Qualifications & Compensation

Applicants should have the following:

  • 2-4 years of experience in development, fundraising, administration, communications, special events, or related field.
  • Experience working with donors and cultivating relationships with stakeholders.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Experience in donor/constituent management software (Raisers Edge, EveryAction, Salesforce, Access, etc.)
  • Ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, problem-solve, adhere to deadlines, and work as part of a team.

In addition the following are a plus: 

  •  Knowledge of New York City neighborhoods, history and architecture.
  • Experience with New York City government agencies (such as the City Council, City Planning and Landmarks Preservation Commission) is beneficial.
  • Experience supervising entry-level staff and/or interns.
  •  Web or graphic skills.

The full-time position will keep regular business hours, and requires some travel within the five boroughs, to help coordinate events and programs.  The position includes some evening and weekend hours with compensation. Applicant should be a New York City-area resident.

The Manager reports directly to the Executive Director. This is a paid position with annual budgeted salary range of between $55,000 and $65,000 depending on experience. Benefits include fully paid health insurance (including dental and vision), Paid Time Off of 13 days, access to a retirement plan after one year, and other benefits. This is a position with growth potential within the organization.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a single PDF document containing a cover letter, resume and three references to: [email protected] by Monday, August 14th at 5pm.

This is a competitive position, and only qualified applicants with complete applications will be selected for further consideration. Please do not submit applications by U.S. Mail or FAX. No phone calls please. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Historic Districts Council is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.