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
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
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
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
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.
- 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 in prospect research and prospect management
- Exceptional time management and organizational skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and to
engender trust required.
- A strong interest in a non-profit development career track
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.
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
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