Director, Senior Director, VP, Development

  • Job posted by New York Stem Cell Foundation

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Director, Senior Director, VP

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), a highly successful and rapidly growing nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating cures for the major diseases of our time through stem cell research, is seeking a Director/Senior Director/VP Development (level commensurate with experience) to meet NYSCF's annual development goals. NYSCF's Director/Senior Director/VP, Development will report to the Chief Business Officer (CBO). You will be responsible in developing fundraising strategies and closing principal gifts from current and prospective high-capacity individual donors as well as appropriate foundations to fulfill NYSCF's annual and long-term fund-raising goals. You will be a sophisticated development authority who leads team activities in partnership with senior leadership.

You should have a strong dedication to the mission and goals of NYSCF and an appreciation of the value of research in the stem cell field. Previous senior-level disease foundation or academic medical center fundraising experience is required, although raising money for stem cell research is not required.


Principal gifts

  • Lead a portfolio of prospects and donors with a focus on securing principal-level gifts and pledges, with specific short term and long-term fundraising objectives. Including stewardship of each donor in portfolio.
  • Partner with the CEO and CBO, as well as NYSCF's scientists, develop cultivation / stewardship and solicitation strategies for existing and new principal gift prospects by assessing philanthropic intent, interest in supporting NYSCF and giving capacity.
  • Conduct personal visits and other significant interactions to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and close principal gifts.
  • Engage donors and prospects at NYSCF and outside events as part of the cultivation process.
  • Develop, establish and maintain relationships with foundation program officers and corporate giving officers.
  • Write compelling proposals and reports to secure new commitments and upgrade existing donor commitments.
  • Provide timely follow-up (thank you) for each and every principal gift and personalized (written, phone and/or face-to-face) follow up with principal donations.
  • Prepare schedule and materials for all donor / foundation reports (first draft, draft to CEO, final report) in portfolio.

Development team activities

  • Works with the CBO to build and actualize work plans to ensure that proper follow-up (letters, phone calls and meetings) is underway at all times for major gift solicitations, including drafting letters, preparing briefing materials, scheduling appointments and following-up as appropriate.
  • Researches and identifies potential individuals, corporations and foundations for project and general operating support.
  • Tracks major developments within NYSCF's donor communities.
  • Tracks and follows-up with prospective donors.
  • Helps implement activities and special events, working closely with NYSCF's events planner and/or consultants as needed.
  • Leads invitations, including working with a designer or otherwise developing the physical invitation, preparing invitation lists and leading the dissemination of the invitations. This may include writing personalized notes, etc.

Board Development

  • Prepares development materials for Board and Leadership Council meetings or as needed.
  • Researches prospective Board members.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 5+ years progressive development experience with shown success soliciting and closing principal gifts required.
  • Previous disease foundation, medical research center, or university senior-level fundraising experience strongly preferred. Advanced degree a plus.
  • Familiarity with all facets of development and have a shown understanding of how to lead a portfolio of rated prospects and fundraising databases.
  • Successful experience working with individual donors, including board leadership. Ability to build and further effective relationships with lay and scientific colleagues, donors and prospects and to steward long-term donor relationships.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Excellent organization, oral and written communication skills.
  • You are an excellent teammate, who enjoys working in a supportive, highly visionary, dynamic environment.
  • Please include a resume including specific information on principal gift revenue raised as well as a cover letter and writing sample.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree