Director of Development
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development holds primary responsibility for fundraising and membership, including supervision of staff supporting this area, in order to meet the contributed income goals of NYC Audubon. An excellent opportunity for an accomplished mid-level development professional to step up to a director role, this full-time position is based in our administrative office in the Chelsea-Flatiron neighborhood of New York.
Founded in 1979, NYC Audubon is an independent grassroots, membership-based organization that affiliates as an urban chapter of the National Audubon Society. NYC Audubon’s mission is to protect wild birds and habitats in the five boroughs of New York City, and, in so doing, to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. NYC Audubon’s conservation and science activities, education and public programs, and advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of urban and migrating birds and wildlife are more critical than ever due to climate change effects and the devastating, steady loss of the natural environment in the City over many decades. A tight-knit team of nine full-time and five part-time staff, along with over 200 volunteers, serves a diverse community of nearly 8,000 direct and National-affiliated members and the people who live and work in America’s largest urban center.
Statement on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
New York City Audubon believes all people have the right to a close connection to the natural world and the right to a healthy environment. Preserving our environment is only possible if we all feel that connection. We recognize that inequities in our society are widespread and hinder access to nature. Only by embracing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as values and striving for them in practice will we begin to foster a love of nature in all people and inspire them to be active stewards of the environment. We further believe that to thrive as an organization and effectively advance our mission and vision, the diversity of New York City’s people must be represented in, and welcomed into, our leadership, staff, and membership. The expertise, values, and perspectives of a diverse and inclusive organization are fundamental to expanding the reach and impact of our conservation, advocacy, and educational efforts. We commit to building an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible New York City Audubon, dedicated to protecting nature for all of New York City’s people and its wild birds.
The Director of Development leads the Executive Director and Board in defining and implementing fundraising objectives to develop roughly $1.5 million in contributed and membership income annually. She/he/they is responsible for all aspects of foundation, corporate, government and individual fundraising and donor stewardship, in addition to maintaining robust patron, membership and fledgling planned giving programs. The Director of Development manages cultivation, members-only, and special events, including the annual Fall Roost dinner-and-auction benefit and a spring luncheon. She/he/they collaborates closely with the Communications staff, which manages web-based content, social media, a twice-monthly eGret online newsletter, and the quarterly Urban Audubon magazine. The Director of Development serves as primary liaison to the board’s Fundraising, Events, and Engagement Committees and additionally supports the Finance and Publications Committees, and other committees as needed. The position supervises two staff, a grants manager and a development associate, and interfaces with a variety of vendors and consultants.
The Director of Development will be an energetic professional with a minimum of 10 years of professional history, including supervision of staff, and a minimum of 3 years of fundraising experience, preferably within the five boroughs of New York City. The ideal candidate has a record of understanding institutional priorities, as well as experience of final responsibility for fundraising for the entirety of a small organization—or a discrete division of a large organization. Demonstrated interest in environmental conservation and wild bird preservation is desirable. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. Additionally, NYC Audubon seeks:
· A generalist with familiarity in all aspects of basic fundraising including experience with annual campaigns, membership services, proposal writing, prospecting and solicitation from individual, foundation, corporate and government agency sources.
· An excellent communicator, especially in written form, with strong analytical abilities, and an aptitude for budgeting.
· A highly organized and success-driven professional with a lively, perspicacious intellect who is able to complete work under deadline pressure, while simultaneously accomplishing multiple other projects.
· A comfortable inter-borough traveler familiar with the City’s geography and natural areas and having an interest in engaging with its diverse communities.
· A colleague able to work harmoniously in a team-based organization.
· A flexible and adaptable staff partner able to adjust to the daily needs and activities of a small office and small organization that engages with the public, periodically offsite, on weekends, and during evening hours.
NYC Audubon offers all full-time employees a competitive benefits package, which includes medical insurance, dental and vision insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, and term life, SIMPLE IRA with up to 3% match, PTO and paid holidays. Compensation range for this position is $75-85,000 annually. As a local grassroots organization of very modest size, we are unable to underwrite relocation.
Applications are requested by May 17. This position is available beginning July 1. Please submit résumé and cover letter in pdf format.
Conservation Advocacy Engagement
- 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1523
- New York, NY 10010
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