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Riverside Hawks Hope, Health and Hoops Corporation
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 22, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Office Administration, Other Administrative
Academic Centers, Community Development, Community Foundations, Education, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors, Social Services, Youth
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Full Time
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Position Type: 25+ hours per week

Fully Remote, if desired

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience

Function: Development/Fundraising

City: New York Metropolitan Area

Organization Information:

Riverside Hawks Hope, Health and Hoops Corporation

490 Riverside Drive

New York, NY 10027


Interested Candidates should submit resume and cover letter to:

Mission Statement

The Riverside Hawks promote athletic development, educational advancement, strength of character and successful lives for underserved youth. We accomplish our mission by:

* Providing academic guidance and support through our afterschool and tutoring programs. 

* Working with our young people to establish and achieve their short- and long-term personal goals.

* Promoting the development of strong moral character and the value of fair play.

* Offering a support system to our families to ensure our young people succeed in all of their athletic and academic pursuits.

Who We Are

The Riverside Hawks Athletic/Academic Program is a year-round 501(c)(3) not for profit organization serving more than 350 boys and girls from the ages of 5-17, who live primarily in the New York Metropolitan area. Currently over 70% of the boys and girls that participate in the program live in Harlem, the Bronx and Washington Heights. And approximately 85% of our students are people of color. Founded in 1961 by the Riverside Church of NY, the Hawks program is in its 60th year and has long been nationally recognized for its success and leadership in the field of youth development. The purpose of the program is to promote excellence in sports as a way of encouraging and advancing excellence in academics, developing constructive personal goals, achieving sound moral standards and providing an extended family to assist young people in becoming valuable contributors in their communities. The success of our program in developing young basketball players is legendary and is evident in the number of alumni who have gone on to academic success in college and athletic success in college and in the NBA. Many Riverside Hawks alumni have gone on to play professional basketball, including Ty Jerome, Donovan Mitchell, Eric Paschal, Metta Sandiford-Artest, Nate Archibald, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson, Malik Sealy, Chris Mullin, Elton Brand and many others. The Riverside Hawks are unashamedly seekers of excellence in every facet of our program. We are committed to promoting general health, educational advancement, character development and spiritual development through our program. Our program has a tremendous reputation for supporting academic excellence. Over the last five years 100% of our high school seniors have graduated high school and attended college or post graduate programs.


The Development Director is a newly created position. The candidate will have a unique, highly visible leadership role within the organization reporting directly to the Hawks Board. The candidate will work closely with the other Directors of the Hawks Program and be directly responsible for building and leading our development team and growing the program’s resources through implementing a comprehensive development strategy. The Hawks seeks to hire a vibrant and entrepreneurial Development Director who values working collaboratively in a team focused environment, enthusiastically supports the mission of the organization and possesses the passion and experience required to lead and build the fundraising team of the entire organization. The candidate must have an established track record in raising funds for non profit organizations serving populations similar to those within the Hawks community.


* Responsible for leading and building a team that will handle all fundraising efforts and meeting the annual revenue goals through grants, sponsorships, gifts and fundraising events. 

* Works in close collaboration with the Board to develop and execute an aggressive and comprehensive fundraising plan with goal of sustaining current annual revenues of $1.3 million and increasing annual revenues to $2+ million over next 2-4 years.

* Effectively and visibly communicates the mission, programs, and funding needs to donors, philanthropic opinion leaders, donor prospects, and the community at large.

* Cultivates and develops institutional giving and major donor relationships and foundation contributions. 

* Manages and builds out existing portfolio of donors through a planned effort targeting foundations, high-net-worth donors and corporate giving. 

* Works with grant writers to solicit grant funding from existing and new donors, including government entities, foundations and endowments. 

* Oversees, and works with special events consultants to coordinate, the planning and implementation of fundraising events, including the Spring Graduation Celebration and Riverside Hawks Hope, Health, and Hoops Gala, along with other high-value events, such as Annual Giving Campaigns, Marathon Fundraising campaign initiated by Junior Board members and the Shoot-A-Thon. 

* Works with Riverside staff to manage communication plan for donors using client relationship software and work to enhance communication with donors through regular program newsletters.


* Strong personal commitment to the mission of the program and the educational advancement of young people from underserved communities in the New York metropolitan area.

* Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, with a BSc degree or master’s degree in social work (LCSW credential) a plus. 

* Demonstrated track record of success in non-profit fundraising, or similar areas involving non-profit organizations, preferably for youth sports or academic programs and broad experience involving cultivating and managing institutional, foundation and major donor relationships and contributions. 

* Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with internal (students, parents, staff) and external constituent groups (institutions, corporations, foundations). 

* Experience with event planning and possesses organizational skills that show a proven track record of moving multiple projects forward simultaneously. 

* Proven ability to work with Board members and different internal and external constituents to ensure the successful implementation of fundraising initiatives.

* Possesses flexibility, energy and drive to accomplish targets set by the Board and has a sense of urgency in meeting responsibilities and established deadlines. 

* Strong written and oral communication skills; computer competency essential; Excellent presentations skills and the ability to convey the mission persuasively.

* Experience with and knowledge of donor/client relationship software such as SALSA, Sales Force or Raiser’s Edge to assist with managing both donor information and donor outreach activities

Interested Candidates should submit resume and cover letter to:

For Further Information Please Contact:

Chris Snell, Director of Operations

Riverside Hawks

91 Claremont Ave

New York, NY 10027

Tel: (917) 554-0549


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