- Washington D.C.
- New York
Reporting to the Deputy Director of Development, and working closely with the Executive Director and Senior Leadership, the Regional Director of Development for the Northeast will play a key role on our national major giving team and will be responsible for the expansion of the program in critical states as well as the stewardship of existing major donors ($5k+ annually) in the region.
Ideally based in our New York City Office, the Regional Director of Development will manage all aspects of the major gifts program for the Northeast region. This position will be instrumental in establishing, implementing and promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch, raising funds and cultivating relationships with significant prospects and donors. The Regional Director will travel locally and regionally, up to 50 percent of the time, to meet with donors and prospects, with a primary focus on the New York City and Washington, D.C. regions and occasional travel to other Eastern states.
- Manage all aspects of the major gifts program for the region, supervising annual gifts of $5,000 and above, as well as special gifts from these and other donors.
- Establish and maintain a donor cultivation cycle and gift stewardship program to ensure that new major donors are developed, have opportunities to increase their level of support annually, and enjoy a close relationship to the organization.
- Perform prospect research to qualify potential major donors as necessary.
- Maintain at least a working knowledge of FWW national campaign priorities, with specific attention paid to efforts in relevant areas.
- Prepare written materials, including correspondence, solicitation materials, acknowledgements, and reports as part of the stewardship program.
- Coordinate Major Gifts’ cultivation and recognition events.
- Work with Deputy Director and Senior Leadership to establish budget goals and strategies to reach them. Provide regular analysis and reporting on progress toward goals.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of five years fundraising experience, preferably within an advocacy environment.
- Demonstrated success personally soliciting gifts at the five-figure level and above.
- A track record of portfolio management meeting yearly solicitation goals.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with FWW leadership and staff, prospects and donors.
- Excellent organizational skills and successful experience managing events and other complex activities in support of development initiatives.
- Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to make effective presentations to small and large groups.
- Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects and others.
- Ability to conduct research and assemble data, analyze information, and prepare effective, accurate and timely reports and other documents to support development activities.
- Salesforce or other CRM experience preferred.
- Ability and desire to work as a team player.
- This position requires frequent travel throughout assigned region (priority areas are in and around New York City and Washington, D.C. with occasional travel to other Eastern states) as much as 50% throughout the year. Employee is expected to make travel arrangements and be comfortable and competent with various forms of transportation and accommodations on behalf of organization business.
Competitive salary, depending upon experience. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.
How to apply
Food & Water Watch has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Please submit your resume, expression of interest and salary history and requirements to Chris Spagnola, Recruiter, at [email protected] and Jessica Martinez, Recruiter, at [email protected].