Development and Communications Manager

New York City, NY

Hester Street is seeking a Development and Communications professional with 4-6 years of experience in grant-writing, communications, business development and fundraising, to join a growing, high-performance team that holds social justice as a core value, and support community-driven planning, design and development projects in New York City, nationwide and internationally.

About Hester Street

Hester Street is an urban planning, design and development nonprofit working to ensure that neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. We offer technical and capacity building assistance to community-based organizations, private firms and government agencies on land use processes, neighborhood planning and design, and public and private community development projects. We strive for more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and resilient neighborhoods.

We work on a wide variety of projects— including neighborhood planning, community resiliency, economic development, public health and community facility development. We focus on low-income communities and communities of color – people and places that have been historically and systematically left out of the decision-making. Local knowledge, needs and priorities guide our work, and innovative and inclusive community engagement is a critical thread throughout all our projects.

About the Position

We are looking for a full-time Development and Communications Manager to support Hester Street’s efforts to fund and tell the story of our work.  The position is ideal for someone who brings excellent writing skills, critical thought, problem-solving abilities, detail orientation and the mechanics of fundraising to the fight for social justice.

We seek a high-energy individual with a talent for collaboration and organization who can follow the details of a neighborhood planning project, synthesize relevant take-aways and formulate stories tailored to specific audiences and goals, develop communications tools and strategies across multiple platforms, and support our fundraising efforts among public, private and individual donors.

This role requires the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines. Experience communicating about neighborhood, environmental and/or social justice issues is preferred. Experience in the fields of urban planning, architecture, community organizing and/or community development is preferred, though not required. The Development and Communications Manager collaborates closely with a small Development and Communications team, the Co-Executive Directors, Director of Finance + Operations and project teams.

Development job responsibilities (80%), include the following:

  • Write and edit for multiple formats: grant proposals and reports, funder emails, website, social media, Hester Street publications and more;
  • Manage proposal and report deadlines – coordinate assembly and submissions;
  • Work with project staff to develop proposals, reports and communications tools;
  • Lead new funder research and support funder/donor cultivation;
  • Support the development and implementation of fundraising and business development strategies alongside senior leadership;
  • Serve as point-of-contact for select funders, donors, and additional  project partners;
  • Support production of fundraising virtual and in-person events;
  • Help develop and tell the story of our projects and programs, from technical details to systems change;
  • Manage and support growth of Hester Street’s contact list;
  • Monitor media coverage of Hester Street and related projects;
  • Support and publicize staff speaking engagements.

Communications job responsibilities (20%), include the following:

  • Creatively employ a range of communication tools – including email newsletters, social media, website, video and others – in support of Hester Street’s goals;
  • Manage content and design updates to HST website and additional assets;
  • Write components of external grant and consultant proposals;
  • Ensure that project deliverables for external audiences are high-quality, relevant and consistent;
  • Manage and generate creative communications content, including for website, newsletters, social media, press and presentations;


We are seeking an excellent writer, fundraiser and client relationship manager, who works well in a fast-paced environment and has project management skills. Applicants must be highly organized and detail oriented. Experience working with low-income communities, immigrant and other communities of color and/or community-based organizations is preferred. Fluency in a language other than English is a big plus, though not required. Top candidates will have:                                                                 

  • Experience writing in multiple formats and tailoring communications to multiple audiences;
  • Experience writing in various development and communications formats, such as grant proposals, presentations, marketing materials, eblasts, website, social media, and others;
  • Ability to write for multiple audiences, including current and prospective donors, foundations, government, community-based organizations, private firms and those in the community planning and development fields;
  • Experience managing the mechanics of fundraising and communications through deadlines and donor cycles:
  • Experience tracking progress toward development and communications goals;
  • Excellent organization skills and proven ability to meet deadlines. 

Graphic design skills and experience with Adobe Creative Suite are a plus, though not required. Experience with CRM (Mailchimp, Salesforce), CMS (Wordpress), and social media tools for businesses, also a plus.


The salary range for this position is $65-$75K and depends on prior experience. In addition, Hester Street offers a very generous and comprehensive benefits package which incudes: 100% employer-paid health insurance; retirement benefits; generous paid time off – holidays, sick days and vacation time; commuter benefits, and a wealth of on-going, top-of-the-line professional development opportunities among others.


Please upload a cover letter, résumé and/or portfolio.

Hester Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce that reflects the populations with whom we partner and serve. Our organization is women-led and our staff is majority people of color. We seek to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability or veteran status.


Hester Street is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization incorporated as Hester Street Collaborative.