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The Associate Director of Institutional Giving will be responsible for building and sustaining a portfolio of private foundation, corporate foundation and government agency funders to support World Science Festival’s (WSF) near and long-term growth. This position reports to the Director of Development.




  • Design, implement, and manage a fundraising portfolio focused on expanding and enhancing foundation, corporate foundation and government agency relationships and financial support. Responsibilities include identification of foundation, corporate foundation and government prospects, development of fundraising strategies, and preparation of proposals, applications, reports, budgets, correspondence, and other written and financial materials.
  • Through active and ongoing research into institutional sources of funding, identify emerging philanthropic trends and areas of common interest between institutional donors/prospects and WSF.
  • Represent WSF, along with the Director of Development, as the institutional contact for the organization.


Proposal writing & preparation:


  • Identify, solicit and cultivate major philanthropic commitments from foundations, corporations and governmental agencies to support the mission and goals of WSF.
  • Partner with the other Development staff, Finance, Education and Programming Departments on the writing of education and media proposals targeted for institutional sources of funding.
  • Develop competitive proposals, including letters of inquiry and full grant applications for WSF programmatic goals and initiatives.


Reporting & Stewardship:


  • Develop and maintain a high-quality stewardship process for active institutional prospects and donors.
  • Work with the Chief Finance Officer to prepare required narrative and financial reports.
  • Assure all grant requirements are fulfilled by the WSF Programming, Marketing, Media and Operations teams on the agreed upon schedule.


Information Maintenance:


  • Oversee maintenance of institutional donor and prospect histories and files (both physical and electronic in database)
  • Manage and assure timely production and processing of all grant budgets, payments, and formal acknowledgements and correspondence.
  • Oversee the maintenance and monitoring of a full calendar of institutional giving activity, including proposal deadlines, prospect meetings, interim and final reports and other donor communications.


Qualifications And Special Requirements:


  • Minimum 5 years institutional giving experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated grant writing success.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skill, particularly with project budgets.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite and Internet), strong information management skills, particularly with Customer Relationship Management software like Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, etc.
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines consistently.
  • Ability to be self-directed and work independently in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Must be able to handle sensitive, confidential information with discretion and professionalism.
  • Collaborative, flexible, team-oriented and positive work ethic.


About World Science Festival:


World Science Festival (WSF) is a multimedia organization producing original content straddling science, the arts, journalism and education. Founded in 2008, WSF is viewed by many as the premier platform bringing the most transformative ideas at the forefront of discovery to mainstream audiences. With formats spanning innovative works of theatre, film, dance and music, immersive live and virtual experiences, as well as riveting discussions and debates, WSF is lauded globally for its groundbreaking live and digital content featuring world renowned scientists, artists and intellectuals, shifting science to the cultural center. Based in New York City, WSF is distinctive in its commitment to the highest of editorial standards and production excellence, providing worldwide audiences an exciting and impactful view of the near and far future.


Salary and Benefits:


The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $120,000 annually, depending upon experience. WSF offers a comprehensive package of benefits.


Application Instructions:


Please email a resume with a cover letter and salary requirements to with “Associate Director of Institutional Giving” in the subject line. Please save the files LastName.FirstName.Resume, LastName.FirstName.CoverLetter. Resumes that are submitted without cover letters will not be considered.


Equal Opportunity Employment Policy:


World Science Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. WSF will consider qualified applicants in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable “Fair Chance” laws.


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