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Director of Development

Director of Development


Immediate Opening

New Hope Community, Inc.

Exempt, Full-time position

Full benefits package, including medical and pension plan. Flexible work arrangement, with offices in Westchester and Sullivan Counties.

About New Hope Community, Inc.                                                                 

Since 1975, New Hope Community (NHC) has played a vital role in developing new ways of empowering and supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Over our 49-year history, we have changed and grown in meaningful ways and continue actively to commit our efforts to inspire people to thrive and celebrate the adventure of life. Our Development function fuels the potential of our people, our programs, and our passion.  We have accomplished much, but there is more we can achieve!

We are looking for an energetic relationship-builder to lead our Development function and culture. This is an opportunity to join and influence an organization that has a rich history, an employee-centered culture, and significant growth potential for the right candidate.

Purpose of Position

While NHC has always been supported through philanthropic efforts, we are seeking to transform our current function into a multi-channel, multidisciplinary practice to elevate us to the next level of community engagement and programming. Our ideal candidate has exceptional strategic, marketing, fundraising, and communication skills, and a vision for how to get us to important milestones.

Our ideal candidate is comfortable making a five-figure ask one day and stuffing envelopes the next.  The position requires a seasoned professional to advocate for NHC programs and services and take pride in knowing that these efforts will empower the amazing people NHC supports. This position will report to the CEO and have the full support of an eager and active board.

Key Responsibilities


  • Create and implement a comprehensive annual fundraising plan.
  • Connect with and engage our network of family and friends.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership to identify and build cases of support for programming initiatives.
  • Lead all appeals including the annual fund, targeted program drives, grant seeking, capital campaigns, and planned giving efforts.
  • Ensure that best practices and new technologies are leveraged across all processes and Development functions.
  • Plan and manage events. Activate and engage volunteers.
  • Build and maintain a personal portfolio of donors and prospects. Act as principal in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors.
  • Oversee gift processing and donor acknowledgement.
  • Identify potential new funding sources, including grants and non-traditional gifts.


  • Implement and execute Development policies, procedures, and operations.
  • Develop and manage the annual Development budget.
  • Track the effectiveness and impact of fundraising as measured against goals and benchmarks. Provide at least quarterly reports to the CEO and Board of Directors.
  • Cultivate a strong relationship with each Board member.
  • Serve as a member of the NHC executive team, participating in setting strategy, goals, and innovative organizational initiatives.
  • Ensure the accuracy of our donor database and record-keeping.

Outreach and Community Engagement:

  • Collaborate closely with the Marketing and Communications team for implementation of plans to connect, engage, and activate NHC families and other stakeholders.
  • Serve as an articulate and visible spokesperson to our families and other key constituencies.
  • Develop key partnerships for NHC via community forums, civic organizations, and other external activities.
  • Travel actively throughout the region to establish and deepen relationships with donors and other key stakeholders.


  • At least five years of relevant experience and success in fundraising.
  • Demonstrated track record of achievement across marketing and outreach activities.
  • Ability to build a philanthropic culture from the ground up. Capacity to envision the “big picture” while also exhibiting a detail-oriented, hands-on approach.
  • Excellent relationship skills and experience transforming relationships into financial commitments.
  • A self-directed and self-motivated work ethic.
  • A creative consensus builder with a team-oriented style.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, in both one-on-one and group settings.
  • Grant writing experience preferred.
  • Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • A clean and valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional lifting, pushing, pulling, squatting, bending, and climbing stairs.
  • Prolonged sitting and computer work.
  • Frequent driving.



Reports to: The Chief Executive Officer of NHC.

Salary commensurate with experience: $120,000-$140,000

Total compensation, to include an employer paid benefits package: $150,000-$170,000

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