Development Manager

Heterodox Academy - Remote Position

Heterodox Academy (HxA) is seeking a development manager to oversee its fundraising efforts and to help execute a three-year strategic development plan. This position is new and will work closely with the leadership team to advance its mission to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.


The development manager is primarily responsible for implementing positive donor recognition, cultivation, and solicitation strategies. The development manager will execute day-to-day tasks are being to meet fundraising objectives, including managing up to senior leaders and board members regarding major gifts, planning virtual and in-person events, overseeing and maintaining database, and executing essential donor communications. Through personal communication with donors (phone calls, written notes, remote and in-person meetings), the development manager will establish a strong rapport to bring donors into closer relationship with HxA’s mission.

Importantly, the development manager must be a positive advocate for HxA and be able to inspire others to support its mission. The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills, keen attention to detail, and a strong work ethic, as well as a sincere desire for positively impacting higher education. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a service-oriented demeanor and will be motivated by building stewardship structures, building and improving systems and processes, and collaborating with others.

The development manager will need to embody the core values of HxA that include:

  • Team player: We are a small team who values collaboration, support, and engagement—capable of recognizing wins of any size. We are open to constructive feedback with a commitment to consistently improve both individual and team performance.
  • Political tolerance and flexibility: We are indifferent to your politics but require respect and advocacy for the inclusion of diverse people with diverse perspectives, including progressive, conservative, and libertarian ideas and scholarship.
  • Persistent and creative problem-solver and opportunity-seeker: The ability to anticipate problems, seek information, and demonstrate persistence in finding solutions is essential. HxA is young organization with incredible potential in its mission and requires an entrepreneurial staff.

This position is full-time, remote, and reports directly to the executive director. Salary is commensurate with experience and provides a full-benefits package that includes retirement plan matching, strong health insurance, and support for ongoing professional development.


HxA is an NYC-based non-partisan, non-profit collaborative of over 4,000 professors, administrators, and graduate students committed to enhancing the quality and impact of research—and improving education—by promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in institutions of higher learning.

HxA aspires to create college classrooms and campuses that welcome diverse people with diverse viewpoints and that equip learners with the habits of heart and mind to engage that diversity in open inquiry and constructive disagreement. HxA sees an academy eager to welcome professors, students, and

speakers who approach problems and questions from different points of view, explicitly valuing the role such diversity plays in advancing the pursuit of knowledge, discovery, growth, and innovation.

HxA works to increase public awareness to elevate the importance of these issues on campus; develop tools that professors, administrators, and others can deploy to assess and then improve their campus and disciplinary cultures; celebrate institutions that make progress on these matters; and cultivate communities of practice among teachers, researchers, and administrators.


 Primary responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:       

  • Oversee, execute, and manage development activities, including corporate gifts, foundation grant applications and reporting materials, individual donations, and digital fundraising.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of stewardship processes that include tax acknowledgement receipts, thank-you note production, donor segmentation, and managing up other stewardship activities to senior leadership.
  • Execute solicitation and non-solicitation print and digital communications.
  • Conduct research on prospective and existing donors.
  • Maintain accurate and updated records in Salesforce and adhere to data entry standard procedures, as well as refine relevant reports and dashboards periodically.
  • Manage an active portfolio of donors and interface with donors regularly.
  • Identify and research prospective and current donors, as needed.
  • Represent HxA at community events and coordinate HxA fundraising events with some evening and weekend commitments.
  • Work collaboratively and provide regular updates to senior leadership and the board.
  • Travel for face-to-face cultivation and solicitation meetings with existing and prospective donors.
  • Support the Executive Director, as needed.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned.


5+ years of relevant fundraising and nonprofit experience is required, and candidates must:

  • Demonstrate close personal alignment with the HxA’s mission and values;
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards and adhere to fundraising best practices;
  • Commit to high standards of professionalism, quality of work, and confidentiality;
  • Possess outstanding interpersonal skills with a diverse group;
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Be able to take initiative, lead projects, and inspire others;
  • Be skilled at project management with the ability to meet goals and deadlines while prioritizing amongst multiple, competing responsibilities with exceptional time-management skills;  
  • Thrive and remain organized in a fast-paced environment;
  • Exercise excellent judgement and thoughtful decision making;
  • Be a service-oriented and collaborative member of the team;
  • Be able to communicate the mission and build personal relationships with prospective and current major donors;
  • Demonstrate a keen attention to detail, track progress, and meet goals;
  • Be proficient with development moves management (Salesforce strongly preferred); and
  • Having knowledge and familiarity with higher education and academia a plus.

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