About Urban Pathways
Founded in 1975, Urban Pathways (UP) is a not-for-profit, social
service and supportive housing organization serving homeless adults
in the New York Metropolitan Area. As a data-driven and innovative
leader, Urban Pathways ensures that homeless and at-risk New
Yorkers have the housing, services and support they need to be
The “way home” is different for each person who is homeless. For
some, it is a short journey from the streets to return to a
supportive family. For others, it is a path to an apartment of
their own. At Urban Pathways, our dedicated staff support and
guide homeless men and women by providing housing and services that
improve their quality of life. We help individuals regain their
sense of dignity and make informed choices for their future.
Chief Development & Communication Officer
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief
Development & Communication Officer will develop and implement
a robust fundraising and communications strategy to increase Urban
Pathway’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. This leader
will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing
the infrastructure needed to grow a $34M budget through the
solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special
events, and corporate and foundation support. In addition, they
will develop and own a cohesive communications strategy that
advances Urban Pathways mission and aligns with the strategic plan
and organizational values.
They will expand and diversify Urban Pathways major donor
base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure
funding for new initiatives. In addition, this person will work
closely with the board of directors and support board members as
they take on a more active fundraising role.
It is expected that the amount raised by Urban Pathways
Nonprofit will increase in future years as the Chief Development
& Communication Officer systematically and effectively
strengthens the organization's overall brand messaging and
Strategic Vision and Leadership
Create and implement a comprehensive development strategy to
include major gifts, special events, government grants &
contracts, planned giving, corporate giving and foundation
Pursue innovative streams of income and partnerships to
diversify sources of support, ensuring that there are resources to
support the expansion and innovation of programs, and that funds
are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future
Partner with the CEO and Board of Directors to cultivate a
culture of philanthropy; serve as a motivational force in
fundraising efforts across all levels of staffing.
Evaluate the organization’s strategies for fundraising and set
new goals each year to continually drive a donor-centered and
segmented fundraising approach to better meet Urban Pathways
mission and organizational objectives.
Continue to build upon the major gifts program by cultivating
deeper ties with existing donors and identifying prospective
Develop a planned giving program that will enable Urban Pathways
to leverage support from existing donors.
Inspire, empower and mentor the 5-person development team;
assess talent needs to implement major fundraising initiatives and
make strategic recommendations on the development team
Oversee the maintenance of the development database, ensuring
that all fundraising activities are accurately recorded and donors
are recognized appropriately.
Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to
help position Urban Pathways ahead of major funding changes or
Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical
analysis to board and senior leaders.
Design and drive growth initiatives that enable organization to
tap into new segments of the donor marketplace effectively and
Communications & External Relations
Design, implement, and assess content, messaging and engagement
strategies that will position Urban Pathways for broader impact and
Create innovative, multi-channel communications content to grow
and mobilize the funder base, educate audiences, and shift
narratives around homelessness.
Develop nuanced messaging that can cater to different audiences
(funders, staff, program participants, volunteers) and communicate
complex ideas to a variety of stakeholders.
Partner with the Director of Policy to ensure that advocacy
communication strategies are positioned correctly.
Lead Urban Pathway’s social media strategy to grow a more robust
online presence; manage digital communication campaigns and content
across email, web, and social media platforms.
Ensure that communications and marketing strategies are
consistently articulated both internally and externally.
Collaborate closely with the marketing team on all
development-related marketing materials and
A visionary, strategy-oriented fundraising generalist with a
track-record of success growing and diversifying revenue streams at
an organization of similar size and complexity providing direct
Proven success in constructing, articulating, and implementing
an annual strategic development plan.
Proven ability to personally develop strategies, cultivate,
solicit and steward major donors and to inspire high-net worth
individuals and major foundations to financial
An energetic spirit and an authentic passion for serving
Strong understanding of government grants & contracts.
Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing
donor relationships over time.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability
to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term
A compelling storyteller with demonstrated success in developing
innovative communications strategies to strengthen nonprofit brand
Demonstrates maturity and leadership with the ability to serve
as a collaborative and unifying force and to position
communications and fundraising discussions at both the strategic
and tactical levels.
Experience training and working with executives, senior staff
and board members in development-related activities, providing them
with quality support and intelligence, and increasing their comfort
with and success in fundraising.
Demonstrated experience with donor management software (Raiser’s
This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated
professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a highly
respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding
quality with a respected track record. Urban Pathways is prepared
to offer a very attractive compensation package, including a
competitive base salary as well as health, 401(k), and vacation
This position description is based upon material provided by
Urban Pathways an equal opportunity employer.