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The Trust is hiring for the following positions: Philanthropy Officer and Special Projects Writer. Additionally, the Westchester Community Foundation is hiring for a Director of Donor Relations and Communications. Job descriptions are below.
Philanthropy Officer
Philanthropy Officer

Reporting to the Chief Development and Marketing Officer, the Philanthropy Officer will offer knowledge, experience, and innovative ideas around donor cultivation and relationship management. As part of both the donor relations department and the marketing/communications department of The New York Community Trust, this person will be responsible for creating, executing and managing donor engagement and fundraising activities, working to broaden The Trust’s reach and bring in new prospective donors. This position requires a go-getter who can foster one-on-one relationships with current and prospective donors, and assist with strategic marketing efforts to build philanthropic relationships between The Trust and individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and the professional advisor community.

The Philanthropy Officer will help plan and implement effective solicitation and stewardship strategies, aiming to increase the number of donors, with a focus on permanent gifts.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Respond to inquiries from prospective donors, effectively articulating The Trust’s offerings and converting cold prospects into warm leads.
  • Manage a portfolio of prospects and donors and engage with them on an individual basis (face-to-face, by phone, and in writing, as applicable).
  • Conduct prospect research to support fundraising outreach.
  • Develop effective fundraising and marketing materials to attract new prospects.
  • Identify and promote best practices for donor stewardship and engagement, especially working with individuals, corporations, multi-generation family donors, and giving circles.
  • Develop acknowledgment and recognition procedures for donors at all levels in collaboration with the donor relations team.
  • Plan, manage and arrange meetings and events that advance donor cultivation and stewardship for major gifts.
  • Build relationships and work with professional advisors such as attorneys, tax planners and wealth experts to facilitate their clients’ charitable goals utilizing The Trust’s services and offerings, coordinating with the General Counsel where there is overlap or for collaborative lead generation.
  • Seek new opportunities to promote The Trust to prospective donors or professional advisors, including arranging and/or presenting at speaking engagements.
  • Work with communications department to ensure effective promotion of The Trust’s mission to target audiences.
  • Serve as a department resource and remain informed on legal, accounting, investment and technology issues as they affect charitable giving.
  • Help manage The Trust’s online donation platform, handling any necessary updates and improvements in coordination with the finance department.
  • Ensure that outreach efforts are properly documented and tracked in the moves management system (Salesforce).
  • Prepare summaries that serve as background for executive meetings and conversations with major donors.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five to ten years of professional experience in fundraising and development with progressive responsibility. Prior experience in frontline development, donor relations, and/or stewardship required.
  • Strong donor-relations and/or customer relations skills, providing prompt, professional responses to all prospect inquiries.
  • Proven ability in creating strategies to cultivate prospects and channel donor engagement leading to greater charitable support. Ability to educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles. (Knowledge of financial or legal aspects of charitable giving desired.)
  • Ability to lead assigned projects and support other members of the donor department team and collaborate across departments in an effective, professional manner.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Must be tech savvy and open to learning new fundraising/CRM systems as well as e-marketing platforms. Knowledge of Salesforce is encouraged.
  • Advanced level of proficiency with wealth screening tools and platforms. Experience with iWave is preferred.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage and meet internal and external deadlines for complex projects, while balancing competing priorities.
  • Ability to participate as a team member, working collaboratively and managing projects across diverse groups, with a commitment to following and enforcing processes and procedures.  A sense of humor is essential.
  • Demonstrated effort to maintain and grow knowledge in relevant areas.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with experience drafting and presenting information and proposals.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, leading to innovative ideas to create new outreach efforts.

SALARY & BENEFITS

Excellent benefits; Salary range: $75,000 – $90,000.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Joan Reedy, Human Resources, The New York Community Trust by email at jmr@nyct-cfi.org  or by mail to 909 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022. No calls please.

The New York Community Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexuality or gender identity, status as a veteran, or disability or on any other federal, state or local protected class.

Special Projects Writer
Special Projects Writer

The New York Community Trust connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all. In 2024, The Trust will mark its centennial as the community foundation serving New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. This milestone provides a moment to document the institution’s accomplishments; services offered to donors, nonprofits, institutional and government partners; and the positive changes it has helped engender in the community. The centennial also provides an opportunity to look forward and ensure that The Trust has a vital role in making our region better for all. 

To prepare for the centennial celebration, The Trust seeks a Special Projects Writer a two-year, full-time, special-projects position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The position writes and edits a range of communications that chronicle The Trust’s century of work and increase visibility of The Trust and its services, particularly for an audience of high net worth individuals and their professional advisors. The writer promotes the impact of The Trust’s grantmaking program and helps maintain and build its legacy and positive reputation. 

The writer drafts:

  • Profiles of donors, grantees, and partners to tell the story of The Trust’s 100 years of service.
  • Stories for Grants newsletters that document philanthropic impact, share donor profiles, and provide philanthropic advice to donors. 
  • In-depth Spotlight articles, which examine a specific programmatic area of grantmaking (e.g., juvenile justice).
  • Stories for occasional publications from our Long Island and Westchester affiliates.
  • Stories for the Annual Report.
  • Press releases.
  • Speeches, op-eds, and quotes for publication.
  • Short biographies about donors for brochures.
  • Blog posts on philanthropic topics.
  • Organization descriptions and articles for the resource hub on The Trust’s online donor portal, MyNYCT, which is designed to help donors become more effective philanthropists.

