Employment Opportunities

2023 Job Opportunities


The Development Director will help the team realize the mission, vision, and values of the organization. The successful candidate is comfortable with diverse audiences, recognizes the transformative power of making and entrepreneurship, and believes tools and maker resources should be accessible to everyone. This position will work closely with The Foundry’s Executive Director to strengthen the culture of giving and support throughout The Foundry community. The Development Director is responsible for the management of the development plan, which includes the annual giving campaign and grant applications.
Duties Include:

  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Committee to implement a comprehensive development plan including grants, annual appeal, and donor engagement.
  • Work with the Executive Director to maintain grants calendar, write grants and ensure timely implementation including applications, payments, and reports.
  • Plan and implement strategies to identify, prioritize, cultivate, and solicit existing prospects and new donors for individual, corporate, and foundation gifts.
  • Manage the timely acknowledgement of gifts and make sure that all types of donations (cash, pledges, matching gifts, and planned gifts) are properly documented in online database
  • Coordinate the production and distribution of recurring appeals and stewardship materials
  • Assist with the writing and editing of appeals, acknowledgements, donor news, reports, and proposals

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or other demonstrated/significant and equal experience in fundraising, grant-writing, and successful development in the non-profit industry. 
  • Impeccable English writing skills are a must.
  • Passion for entrepreneurship and making is important.
  • Experience using a CRM database is a plus--strong determination and quick learning of new digital tools could be an equal asset. Must be comfortable with a digital environment; experience with the google workspace is preferable.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are an asset. 
  • Ability to follow instructions independently,follow-through, and anticipate future needs is a must.

The Foundry values diversity and inclusion throughout our city and within our organization. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $44,720.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Buffalo, NY 14208

This is a full time position. All Foundry staff are able to utilize our makerspaces for their own projects during non-work time as a perk of working for our organization. A background check will be required to instruct on-site at area schools.

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Youth Development Coach (posted 8/8/2023)

Description: Join us to support the next generation of makers, artists, scientists and engineers! The Foundry is seeking a Youth Development Coach to support highschool students in our afterschool program by listening to, loving and learning about them. This part-time opportunity includes attending training and a commitment of at least one semester of after school programming Monday through Thursday. This staff member will be responsible for ensuring a safe and fun learning environment for youth throughout the school year and will report to our Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Duties Include:

  • Work with our Director of Curriculum and Instruction to ensure all high school after school programming can function successfully onsite at The Foundry
  • Be a mentor to our high school youth - listening, loving and learning
  • Take attendance/setup snacks, greet students pre-program, create pre-program youth development opportunities
  • Create a welcoming environment where you encourage all enrolled high school youth to come talk to you, make projects, etc on days when their specific program doesn't meet.
  • Communicate any student challenges and/or needs to Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Participate in professional development trainings (at least 2x per year)


  • Enthusiasm for young people and general understanding of youth development
  • Desire and ability to relate to and continue learning about growing occupational fields, relevant equipment and emerging products
  • Must be a good communicator and maintain confidentiality with students/staff

Must commit to a Monday-Thursday 3:30-6:30pm schedule (±30 min), plus a brief weekly check-in with our Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Training will be late August/early September and the position will start mid September and run throughout the school year (not including holidays, school breaks).

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $18.00 per hour


  • After school

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Buffalo, NY 14208: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

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We are always looking for part-time and contract instructors - do you have a skill that aligns with the things we teach? Connect with us! We encourage you to come and introduce yourself. You never know when we'll have a position opening, so get to know us!

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