Director of Philanthropy at ABILITIES FIRST, INC in New Windsor, NY

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FAFNY is seeking a confident, professional and take-charge Director to develop the philanthropic endeavors, which support the mission of Abilities First. The qualified candidate will have a strong background in ethics and strategies of donor development, to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospects to meet funding priorities and initiatives. The position requires a solid background in securing major gifts in five and six figure gifts. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and dynamic individual, experienced in, and able to lead and manage all aspects of the organizations; development operations, community and fundraising events, through to inception and evaluation; while assuring efforts are focused on development, maintenance, and enrichment of relationships with business partners, donors, sponsors, people receiving services/ their families, the general public and enhancing the brand awareness and image.

The successful candidate will have an outgoing personality, be creative, highly analytical, and have a strong grasp of financials and budgeting. Successful candidates will have experience as a member of a development team, overseeing an event planning team in a large not-for-profit organization, and a proven track record of highly creative and successful events.

The individual must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, be flexible in their work schedule, work independently, as well as collaboratively, and be passionate about representing the interests of the Abilities First mission and those of our participants. The candidate should have a strong understanding of best practices in foundation and corporate fundraising, and be adept at engaging with colleagues across the agency and within the community. The candidate must have proficient knowledge of The Raisers Edge NXT, to provide reporting, as well as oversight and guidance to administrative staff.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150+ donors, whom have been pre-qualified through research.
  • Engagement and development of board leadership to funding priorities.
  • Assist in the development and management of fundraising events. This includes coordination of volunteers and committees, taking the outreach calls to secure sponsorship, budget management, logistics, and event promotion.
  • Engage regular and ongoing interaction with partners, donors, sponsors, people receiving services and their families, and members of the general public in order to establish, maintain and enrich relationships.
  • Develop and coordinate volunteers and committee chairs, supporting outreach for sponsorships, budget management, logistics, and serve as liaison to ICS for event promotion.
  • Act as the single first point of contact for all event initiatives and as liaison for the coordination with sponsors, vendors, members of the public.
  • Establish rapport with new members of the public, works to understand their interest, and coordinates an appropriate response that satisfies both parties interests.
  • Maintain awareness of organizational programs in order to stay informed of their service offerings so that this information can be accurately described to the community, and refer community to programs.

  • Bachelors degree and at least four years experience in fundraising with proven success in major gifts.
  • Professional acumen which promotes donor confidence and relationship development.
  • Systematic approach to strategically planning and tracking major gift development.
  • Current NYS Drivers License, free of violations & deemed acceptable by insurance.
  • Proficiency in Excel & Raisers Edge NXT
  • Clear & effective writing.
  • Organizational Skills, detailed oriented
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Flexibility & willingness to commit to an evolving work schedule
  • Ability to work and interact with a variety of people including clients, employees and business associates.
  • Ability to multi-task large projects with fiscal accountability.

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