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Northeast Regional Development Director

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 30, 2023

Title: Northeast Regional Development Director

Reports to: Director of Regional Development Programs

Direct reports: none, currently

Hours: full-time, exempt

Location: New York, NY

Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords is a nonprofit organization whose team is on a mission to save lives from gun violence. Giffords is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an environment that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. People of color, trans individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, women, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Giffords is seeking to hire a Northeast Regional Development Director to support our growing team. The Northeast Regional Development Director will be responsible for implementing a strong and innovative fundraising strategy to solicit and secure principal and major gifts from a portfolio of donors who support the organization with annual gifts of $10,000 or more in the Northeast region of the country including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Vermont and surrounding areas. The position will also be responsible for building a pipeline of new and prospective major donors in the region, including identifying, soliciting and cultivating Giffords Club donors ($1k+), and will work closely with the Director and Regional Development and Director of Grassroots and Corporate Partnerships to secure corporate support. This position will also work closely with the Director of Foundations to secure the support of foundations based in the region. The Northeast Regional Development Director will work independently, support Giffords national development efforts and steward donor relationships with Giffords principals. 

This is a full-time hybrid position that will be based in New York, to be responsible for fundraising in the larger corresponding region. This position requires the ability and willingness to travel up to 50% of the time, as well as interest and ability in staffing occasional weekend and evening events. As the safety and wellbeing of our team is of utmost importance, Giffords has been following strict COVID protocols including requiring all staff to be up to date on COVID 19 vaccinations, including boosters.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants, no phone calls or emails, please.

Duties + Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of major donors and prospects to hit forecasted revenue goals of over $5 million for the region
  • Maintain a fast-paced travel schedule with face-to-face visits to steward current donors and engage new major donor prospects
  • Manage team members as the regional portfolio grows in markets within your region. No team members are currently on the team or in the hiring pipeline. 
  • Manage and track all stewardship strategies and solicitation activity using a moves management system in the organization’s customer relationship management software (CRM)
  • Write individualized cultivation, solicitation and stewardship letters, proposals and reports
  • Coordinate Giffords Club and major donor cultivation events in the region including small dinners and receptions
  • Strategically oversee and facilitate donor engagement efforts for the organizations’ founders and senior  leadership, including trip planning and management, securing, and staffing principal level donor meetings  for current, lapsed and prospective funders
  • Other duties as assigned

Required knowledge, skills + experience

  • Five to seven years of experience with direct major donor solicitation and securing major and principal gifts  from high-net-worth individuals and foundations 
  • A demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term relationships,  including experience leveraging executive-level staff and volunteers to achieve fundraising success
  • Experience successfully managing multi-faceted projects and performing independently in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment 
  • Outstanding analytical, strategic planning, time management, and organizational skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills and the creation of  proposals 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with fundraising CRM’s 
  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong belief in and commitment to gun violence prevention
  • Strong interpersonal skills, sense of humor and ability to work well on a team.
  • A commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism.

Valued non-essential knowledge, skills, + experience

  • Experience with EveryAction  

Salary + benefits

The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $130,000 annually with the exact salary depending on experience. Competitive benefits include employer-funded health, dental, and vision insurance; health, transit, and parking flexible spending accounts; 401k plan with 4% employer match; reimbursement for cell phone and monthly wifi stipend, paid TSA PreCheck, 25 days of PTO annually plus paid week closure at the end of the calendar year; and ten paid federal holidays.

Applying + the interview process

Submit your resume and a brief cover letter (400 words maximum) that outlines three specific ways that you would be a good fit for this position. Our interview process for this position consists of a phone interview, a Zoom interview, and reference checks.

GIFFORDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an environment that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. People of color, trans individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, women, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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