The writer also performs other tasks, which may include editing and proofreading, as assigned by the communications director, vice president for philanthropic initiatives, and president.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A clear, concise journalistic style.
  • Exceptional editing skills.
  • Some knowledge of the City, The Trust’s grantmaking areas, and trends in the nonprofit and philanthropic fields.
  • Familiarity with related communications responsibilities such as web and social-media platforms, graphic design, print production, media relations, etc.
  • The ability to work cooperatively with a diverse set of people and issues and work independently.
  • Keen organization skills, the ability to set and achieve goals, and the ability to juggle multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of grammar and the Associated Press stylebook.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary range is $65,000 to $75,000 and is commensurate with experience. Benefits include subsidized health insurance, 12 paid holidays, and at least four weeks of annual vacation and sick leave. We expect the position will work full-time on-site at The Trust’s midtown office.

The New York Community Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexuality or gender identity, status as a veteran, or disability or on any other federal, state or local protected class. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing samples to Joan Reedy, Human Resources, The New York Community Trust by email at jmr@nyct-cfi.org (be sure to include “Special Projects Writer” in the subject of your email) or by mail to 909 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022. No calls please.

Director of Donor Relations and Communications (WCF)
Director of Donor Relations and Communications (WCF)

The Westchester Community Foundation seeks a Director of Donor Relations and Communications. Reporting to the Executive Director, this person will be responsible for donor relations, donor engagement, fundraising, and communications. S/he will support the Executive Director in outreach efforts to build new philanthropic relationships between the Foundation and individuals, corporations, and the professional advisor community, and to raise the visibility of the foundation in the community.

The Director of Donor Relations and Communications will work closely with the Executive Director to implement the effective identification, cultivation and stewardship of donors and prospects. He/she will partner with colleagues across the organization on donor stewardship and lead generation. He/she will also proactively connect with existing donors and prospects to extend the reach and awareness of the Foundation and ensure donor satisfaction with the highest level of customer service.

S/he will implement a communications and media relations plan that increases the awareness of the value of giving through WCF and ensures that the Foundation communicates effectively with donors, potential donors, and professional advisors.

About the Westchester Community Foundation

The Westchester Community Foundation works to enhance the well-being of the people and communities of Westchester County, New York. It does so by developing, managing, and distributing philanthropic funds in a way that is highly responsive to community needs and donor interests.  It is an affiliate of The New York Community Trust (the Trust) which was established in 1924 and currently holds more than $3 billion in assets.

The Trust established the Foundation in 1975 to provide Westchester donors with a locally focused philanthropic vehicle. The Foundation has more than 200 charitable funds including donor-advised and permanent funds.

Employees of the Westchester Community Foundation are employees of The Trust. The staff of the Foundation consists of the Executive Director, two program officers, and a grants and scholarship administrator/office manager. A Board of Advisors oversees the Foundation’s strategic direction and assists in its growth. A Professional Advisory Council consists of legal, financial management, accounting, and other professionals who work with the Foundation to meet their client’s philanthropy goals.

The Director of Donor Relations and Communications will report to the Foundation’s Executive Director and work alongside staff at the WCF, the Trust, and Long Island Community Foundation, the Trust’s Long Island affiliate. The ideal candidate will have experience in donor relations, development, and communications. S/he must be comfortable working in a small team and executing multiple functions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, implement, and manage strategies for a planned and major gifts giving program focused on securing major philanthropic support from individuals, family foundations, and corporations in order to build the Foundation’s Permanent and Donor-Advised Funds.
  • Respond to inquiries from prospective donors, effectively articulating the Foundation’s offerings and converting cold prospects into warm leads.
  • Partner with the executive director to develop, implement, and manage a portfolio of prospects in all aspects of the giving cycle, including initiation of contacts with potential major gift donors and development of appropriate cultivation strategies.
  • Implement a strategy to expand the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council that showcases the Foundation.
  • Build relationships and work with professional advisors such as attorneys, tax planners and wealth experts to facilitate their clients’ charitable goals utilizing the Foundation’s services and offerings.
  • Identify and promote best practices for donor stewardship and engagement, especially working with individuals, corporations, multi-generation family donors, and giving circles.
  • Plan, manage and arrange meetings and events that advance donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • Seek new opportunities to promote the Foundation to prospective donors or professional advisors, including arranging and/or presenting at speaking engagements.
  • Implement a communications strategy in partnership with The Trust, including website, newsletters, informational brochures, marketing materials, and social media.
  • Oversees media relations, including press releases for grants, events, and other activities

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

The strongest candidates will have strong interpersonal, communications, computer, and organizational skills. S/he will demonstrate an energetic, optimistic, and positive approach and outlook and a genuine concern for social impact. The ideal candidate will also have experience or familiarity with community foundations and/or or philanthropic advising.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Five to ten years of professional experience in development with progressive responsibility. Prior experience in frontline development, donor relations, and/or stewardship required. Planned giving experience preferred.
  • Strong donor-relations and/or customer relations skills, providing prompt, professional responses to all prospect inquiries.
  • Ability to educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce.
  • Must be tech savvy and open to learning new fundraising/CRM systems and wealth screening tools.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage and meet internal and external deadlines while balancing competing priorities.
  • Ability to participate as a team member, working collaboratively and managing projects across diverse groups, with a commitment to following and enforcing processes and procedures. A sense of humor is essential.
  • Demonstrated effort to maintain and grow knowledge in relevant areas.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, leading to innovative ideas to create new outreach efforts.
  • Knowledge of community foundations preferred.

SALARY & BENEFITS

Excellent benefits; salary commensurate with experience.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Laura Rossi, Executive Director, Westchester Community Foundation, at lrossi@wcf-ny.org. No calls please. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 28, 2022.

The Westchester Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexuality or gender identity, status as a veteran, or disability or on any other federal, state, or local protected class.