Director of Leadership Gifts
Prospect Park Alliance - Brooklyn, NY

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The Prospect Park Alliance, working in partnership with City of New York and the community, restores, develops, and operates Prospect Park for the enjoyment of all by caring for the natural environment, preserving historic design, and serving the public through facilities and programs. Prospect Park is Brooklyn's 585-acre historic flagship park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. It is the home of Brooklyn's only lake and forest, with nature trails, recreational activities, public programs, volunteer opportunities, and the new Lakeside Center, featuring ice and roller skating, a water playground, and restored lake views, scheduled to open in late 2013.

The Director of Leadership Gifts is responsible for building and leading a new mid-level and major gift effort at the Prospect Park Alliance, with a focus on gifts $5,000 and above. The Director will play a key role in a growing development program that raises approximately $5 million annually. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Director will oversee mid-level and major gifts with the goal of significantly increasing revenue from individuals over the next 3 – 5 years.

  • Design and implement strategies for acquiring, renewing, and upgrading major donors who have the capacity to make gifts of $5,000 or more.
  • Develop and manage a new leadership circle of $5,000+ donors.
  • Managing fundraising portfolios for the President and other senior staff.
  • Write solicitation proposals, letters, and appeals to secure major gifts.
  • Manage stewardship activities and events for mid-level and major donors.
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage cultivation and recognition events. Work with Director of Events to maximize revenue from fundraising events, including the gala.
  • Coordinate prospect research and identify current donors for increased giving opportunities.
  • Manage all major donor acknowledgments and gift tracking.
  • Steward gifts made to the recently concluded Lakeside campaign, including managing donor recognition and ongoing pledges.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience, including nonprofit fundraising, with a focus on major gifts.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with a superior attention to detail and ability to multitask in a fast pace environment.
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, strong work ethic and high degree of professionalism.
  • Knowledge and experience in prospect research.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and fundraising database management skills is a must. Raiser’s Edge experience is preferred.
  • Availability on some evenings and weekends.
  • New York State driver's license; the ability and willingness to drive a vehicle occasionally.
  • Commitment to the Alliance's mission.

The Prospect Park Alliance offers an excellent benefits package.

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