LISC is seeking a talented individual for Development Officer. The successful candidate, working closely with the Director of Private Philanthropy and the national development team, will support LISC in implementing our fundraising plan, focusing on identifying, qualifying, and cultivating high-capacity donors and private foundations.
The Development Officer will manage and grow a pipeline of prospective high-capacity donors and private foundation funders. They will help develop and execute individualized engagement strategies for donors and private foundations within the portfolio. They will support the Director of Private Philanthropy in leading LISC’s individual giving strategy and will be instrumental in supporting the national Development’s team overall fundraising goals.
The candidate will be a self-starter, creative, collaborate well with a passionate team, and have a deep commitment to building inclusive communities across the United States. You must have strong communications skills, mainly writing, with the proven ability to simplify complex subject matter in original, compelling ways for various funders. The candidate should demonstrate a propensity for learning and improving skills.
The Development Officer will lead some relationships and provide support to others. This includes funder research, preparation for meetings and pitches, and grant writing and reporting. The candidate must be able to work with a wide variety of staff in addition to the national development team, including programmatic teams and leadership.
You may have a mix of professional experience from roles such as:
- Development Manager, Associate, Assistant, or Coordinator
- Nonprofit Manager, Program Associate or Assistant
- Direct Sales, Customer Service Representative, or Account Manager
The Development Officer reports to the Director of Private Philanthropy and will preferably be based in the NYC area.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following are an indication of the position’s core responsibilities; these are intended to illustrate the scope of responsibilities and are not exclusive of other duties that may be required.
Planning: Assist in the development of a strategy to create a base of support from high-net-worth individuals to raise significant new resources for the organization.
Prospect Development: Support major donor prospecting and research to build a pipeline of prospective individual major donors to the prospect list and determine the best individual strategies. This includes research and follow-up support for individuals and assisting in creating management processes for donors. Maintain prospect files and records, regularly researching and finding new opportunities.
Concepts, Proposals, and Reports: Write, prepare, and submit concepts, grant proposals, presentations, budgets and reports, including responsibility for programmatic grants from foundations and donors. Maintain private foundation and major donor information in our files and Salesforce.
Communications: Coordinate and deliver donor-centered communications. Oversee the successful planning, creation, and implementation of collateral and coordinate online fundraising campaigns.
Fundraising and Relationship Building: Prepare and provide strategic guidance on donor solicitations and engagements. Support the development and execution of a strategy to cultivate, steward our annual giving pool, and systematically increase year-over-year revenue.
Cultivation and Events: Support the development of cultivation activities including communications, meetings, and in-person events.
Perform all other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent education and experience.
- Minimum of five years of progressive experience in non-profit or foundation fundraising, with an emphasis on major gifts.
- Strong research and analytical skills to identify prospective donors and develop successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship engagement strategies.
- Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills.
- Proven track record in grant writing and reporting.
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized; at ease working with tight deadlines.
- Demonstrated success working to promote diversity, equity and inclusion and working with remote teams.
- Good understanding of technology, including Zoom or similar meeting platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, and other online databases like iWave, Foundation Center, and others to generate donor reports.
- Periodically travel for peer learning, site visits, training and national LISC activities, about 10% - 20% estimated annually
LISC is an equal opportunity employer. LISC does not discriminate in employment on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military status or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances.
We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.
LISC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE