Founded in 1969, Project FIND's mission is to provide low- and moderate- income and homeless older adults on Manhattan's West Side with the support and services they need to enrich the quality of their lives and live independently in the community for as long as possible. All of Project FIND’s programs and services are imbued with the fundamental understanding that compassion, dignity, and respect must be essential qualities in the daily lives and experiences of the elderly. Project FIND has a staff of 92 and is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors. Project FIND’s $12 million operating budget is comprised of income from a variety of sources, including rental income and property management fees, government contracts, individual and foundation support, as well as in-kind contributions. Learn more at http://www.projectfind.org/
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and External Relations will serve as the key relationship manager across the organization. Planning and implementing all aspects of the organization’s development and communications program, the Director will lead Project FIND in building lasting relationships with individuals, foundations and corporate donors. S/he will also oversee messaging about Project FIND’s mission, programs, activities, and results through traditional print, website as well as social media platforms, aided in this process by Project FIND’s Director of Special Projects and Development Associate.
The majority of Project FIND’s income is derived from its housing operations and long-term government contracts, so the Director of Development and External Relations will initially be responsible for a baseline fundraising goal of approximately $350,000. Applying dedication, creativity, and strategic use of communications, the Director will discover abundant opportunity to diversify and increase Project FIND’s income from these sources through a strategic multi-year approach. This position offers the energetic, creative self-starting candidate the opportunity to build a strong fundraising and communications program in a highly collegial, welcoming environment.
The Director of Development and External Relations will be expected to:
Serve as lead strategist for all development programs, which include individual and major donor, corporate, foundation, government, direct mail, planned giving and events;
Create and implement annual and longer-term development plans designed to grow and deepen Project FIND’s donor base;
Work in close partnership with the Executive Director and Board Chair to develop the strategy and direction for maximizing board engagement in development, including establishing a Development Committee comprised of several board members;
Network and build strong relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders to secure buy-in and support, including but not limited to individual donors and prospects, program volunteers, foundation funders and prospects, and other stakeholder groups;
Oversee all messaging about Project FIND’s mission, programs, activities, and results;
Lead the development of marketing and communications materials, such as podcasting, video casting, social media and website content, annual calendar and report;
Lead the development and implementation of strategies to utilize new media for effective communication,
Serve as a primary point of contact for press inquiries and oversee the creation and communication of a strong, positive message to all external constituents.
Manage and mentor internal development team;
Supervise data entry, grant tracking and reporting; manage a fundraising database comprised of individuals, corporations, and foundations, to be cultivated and approached;
The Director of Development and External Relations will have the following experience and qualifications:
Mature, poised individual with exemplary leadership, communication and relationship-building skills who is comfortable working with both external and internal stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be versatile in her/his role, able to forge strong partnerships with people in all types of positions and from all walks of life. These include: individual donors, foundation program officers, clients and their family members, Project FIND’s executive director, board of directors, the internal development team, program and administrative staff, volunteers, and vendors.
Has previously served in the capacity of Development Director (or other development leadership position).
At least five years of experience in a senior-level management position, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple staff members and concurrent projects with grace, efficiency and good humor.
Adept manager and team builder. Skilled in rallying team members around clear goals, plans and deliverables while leveraging their unique abilities and contributions.
Exemplary goal-setting, planning and prioritization skills. The individual should be highly organized, thoughtful and strategic. S/he must be able to lead senior management, the development team, and the Board of Directors in developing annual development plans that include clear goals, schedules/timelines, assignment of responsibilities, and milestones.
Passion for Project FIND’s mission and approach.
Familiarity with NYC’s foundation and corporate funding landscape.
Master’s Degree in nonprofit management, public administration, business administration, or social work/public health administration is a plus.
A track record as an effective communicator; highly skilled in writing and public speaking; adept at crafting proposals, donor correspondence and other kinds of materials.
Computer savvy, with experience with donor database management and systems; the conceptual ability to develop creative outreach through technology; experience using social media to help a nonprofit engage its audiences, increase visibility and raise money is desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Salary up to $100,000 based upon experience. Excellent benefit package available.
Founded in 1969, Project FIND's mission is to provide low- and moderate- income and homeless older adults on Manhattan's West Side with the basic support and services they need to enrich the quality of their lives and live independently in the community for as long as possible. Project FIND has a staff of 92 and is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors. Project FIND’s $10 million operating b...udget is comprised of income from a variety of sources, including rental income and property management fees, government contracts, individual and foundation support, as well as in-kind contributions.