Director of Development & Communications

Employer
French-American Foundation
Location
New York, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 4, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Special Events, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Fields
Advocacy, International, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Director of Development & Communications will execute a fundraising and communications plan that incorporates donor solicitation and stewardship, a recurring giving program, the annual Gala, fundraising and cultivation events, and corporate and institutional support. The Director will also execute a comprehensive communications effort that features vibrant and engaging storytelling across all platforms – print, digital and video.

This is an exciting opportunity to create and grow a successful engagement program that engages high-level leaders from the worlds of business, government, diplomacy, journalism, science and more in France and the U.S. The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, enjoy learning new skills and stretching, be detail-oriented without losing sight of larger objectives, and be committed to French-American friendship.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Individual and Institutional Giving (30%)

  • Establish an annual cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plan/calendar including email, social media, print, and events (live and virtual).
  • Steward donor relationships by ensuring fulfillment of benefits, along with consistent and creative appreciation activities.
  • Provide support to the President on soliciting major gifts.
  • Manage the Foundation's Young Leaders alumni network.
  • Oversee and track the grant cycle, including research, proposal writing, reporting requirements, and special requests.
  • Work to identify corporate sponsorship opportunities
  • Help identify, research, and cultivate new and lapsed Foundation donors.

 Communications (40%)

  • Take the lead in communicating FAF’s impact and strengthening the organization’s profile among prospects, donors, media, and key stakeholders in order to advance its mission.
  • Develop and implement a messaging and storytelling pipeline.
  • Provide oversight of the Foundation’s social media channels.
  • Coordinate content and write key external communication pieces including newsletter, website updates, marketing collateral, scripts, sponsorship proposals, etc.

 Fundraising Events (20%)

  • Partner with the Gala consultant to create the event program and materials, and play an active role in fundraising for the event.
  • Oversee and execute cultivation event logistics and timelines.
  • Maintain budgets for all events, negotiating and tracking expenses, and processing invoices, purchase order requests, and fulfillments.
  • Provide on-site support at events.

Development Operations (10%)

In partnership with Finance Manager:

  • Manage fundraising operations including database functionality and record maintenance.
  • Ensure all donations are tracked and acknowledged in a timely manner and in compliance with Foundation reporting needs, and ensure timely and accurate reconciliation.
  • Utilize the DonorPerfect database, produce data and reports to evaluate ROI and impact.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • 5-7 years prior experience of increasing responsibility in development; knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques.
  • An eye and an ear for impactful storytelling, communications, and design; experience with WordPress is a plus.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to dig into the details.
  • Proficient with using and managing donor databases; experience with DonorPerfect is a plus.
  • French language skills, oral and written, are required.

ABOUT THE FRENCH-AMERICAN FOUNDATION

The French-U.S. partnership is indispensable in pursuit of common action for stability and prosperity at home and throughout the world. Founded in 1976, the French-American Foundation is unique among organizations linking France and the U.S: its programs construct a vertical line through diverse groups of leaders, policymakers, and professionals from business, government, the military, media, academia, non-profit, and cultural sectors. Engagement along this axis creates an innovative intersection of ideas and experiences and promotes open minds and productive dialogue. With more than 3,500 participants in over 500 programs over 45 years, the French-American Foundation has created a rich network of people and ideas for action.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time, exempt position, with occasional evening or weekend work if needed. Benefits include generous paid time off; health, dental and vision benefits; and a 403(b).

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