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Development Officer - East

Deadline: Until filled

Location: New York, NY, USA

Organization: Global Fund for Women


Global Fund for Women’s vision is a world where every woman and girl is strong safe, powerful, and heard. No exceptions. For the last 32 years, we have been a global champion for the rights of women and girls, using grantmaking and advocacy to propel global movements for women’s rights.

The Development Officer - East will be based in New York City and will be responsible for strategic outreach, cultivation, and solicitation of donors giving $5,000-$99,999 in the Eastern region of the United States. The person in this role will also work to grow the portfolio of major donors by prospecting among new contacts and lower-level donors; support organization-wide stewardship strategies; utilize the organization’s Salesforce database to maintain detailed records of donor relationships to build and support institutional memory; and organize and support major-donor and prospect cultivation events in the Eastern region.

Job Summary

The Development Officer - East is charged with supporting regional major gifts strategies and systems, managing a portfolio of major donors, and supporting the Director, Eastern Region in strategic outreach, cultivation and solicitation of major donors. As an officer in the major gifts program, this position is responsible for raising approximately $2 million.

This includes the existing major donor portfolio, as well as increasing the portfolio yield through a combination of strong stewardship and prospecting in the Western region (New York, Eastern Seaboard, and Chicago). This position requires availability to travel regularly (approximately 15%) to meet with donors. The officer will be responsible for supporting a coordinated, efficient, org-wide donor stewardship plan and calendar, managing an affinity group of young professional donors (the New York Vanguard Advisory Council), maintain records in and generate reports as needed from the Salesforce donor database; and create and support donor-oriented events in the Eastern Region, as well as support the execution of approximately two in-house major donor mailings per year.

Essential Job Functions

Major Gifts Program

  • In partnership with the major gifts directors and with input from their supervisor, develop and oversee a comprehensive, regional annual plan for major gifts, including new strategies to increase giving from the current major donor pool and to increase the number of major donors; manage annual communication, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for existing and prospective major donors in the Eastern Region.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of major donors and major donor prospects, with the capacity to make four and five figure gifts. Through cultivation and solicitation of these donors contribute substantially to raising revenue of approximately $2 million + annually.
  • Ensure that all major donors receive appropriate, consistent engagement/acknowledgment and an accounting of the impact that their gift has on community needs annually.
  • Set strategies and incentives for upgrading major donors and for encouraging stretch gifts.
  • Ensure that the President and CEO’s time and that of other program staff is used strategically and efficiently for major donor fundraising.


  • Serve as staff liaison to the Young Professionals Network, (the Vanguard Advisory Council) in New York to fundraise and increase demographic reach of organization
  • Participate in cross-team projects and assignments
  • Follow Global Fund for Women policies and procedures, and contribute to institutional knowledge

Main knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Demonstrated success in relationship building
  • Demonstrated ability to solicit and close gifts of five and six figures
  • An ability to think strategically and execute tactically
  • A commitment to international women’s rights and a strong desire to support global women’s rights movements and women’s initiatives
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible and comfortable in a fast-paced environment, with an ability to adjust to changing priorities
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, with the enthusiasm and energy to implement new strategies and meet ambitious goals
  • Ability to work comfortably in a shared workspace; demonstrated productivity in remote-working situations


  • Fluency in a language in addition to English
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or other fundraising databases
  • Familiarity with prospect research tools and strategies

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