Senior Development Specialist

Employment Type
Job Category
Fundraising & Development

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The YMCA is seeking a motivated and capable Senior Development Specialist who, under the Chief Development Officer, will play an integral role in assisting the Y’s fundraising efforts. The Senior Development Specialist is a key member of the Fund Development team and will provide high-level administrative, organizational, and operational support to the CDO, the major gift and special events teams. 

Working closely with front-line fundraisers, the Specialist will provide critical support for all aspects of their work including the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors; coordinating logistics for two Development Committees; and assisting in the planning and execution of special events and cultivation activities. This role provides an overview of all operations of a fundraising office and is an excellent opportunity for a self-starter who can set priorities, meet deadlines, and work with diligence, accuracy, and attention to detail.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary support person for the SVP, Chief Development Officer: manage calendar, schedule internal and external meetings, manage meeting agendas, draft and edit correspondence and memoranda, answer phone calls and prepare expense reports.
  • Provide administrative support for two development committees: prepare meeting materials for each group’s quarterly meetings, communicate with members, and assist with annual fundraising appeals.
  • Serve as an effective liaison between the CDO and those within and outside of the Association Office, including senior staff, donors and the CEO. 
  • Conduct research on areas identified by CDO for consideration in informing strategies and tactics used to achieve annual goals and targets. 
  • Provide administrative support for major gift activities, working closely with the CDO and the Vice President of Development (major gifts). 
  • Plan and execute various cultivation and stewardship activities, including maintaining an active schedule of donor meetings and site visits, as well as the production of donor gifts. 
  • Draft, revise, and track effective acknowledgement letters, proposals, visit briefings, presentations, and other donor correspondence. 
  • Maintain donor records and contact reports and update portfolio information to assist in the moves management process.
  • Prepare meeting briefings and itineraries.
  • Provide general support to the events team by assisting with logistics and planning activities before, during and after special events: nametag creation; RSVP list reviews; ordering supplies and other administrative support.
  • Order supplies and maintain office equipment as necessary. 
  • Adhere to all Department of Health, YMCA of Greater New York, and funder standards, expectations, and regulations.
  • Actively participate in all training sessions and designated meetings.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. 
  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional work experience is required. Fundraising experience a plus.
  • Well organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to manage competing priorities. 
  • Flexible, resourceful and the ability to adapt quickly, to plan for and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, high-expectation environment.
  • Creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and poise under pressure combined with strong project management and organizational skills are critical in this position. 
  • Enjoys working in a collaborative environment and cultivating strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, and verbal communication skills (writing samples required).  
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with the ability to easily learn other software and database systems. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; unquestionable personal integrity; and diplomatic and discreet. 

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with an organizational culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity.

How to Apply:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. 

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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