Director of Development - Alliance For Young Artists & Writers
ABOUT US The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a national nonprofit organization, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. THE OPPORTUNITY To join an established and growing national non-profit organization in a strategic leadership capacity and make a major impact on programs that contribute to the development of young artists and writers. To work in a creative environment with a dedicated and talented team of professionals in one of Manhattan's most vibrant neighborhoods. JOB SUMMARY The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is seeking to hire a Director of Development with leadership skills to join our dynamic team. The Director of Development oversees all fundraising activities and initiatives for the Alliance—including corporate, foundation, institutional, and individual campaigns, annual fund campaigns, trusts management, endowment campaigns, in-kind donations, and special projects—in order to achieve annual budgeted fundraising goals and ensure that the Alliance’s relationships are nurtured to maximize philanthropic involvement. The Director of Development will also possess in-depth knowledge of the grants process. As a senior staff manager, the Director of Development works in close collaboration with the Executive Director (ED) and the Board of Director’s Executive team. Specifically, the Director of Development has responsibility for the following areas: BOARD OF DIRECTORS & INDIVIDUAL DONORS
•In close collaboration with the ED, manage the Alliance’s relationships with its individual donors, including the Board of Directors.
•Maximize the effectiveness of the Board’s fundraising initiatives, providing support and materials.
•Research, identify, and cultivate potential new individual donors.
•Oversee acknowledgment, reporting, and stewardship of Board and individual donors.
•Support the ED in meetings with current and prospective donors, including maintaining a calendar, performing research, preparing materials, and directing follow-up activities.
•Manage a portfolio of individual donors. FOUNDATION & INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTERS
•Oversee grant process, including the oversight of an annual funding calendar and the timely preparation of grant applications and reports.
•Research, identify, and cultivate potential new foundations, governmental, and institutional donors.
•Oversee acknowledgment, reporting, and stewardship of foundations, governmental, and institutional donors CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP
•Supervise initiatives to maximize revenue from corporate relationships
•Research, identify, and cultivate potential new corporate donors.
•Oversee acknowledgment, reporting, and stewardship of corporate donors.
•Serve as the primary point person with Scholastic Inc. departments such as the National Partnerships office and collaborate with them to prepare proposals and pitches SPECIAL EVENTS
•Supervise all aspects of the Alliance’s special events, including the annual Benefit Gala, a VIP reception for the Art.Write.Now exhibition opening, and other events for donors.
•Develop a calendar of strategic, varied, and appealing fundraising and cultivation events MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION
•Develop and maintain an ongoing Strategic Development Plan incorporating agreed-upon fundraising growth plans and addressing changes in the philanthropic environment.
•In collaboration with the Executive Director, prepare and monitor annual fundraising budgets.
•As the manager of a team of four, the DoD directs strategic vision as well as day-to-day departmental operations, including the activities of the Senior Manager of Development and the Coordinator of Development. The DoD also supervises the Associate Manager of Communications (AMC).
•Create and maintain a database of existing and potential major donors, Trustees, and capital donors; steward and nurture relationships with these donors.
•Ensure that the Alliance’s donor records are current and accurate and provide an effective information resource for all staff and volunteer leadership. COMMUNICATIONS
•Maximize the potential for growing philanthropy through marketing communications and public relations.
•Oversee the AMC, including an overall social media strategy for the Alliance.
•Oversee the Alliance’s press kit and information packets. Collaborate with the Art Director and other staff as necessary on the creation of brochures and other marketing materials.
•Prepare and/or advise on scripts for the ED and general Alliance and sponsor-related copy for print and online publications such as the National Catalog, Best Teen Writing, and www.artandwriting.org.
•Represent the Alliance at internal and external functions and events.
•Collaborate with Scholastic departments such as Corporate Communications, Creative Services, and ART magazine. EXHIBITIONS
•Work with the Director of Exhibitions to develop opportunities for the Alliance’s exhibition program to support fundraising goals. HOW YOU CAN FIT •A minimum of 5 years of broad and direct fundraising. A demonstrable track record raising major gifts and meeting fundraising goals, financial targets and deadlines.
•Experience developing plans for organizational growth and managing budgets.
•An energetic hands-on leader with experience managing staff at the manager level.
•Demonstrable ability to manage and motivate Board members and volunteers and to cultivate meaningful relationships with donors and prospects.
•Outstanding interpersonal and oral and written communications skills.
•Computer literacy, with familiarity with fundraising software, and social media outreach.
•Experience working for an arts/cultural institution preferred. Application: For serious consideration please include a cover letter and resume with your application. WHO WE ARE Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online. True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at www.scholastic.com. Some benefits that we offer: •100% vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment
•Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance
•Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic.
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