Development Manager

Job description

About OpenMind

In recent years, our society has become increasingly divided. Rather than appreciating our differences, all too often, people are viewing the world through an "us versus them" lens. OpenMind works to address these issues by translating the best behavioral science research into practicable, scalable, and evidence-based tools that equip people with the mindset and skill set to communicate and collaborate across differences. By conducting original research, developing tools and resources for individuals and institutions, and rigorously evaluating the effectiveness of our interventions, we aim to promote inclusive cultures that support open and constructive dialogue. Our tools are built for use in many contexts, including schools and universities, workplaces, and communities.

OpenMind is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that was co-founded by the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the author of the bestselling booksThe Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Mind. Since launching in 2017, our online program has reached more than 45,000 learners in more than 900 classrooms, as well as 100+ organizations and companies, across more than 15 countries.

About the role

We are looking for someone with 3+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience who is interested in grant writing, research, project management, and development operations. The Development Manager will be an effective writer with experience crafting compelling grant proposals, as well as an organized project manager who is able to create and maintain systems for coordinating multiple streams of work. We are building our development team from the ground up, with ambitious plans for growth, and we hope to find a candidate with a startup mentality who is excited to help us build. You will report to the VP of Growth & Development, and will occasionally support the incoming Director of Marketing and Communications as well.


There are a few key areas that we need this person to take on, focused mostly on writing, research, and development operations.

  • Grants: Writing compelling grant proposals and reports; managing the grant application and reporting calendar

  • CRM: Initially, this person will project manage the conversion to a new CRM and will be the lead in ensuring we’re using the functionality as designed

  • Development Operations: Processing donations, writing acknowledgment letters, tracking notes and key next steps in CRM

  • Prospect Research: Researching current and growing list of prospects, managing the tracking of prospects

  • Support Marketing & Communications: Provide project management and writing support to the incoming Director of Marketing and Communications

Job requirements


  • Mission Driven — you are passionate about bridging divides

  • At least 3 years of full-time experience as a nonprofit development professional

  • Demonstrated strength in writing, preferably with experience writing grants for private foundations

  • Demonstrated project management expertise

Why work with us

  • A Mission-Driven Culture — we practice what we preach, so we wear our values of intellectual humility, continuous improvement, and open-mindedness on our sleeves

  • Remote-First — OpenMind was founded as a remote-first organization, and we work hard to maintain a strong team culture across vast distances (our small crew is spread across six states and three countries)

  • Compensation — salary starting from $70,000, negotiable, commensurate with expertise and experience

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Other Benefits — $400/mo reimbursement for health insurance premiums/expenses, subsidized parental leave, 401(k) program (not matched), short- and long-term disability insurance, life and AD&D insurance, $1,000 annual professional development budget

OpenMind is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. As an organization firmly committed to bridging divides, it is important for us to build a team representative of the nation’s rich diversity.