Development Manager

September 7th, 2023
Development Manager

Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
Job Category: Development
Location: Brooklyn
Job Sectors: Other
Salary Range: $70,000 to $73,000

About The Sato Project

The Sato Project (TSP) is a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to saving abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico, and working for long-term change on the island through our Spay/Neuter/Vaccine and Microchip Program. We rescue and rehabilitate the dogs before flying them to NYC, where we find them forever homes. We have rescued over 7,500 dogs since our inception in 2011, and our work has been covered by national and international media outlets including the New York Times, NPR, and CNN. Learn more about our work by visiting

Position Description

The Sato Project is currently seeking a full time Development Manager to join our small but mighty, dynamic, and passionate team. This fundraising professional will develop and sustain a diverse funding stream to support our critical rescue, rehabilitation and community outreach operations in Puerto Rico.

Our ideal candidate will support the organization by cultivating and stewarding donors of all levels, including current and prospective major donors, institutions and foundations.  This candidate will be resourceful, tech-savvy and detail-oriented, as well as a great communicator with a keen eye for detail.

This is a hybrid position, however it is based in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Development Manager needs to be able to meet in person for donor relations, strategy sessions and team-related functions on an as needed basis in and around the NY metropolitan area. Attendance at occasional evening and weekend events in the NY/NJ/CT area is also required, as well as some travel to Puerto Rico.

The Development Manager reports to the Director of Operations with a dotted line to the President and Founder, and directly supervises one full-time Development Associate. TSP offers competitive workplace benefits, including 100% employer-paid health, dental and life insurance, and paid-time off.


Superior communication skills, including the ability to write well, to speak effectively in groups large and small and in one-on-one conversations, and the ability and willingness to listen actively and attentively.

      • Superior relationship-building skills, both internally and externally, are an absolute requirement and a record of success must be exhibited.  This includes the ability to engage in frequent and intentional face-to-face donor interaction

      • Minimum of three to five years of fundraising experience.

      • Prior experience in animal welfare is a plus; a passion for TSP’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and create real change for the people and animals of Puerto Rico is a MUST.


      • Identifying, maintaining and growing major gift opportunities from active and previous donors which includes individuals, foundations, and for profit entities.

      • Grow a major gifts program and develop new revenue streams identifying new prospects and funding opportunities, including ongoing multi-year grant support from institutions and foundations.

      • Lead the research and writing of grant LOIs, proposals and reports, with a focus on renewing and increasing foundation and corporate support

      • Provide guidance to the Board of Directors for their managed major donor relationships.

      • Work with Communications Manager & Development Associate to create diversified fundraising opportunities in support of all organizational campaigns and across website & social media platforms, email listserv, and print. 

      • Oversee Development Associate and their slate of responsibilities. 

SALARY: $70,000 to $73,000 + fully paid health insurance, paid holidays, sick, and PTO

TO APPLY: Please email resume, cover letter and at least one professional writing sample to [email protected]. Please indicate “Development Manager” in the subject line. Resumes submitted without a cover letter or writing sample will not be considered.


The Sato Project

  • 130 Water Street
  • Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • USA
  • Phone:

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