Director, Development, Direct mail, Communications and Operations

VNS Health
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 30, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Programs, Program Administration and Management
Employment Type
Full Time

About Us

VNS Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit home and community-based health care organizations. Innovating in health care for more than 125 years, our commitment to health and well-being is what drives us—we help people live, age and heal where they feel most comfortable, in their own homes, connected to their family and community. On any given day, more than 10,000 VNS Health team members deliver compassionate care, unparalleled expertise and 24/7 solutions and resources to the more than 43,000 “neighbors” who look to us for care. Powered and informed by data analytics that are unmatched in the home and community-health industry, VNS Health offers a full range of health care services, solutions and health plans designed to simplify the health care experience and meet the diverse and complex needs of the communities and people we serve in New York and beyond.



Develops and leads Development strategy for direct mail and online fundraising programs in collaboration with the individual giving team. Establishes strategies for donor acquisition and pipeline management. Develops and manages Development communications and marketing designed to support department efforts and organizational goals. Oversees department’s operations, financial and budgeting management. Works under general supervision.



  • Develops and manages comprehensive direct mail and digital fundraising programs designed to generate major and planned gift leads and increase gifts, both in number of gifts and dollars raised.
  • Designs, launches, and implements solicitation and cultivation strategies to establish a pipeline for major and planned gifts. Establishes Individual Giving processes, in collaboration with Development leadership.   
  • Manages a portfolio of direct mail donor, converts discharged patients and hospice bereaved into donors, and acquires new donors from prospect lists.
  • Directs the development, creation and management of all Development marketing and communications.  Develops and manages department website content, online donation page, e-appeals, e-newsletters, and fundraising social media campaign. Monitors and updates organization profiles on external sites. Leads strategy and development of messaging and marketing materials for the department as needed, including reports, videos, and brochures.
  • Tracks and evaluates programs and projects to measure effectiveness. Provides recommendations for change/improvements as appropriate. Reports on program effectiveness to board and senior leadership committees.
  • Writes and reviews acknowledgement letters and donor communications; coordinates communications across Development department.
  • Manages the department budgeting and revenue reconciliation processes.
  • Supervises donor database. Establishes gift entry protocol. Ensures direct response efforts and gift processing operations are in compliance with HIPAA rules.
  • Liaises with Marketing, Communications, Legal, Treasury, Accounting, and other departments on Development projects and communication content as needed
  • Performs all duties at a managerial role.  Ensures effective staff training, evaluates staff performance, provides input for the development of the department budget, and hires, promotes, and terminates staff and recommends salary actions as appropriate.
  • Performs other related duties and participates in special projects, as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent work experience required.    



  • Minimum seven years annual giving, fundraising marketing and direct mail experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience in website design and production of electronic communications required.
  • Outstanding written/oral communication skills required.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with senior management, colleagues, and board members.
  • Experience managing vendor relationships required.
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other donor software required.


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