About Young Storytellers We have a simple mission: to inspire young people to discover the power of their voice. Using one-on-one mentorship, low-income students learn how to write original stories and see them brought to life on stage and film. Thanks to thousands of volunteer mentors, actors, and professional teaching artists, we serve more than 50 public schools in Los Angeles and New York City, reaching 1,000 students in elementary, middle, and high school each year.

As a result, young people learn that their voice matters. For more information, please visit www.YoungStorytellers.com Position Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Manager (Manager) will spearhead fund development efforts as Young Storytellers continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the Manager will have the opportunity to build development functions and implement organizational-wide systems. Next year’s operating budget will be approximately $750,000.


● Main

○ Creation and execution of the annual fund development plan of Young Storytellers, including implementation of a growth strategy;

○ Building relationships with existing contributors and creating relationships with new ones;

○ In conjunction with ED and Board of Directors, securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations;

○ Managing ED and Board of Directors in targeted donor cultivation, recognition, and retention.

○ Managing systems implementation (both human capital and possible required electronic systems, e.g. Raiser's Edge);

○ Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors

○ Writing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.

○ Comfort working in a one-person development office.

● Secondary

○ In conjunction with Operations Manager (Ops), develop data management plan and donor tracking plan;

○ In conjunction with Ops, conceptualize and execute donor cultivation strategies around signature Young Storyteller events.

○ In conjunction with Ops, creation of marketing materials (end of year appeals, Annual Report) to support fundraising efforts.


Qualifications Required

● Passionate about Young Storytellers Foundation’s mission and impact

● Bachelor’s Degree

● Minimum 3-5+ years experience in fund development

● Experience with major gift solicitation

● Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives

● Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor

● Experience developing and implementing creative fundraising strategies

● A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently

● Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas without ego interfering

● Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings

● Transparent, direct, with substance

● Spark, imagination, creativity

● Demonstrated excellence in systems creation and maintenance Preferred

● Master’s Degree

● Educational or Professional Background in education, creative writing, theatre or film industry

● Graphic Design experience and comfort using Adobe Creative Suite.


How to Apply Anticipated start date is January 2016. This is a full-time salaried position with paid health insurance, retirement savings program, and generous paid-time off / holidays. Please email the following in the body of an email to [email protected] with subject line: Development Manager / LAST NAME. Diverse candidates highly encouraged to apply.

● Resume

● Salary History or Minimum Salary Requirements

● A brief paragraph stating why you are interested in working for Young Storytellers

● Briefly answer two of the following questions. You may answer them in written form or by creating a video to express yourself!

1. Tell us about an adult that impacted your life when you were a child.

2. What is your fundraising philosophy?

3. Why is nurturing creativity in children important?

4. Tell us about a moment that changed the course of your life.

5. What is the most important part of fundraising?


● Two Professional References

● Attach or Link to Work Sample (a fundraising plan, a grant application, solicitation letter, a video for a fundraiser, etc.)