Development AND Communications Manager


The Development and Communications Manager will work closely with Genspace leadership to create, administer and implement a long-term development plan that includes grants, private donations from individuals and companies, and other philanthropic contributions. The person in this position is also responsible for developing and delivering the look, feel, and voice of Genspace across public-facing and fundraising-related platforms in order to achieve our mission and revenue goals. The Development and Communications Manager will work closely with Genspace staff to plan, prepare and deliver materials in support of our course-related, membership-related and grant-related activities (including, but not limited to, website and social media content, printed materials, digital communications, fundraising appeals, grant applications, and annual reports).


Development and Fundraising

  • Build granting calendar; identify grant targets, draft grant applications and manage participation of Genspace staff in executing and submitting them 

  • Manage existing grants: provide information for evaluation of the organization’s activities and ensure compliance with funding sources, assist in the writing of grant reports

  • Identify and cultivate new and existing donors and corporate sponsors

  • Plan and execute fundraiser and other cultivation events; and take a lead role in developing strategies to increase donor support.

Communications and Marketing

  • Manage Genspace’s website, newsletter, and social media; leverage these digital assets to drive revenue, increase visibility, connect with our community and serve our educational and outreach-related mission

  • Manage Genspace’s brand, graphic assets, images and photos; organize and maintain program documentation and all printed materials

  • Build relationships with media and other organizations that will help grow public awareness of Genspace; manage press, schedule press visits and setup interviews

  • Create strategic marketing campaigns; develop analytics to measure success and continually find ways to improve on those metrics through testing and new initiatives

  • Manage science communication ambassador and intern projects

  • Manage inquiries from the public through the general information email account and phone calls


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree

  • A minimum of two years of experience working in the nonprofit sector (and preferably three or more)

  • Exceptional writing skills

  • Strong organizational and verbal communication skills

  • A self-starter who is comfortable developing administrative systems and coordinating activities with Genspace staff and volunteers where appropriate

  • A highly-motivated, detail-oriented, multitasker with a can-do attitude and the ability to work with a small team

  • Knowledge of the community biology movement is a plus

  • Background in communications, development, art, design, or other non-scientific discipline is a plus

Compensation for the Communications and Development Manager position is commensurate with education and experience.


Deadline: Friday, October 11th

Send a resume, listing related skills and experience, and a cover letter to You may also send a writing sample if available.

Genspace is committed to a diverse workplace and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, partnership status, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.