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Associate Director or Manager, Institutional Gifts

Groundswell Community Mural Project
New York, United States
$70,000.00 - $85,000.00
Closing date
Feb 24, 2024


Job Summary:

The Associate Director or Manager, Institutional Gifts will develop and implement Groundswell’s institutional gifts program, including compliance requirements and data entry. This role will be responsible for overseeing the grantmaking process and ensuring that all deadlines are met. They will be responsible for managing relationships with funders, conducting research on potential funding opportunities, and writing grant proposals. They will work closely with and report to the Director of Development and work with the Executive Director and other Groundswell staff to help meet the organization’s goals for institutional fundraising and the effective operation of the development department. Flexibility and comfort with the cross-functional nature of small non-profits are essential. This is an excellent position for someone engaged with the arts, youth development or social justice.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to Groundswell's institutional fundraising strategy and lead its implementation.
  • Build relationships with current/prospective foundation donors in Groundswell’s portfolio
  • Create high quality and compelling letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports in adherence to deadlines
  • Research prospective foundations and seek out new donor opportunities that are aligned with Groundswell’s mission and strategies
  • Update and maintain calendar of proposal deadlines and reporting requirements
  • Send acknowledgement letters to donors as soon as donations are received
  • Collaborate with program managers to develop proposals and plan development events
  • Maintain donor database (activities, interactions, type and source of donation, donor contact information)
  • Other special projects/assignments as needed.

Required Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • 6 or more years' experience in institutional gifts at a nonprofit organization
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, Teams, etc.) as well as Zoom and database systems. Groundswell uses a Salesforce-based development system.
  • Outstanding project management, effective communication (written & oral), numeric, and organizational skills
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Thorough understanding of New York government, foundation, and corporate community in relationship to the nonprofit sector
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and apply legislation, laws, rules, and regulations
  • Capacity to work independently to meet deadlines and work cross-functionally with Groundswell staff
  • Commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Experience with Salesforce desirable
  • Experience in youth/education, community-based or arts organizations a plus

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • The employee is required to actively listen and communicate clearly. The employee is required to sit and stand.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard and mouse is required.

Working at Groundswell:

Groundswell brings together artists, youth, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change, for a more just and equitable world. Groundswell has painted over 600 community murals in 25+ years and each year we advance our mission by engaging 450+ young people, primarily ages 13 - 19, from communities around NYC in our public artmaking programs. Our projects beautify neighborhoods, engage youth in societal and personal transformation, and give expression to perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialogue. All murals are based on social justice issues that are important to the communities that we serve.

Groundswell is an equal opportunity employer and celebrates diversity in all that we do, and we encourage applicants that reflect and value a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. Groundswell prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Groundswell conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

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