Distinguished as one of the top after-school arts and culture programs in the nation by The President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities, Girls Write Now (GWN) is New York’s first and only non-profit with a writing and mentoring model for girls. From young women exploring writing to seasoned professionals practicing their craft every day, GWN is a community of women writers dedicated to providing the guidance, support and opportunities for high-school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future. Now celebrating our 15th anniversary, GWN has served more than 4,500 marginalized teen girls, building a record of achievement and innovation recognized twice by the White House, by The New York Times, and evidenced by the hundreds of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards our girls have earned. 100% of GWN’s seniors graduate from high school, taking with them portfolios, awards, scholarships, new skills, and a sense of confidence.
This quickly growing non-profit with nine full-time staff, and a 2013 budget approaching $1 million, is seeking a full-time Director of Development & External Affairs (DDEA) to maintain and grow a broad base of donors and income streams.
The ideal candidate will be an energetic, creative, flexible and disciplined fundraiser, savvy with Boards and high-level donors, and with a proven record of meeting ambitious fundraising goals.
- Bachelors degree, Masters degree a plus
- A minimum of five years of professional fundraising experience
- Demonstrated success in meeting annual fundraising goals, including gifts from major donors, foundations, and corporations
- A track record of success in setting vision and strategy for groups; leading and motivating staff, board, volunteers, and donors to drive results; evaluating progress against goals
- Experience with nonprofit budgeting and fundraising planning
- Demonstrated experience prioritizing multiple assignments, meeting tight deadlines, and willing to be flexible with a lean staff in a fast-paced environment
- Technically savvy, with strong computer skills: proficiency with Excel, WordPress, Google Analytics, email marketing applications, electronic donor tracking systems (DonorPro, SalesForce, Firstgiving), and social media
- Thoroughly committed to GWN’s mission of mentoring the next generation of women writers, with knowledge and eagerness to learn in the realms of literature, media, education, women’s issues, and community organizing
- Experience directing marketing campaigns and promotional activities a plus
Reporting to the Executive Director as one of three senior staff, the Director of Development & External Affairs will lead and supervise an expanding Development department, to be comprised of a full-time Communications Manager, a part-time Development Intern, and a seasonally contracted Grant Writer and Event Coordinator, with support from a full-time Administrative Coordinator. The DDEA will also interface with Board members while serving as staff point person for the Board of Directors’ Fundraising Committee and Benefit Task Force.
The DDEA position includes the following:
- Institutional Giving
Research, schedule, manage and supervise stewardship of all institutional fundraising efforts including foundation, corporate and government grant submittals, which constitute approximately 65% of current budget
- Individual Giving
Develop, nurture, and build an individual giving program, including gifts from major donors, two Annual Appeals, and new endowment and planned giving programs
Oversee fundraising initiatives at planned organizational and ad-hoc independent events throughout the year, including Annual Benefit and Annual Holiday Soiree as well as third party event partnerships
Working closely with the Executive Director and Communications Manager, oversee all brand identity assets used in marketing and promotional materials that will directly support fundraising efforts, including the Annual Report and a range of print and electronic publications, presentations, and special events
- Strategic Planning, Reporting, & Capacity Building
Working closely with the Executive Director and Board, update and implement the Annual Strategic Fundraising Plan; Working closely with senior staff and the Board’s Finance Committee, develop annual budget; Assume responsibility for all Development reports to funders and Board; Oversee the management of donor database, and all records, files, and processing of gift acknowledgments; Analyze fee for service and other revenue generation strategies, including partnership opportunities to leverage cost savings and efficiencies
Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. GWN offers competitive salaries and benefit packages including health insurance, a flexible spending plan and 20 paid leave days plus holidays.
Equal Opportunity Employer
It is GWN’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and to all applicants for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, disability (including victims of domestic violence), age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or citizenship. This policy applies to all GWN activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training and promotion.
Submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to write “Director of Development” in subject line. Only applicants asked to interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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