Brooklyn, New York
Chief External Relations Officer
Full-Time, Regular, Exempt
With an annual budget of $9.2 million for FY2014, StoryCorps is a rapidly expanding organization that is seeking an accomplished Director of Development to manage a growing eight-person Development department in collaboration with the Chief External Relations Officer. With an eye toward maximizing resources, the Director will oversee the day-to-day operations of the department including but not limited to financial database management and improvements, revenue and expense projections, and staff management and professional development. The Director of Development will partner with the Chief External Relations Officer on developing strategies to increase funding across sector with particular emphasis on securing and stewarding major donors. S/he will be responsible for developing long-term strategic fundraising plans and working to develop a multi-year comprehensive campaign while managing a portfolio of major donors.
The Director of Development reports to the Chief External Relations Officer and manages a team of eight full-time staff members, which includes direct supervision of three staff overseeing Institutional Giving, Individual Giving, and Events.
StoryCorps records, shares, and preserves stories from a diverse range of American voices – from our Griot Initiative to preserve stories of African Americans, to our Historias Initiative to collect the experiences of Latinos, to our ongoing work to ensure diversity in our archive and produced content. Candidates with experience supporting diversity and social justice-oriented organizations are strongly encouraged to apply; cultural competency/humility is required.
Excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Plan, pre-tax transit benefits, and paid time off (vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- In concert with the Chief External Relations Officer, develop annual plans and strategies, including goals, cultivation and solicitation activities, and timetables in order to obtain support from individual major donors, corporations, and foundations
- Manage a team of eight Development staff, including direct supervision of three staff overseeing Institutional Giving, Individual Giving, and Events
- In collaboration with the Finance Department, develop corresponding budgets and financial expense and revenue projections
- Oversee the organization's systems and procedures to support fundraising and fund development, including donor management, communications, research, cultivation, and gift processing and recognition
- Conduct internal department quality management audits and review of systems, and design/implement improvements as necessary
- Support the Development team in their cultivation and stewardship of existing and prospective funders, including foundations, corporations, and individuals
- Manage a portfolio of major donors including the stewardship of the Atlanta Advisory committee
- Manage select Board of Directors subcommittees
- Develop a major gift and planned giving program, including personally identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects for major and planned gifts
- Perform other duties to support Development department/function, as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications
- A Bachelor's degree or higher, from an accredited university or college
- A minimum of 7-10 years senior-level-fundraising experience with an emphasis on individual solicitation
- Demonstrated experience providing staff supervision and evaluation
- Ability to coach and mentor direct reports, peers, and executives on effective fundraising strategies, tactics, and tools
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
- Strong planning, strategy, financial, budgeting, analytical skills and an ability to use data to make decisions and to translate strategy to action
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Proven ability to identify, cultivate, and solicit high net worth individuals
- Extraordinary attention to detail
- Experience working with Board members and managing volunteer leadership
- Strong time-management skills and ability to uphold deadlines
- Solid computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Cultural competence/humility and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people
- Proficiency with a fundraising database such as Raiser's Edge
- Flexibility, resourcefulness, and a sense of humor
- Willingness to travel if necessary
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com and include your last name and “Director, Development” in the subject line. Include your cover letter and resume as attachments entitled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.” In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past. The position will remain open until filled; please apply early. No calls please.