Institutional Giving Specialist

Development & Philanthropy New York, NY


About NYRR 

New York Road Runners (NYRR) was founded in 1958 when a small group of passionate runners vowed to bring running to the people, and has grown from a local running club into the world’s premier community running organization.  NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire through running, aiming to empower people of all ages and abilities to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness. 

NYRR’s year-round offerings of races, community events, programs, and training resources provide hundreds of thousands of people with the motivation, know-how, and opportunities to start running and keep running for life. NYRR’s premier event, the famed TCS New York City Marathon, attracts the world’s top professional runners and committed amateurs alike, while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for New York City.  NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire children in underserved communities in New York City, nationwide, and around the world. 

Headquartered in New York City, NYRR is a 501(c)(3) organization.  To learn more, please visit   

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

About the Department 

Development & Philanthropy 

The primary purpose of the Development department is to raise funds for the organization’s various philanthropic efforts (Community Impact and special projects). Development creates and executes a yearly comprehensive plan to secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The department is responsible for supporting the expansion and diversification of the organization’s funder base, furthering the potential for future fundraising efforts.  

About the Position

This position presents amazing opportunity to work for a unique, world-class, nonprofit organization in the sports industry. This position is suited for a skilled grant writer and grants management professional with demonstrated experience in the nonprofit sector. The role will perform prospecting and grant writing, helping NYRR identify new corporate, foundation and government donors, and will interact with funders and a cross-functional team, developing internal and external relationships.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the management and stewardship of portfolio of current institutional funders.
  • Prospect and prepare research on prospective corporate, foundation, and government funders.
  • Establish contacts with new and existing funders; hold person-to-person calls and meetings as appropriate.
  • Write letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and grant reports.
  • Prepare and submit supplementary materials to complete interim and final reports.
  • Work across internal teams, including Finance and Community Impact and others, in the development of proposals and grant reports.
  • Assist in the management CRM platforms, including Salesforce, for grant submissions, reports, and materials to meet funder deadlines and requirements.
  • Coordinate day-to-day activities related to grants management including contracts and support documentation.
  • Ensure contract compliance and internal and external policies.
  • Assist with data collection to create meaningful grant reports and collateral materials.
  • Support the development of short and long-term growth strategies for institutional giving in collaboration with other members of the Development and Philanthropy team.
  • Assist NYRR’s special event planning and activation, including invitation lists, donor recognition deliverables, and on-site assistance.
  • Serve as a liaison to our Community Impact programs.
  • Network within the nonprofit sector to learn and share best practices.

Job Requirements:


  • 3+ years of successful grant writing and grants management experience.
  • Experience writing grants for foundation, corporate, and government funding (city, state, and/or Federal)
  • A strong track record of success in terms of percentage of grants awarded and overall funding.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Strong cross-functional collaboration and communication skills to ensure alignment with Community Impact, Finance, Volunteer Operations, and Strategic Partnership teams.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage deadlines.
  • Demonstrated grant writing required.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with Salesforce and Microsoft Office including Word and Excel required.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills with various audiences.
  • Developed project management and prioritization skills required.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Other Requirements:

  • The ability to align yourself with our mission to make fitness and running accessible to everyone
  • All staff are required to work the NYC Half Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, and the TCS NYC Marathon.

Salary: $60,000/year

At New York Road Runners, we are committed to building an inclusive, diverse workplace by finding the best candidate for the job. We understand that skills come from a variety of different backgrounds. Checking off every single requirement on our job description is not necessary to apply. If you think you are a good fit and have a passion for the work we do, please submit your application. We are eager to learn about your experience and skills! You may be the right candidate for this or other open positions.

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer