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Assistant Director, Development

New York Genome Center
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 14, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Planned Giving
Academic Centers, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

The Assistant Director, Development works closely with the Director, Development as a key member of the New York Genome Center’s (‘NYGC’) small, vibrant, and busy two-person development team to actively drive fundraising from individual donors with a focus on 5, 6, and 7 figure gifts as well as Foundations. The Assistant Director assists the Director in all aspects of Development, including donor management, donor relations, prospecting and administrative support. This position provides key support to the overall growth and direction of NYGC’s fundraising efforts, with opportunities to learn and grow professionally as part of a high-level, dynamic, and unique development effort. This person will have exposure to the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):


Donor/funder management & solicitation


  • Independently researching and identifying prospects, including developing and executing solicitation and engagement strategies and follow up. Research will be an important component of this position.

  • Managing the current prospect pipeline, including developing and executing strategies to engage and solicit 5 and 6 figure donors and follow up with them directly.

  • Independently managing the disease foundations pipeline, including monitoring and identifying funding opportunities, helping scientists to draft proposals and tracking the announcement of new request for proposals.

  • Articulate the case for support so that individuals understand, appreciate and “buy in” to the mission, vision, and goals of NYGC.


Prospect and donor/funder Relations


  • In coordination with the Director of Development, managing and interfacing with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors including meeting preparation, proactively spearheading action items and follow-up, and drafting minutes.

  • Creating and overseeing the execution of a donor stewardship program, cultivating strong relationships with major prospects and donors to deepen engagement and increase philanthropic support.

  • Working with the Director of Development preparation of briefings and materials for donors and prospects.

  • Drafting letters to prospects and donors on behalf of CEO, leadership and the Board.


Project Management & Administration


  • Managing and organizing the flow of communication and providing project management for Development initiatives, including tracking and managing the submission of funding reports, creating briefings and proposals for prospect meetings; compiling contact reports and developing next action steps and ensuring follow-through.

  • Managing and maintaining the development database, including updating activity, contact information, designing and running reports and maintaining a data standards guide, as well as overseeing its online fundraising component.

  • Preparing tax receipts for donors.

  • General administration such as proofreading and running compare writes/redlines/track changes, and updating contact lists.

  • Coordinating meetings, conference calls and events; reserving locations, sending meeting invitations, managing attendee lists, coordinating audio/visual, managing logistics, and assisting with preparing agendas.

  • Interfacing with key stakeholders (such as current and potential donors, leadership, scientists, faculty) on projects, programs and initiatives such as funding applications, the Development Committee and stewardship activities.;

  • Other duties and tasks as assigned.


Participation in this fast-paced work environment includes some evening hours as well as occasional travel for face-to-face visits with donors and prospects.

Required Skills

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required.
  • A minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience required, such as in a development position in non-profit, hospital or higher education setting, strong writing experience and/or sales experience.
  • Experience in prospect research and prospect management preferred.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and to engender trust required.
  • A strong interest in a non-profit development career track preferred.


Work Flexibility


NYGC has established a flexible work policy to give employees and other staff more ability to balance their work, personal commitments, and commuting challenges. The Assistant Director, Development position is eligible for the following types of flexible working arrangements:


  • Flexible working: a voluntary work arrangement in which an eligible employee, with manager and HR approval, regularly works a modified daily schedule, instead of working NYGC’s regular work hours (9am to 5pm ET).


  • Partial (“hybrid”) remote working: a voluntary work arrangement in which an eligible employee, with manager and HR approval, regularly works remotely one or more days each work week, instead of commuting to NYGC’s New York City Office every day. The Assistant Director, Development will need to regularly attend meetings and events at NYGC’s office. Hybrid employees may be asked to return to the workplace on a remote working day on occasion as needed, such as to attend a meeting. Commuting costs to NYGC’s offices are the responsibility of the employee, including those who live outside the New York City metropolitan area. A hybrid working arrangement is not available for employees living in Colorado.


About the New York Genome Center


The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.


Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with twelve leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region and beyond, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.


Equal Opportunity


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the core mission at the NYGC. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.


The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The New York Genome Center takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 


FLSA Status – Exempt

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship or relocation assistance.


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