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 touchpoints.
  • 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 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 the 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 that includes benefits. 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this role is operating in a remote capacity and will continue to be remote through at least August 2021. However, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and will be expected to work fully from the New York office when it is safe to do so.

There is also periodic work required during evenings and/or weekends to attend donor events. These events are currently being held virtually but will eventually require in-person attendance.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At New York Public Radio diversity, equity, and inclusion is more than a strategy or an initiative; it is an organizational mindset that is reinforced every day. Ultimately, we strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and pursue inclusive strategies to support and encourage them and create a more engaged, committed, and productive workforce. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are especially important to us as a media organization because a diverse workforce allows us to report with perspective and insight, and deliver a variety of content reflecting the diverse population we serve in New York City and beyond. We believe that diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an inclusive workplace in which all voices are encouraged and heard is a core part of our values as an organization. 


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.