BACKGROUND: By developing programs that respond to pressing community needs, New York Cares—New York City’s leading volunteer management organization—provides a lifeline of support to the city’s most vulnerable residents. Founded 30 years ago on the simple promise of giving everyone, no matter their circumstances in life, the ability to serve others, New York Cares now designs and runs 18,000 projects a year at 1,300 nonprofits and schools across all five boroughs, engaging over 64,000 volunteers a year in service to 400,000 at-risk New Yorkers. The organization, once just an idea talked about among friends, is now a part of the fabric of NYC, and serves as a symbol of New Yorkers’ spirit.
New York Cares prides itself on a culture of excellence, defined by integrity, reliability, and professionalism. The NonProfit Times, Crain’s New York, The Princeton Review, and The Wall Street Journal have recognized New York Cares as a top-notch employer. Going forward, New York Cares will continue to grow its programming and harness the power of volunteering to meet the challenges faced by the city and neighbors in need. For more information about New York City’s largest volunteer network, please visit newyorkcares.org.
FUNDING: New York Cares has current annual revenues of approximately $9 million generated through corporations, special events, individual gifts, foundations, government, and leveraged program supplies and services.
PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Chief Development Officer will design a comprehensive development strategy to maximize and leverage relationships with current donors, volunteers, and alumni as well as identify and cultivate relationships with new prospective donors. New York Cares is at a pivotal moment in its history and impact, and is committed to a renewed focus on substantially growing major individual donor initiatives while maintaining and expanding its strong corporate sponsorship program. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced and strategic development professional and relationship builder to inaugurate new tactics and strategies to drive increased philanthropic support. The CDO reports to the Executive Director, works closely with the Board of Directors, and leads a full- and part-time development team of 12.
Broad-based, senior-level development experience, including individual and institutional philanthropy, and corporate partnership.
Proven track record of growing a major individual donor program.
Knowledge of best practices in all areas of fundraising.
High-level board relations and engagement skills.
An experienced manager and mentor.
Savvy about online fundraising tactics, social media, and database management/maximization.
Able to set strategies and goals and drive results.
Experience with the New York City philanthropic community.
Well-developed communication and presentation skills; able to serve as a key ambassador.
An innovator, builder, and change agent.
Commitment to creating and fostering a culturally and ethnically diverse team.
Passionate about New York City, volunteerism, and the power of community.
Ability to travel regularly throughout the five boroughs; minimal additional travel is expected.
Bachelor’s degree is required, an advanced degree is preferred.
Additional Salary Information: New York Cares offers an attractive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and accomplishments.
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