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We offer paid positions and internships that provide strong experience in policy, litigation, development, and communications.
Riverkeeper is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and people of color to apply and provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, military status, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran.
Please read the below descriptions and send application materials to the appropriate person listed. Thank you for your interest in working with Riverkeeper!
Reports to:Vice President for Development
Riverkeeper is New York’s premiere water quality advocate. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic organization experiencing significant growth. Over the last five years the organizational budget has grown by 65% due in large part to its major gifts program. The Director of Major Gifts will be essential to building this program and establishing new relationships.
The Director of Major Gifts will be a frontline fundraiser, primarily responsible for the cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of Riverkeeper’s major donor portfolio, driving the effort to secure gifts at the $5,000+ level from individuals and family foundations, to help reach a current annual goal of $1.5 million. This position will develop and implement strategies for identifying and major gift prospects, cultivating donors and prospects, and maximizing gifts. The Director will also identify and develop strategies for candidates for the Board of Directors and other leadership opportunities, including the Advisory Board, Junior Council and the recently formed Leadership Council. The Director 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:
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 Elizabeth Allee at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Major Gifts Director” as the subject line. Submission deadline is September 30th. No phone calls please.
Women, people of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Each Riverkeeper internship provides the individual with a strong field experience in which he or she is assigned responsibilities vital to the function of our work. All interns are considered an important and equal part of the team. We seek a group of 6-8 interns during the summer and smaller groups throughout the year to help our policy, litigation, development, and communications teams progress with their work.
Riverkeeper is not currently hiring any interns. Please check back later to see if any positions become available.
Bard CEP is partnering with Riverkeeper to offer a unique scholarship and career development opportunity to one incoming student each year.
Under this program, the Riverkeeper Scholar (RS) will receive a scholarship equal to 30% of tuition for two years of full-time enrollment. The scholarship may be awarded with additional Bard support, such as fellowships, work-study, and loans. The RS will have the opportunity to work with a designated Riverkeeper mentor, who will meet with the student at least twice a year to discuss career interests and development. The RS will receive priority among Bard graduate students for potential internships and capstone projects / theses completed in conjunction with Riverkeeper. The RS is selected at the time of admission each year.
Students interested in applying for this position should include a cover letter along with their application for admission stating their interest and/or experience with any of the following: advocacy, water policy, water ecology, or the Hudson River / Hudson River watershed.