Development Manager

  • 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

New Harvest is a research institute that accelerates innovation in cellular agriculture. We build the research pipeline that enables knowledge and talent generation in the field. New Harvest brings long-range vision to the space and addresses the fundamentals necessary to elevate the discipline. We support work that is not funded by traditional sources, either because the research is too early stage for industry or because it lies outside the parameters of existing government grants. Our targeted funding is designed to yield effective new biotechnologies for the production of cell-based foods. By funding open science, we directly address the intellectual property-inefficiency that occurs when pre-competitive research is conducted by private companies and excluded from the public domain.

Job Description

The Development Manager is an integral part of the New Harvest’s international team and will be responsible for developing and implementing our fundraising strategy, managing donor relations, and administering New Harvest’s Donor Management System. 

This position involves managing individual, foundation, and industry gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns. The Development Manager will also be responsible for developing our fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and collecting essential donor data and making data-driven fundraising decisions. The Development Manager will be the primary point of contact for donors who give less than $10,000 per year and will work closely with the Executive Director regarding donors who give greater than $10,000 per year.

The position reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer. The role is full-time and can be remote.


1. Fundraising Strategy

  • Develop and oversee our annual fundraising strategy

  • Develop and implement individual fundraising campaigns, including end of year fundraising

  • Collaborate with staff on the development and management of fundraising events and the New Harvest Conference

  • Develop print and digital marketing collateral related to fundraising, in collaboration with our communications team 

  • Develop fundraising projections and assist with the annual budgeting process

2. Donor Relations

  • Identify prospective individual, foundation, and industry donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships

  • Maintain ongoing communications with donors

  • Respond to all inquiries, from donors, in a timely and efficient manner

  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting to funders  

  • Convey the results of fundraising campaigns and other development initiatives to the New Harvest team and external stakeholders 

  • Ensure grant and gift contracts are correctly executed

  • Ensure grant and gift conditions and/or restrictions have been met 

  • Prepare timely and accurate fundraising and donor relations reports and other documentation for team members and external stakeholders 

3. Administration of New Harvest’s Donor Management System 

  • Oversee and administer, Virtuous, New Harvest’s Donor Management System / Database
  • Ensure all data is complete and consistent

  • Maintain and report out demographic and other data related to donors


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Communications or related field preferred

  • 2+ years fundraising and/or donor relations experience

  • Experience using CRM and/or DMS software

  • Foundation relationship and grant writing experience

  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills

  • Advanced Microsoft Office, Gmail, Google Calendar, with an ability to become adept with organization-specific programs and software

  • Detail-oriented, well-organized with impeccable multi-tasking abilities

  • Demonstrated record of initiative, problem solving, and adaptability

  • Discretion and the ability to uphold a strict level of confidentiality

  • Ability to foster a collaborative working environment, encouraging the integration of others’ ideas

  • All members of New Harvest’s staff are expected to operate as part of a team without the promotion of personal agendas and to exhibit a commitment to the profession and the organization. All staff must possess integrity, honesty and a sense of humor

Additional Information

New Harvest offers QSEHRA for medical, dental, and vision benefits, parental leave, and unlimited PTO. Start date is negotiable. This position is fully remote and work hours are in EST.

New Harvest is a recognized 501c3 in the US and a registered non-profit organization in Canada. We encourage applicants from Canada and states in which we are registered to do business (TX, CA, NY, MA, PA, MO, NV, and GA).

Initial review of applications will begin the week of 19 October 2020.