Individual Gifts Officer, Development

Job Type

Full Time




35 East 125th Street
New York
New York
United States


We are currently seeking an experienced Individual Gifts Officer to join the organization’s dynamic and fast-paced Development department. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success identifying, soliciting, cultivating and closing individual gifts, as well as a proven track record stewarding existing donors. Annual fund experience desired and a strong commitment to the mission of the Harlem Children’s Zone is paramount.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of prospects and donors with a focus on securing pledges and gifts of $10,000 or more
  • Develop relationships and secure site visits with prospects and donors to update them on HCZ’s activities and prime them for ongoing or new gifts
  • Communicate regularly with prospects and donors to ensure ongoing stewardship
  • Work closely with the Director of Major Gifts to develop short- and long-term cultivation and solicitation strategies for portfolio
  • Work collaboratively with department staff on, and/or oversee, targeted donor appeals and mailings
  • Write compelling proposals and reports to secure new commitments and upgrade existing donors
  • Work closely with HCZ staff in multiple departments
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3-4 years of experience in a fast-paced fundraising environment
  • Proven track record in prospect management and individual gift solicitation
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well with donors and work effectively will all levels of staff
  • Annual Fund experience desired
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and execute multiple projects
  • Time management skills and the ability to work effectively under deadlines
  • Team player committed to the mission of the Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Experience working with donor database software, preferably Raiser’s Edge
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. To apply, CLICK HERE. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.