Humanities New York:
Deputy Director for Development and
An exciting new position in a premier institution of the
Humanities New York is known nationally as an innovator and
leader in the exciting and growing field of the public humanities.
Using dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking, Humanities New
York applies the humanities to strengthen democratic society.
Are you a credible proponent of HNY’s organizational values of
justice; community; dialogue; diversity; collaboration; and
Are you inspired to play a vital role in the dynamic field of
the public humanities?
Are you energized to build a development team, nuts to bolts?
And prepared to help bring the greatest financial resources to one
of the premier institutions for the public humanities?
Are you a growth-oriented builder? A builder of relationships? A
builder of teams? A builder of the brand? A builder for the greater
success of our democratic society?
Are you resourceful and ready to work effectively in a lean
organization while able to command the respect and support of new
and existing donors and stakeholders?
Are you a lifelong learner, avid reader, curious researcher, and
If so, then we invite you to keep reading and think about the
untapped opportunities for you to make a lasting difference in
helping to strengthen the fabric of community in New York
HUMANITIES NEW YORK
Since 1975, Humanities New York has been the sole statewide
proponent of the public humanities, offering grants and signature
programs to the cultural field across the state. It is the
NYS partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a
member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, which
networks HNY with its counterparts in every US state and
territory. Its grants and programs have a decades-long focus
on and track record of equitable distribution and user-friendly
accessibility. HNY’s new strategic plan includes work with
prison populations, including a new grant line for equitable
partnerships, a book discussion program, and a podcast; an annual
benefit event; and work with indigenous people across NYS.
HNY is proud of its diverse and illustrious board of directors,
staff, and its 200+ partner organizations across the state.
Its commitment to DEI work and training also ensures a continued
focus on equity and justice. During the pandemic, HNY has
successfully pivoted to online events as well as provided relief
grant opportunities through the CARES and ARP acts, making it a key
resource during difficult times. HNY advocates for public
support of the humanities, in general, and the National Endowment
for the Humanities, in particular, and reports on the statewide
results of public funding. Now, HNY is poised to make
significant investments in its external affairs, beginning with the
position of Deputy Director for Communications and Development.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This role, which reports to and collaborates closely with the
Executive Director, will provide leadership for all of Humanities
New York’s communications and fundraising activities, with a
particular focus on strategic systems and communications that
support individual giving, fundraising events, and corporate
partnerships. The position will also manage at least one
full-time development position, potential additional part- or
full-time positions, and relevant consultants. Employment at HNY
includes a full benefits package, including health and dental
insurance, generous leave including family sick time,
holidays, vacation, and, upon one year of employment, a
tax-advantaged retirement savings plan (403b).
The Deputy Director for Development and Communications will
liaise with selected committees of Humanities New York’s 21-member
board of directors to expand the organization’s case-making and
fundraising capacity. HNY is raising resources for a
multi-year “prison ecosystem initiative” that brings the public
humanities to impacted communities; HNY also seeks to support
collaboration and new research in indigenous and Native American
communities. Projects that work closely with committees of
the board include planning for future campaigns such as the 50th
anniversary of HNY in 2025; commemoration of the 250th anniversary
of the Declaration of Independence in 2026; and creation of HNY’s
The Deputy Director for Development and Communications will also
be responsible for standardizing HNY’s donor management systems;
establishing updated fundraising plans, policies and procedures;
participating in strategic planning and diversity, equity and
inclusion (DEI) efforts; and overseeing communications. The
position will also be crucial in the hiring process for an expanded
development and communications team.
This is an incredible opportunity for a seasoned administrator
and fundraising expert who shares HNY’s organizational
values—justice, community, diversity, collaboration, dialogue, and
relevance—and excitement for implementing strategies to help grow a
dynamic cultural institution with a leadership role in the public
humanities for New York State and the nation. The position is
responsible for areas of:
- Manage a team of direct reports including a development
associate and a digital media position (or outside firm).
- Select and manage consultants and vendors that are key to
- Help build out the most recent strategic plans with long- and
short-term development strategies, including the management of
HNY’s annual fundraising and planning for longer-term
- Partner with the Executive Director and committees of the board
of directors to define annual revenue targets.
- Lead the creation of messaging and content for the
organization’s communications collateral, with a special eye to
case-making and donor materials.
- Oversee the preparation of annual reports, funder reports,
sponsorship decks, legislator reports, and other organizational
- Strengthen organizational infrastructure to support the
development program, including the selection, implementation, and
maintenance of a new fundraising database.
- Help grow a culture of philanthropy for HNY.
- Develop and execute processes for the cultivation and
stewardship of individual donors, with the goal of increasing
individual giving through the annual appeal, special events
including the annual benefit, and other fundraising
- Oversee stewardship of individual donors, ensuring the
effective advancement of prospects and donors by administrating,
strategizing, and participating in cultivation and solicitation
- Strategize with program colleagues to identify donors and
sponsors, and make program-specific funding requests.
- Oversee and maximize the effectiveness of HNY’s fundraising
events, which include an annual benefit as well as VIP
opportunities at HNY-conducted public programs, panels and talks;
board trips; and private parties and receptions.
- Research, establish and steward relationships with current and
new corporate funders and partners, with a particular focus on
- Collaborate with staff members to manage and expand HNY’s
portfolio of foundation funders.
Work with Board of Directors
- Support the Executive Director in setting roles and
expectations for board members, and help guide and administrate the
work of fundraising and event committees.
- Innovate and collaborate with Board members on new fundraising
ideas that help “build the list” of potential donors or better
engage existing ones.
- Partner closely with Board members and organizational
leadership to create and implement strategies for leveraging
members and their networks.
QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
What makes you a compelling candidate?
- At least five years of fundraising experience, including a
thorough understanding of traditional fundraising strategies and
- A B.A. or higher degree, with at least some humanities
- Flexibility to work at a visionary level as well as tackle
detailed tasks associated with the work of a small
- Familiarity with, and active interest in, the public
- Maturity and polish to serve in a leadership position within
the organization and to represent the organization when meeting
- Strong track record of creating and cultivating long-term
relationships with individual/major donors and board members.
- Demonstrated success in securing some of the following: new
individual donors; major gifts; event sponsors; or corporate
- Track record of successful written communications and public
HOW TO APPLY
Send resumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and
continue until the position has been filled Candidates
invited to further interviews will be asked for a writing sample
and three contacts for references. HNY requests that
candidates not call the office.
Humanities New York provides equal opportunities to all
individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin,
disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender,
gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status
protected by law. It does not discriminate based on any status
protected by law. Black, Indigenous, and people of color; trans,
non-binary, and intersex people, especially transwomen; those from
poor and working-class backgrounds, immigrants, and people with
disabilities; as well as people at the intersections of these
experiences are highly encouraged to apply.