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The Urban Resource Institute (URI), a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization established in 1980, operates shelter, legal and job training programs for domestic violence victims, residential and vocational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, and residential programs for homeless families. With a $73 million annual budget with over 500 staff, URI promotes safety, justice, health, and independence for vulnerable individuals and families residing in New York City.

This is an exciting time in URI’s history, as the organization recently merged with the Center Against Domestic Violence, an organization that works toward a society free of violence and abuse. The combined organization under the Urban Resource Institute umbrella will have the capacity to shelter nearly 1,200 women, men, and children at any given time, making it the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in New York State and the nation. This growth brings many opportunities for growing URI’s private funding portfolios.

Urban Resource Institute is seeking a self-starter fundraiser to serve as its Director of Development to help take us to the next level. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Development is a generalist that that will co-lead the strategic direction, implementation, and management of the organization’s fundraising efforts. The core responsibilities of the Director of Development include executing strategies to diversify and grow the organization’s portfolios consisting of capital campaigns, individual giving, special events, and institutional giving. She/He/They will serve as a key member of a small but nimble Development team.

This is an ideal opportunity for a seasoned professional with a track record of growing and sustaining financial support from all sources to drive significant impact in support of URI’s mission.

•Co-lead URI’s capital and naming campaigns to raise $10-M by the end of 2020
•Develop and refine comprehensive Individual and Major Giving strategies in alignment with URI’s organizational vision and goals
•Cultivate, steward and close gifts from new and existing individual donors
•Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors
•Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders
•Collaborate with staff on the management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions
•Develop print marketing collateral related to fundraising in collaboration with our Marketing and Communications department
•Collaborate with all departments, including Programs, Finance, Operations, and Marketing & Communications to obtain accurate and progress updates required for communication with stakeholders
•Lead the annual URI Celebration Gala to raise $500,000 annually
•Support Institutional Giving with renewals of existing funders, and solicitation of new prospects
•Other duties as requested based on department, program and/or organizational needs.

•Commitment to the vision and mission of Urban Resource Institute.
•Passion for Urban Resource Institute’s mission and core values
•Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Communications or related field
•Minimum of 8 years in a fundraising/Development, Major Gifts, and/or Special Events role
•Currently managing an Individual Giving and/or Major Giving portfolio valued at $500,000 or greater
•Currently managing large fundraising events with revenue of $500,000 or greater
•Experience in writing compelling proposals to secure funding from corporations and foundations
•Exceptional relationship building and influencing skills
•Experience with meeting or exceeding ambitious capital campaign goals
•Exceptional writing and communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire a diverse range of audiences
•A high degree of cultural competence and belief in the value of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences
•Experience with Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge
•Sense of humor

Interested candidates may forward a copy of their resume and salary requirements to careers@urinyc.org for consideration.

Urban Resource Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.