We’re Hiring a Development Manager

Urban Design Forum seeks a full-time Development Manager. We’re searching for an early-to-mid-career professional excited to join a small, fast-growing team. You will support the growth of our organization, coordinate institutional giving efforts, manage grants, support major events, and assist with special projects.


  • Development Management – Assists Executive Director with annual fundraising plans, proposes and cultivates new development prospects, tracks contributions, and supports donor recognition efforts.
  • Institutional Giving – Identifies grants and corporate giving programs to fund programs and general operating expenses, prepares meeting briefs, and assists Executive Director in submissions.
  • Grant Management – Leads grant reporting, tracks giving, manages funder relationships, and writes program evaluations as required.
  • Major Giving Programs – Supports the Director of Member Engagement to lead annual fundraising events and other special events with distinguished civic leaders.
  • Special Projects – Assists with operations and special projects as required.


  • Deep commitment to and passion for addressing urban inequity.
  • Broad curiosity on issues in the built environment, including housing, economic development, mobility, and climate.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to represent the organization to partners and members.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Experience in grant writing and/or nonprofit communications.
  • Experience in event production is a plus.
  • Familiarity in Adobe Creative Suite and/or Salesforce is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3-6 years of relevant work experience; or a Master’s Degree and 2-6 years of relevant work experience.

Employment data show that women and people from underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they think they meet 100% of the criteria. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, we encourage you to apply.

Location & Schedule

This position will report to our New York City-based office. Employees are expected to work in our office three days per week, and invited to work remotely two days per week. We also offer several weeks per year when every staff member is welcome to work remotely. We host events on nights and weekends and offer flexible scheduling when staff are expected to work at those times.

Compensation & Benefits

We offer salary bands commensurate with the candidate’s experience: $57,500 – 65,000 for 2-3 years of experience or $67,500 – 80,000 for 4-6 years of experience. We offer a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, vacation, professional development and retirement benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume/CV and cover letter via this form. Applications are due by Thursday, September 15 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse team of professionals that resembles the city we serve. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please contact submissions@urbandesignforum.org.

About Urban Design Forum

Urban Design Forum mobilizes civic leaders to confront the defining issues facing New York City. We work with our 750 members to investigate complex challenges in the built environment, study alternative approaches from cities around the world, and advance progressive strategies to build a more dynamic and democratic city. Our programs are guided by the following values:

  1. We believe the design and development communities must address enduring injustices in New York City, such as housing segregation, economic inequality, and environmental racism.
  2. We believe New York should learn from international cities for pioneering and inspiring solutions to urban challenges.
  3. We believe creating interdisciplinary cohorts of emerging leaders can empower more diverse civic leadership.
  4. We believe government agencies should develop a long-term vision for the built environment, rather than achieve short-term wins.
  5. We believe decision-makers must build with, and not for, traditionally disenfranchised communities–such as women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
  6. We believe the public should be mobilized around the value of design in achieving equity, inclusion, and sustainability in the built environment.