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Director of Development

Zone 126
New York, United States
$100,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Dec 9, 2023

Position Summary

Zone 126 is seeking to hire a Director of Development (DOD) to work collaboratively with the Executive Director to develop and spearhead the organization’s fundraising plan. The DOD will be a thought partner to the Executive Director, this individual will be creative, strategic, and be an experienced fundraising professional. The DOD will identify solicit, cultivate, and increase general operating and program support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources to meet or exceed our annual fundraising goals. They will create reports and develop a system to track efforts to outcomes around fundraising. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership, communication, decision-making and time management skills along with being an independent thinker and self-starter who is results driven. This role is ideal for an individual who is a highly relational individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who is ready to establish foundational building blocks that catapults the organization into the next stage of its work.

About Zone 126

Zone 126 is a community-based nonprofit organization in Queens, NY whose mission is to ensure the most vulnerable youth residing in Astoria and Long Island City have the education and skills needed to thrive, graduate high school prepared for college or the workforce. Our focus is to improve educational outcomes, promote positive development and social-emotional growth, and college and career readiness.

Zone 126 sees positive community transformation for the children and families living in concentrated pockets of poverty in Queens. Zone 126 partners with service providers within a public school, afterschool, and community setting to deliver a variety of supportive services and youth development programs including arts and cultural enrichment, literacy, mental health, STEM, mentoring, career exploration and college counseling.

For additional information on our sites and programs, visit



  • 5-7 years of work experience in nonprofit fundraising and proven track record fundraising in youth and community development
  • Expertise in fundraising planning and execution, with a specific focus on foundation and corporate giving
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Has effective communication and interpersonal skills including ability to build productive relationships with various stakeholders
  • Experience as a senior leader working in a small team-oriented environment in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience working in a diverse environment that supports equity and inclusion for marginalized communities
  • Ability to approach challenges in a supportive and creative manner
  • Experience working with people from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Capacity to effectively use data for results-orientation and problem-solving

Work Location and Schedule

  • Full-time 35 hours per week.
  • Hybrid role after initial training and orientation period
  • Candidates must be available Monday through Friday 9 am-5 pm. In addition to attending fundraising events that might fall outside of the day-to-day schedule.

Salary and Benefits

  • Annual Salary $100,000 to $110,000, with performance-based raises
  • A comprehensive benefits package is available including paid time off, Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending, transportation benefits, and 401K.

Application Requirements

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to           

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