job: Director of Giving, New York

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Fri Jan 5 07:25:46 CST 2007

From:     Sondra Youdelman <sondra at>

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Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a small grassroots membership 
organization of low-income people, working together to build the power 
of their families in New York City and New York State so as to bring 
about progressive policy change.  Using base-building, direct-action, 
research and coalition building, we lead campaigns to win benefits - 
such as living wage jobs, access to quality education and training, and 
affordable housing - for our membership.


Community Voices Heard is seeking a creative and energetic individual to 
help diversify our funding base and build our development 
infrastructure, with a focus on individual donors, to better support our 
economic justice organizing in low-income communities in New York.  The 
position calls for a mid-level staff person to spearhead an individual 
giving program to contribute towards our $880,000 budget, developing 
strategies and directing all activities that draw support from 
individual donors (in the form of both small and large gifts).  The 
person will report to the Executive Director and work in coordination 
with Director of Administration & Institutional Giving – helping to 
develop and implement stronger fundraising, communications and 
development operations within the organization.  The primary work of 
this position will include donor recruitment and management, development 
of a stronger events program, and working with membership to implement a 
grassroots fundraising program.  Additionally, the position will be 
responsible for communications work that supports the fundraising efforts.


** Development Planning: devising and implementing a non-foundation 
development plan (including donor base development, annual individual 
donor appeal, major donor appeal, corporate solicitation, etc.) for the 
** Individual Donor Recruitment & Management: building a list of 
potential donors, developing and managing ongoing donor contact, donor 
mailings and other donor development systems.
** Organizing Special Events: organizing both small (i.e. house parties, 
bar nights) and large special events (i.e. annual gala) to raise 
resources from individual donors.
** Staffing a Grassroots Membership Fundraising Committee: working with 
CVH members to develop and implement a membership run grassroots 
fundraising plan potentially including both events and implementation of 
membership dues paying systems.
** Development of Communications Materials: developing externally used 
materials (brochures, pamphlets, website content, etc.), putting 
together quarterly newsletter.
** Maintenance of Fundraising Database: designing and/or implementing 
appropriate tracking systems for fundraising efforts, entering new 
contacts into database, keeping information up to date, tracking 
donations by contact.


The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of experience engaged in 
fundraising, special events, communications, etc.  Specific 
qualifications include some of the following:

** Demonstrated commitment to building long-term power for low-income 
people of color, their families, and their communities.
** Experience reaching out to new potential individual donor prospects 
and pitching organizational projects and needs.
** Excellent written, oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
** Experience planning, organizing and executing special events and 
** Experience working with and managing a donor tracking system and 
maintaining effective and strategic donor contact through mailings, 
phone calls, and individual visits.
** Ability to work with a diverse membership base in a bottom-up 
grassroots organization fundraising committee.
** Experience with material and document writing, editing and production.
** The capacity to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
** Highly organized and pays close attention to detail.


Please send a resume, writing sample, names of three references and a 
cover letter by mail to: Michelle Perez, Director of Administration & 
Institutional Giving, Community Voices Heard, 170 East 116th Street, 
#1E, New York, NY 10029 or by email to michelle at

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CVH strongly encourages people of 
color, women, and GLBT individuals to apply.

Original Posting Date: January 3rd, 2007.  Resumes will be accepted 
until the position is filled.  We encourage submissions ASAP.


Salary depends on experience (DOE).  Excellent benefits including health 
insurance, sabbatical, 403(b) retirement program, generous vacation 
leave, and holiday time off.

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