Institutional Giving Officer, The Paris Review Foundation

Since its founding in 1953, The Paris Review has been America’s preeminent literary quarterly, dedicated to discovering the best new voices in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. The mission of The Paris Review, which was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2003, has always been twofold: to foster the development of creative individuals as writers and artists, and to promote public appreciation of excellence in the literary and graphic arts. While the quarterly print magazine remains at the center of the organization’s work, today The Paris Review also encompasses a leading literary website (featuring new content on The Paris Review Daily and a digital archive of every print issue), an active social media and newsletter presence, podcasts, books, documentary shorts, and literary programming in New York and around the country.

The Paris Review Foundation seeks a capable, effective Institutional Giving Officer with sophisticated communications and research skills to serve as a key capacity builder on the Review’s development team. The successful candidate for this new position will thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced organization that is experiencing growth, and will skillfully handle a range of responsibilities, including grant research, proposal writing, strategy development, and data analysis and management. The person in this position will report to the Publishing Director and will work closely with the Editor and development and events staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish and expand The Paris Review’s institutional giving program by actively identifying and researching new foundation and government funding opportunities.
  • Apply for grants that allow the Review to increase and expand its cultural programming (including poetry and fiction readings, book launches for TPR authors, educational programming, professional development programming, and creative writing workshops) in NYC, thereby allowing us to reach a larger audience across the five boroughs.
  • Work closely with editorial, business, development, and program staff to develop and deliver customized proposals and reports for program-specific and unrestricted grants and sponsorships.
  • Draft and submit all institutional giving collateral (proposals, letters of inquiry, reports, and communications materials).
  • Build and maintain internal grant proposal and reports calendar and track revenue.
  • Be first point of contact for institutional donors, helping to initiate and steward these relationships.
  • Perform complex analyses and organize information to identify philanthropic patterns, affinities, and relationships among institutional giving entities.
  • Implement and coordinate data tracking systems for institutional development outreach, including inquiries, proposals, updates, and reports.
  • Stay abreast of fund-raising trends and issues, maintaining knowledge of available training and educational opportunities to develop necessary skills.


  • Excellent interpersonal communication, strong oral and written presentation skills.
  • Significant grant expertise with superior editing skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple writing projects in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Knowledge of the literary arts philanthropic community.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills, with a demonstrated track record of establishing effective systems that foster collaboration and improve efficiency.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills related to complex donor research.
  • Background in one or more areas: literature, arts, cultural programming.
  • Ability to think strategically, analytically, and creatively.
  • Proficiency in use of online research tools such as Foundation Directory Online along with numerous other tools and publications.
  • Proficiency with data mining software, Word, Excel, and database management software.

Work Experience:
A minimum of 3–5 years’ experience in institutional fund-raising and grant research in a not-for-profit fund-raising environment. This position is full time and based in New York City.


To Apply:

Please email [email protected] with “Institutional Giving Officer” in the subject line. Please include a covering letter, a résumé, and a list of successful grant applications completed.



Editorial Internship

The Paris Review offers paid editorial internships twice a year (two interns per term). The internship requires a full-time commitment for six months, affording interns the opportunity to participate in two full production cycles. Interns assist with every step of production, from fact-checking to proofreading to distributing issues. They are also tasked with a variety of administrative, digital, and developmental work. Interns work a thirty-five-hour week at minimum wage. We do not sponsor visas.

Paris Review internships are an excellent introduction to the literary world. Past graduates have gone on to find work at a wide range of literary agencies, publishing houses, magazines, and newspapers, among them HarperCollins, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon and Schuster, the Gernert Agency, the Wylie Agency, Poets & WritersThe New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the Wall Street Journal. Others have gone on to enjoy successful freelance careers as editors and writers.

The application schedule is as follows:





January 2–June 30

July 1–December 24

Application Deadline:

October 1

May 1

Decision by:

December 1

June 1

To Apply

Send your résumé and a cover letter clearly stating the term for which you would like to be considered and explaining your interest in The Paris Review. Please also send a one-page reader’s report on a story published in a journal or magazine within the past year. All materials should be mailed to:

Attn: Lauren Kane
The Paris Review

544 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to respond to every applicant, but if you are invited for an interview, you will generally be contacted within three weeks of submitting your application.



Reader Program

The Paris Review offers unpaid reader positions on a rolling basis. Readers volunteer their time to assist the editorial staff by evaluating manuscripts, tracking submissions, maintaining office databases, and transcribing interviews. Applicants should be able to work from The Paris Review’s New York office at least one day a week.

To Apply

Send a cover letter stating your desired starting date and explaining your interest in The Paris Review, along with your résumé and one or two nonfiction writing samples (preferably essays relating to a work of literature) totaling no more than ten pages, to:

Attn: Lauren Kane
The Paris Review
544 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates, but if you are invited for an interview, you will generally be contacted within six weeks of submitting your application.