CVB is in search of an exceptional fundraising professional to
lead the development program for the organization. Reporting to the
Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Development, and
Impact, and serving as an integral member of the team, the Senior
Director of Development (SDOD) will be responsible for the
systematic growth of CVB’s development program. The SDOD will be an
ambassador for the organization, deepening engagement with
constituency groups and driving broader awareness and philanthropic
support for the organization. This position is based in CVB’s New
York City office. This individual will be responsible for growing
CVB’s philanthropic revenue significantly over the next several
years. A key initiative will be expanding and diversifying the
organization’s funder base. The right candidate will have proven
success in growing and managing a high-performing development
operation. In particular, s/he will have experience in successful
major donor engagement and funding strategies and working with
partners to support the efforts of a comprehensive development
- Build and maintain deep philanthropic relationships with a
portfolio of high-net-worth individual and institutional
- Work with the Executive Vice President and others on CVB
Leadership to build a strong donor pipeline that focuses on
institutional and high-net-worth individuals; will independently
identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit donors, and close and
- Develop plans for and oversees implementation of fundraising
events aimed at high-net-worth individuals to ensure fundraising
goals are met and build on new relationships established through
events with an effective plan to convert prospects into
- Conduct research on foundations, corporations, and individual
donors and prospects to proactively identify new high-level
prospects. Review lists of funders from various sources, and
develop individual strategies to engage, cultivate and solicit
donor prospects for new gifts.
- Prepare letters of inquiry to prospective funders, and design
and execute fundraising proposals around key programs, in close
collaboration with organizational peers.
- Research and write briefings to prepare for effective meetings
with major gift prospects.
- Manage follow-up correspondence and objectives resulting from
- Develop strong and collaborative working relationships with
members of the organization to best understand CVB’s mission and
programs, and effectively articulate this information to potential
- Report regular progress against goals, including key donor
engagement, solicitation, and closed gifts metrics, and moves
- Identify emerging trends and opportunities in philanthropy that
are relevant to the mission and programs of CVB.
- Oversee administrative functions and requirements relating to
fundraising, including internal and external reporting.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, is required.
- At least 10 years of development experience with progressively
increasing responsibility, including at least 5 years of leadership
and management experience
- 5-7 years of frontline major gift experience with demonstrated
ability to grow a donor prospect base and successfully close five
and six-figure individual and institutional gifts
- Proven experience developing and managing successful
fundraising events aimed at high-net-worth individuals.
- Experience building and sustaining relationships among
high-net-worth individuals, foundations, and corporations
- A strong understanding of and ability to communicate the
mission and programs of CVB
- Success in supporting and managing organizational leadership in
donor cultivation and solicitation
- Ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way
that is compelling to prospects, donors, Board members, and other
- Knowledge of communications and marketing with excellent
- Ability to initiate, develop and oversee successful fundraising
- Results-oriented self-starter with an entrepreneurial and
- Passion for CVB’s mission and the ability to serve as an
ambassador for the organization
- Experience working in academic medical or complex research
- Authorization to work in the U.S. required; based out of the
New York City Office preferred · Must be able to travel
approximately 25% of the time, including overnight.
This position is based in Manhattan, New York, with an
expectation of 3 days per week in the office. Authorization to work
in the U.S. is required.
We offer a highly competitive salary commensurate with
experience and a full benefits package.
About Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Cohen Veterans Bioscience is a non-profit 501(c)(3) biomedical
research and technology organization dedicated to advancing brain
health by fast-tracking precision diagnostics and tailored