Institutional Giving Specialist

Development & Philanthropy New York, NY


About NYRR 

New York Road Runners 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 to the world’s premier community running organizationNYRR’s mission is to empower everyone, of all ages and abilities—beginners and competitive athletes, the young and the elderly, adult professionals and underserved schoolchildren—to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness.  

NYRR’s races, community events, instruction and training resources, and youth programs give hundreds of thousands of people each year the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to start running and keep running for life. NYRR’s premier event, the famed TCS New York City Marathon, attracts the world’s top pro runners and committed amateurs alike while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for the CityBut NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire more than 100,000 kids in underserved communities in New York City, all 50 states, and around the world.  

Headquartered in New York City, NYRR implements a unique nonprofit model that teams contributed and earned income to make all its efforts possibleTo 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 for the skilled and talented writer who is confident that they can make a difference. The role will perform prospecting and grantwriting, helping NYRR identify new corporate, foundation and government donors, and will interact with funders regularly  

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Write all government, corporate, or institutional grant proposals, reports, and letters of intent  
  • Prepare and submit supplementary materials to complete interim and final reports 
  • Work across internal teams, including finance and the community and youth program leads in the development of proposals and reports 
  • Assist NYRR’s special events, both by inviting current institutional donors and prospects and by assisting on-site at the events 
  • Prospect and prepare research on prospective corporate, foundation, and government funders 
  • Manage tracking systems (salesforce) for grant submissions, reports, and materials to meet funder deadlines and requirements 
  • Establish contacts with new and existing funders; hold person-to-person calls and meetings as appropriate 
  • Serve as a liaison to our community impact programs  

Job Requirements:  

Skills and Attributes: 

  • The ability to align yourself with our mission to make fitness and running accessible to everyone – no matter their age or income level. 
  • The ability to work with and collaborate with internal teams to ensure alignment with community impact teams as well as finance, volunteer, and strategic partnerships teams  
  • Excellent verbal and communications skills to support relationship development  


  • 3 years of related experience 
  • Experience writing grants to foundations, corporations, and government entities 
  • A strong track record of success in terms of percentage of grants awarded and overall funding  


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred   

Other Requirements: 

  • All staff are required to work the NYC Half Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, and the TCS NYC Marathon. 

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer