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Director, Individual Giving & Special Events

We seek an experienced, creative and dynamic development professional to build and implement a strategic and comprehensive individual and special events fundraising program and manage a high performing team of fundraisers.


Reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Director of Individual Giving & Special Events manages three full-time staff and various office interns and volunteers to achieve revenue goals of $3.2 million.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Designing and executing a strategic fundraising plan in conjunction with the Chief Philanthropy Officer and with the Board of Directors Development Committee;
  • Reviewing/analyzing the fundraising potential of existing initiatives and developing new programs to meet the organization’s strategic objectives/vision;
  • Cultivating existing relationships with individual donors, developing sponsorship opportunities to recruit new major donors and special events supporters, and overseeing ongoing prospect research to identify and grow the donor base/increase revenue;
  • Overseeing all special events including a winter benefit (in coordination with an external event firm and the Board Development Committee), a soiree (in coordination with the Junior Committee), happy hours, two serve-a-thons, a growing number of hosted events, and a series of donor recognition and cultivation events;
  • Directing all aspects of the fundraising process, including: developing/editing a wide array of written material; planning donor engagement projects; managing diverse vendor relationships and, collaborating with Program Staff to maximize current programmatic funding opportunities and develop new initiatives;
  • Collaborating closely with the Communications team in the development of stakeholder mapping for current and potential donors and in the execution of a strategic communications plan for donor stewardship:
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the team. Assessing internal processes for optimal functionality and reworking them when appropriate;
  • Actively managing the professional development of these individuals reporting to this person to grow their skill bases and retain them over time;
  • Preparing annual revenue projections and tracking/analyzing ongoing actuals to goals; developing and managing multiple budgets; and, working with internal departments to prepare monthly financials and time-based analysis;
  • Ensuring appropriate recognition and timely acknowledgement of donors, working with Senior Staff to coordinate strategic, personalized outreach;
  • Staying current with evolving fundraising technologies, and anticipating and responding to philanthropic trends; and,
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • A proven success record in fundraising, with 5+ years of related experience
  • Experience engaging/stewarding individual donors through methods like moves management
  • Proven success crafting successful solicitations and managing high-touch events
  • At least two years of direct management experience
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior proofreading and editing abilities
  • Highly motivated, energetic self-starter
  • Strong planning, administrative, and organizational skills
  • Excellent relationship management and team leadership skills
  • Strong analytical skills and proven success at assessing procedures/processes and developing better ways to optimize efficacy
  • Broad-based computer skills (MS Office required; Salesforce considered a plus)


Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience 


To be considered, please submit the following: cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and two writing samples to New York Cares by email, Attn.: Human Resources/Director, Individual Giving & Special Events at Candidates must submit all of this information to be considered. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.