Senior Vice President, Development

Development New York City, New York


Senior Vice President, Development

New York Public Radio, home to WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, and The Greene Space, is seeking an exceptional, results-oriented SVP of Development to lead NYPR’s principal giving fundraising activities that support the organization’s mission-driven, aggressive programming priorities and long-term strategic objectives.

The SVP of Development’s primary aim is to increase philanthropic support from all sources, with a particular focus on building a sustainable, robust major gifts program -- from individual and institutional donors. The successful candidate will be a dynamic and accomplished individual with excellent communication and collaboration skills and the ability to work effectively across the organization and with the Board of Trustees to produce superior results. They will be a proven leader with strategic thinking abilities, strong management skills, demonstrated success in major gift fundraising, a collaborative approach, and the personal energy, enthusiasm, and drive to motivate others and to mentor and rally a team to consistently surpass goals.

The SVP of Development reports to the President& CEO and will work closely with the Board of Trustees while staffing the Development Committee of the Board.


  • Raise annual operating revenue from all philanthropic sources (major donors, planned giving programs, special events, foundations, and government sources).
  • Develop long-range strategies to significantly increase philanthropic giving and serve as the key strategist for specific “asks.”
  • Assign and monitor prospect portfolios for the CEO, staff, and board.
  • Craft compelling cases for support for unrestricted funding that maximize relationships with current donors and cultivate and convert new donors.
  • Serve as a front-line cultivator and solicitor. Cultivate and steward donors; make significant requests for support from major donors, board members, foundations and corporations.
  • Collaborate with the Membership team to achieve growth in major gifts through data mining the membership population and acquisition of new major gift donors.
  • Ensure comprehensive, timely and innovative stewardship of all gifts.
  • Effectively manage and organize the department’s day-to-day operations and budgets; streamline processes and procedures.
  • Leverage technology to analyze progress against plans, monitor expenses and cost-per dollar raised and to ensure security of all donor records.

Trustee Relations

  • Serve as the primary liaison between the management team the Board of Trustees.
  • Responsible for building a strong partnership with Trustees and leveraging the Board to advance NYPR’s fundraising activities.
  • Primary liaison with the Development Committee and the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees, working closely with the chairs of those committees and the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
  • Provide support to Board members in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of their portfolios of prospective major donors

Team Leadership

  • Develop a diverse and highly skilled staff that is well-prepared to meet the ongoing challenges of a first-rate mission-driven institution.
  • Establish goals in a collaborative manner to ensure that team members have responsibility and ownership for the successful outcomes.
  • Nurture and mentor the development team, provide opportunities to enhance their skills.
  • Lead a workplace characterized by mutual respect and open discussion in which all strive for excellence and innovation.
  • Foster an environment of cohesiveness and collaboration with colleagues across all NYPR departments.
  • Facilitate clear, transparent communication within the department and throughout the institution.
  • Serve as a collegial and participatory member of the organization’s senior management team.


  • A deep appreciation and passion for the mission and aspirations of NYPR.
  • At least 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in development / fundraising. Experience in a media organization or cultural institution is a plus.
  • Experience leading all aspects of Development including capital campaigns, major and planned giving, foundation and corporate fundraising, event planning, prospect research, and stewardship; experience completing a successful capital campaign.
  • Proven ability to build a cohesive, high-performing staff and work teams and to develop the skills and nurture growth of staff members.
  • Ability to work effectively with the President/CEO, senior team member, trustees, staff and donors, and provide motivation at all levels of the organization.
  • High energy, entrepreneurial drive, creativity, flexibility, and results-orientation.
  • A demonstrated track record of working effectively with trustees, building strong relationships, inspiring them to action on behalf of the organization and engaging them as fundraisers and donors on behalf of the organization.
  • Excellent communication skills—both oral and written.
  • A quick-study—able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of the New York City and national funding communities.


Additional Information

This is a full-time role which 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, however, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and may be expected to work from the New York office when it is safe to do so. 

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.