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Foundation Fighting Blindness in New York City, New York
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Date Posted 01/21/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the largest nongovernmental foundation supporting retinal disease research in the world.  Over the past four decades, FFB expanded its influence by raising more than $750 million to fund thousands of research studies at prominent institutions worldwide, attracting and investing in the first generation of clinicians and scientists focused on retinal disease research.

We are seeking an experienced and organized ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT to be part of our team, based in New York City. The ideal candidate will work closely with donors and major gift officers across the country to steward relationships and annual gifts. In collaboration with the region’s Event Managers, serves as key liaison to volunteer leadership in the region. 

Responsibilities include: 

  1. Effectively manage a major gifts portfolio of priority prospects and donors by identifying and qualifying prospects, cultivating the relationships, following up, soliciting and closing gifts and stewarding those relationships

  2. Work collaboratively with major gift officers and donors across the nation to steward budgeted major donor gifts each year and continue to strengthen their relationship to the mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

  3. Work with Communications team to develop regular high-level science reviews to send, have frequent interaction with donors, prospects, volunteers and trustees through personal visits and other direct and indirect touch points such as phone, e-mail, and other correspondence

  4. Collaborate, motivate and lead as well as partner successfully with staff, board, volunteers, high level donors and regional staff to create new giving opportunities

  5. Set appointments, prepare appropriate materials and proposals, and use the donor database to document critical communications with staff, donors and volunteers

  6. Develop vehicles for frequent interaction with donors, prospects, volunteers and trustees through personal visits and other direct and indirect communication such as phone, e-mail, and other correspondence

  7. Have a general knowledge of the Foundation’s Legacy Giving Program

  8. Work in collaboration with headquarters staff, Event Managers, and volunteers to provide integrated levels of support and interaction with donors and volunteer leadership

  9. Prepare accurate and timely plans, objectives, reports, budgets, forecasts, and projections for purposes of budgetary and financial reports

  10. Actively utilize the database containing donor records and historical gift information

The qualified candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • 5+ years successful experience developing, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift relationship and building the prospect pool

  • Must possess at least three years of direct fund-raising experience securing  gifts in the $2,500-$10,000 range

  • Demonstrated experience with the management of an annual or special gifts program

  • Nonprofit experience working with donors required, including the ability to find and create new giving opportunities

  • Ability to function independently with an assigned group of prospects, yet interact collaboratively with colleagues in a centralized framework of fundraising while participating in and contributing to a total team effort

  • Interest in making a significant contribution to a recognized world class health and science leadership organization

  • Genuine interest in and appreciation for the mission

  • Working knowledge of relational databases. Must be able to utilize the organizational database for retrieval of information and running reports  

  • Strong leadership and management skills

  • Must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment

  • A team player with an ability to work independently is required

  • Must be proactive, enthusiastic and have strong follow-up skills

  • Requires excellent attendance and must be accountable for quality of work

  • Fully proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

  • Knowledge of relational databases is required

  • Must be able to work a flexible week

  • Must possess valid driver’s license with driving record acceptable to insurance carrier

  • Travel required (primarily, but not limited to NY metro area)

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