Major Gifts Officer

Development New York City, New York


Major Gifts Officer

New York Public Radio, home to WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, and The Jerome L. Greene Space, is seeking a Major Gifts Officer.

The Major Gifts Officer is a front-line fundraiser on the New York Public Radio (NYPR) Major Gifts team. This is a team in growth mode, as NYPR continues to expand its funding base with donors giving $5K and above.  The Officer will report to the Director of Major Gifts and will work in partnership with the Chief Development Officer, Director of Major Gifts, and other senior staff and board members to build and maintain relationships with donors and prospects who are capable of making annual gifts of $5,000 and more, as well as larger multi-year commitments.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create and execute fundraising and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of approximately 150 individual donors for annual gifts of $5,000 and more, as well as 5-6 figure and multi-year commitments. 
  • Lead the development of long- and short-term plans to meet assigned revenue goals for general operating, special project and campaign funding priorities.
  • Oversee the tracking of moves management for major gift donors and prospects within the MGO’s portfolio, with the goal of increased and new giving.
  • Work with designated board members to develop personalized solicitation and stewardship touch points.
  • Develop and oversee the planning and execution of one-on-one meetings, station tours, luncheons, dinners, and other small gatherings with the goal of creating targeted cultivation and stewardship opportunities.
  • Work with the Major Gifts team to develop innovative stewardship and communication strategies.
  • Assist in the development of research strategies and targeted areas for research, working closely with the Major Gifts team and the Manager, Research.
  • Establish strong relationships and lines of communication with programming staff, working together to create accurate and informative messaging, increased donor awareness of key initiatives and engaging donor cultivation events.

Job requirements:

  • At least 5 years years of front-line fundraising experience, preferably managing an active portfolio of individual donors
  • Proven track record of securing gifts of $5,000 and above 
  • Experience managing budgets and meeting revenue goals
  • Experience working with board members and coordinating volunteer-led fundraising activities
  • Active knowledge of NY philanthropic and cultural communities
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficient experience with fundraising databases
  • Self-starter with ability to get up to speed quickly and work independently
  • Highly motivated, organized, flexible, and proactive 
  • Strong time and project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills—both oral and written
  • Ability to work and collaborate with colleagues within and across departments
  • Investment in the mission of New York Public Radio

Additional Information

This is a full-time role with a salary range of $82,000-$100,000 per year (plus a full benefits package). Salary offer within this range is determined by skills, experience and organizational pay equity. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time as well as generous parental leave.

This role is currently operating remotely, with the ability to optionally work from the office sometimes, which is encouraged. However, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff and will be expected to work from the New York office in a hybrid capacity within the next few months. 

Given this role will be in the office, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required unless NYPR has approved a specific religious or medical exemption in advance of the first day of work. At this time, NYPR defines being fully vaccinated as having received two Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations or one Johnson and Johnson vaccination.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard. 

Equal Opportunity

New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state, or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.