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Deputy Director of Development

A Better Chance
New York, United States
$100,000.00 - $105,000.00
Closing date
Dec 15, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Special Events
Education, Social Services, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Deputy Director of Development is a proactive, energetic, organized and mission-driven fundraiser and strategist with excellent writing and communications skills. They will play a key role in the sustainable growth of A Better Chance’s development program and across the organization. Reporting to the National Director of External Affairs, the Deputy Director of Development will: 1) serve as a front-line fundraiser who will be responsible for all corporate partnerships of $100K+; 2) serve as a thought partner to the National Director of External Affairs on implementing the annual development plan; 3) oversee Development Office operations and 4) contribute to the team in helping develop and implement best practice policies and operations that support the growth and sustainability of the development program. 


The ideal candidate should be able to prioritize projects, work under pressure and help lead a team poised for growth in the coming years. The Deputy Director of Development will oversee a team of 3 staff members including the Assistant Director of Development, Manager of Individual & Annual Giving and Development Associate.


This is a full-time position based in New York City with a comprehensive benefits package.


Essential Responsibilities: 

  •  Reporting to the National Director of External Affairs, the Deputy Director of Development will cultivate and lead key relationships with individuals, corporations, and institutions including stewardship and building new relationships to secure at least $4M in annual revenue.
  • Build, manage and steward a portfolio of corporate partnerships with the capacity to give over $100,000+, on a multi-year basis.
  • Supervise and manage a team of 4, which currently includes a Development Assistant, Manager of Individual and Annual Giving, and Assistant Director of Development.
  • Perform prospect research to identify corporations and organizations whose philanthropic, employee engagement, and/or community engagement goals align with A Better Chance.
  • Interface with Board members, donors, Advisory Council members, and other essential stakeholders to drive forward key Development initiatives.
  • Prepare accurate, thorough partner briefings and information packets for meetings with prospects.
  • Create appropriate follow up to all calls and meetings.
  • Oversee the execution of all donor communications including mid-year and annual donor reports, cases for support, and related Development collateral; work with the Development Deputy, external Communications partner and A Better Chance team members to produce these communications pieces with a creative approach, within budget, and on time.
  • Serve as the leader for all Development events from inception to execution; ensure the events are designed to support moves management strategies; manage team members (Development, Consultants and other department staff) to successfully plan and execute events.
  • Oversee reporting on financial progress against goals including bi-weekly financial updates, and monthly and quarterly forecasting.
  • Oversee donor data with accuracy, confidentiality, and efficiency; ensure data management supports the needs of all aspects of the Development program.
  • Effectively develop and put into practice the use of fundraising reports and metrics to drive accountability and fundraising success.



  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a nonprofit or educational institution with experience in capital campaigns and have a successful track record of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of five figure gifts or more.
  • Experience in supervisory role including mentoring, coaching, professional development and training of new staff.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with prospects or fundraising constituents.
  • Experience in presenting and closing proposals.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors in donor relationship management systems.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles and practices.
  • Experience in writing and editing funding proposals, presentations, donor letters, annual reports, or equivalent.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience are appreciated.



EEOC Statement

A Better Chance, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.



A Better Chance offers a competitive salary and a robust suite of benefits including Health/Dental/Vision, EAP, paid time off, professional development opportunities, snacks, food service, 3% 401K employer contribution, commuter benefits and the opportunity to work with talented, smart, and passionate professionals.


A Better Chance has contracted Recruit Petra to fill this role. To apply please visit:

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