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HERC Officer-Development in New York, New York

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration

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  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Community Impact (CI), the Assistant Director of Development has oversight for the development process for our university-based student volunteer community service organization. Proposal writing, fundraising, cultivation, and alumni development are the major components of the position.


A. Development Plan

Design, develop, and implement an effective strategic effort for solicitation, cultivation, and donor relations programs.

B. Events

Organize and administer special fundraising events, including a benefit auction that is the major annual fundraiser.

C. Prospects Identification

Lead the work on researching and conducting direct solicitation of assigned individual prospects.

D. Proposal Writing

Write and submit proposals to a broad range of potential funders, including government agencies, foundations and corporations.

E. Marketing, Reports, etc.

Plan and execute direct marketing solicitations for CI.

  1. Develops marketing and branding tools.

  2. Prepares correspondence and prepares reports and renewals.

  3. Prepares newsletters and other donor-related materials.

  4. Provides oversight for writers.

F. Database System

Oversee the development and maintenance of the Raisers Edge donor database. Utilize Raisers Edge to produce several direct mailings per year.

G. Collaborations

Under the direction of the Director, collaborate with:

  1. CI board members (including staff to Resource Development Committee).

  2. Fellow CI staff members.

  3. Volunteers.

  4. Community Partners.

H. Site visits

Identify donors to visit.

I. Evaluations/Outcomes

Provide support for program staff with regard to evaluation and outcomes for specific programs.

J. Other Projects as Assigned

Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned/requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent and a minimum of three years of development or related transferable experience required. Previous work with a nonprofit organization required. Strong oral, written communication and presentation skills required. Prior experience writing grant proposals and/or fundraising required. Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and work autonomously under pressure of deadline required. Computer literacy and database experience required. Some evenings and weekends required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Raisers Edge experience strongly desired. Knowledge of PowerPoint and/or desktop publishing software preferred.

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