New York Stage and Film (NYSAF), an award-winning non-profit company dedicated to the development and production of new work for theater and film, seeks an entrepreneurial and dynamic Development Manager.


NYSAF provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.



A year-round position reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Artistic Director, Board of Directors, and others, the Development Manager will be a key member of our small and collaborative staff. They will play a major role in the Powerhouse Theater Season, our annual summer collaboration with Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, as well as our year-round work based in New York City.  They will be responsible for diversifying and growing NYSAF’s contributed revenue from individuals (including donor and affinity groups, and special events) and institutions (including foundations, government, and corporations), and will have a hands-on ownership of the company’s fundraising successes.


Specific responsibilities include:              

  • Create and manage annual campaign solicitations (mail, email, and social media)

  • Work with Executive Director and Artistic Director to prospect, cultivate, solicit, and steward major individual donors and board members

  • Manage a portfolio of donors, including our Producers Circle and Friends of Powerhouse donor groups

  • Play a major role in the execution of NYSAF’s annual gala, including solicitations and RSVP management, event production, and auction planning and fulfillment

  • Plan and execute other special events for donor cultivation, engagement, and stewardship

  • Perform prospect research (especially individuals) to ensure a steady pipeline of new potential supporters

  • Develop and facilitate corporate sponsorship packages

  • Facilitate ticketing and other access to NYSAF’s work for donors and other key stakeholders

  • Strategize and carry out new and entrepreneurial approaches to expanding NYSAF’s revenue and community of supporters

  • Manage development calendar of events, proposals, reports, and other solicitations

  • Manage gift entry and donor/contact CRM


This individual is in residence on Vassar’s campus in Poughkeepsie, NY for the Powerhouse Season, roughly early June to early August each year.  On campus housing is provided.  Otherwise, the position is NYC-based.



  • 3+ years of experience with a focus on development in the performing arts

  • Strong written/oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability and success in donor prospecting and solicitation

  • Affinity for multi-tasking across several projects, with strong attention to detail

  • A deep and genuine passion for supporting artists and their developing work


Other valuable attributes may include:

  • special event production experience

  • donor and ticketing CRM experience

  • comfort with a fast-paced, self-directed environment

  • ability to work both independently and collaboratively



Compensation: low- to mid-$50k’s plus generous benefits. Available immediately.


Email cover letter, resume, and references to with the subject line “Development Manager Search.”  No phone calls please.



New York Stage and Film (NYSAF) is a non-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film.  Since 1985, NYSAF has played a major role in the development of new work, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the New York metropolitan region.


Over two dozen projects developed recently by NYSAF have had or will soon have major productions this year, including the 2016 Tony-winning Best Musical (Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Best Play (The Humans, by Stephen Karam) and 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalists The Wolves (Sarah DeLappe) and A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Taylor Mac).  Other recent and upcoming work includes: Bright Star, by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (Old Globe Theater, Broadway); The Fortress of Solitude, by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses (Public Theater & Dallas Theater Center); Junk, by Ayad Akhtar (Lincoln Center Theater); The Last Match, by Anna Ziegler (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Debate Society’s The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons); and The Babylon Line by Richard Greenberg (Lincoln Center Theater).


Our major programs include: The Powerhouse Season, an eight-week residency and partnership with Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where each summer nearly 350 professional playwrights, directors, actors, and designers as well as close to fifty student apprentices live and work together developing 20+ new projects; The Filmmakers’ Workshop, a new program to support screenwriters with tailored project support and professional mentorship; New York City Programming, including our NYC Reading Series at Barnard College, our new Winter Season of works in progress, and other workshops, readings, and development throughout the year; and Awards, Fellowships, and Residencies for artists and fellow organizations.

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New York, NY 10001

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