Officer, Development

Posted by: New York Cares, Inc.

New York, NY, US

About New York Cares: By developing programs that respond to pressing community needs, New York Cares—New York City’s largest volunteer network in the city—provides a lifeline of support to our city’s most vulnerable residents. Last year, we mobilized 63,000 individual volunteers and hundreds of companies, civic and youth groups to help improve the lives of over 400,000 struggling New Yorkers. Our volunteers donate their time and talents at 1,350 nonprofits and schools across the five boroughs to improve education, meet immediate needs such as hunger and homelessness, and revitalize public spaces.

New York Cares prides itself on a culture of excellence, defined by integrity, reliability and professionalism. We have been awarded The New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding management practices, and the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The NonProfit Times, Crain’s New York, The Princeton Review and The Wall Street Journal have all recognized New York Cares as a top-notch employer.

Development Officer

We seek an experienced, creative and dynamic fundraising professional to help significantly grow our individual giving program and support our annual special events.


The Development Officer reports to the department Director and is part of a highly motivated fundraising team in a fast-paced nonprofit fundraising environment. The Development Officer is a self-motivated, confident fundraiser who will manage all aspects of the giving process, including the strategy for donor/prospect acquisition through broad-based appeals that generate significant revenue.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure revenue goals are met by partnering with New York Cares leadership to identify, recruit, manage and steward donors and volunteer committee members
  • Manage a strategy, along with the development team, to identify, cultivate and manage high-level donor relationships ($1,000 to $5,000)
  • Working with department Director, help establish and maintain a highly engaging individual donor cultivation and gifts stewardship program that is donor-centric and relationship-based to identify and increase new donors and to increase giving levels of existing donors
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the New York Cares Rising Leaders Council to engage them in the planning and execution of annual Soiree and additional revenue driving hosted events year-round
  • In collaboration with department Director, lead promotion of the Hands On Hero Society, New York Cares’ annual giving society, including coordination of assigned correspondence, tracking of financial records and statistical reports
  • Engage members of New York Cares Senior Team and volunteer leadership in donor cultivation and fundraising solicitations and supports involvement with appropriate research and briefing materials
  • Manage annual appeals process, including telemarketing, direct mail and e-mail solicitations, and other avenues
  • Maintain accurate revenue records, ensuring donor interactions are tracked and acknowledgements sent within a timely manner
  • Represent New York Cares’ mission and programs to external parties by building and maintaining strong organizational knowledge, becoming a New York Cares ‘expert’
  • Supervise Development Manager, maintaining responsibility for assigned tasks and professional development
  • Other duties as assigned


The Development Officer will be a highly motivated self-starter who will tackle all projects with enthusiasm and a commitment to exceptional performance. Successful candidates will have a desire to learn, interest in the nonprofit space, and:

  • 3-5 or more years of experience in non-profit fundraising, sales, community affairs, community organization, or corporate development
  • Superior relationship management skills; able to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of personalities and leadership styles
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to listen effectively
  • Understanding of moves management and effective fundraising pipeline development
  • Excellent proofreading and editing abilities; adept at developing persuasive proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence and related material
  • Comfortable and able to work effectively with numbers, budgets and data
  • Highly organized and professional demeanor
  • Collaborative and energetic work style, superior people skills, and ability to motivate and build consensus
  • Experience managing one or more direct reports
  • Broad-based computer skills (MS Office required, Salesforce, Kintera, and SAGE a plus)
  • A flexible schedule, including the ability to work late evenings, early mornings, and occasional weekends as needed

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

New York Cares is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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