Director of Individual Giving

Employer
Wildlife Conservation Society
Location
New York, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Fields
Animal Protection, Environment
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Wildlife Conservation Society in the search for a Director of Individual Giving.

Reporting to the the Vice President of Individual Giving, the Director of Individual Giving will lead a NYC-based major gifts team focused on growing Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) private revenue. The Director will oversee the major gift program for the critical New York region, including identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individuals in support of WCS’s vital mission. The Director will manage a high-value portfolio of donors with the capacity to give at the five-, six-, and seven-figure levels and work directly with Trustees and leadership donors to accelerate giving in the region. The Director will serve as a leading member of WCS’s Individual Giving Team, which is responsible for generating $40M+ in significant individual gifts annually contributing towards an overall departmental goal of $100M+ a year in private philanthropy. The Director will be instrumental in helping WCS save 50% of the world’s biodiversity, create nature-based solutions to climate change, and inspire the next generation of conservationists through its world-class zoos and aquarium and more.    

WCS stands for wildlife and wild places. As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, WCS has a long track record of achieving innovative, impactful results at scale. It runs field programs spanning 60 countries and the entire ocean. It builds on a unique foundation: its reach is global; it discovers through best-in-class science; it protects through work on the ground with local and indigenous people; it inspires through its world-class zoos, aquarium, and education programs; and it leverages its resources through partnerships and powerful policy influence. With more than 4,000 diverse, passionately committed team members in New York City and around the world, WCS works collectively to achieve its conservation mission.

WCS's goal is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 14 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world's biodiversity. This is outlined in its 2020 Strategy, which positions WCS to maintain its historic focus on the protection of species while developing an ambitious plan to engage with a rapidly changing world. The challenges are greater than ever, but with the focus, dedication, and passion of a committed staff—combined with a unique mixture of field, zoo, and aquarium expertise—WCS continues to set the bar for science, conservation action, and education that has driven its success in protecting wildlife and wild places for over a century. It holds itself to the highest standards, adhering to core values of respect, accountability and transparency, innovation, diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and integrity.

Wildlife Conservation Society values staff and community partners from all backgrounds and cultures with different skills, abilities, and perspectives. It is committed to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to fully contribute to its mission.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least eight years of experience in fundraising or donor relations, including a minimum of three years in a leadership position securing funds directly. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Wildlife Conservation Society as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

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