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Reports to:Vice President for Development
Riverkeeper is New York’s premier water quality advocate. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic organization experiencing significant growth. Over the last four years the organizational budget has grown by 68%, due in large part to its major gifts program. The Major Gifts Manager will be essential to expanding this program and establishing new relationships as we build towards our 50th anniversary in 2016.
The Major Gifts Manager will drive the effort to secure gifts at the level of $5,000+, primarily from individuals and family foundations, in order to reach a current annual goal of $1.5 million in major giving. The Manager will develop and implement strategies for identifying major gift prospects, cultivating donors and prospects, and maximizing gifts. The Manager will be primarily responsible for stewardship of Riverkeeper’s major donor portfolio. In addition, the Manager will identify and develop strategies for candidates for the Board of Directors and other leadership opportunities. The Manager will assist with special events, including conception, planning and implementing strategic donor cultivation events and assisting with fundraising and logistics for the annual benefit and other events as needed.
Responsibilities include the following:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in Development, including experience developing successful ask strategies and effective major donor acquisition strategies. – Experience deploying program and senior staff strategically in moves management and asks, in assessing capacity through prospect research, and managing donor relations.
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Grant writing experience and supervisory experience a plus.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and experience with Donor Perfect or similar fundraising database.
In addition to possessing these qualifications, the ideal candidate will be creative, organized, strategic and collegial. He/she must be a self-starter with a sense of urgency and a bias toward execution. Must have long-range planning skills and the ability to be flexible and open to new ideas, as well as the ability to function at peak in a fast-paced environment. A sense of humor and positive attitude are essential.
Hours and Compensation:
This position is fulltime at 40 hours per week with full benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Location: Riverkeeper is located in Ossining, New York, on Metro-North train line.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, salary history, writing sample and resume to Chloe Heintz at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Major Gifts Manager” as the subject line. Submission deadline is September 30th. No phone calls please.