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Development Executive

Barbi Zakin Events, LLC
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 28, 2023



As one of the premier fundraising and special events consultancies in New York City, Barbi Zakin Events provides services to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. Previous fundraising events have included galas, large corporate dinners, weekend symposiums, family events, and theatre benefits with celebrity talent. Our firm specializes in bringing small not-for-profits to the forefront by helping organizations create a niche in the marketplace. We ensure that all aspects of the clients’ goals are fulfilled and exceed expectations through strategic planning, development, organization, creativity, and promotion of events.




Barbi Zakin Events is looking for a Development Executive with one to two years of professional experience in fundraising at a non-profit organization. The ideal applicant is poised and articulate, and a team player who is comfortable with a wide range of responsibilities including data entry, written communication, and interacting with clients and donors in a fast-paced setting.


Ultimately, the Development Executive will be an active participant in the planning and execution of events for a variety of non-profit clients. Ideally in this role, you will have the opportunity to be a thought partner and right-hand to the CEO while maintaining office operations.




  • Gain an understanding of the client’s long and short-term goals for each event;
  • If necessary, research and present potential honoree candidates;
  • Identify, research, and follow up with prospective donors;
  • Draft solicitations and track responses from donors;
  • Field phone calls and handle any necessary follow-up;
  • Provide day-to-day administrative support;
  • Manage mailing lists and spearhead mailing projects at the start of each event;
  • Process gifts and maintain responsibility for the accuracy of records across all internal tracking systems;
  • Prepare all pledge and acknowledgment letters, and honoree notifications, paying close attention to detail;
  • Stay informed about the evolving landscape of philanthropy, fundraising trends, and best practices;
  • Work with CEO to ensure that the client’s vision for the event is achieved;
  • Stay up to date on trends in the event industry and new and notable venues and vendors;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with vendors to ensure the best quality work is produced at all times;
  • Carry out multiple logistical responsibilities and troubleshoot when necessary on event days;
  • Ensure the office is running efficiently by keeping track of supplies and expenses; and
  • Identify areas for improvement that promote efficiency, effectiveness, and innovation.




  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail including proofreading
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Capable of managing multiple projects and tasks at one time, and communicating progress of tasks effectively
  • Able to work in a dynamic environment with changing demands and expectations, and flexible to new tasks
  • Strong research and analytic skills (i.e. research potential event honorees, venues, vendors, as well as potential new donors)
  • Ability to retrieve and manage data through queries, exports, and reports
  • Resourceful and motivated
  • Creative and enthusiastic
  • A team player with strong interpersonal and customer service skills, including the ability to be welcoming via phone and email
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office required; fluency in Adobe Suite preferred


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