The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crises. We research their needs, identify solutions, and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
- Collaborate with senior director of individual giving and engagement (senior director), to develop and implement a comprehensive annual major gifts program, including annual strategy, messaging, and goals.
- Manage a portfolio of 80–100 individuals and family foundations with the capacity to make six-and seven-figure gifts in accordance with established team goals on meetings, solicitations, donor retention, and records management.
- Grow a sustainable program and portfolio to expand the donor base and increase unrestricted gifting from high-net-worth individuals, including sophisticated prospect research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies (including direct and digital appeals and targeted campaigns, special events, and planned giving).
- Work closely with the senior director, executive director, vice president of finance, and others to monitor the annual development budget.
- Collaborate closely with the director of institutional giving on strategic approaches to strengthen partnerships with corporations, family foundations, and private wealth managers in DAF and other funds, particularly sponsorship for the annual luncheon.
- Support senior leadership team, program staff, board members, and advisory committee members with respect to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts, using their time appropriately, and ensuring their effectiveness as spokespersons and fundraisers.
- Oversee gift tracking, prospect research schedule, and reporting systems.
- Prepare meeting briefings and correspondence, event scripts, talking points, and other support materials.
- Represent the organization in meetings with potential funding sources.
- Share regular updates on progress toward goals with senior management, the board, and the development team.
- Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree a plus.
- Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated development experience, with a particular focus on major gifts and successful record in key aspects of individual fundraising, including direct response, event planning, and digital engagement.
- Passion for WRC’s mission and strong commitment to fundraising.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and deepen a diverse portfolio of positive, collaborative, productive relationships with donors, partners, and colleagues.
- Ability to adapt quickly, plan for, prioritize, and manage multiple projects while working both as part of a team and independently.
- Effective organizational and time-management skills.
- Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information.
- Strong knowledge of and ability to develop and manage operational development systems, such as data management, gift acknowledgement, gift processing, and list generation.
- Demonstrated experience building and managing a donor and prospect portfolio, deep knowledge of fundraising and moves management best practices, and a track record of securing six- and seven-figure donations from a variety of individual funders.
- Genuine commitment to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life.
- Solid computer skills: proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Raiser’s Edge/Blackbaud software.
All employees must abide by the WRC Humanitarian Accountability statement.
Reports to: Senior Director of Individual Giving and Engagement
Position: Regular, full-time (hybrid)
Salary: $85,470 – $134,113 (Commensurate with experience)
Location: New York (Hybrid)
Posting Date: March 3, 2023
Closing Date: Until filled
How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.
The salary range represents the low and top tier values for the given salary band. The range represents just one component of WRC’s total compensation package. The actual salary of someone hired into the role will be based on various factors, including but not limited to professional and academic experience, training, associated responsibilities, and other business and organizational needs. Individual salary decisions remain dependent on the circumstances of each individual hire.
The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, or disability, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.