Senior Major Gifts Officer

Development New York City, New York


Senior Major Gifts Officer

The Senior Major Gifts Officer will be a primary front-line fundraiser on the New York Public Radio (NYPR) Major Gifts team.  The Officer will work in partnership with the SVP, Development, Director of Major Gifts, NYPR President and CEO, and other senior staff and board members to build and maintain relationships with donors and prospects who are capable of making annual gifts of of $5,000+ with a focus on building the donor pipeline to identify prospects for 6 and 7 figure gifts.  

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create and execute fundraising and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of at least 150 individual donors for annual gifts of $5,000 to $1M.
  • Create and manage high-level WNYC donor group 
  • Take the lead in developing long- and short-term plans to meet assigned revenue goals for general operating, special project and campaign funding priorities.
  • Oversee the tracking the moves management of major gift donors and prospects assigned, with the goal of raising increased and new giving.
  • Work with programming staff to develop proposals for special project and campaign priorities.
  • Work with designated board members to develop small gatherings and to write personal solicitations with the goal of securing new or increased gifts from their prospects.
  • Develop and oversee the planning and execution of one-on-one meetings, station tours, luncheons, dinners, recitals, panel discussions and other small gatherings with the goal of creating targeted cultivation and stewardship opportunities.
  • Work with Development Operations and Research to identify and research major gift prospects from the database and from other organizations.
  • Assist in the development of the overall major gift revenue generating and outreach strategies.
  • 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:

  • 7 years of front-line fundraising experience, specifically managing a portfolio of major donors and prospects and a proven track record of securing gifts of $25,000 or more
  • Proven track record of 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
  • Self-starter with ability to get up to speed quickly and work independently
  • Highly motivated, organized, flexible, proactive
  • Strong time and project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills—both oral and written
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with people at all levels of an organization—both internal and external—across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and social backgrounds
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office programs, internet applications and fundraising databases
  • Passion for WNYC and/or WQXR

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.