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Director of Development & Communications

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 10, 2020

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Administrative, Other Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Community Development, Community Foundations, Education, International, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Full-time, exempt, reports to Executive Director


The Director of Development is responsible for revenue growth for FASPE, authoring and implementing FASPE’s fundraising plan in concert with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, creating a synergistic culture of philanthropy across the organization, and supervising brand development and all communications with stakeholders. 


About Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE):

FASPE is committed to instilling ethical leadership in young professionals in order to make  a more just world. FASPE provides a unique historical lens to study contemporary ethics in the professions, offering fellowships to students pursuing professional degrees in business, journalism, law, medicine and religion, as well as to early-career professionals in these fields. Fellows in each of FASPE’s five programs spend two intensive weeks in Germany and Poland, visiting Auschwitz and key historical sites in Berlin and Krakow, and participating in rigorous seminars led by experts in their fields. Historically, leaders and practitioners in each of the professions, and often the institutions they represented, became intimately involved in designing, enabling, or even executing the crimes of Nazi Germany. FASPE studies the perpetrators to explore the power and role of professionals, to ask the basic questions of how and why professionals abandon their ethical guideposts and to create a compelling context for the study of contemporary ethical issues. In addition to the Fellows Program, FASPE provides programs to mid-career professionals that similarly integrate history and contemporary ethical issues. These include tailored onsite ethics training at corporations, law firms and other professional settings, as well as a condensed version of the program in Europe. A recently launched program of webinars addresses various contemporary ethical challenges within and among our disciplines. FASPE annually celebrates model ethical leaders.


Core responsibilities:

  • Author and implement all aspects of the fundraising plan in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board Chair to raise $1.7+ million in annual contributed income (including annual benefit event and cultivation events, study trips, major individual gifts, corporate funding, foundation grants, alumni, annual fund, email, and social media campaigns).
  • Personally manage a portfolio of 70+ donors and prospects, while staffing, strategizing, and driving Executive Director’s and Board Chair’s portfolios. Actively maintain relationships with members of the Board and other FASPE stakeholders.
  • Supervise all development operations, including accurate database management of donors, funders, and prospects, gift processing, and acknowledgements.
  • Manage and nurture small staff (currently, a development/administrative manager), a part-time communications associate (to be filled), and consultants (currently a grant writer and an event planner for the annual Awards Dinner).
  • Research, identify, qualify, and cultivate prospects to expand and diversify donor base. Move existing donors and new prospects through pipeline--soliciting, closing, and stewarding.
  • Execute and/or manage all grant application submissions and reporting.
  • Ensure that staff and Board understand the importance of fundraising to the organization’s overall health, and help them recognize their role in development.
  • Increase visibility and communications regarding FASPE’s activities and impact, cutting across various dimensions of FASPE’s work.
  • Build clear and consistent brand messaging and communications across the organization and on all channels including website, social media, public relations, and in the creation of assets and collateral materials.
  • Serve as an ambassador for FASPE at events and functions.

Qualifications and Characteristics:

  • Dynamic and experienced fundraising professional, knowledgeable about all aspects of philanthropy.  Minimum of seven years of increasing responsibility and experience in development activities for a nonprofit, mission-driven organization. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience and comfort interfacing with highly engaged board members, sophisticated donors, and other stakeholders. You are a natural and comfortable relationship builder with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for the organization’s mission of instilling ethical leadership in young professionals in order to make the world a more just place.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to development operations with knowledge and facility with Neon or similar fundraising/donor management software.
  • Familiarity and a successful track record of working with foundations, corporate entities, and grants management.
  • Ability to be both collaborative and independent. Eager to be a part of a small  team and able to handle administrative tasks.
  • Disciplined project manager with a keen eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of resources.
  • A person of exceptional integrity and impeccable professional ethics
  • Please note this position requires domestic and international travel and some evenings and weekends as required


Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation for the Director of Development and Communications includes a competitive annual salary commensurate with experience and an excellent package of benefits: generous paid holidays and paid time off; wide choice of medical, vision, dental; 401K. As soon as a decreasing health risk allows us to return to our Manhattan office and resume in-person contact with donors and staff, the incumbent will need to be in the New York metropolitan area a majority of the time, with some flexibility for working remotely on occasion. 


To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a c.v. and statement of interest describing your fit for the role to No phone calls or snail mail please. Not all applicants will be contacted. This position is open on a rolling basis until filled, with priority given to applications that arrive by December 10. 


FASPE is a non-faith based 501(c)(3) organization and an equal opportunity employer.

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