Title: Senior Director of
Classification: Full-time, exempt
Reporting to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $150,000-$175,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY (hybrid, 3
days/week in office)
About Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (the Conservancy) plays a vital
role in creating and energizing the community-focused, world-class
urban oasis spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River
shoreline. The Conservancy brings the unique park space to life
with more than 500 innovative and engaging environmental education,
arts and culture, fitness and recreation programs each year. These
free and low-cost events create new and exciting opportunities for
tens of thousands of NYC residents and visitors to learn, grow, and
experience all that Brooklyn Bridge Park has to offer.
The Conservancy works in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park
Corporation (the not-for-profit entity responsible for the
planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of Brooklyn
Bridge Park) to ensure that the Park reaches its full potential as
a dynamic and vibrant public space for Brooklyn, New York City, and
beyond by producing diverse and innovative programming for Park
visitors and cultivating volunteer and philanthropic support of
this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront.
About Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a world-class waterfront park featuring
expansive lawns, rolling hills, riverfront promenades, an
Environmental Education Center, lush gardens, innovative
playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities, the popular Jane’s
Carousel, and spectacular city views. Its list of amenities
continues to grow as it works to revitalize this previously
deteriorated industrial space and build a park that allows New
Yorkers to rediscover the waterfront.
The Conservancy seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial Senior
Director of Development to join its senior leadership team.
Building upon the Conservancy’s record of success and the
leadership of a dynamic Board of Directors, the Senior Director
will have the opportunity to help shape the Conservancy’s strategic
fundraising vision for the future. Reporting to the Executive
Director, and in close collaboration with the Deputy Director and
Board, the Senior Director will create, plan, and execute a
fundraising plan to realize the goals and ambitions of the
Conservancy, currently leading a team of three to advance these
- Build a robust fundraising program to align with the
organization’s strategic direction and goals inclusive of
individual, government, corporate and foundation support.
- Diversify the Conservancy’s funding streams, to include
building out a more robust major gifts program.
- Collaborate with senior leadership to shape other opportunities
for expanded philanthropic support.
- Strategize, craft and lead fundraising campaigns, including an
imminent capital campaign to fund the expansion the Conservancy’s
Environmental Education Center
- Lead direct solicitation of all constituencies with a
donor-centric and relationship based approach.
- Maintain a personal portfolio of high net worth individual
prospects, carefully cultivating and stewarding their support for
- Staff the fundraising activities of the Board of Trustees and
work with the Executive Director and the Board on board recruitment
- Oversee planning of the annual gala and other fundraising
events and ensure that income goals are met by involving
volunteers, securing highest-level sponsorships, and by selecting
appropriate honorees and engaging them in fund raising.
- Support board, staff leadership, and high level volunteers in
their fundraising efforts in alignment with the Conservancy’s
internal culture of philanthropy.
- Serve the role of coach, mentor, and leader of the development
staff and guide staff in their respective areas of functional
expertise, creating opportunities for professional development and
You will bring
- Business acumen and fundraising capability to take the
Conservancy to its next level of excellence, as well as the talent
to motivate the Board, staff and volunteers to work together to
realize the organization’s mission and goals.
- Demonstrated experience in building and managing a
multi-faceted fundraising program, inclusive of capital, annual and
special campaigns as well as major gift programs for a dynamic
- A successful track record of securing gifts from a wide array
- Creativity and experience in growing and formalizing
development departments to the advancement of the
- Ability to manage a staff of development professionals,
instilling team spirit and motivating them to meet and exceed
annual and campaign fund raising goals with excitement and
- The ability to recruit, guide, support, and steward high-level
volunteers, board members, prospects, and donors.
- Collaborative approach necessary to create strong working
relationships with board members, City officials, Brooklyn Bridge
Park Corporation staff, and the program staff.
- A sense of integrity and a strong work ethic seasoned with
humor and perspective.
- An entrepreneurial spirit, with the ability to think creatively
and strategically to solve problems and address challenges as they
- Superior communication skills, both written and oral, with the
ability to understand and convey the Conservancy’s mission,
programs, priorities, and issues to a variety of audiences
authentically and compellingly.
- Proficiency with CRMs; Raiser’s Edge preferred.
- Knowledge of Brooklyn and New York philanthropic marketplace
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- 10+ years of experience in a frontline fundraising role with a
minimum of 3 years of experience in a supervisory role
This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. Base salary will
be in the range of $150,000-175,000 annually, commensurate with
experience. BBPC offers a robust benefits package to all full time
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy provides equal employment
opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and
prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard
to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability
status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic
protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to
all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting,
hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall,
transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Committed to an inclusive and equitable work environment,
BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Disclaimer: The information in this job description
indicates the general nature and level of work expected of
employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain,
nor be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of duties,
responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of
employees assigned to this job.