Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time




175 Remsen Street Suite 1000
New York
United States



TITLE:                  Director of Development (Full-time Position)

REPORTS TO:     Executive Director


exalt’s mission is to elevate expectations of personal success for youth ages 15-19 who have been involved in the criminal justice system. We inspire youth at a critical crossroads to believe in their worth, from the first steps in contemplation through the journey to create lasting behavioral change. Our powerful combination of structured classes for tangible skill development, individualized support to navigate the education and justice systems, placement in paid internships and an alumni network of resources equips youth with the tools and experience to avoid further criminal justice system involvement. At exalt, we empower youth to see a future filled with hope and we provide the road map to get there.



Reporting and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Development will lead exalt’s development and fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will cultivate individual donors, as well as foundation, government and corporate giving.



·        Spearhead and execute exalt’s first scaling campaign to raise $2 million dollars over 3 years.

·        Execute and plan to meet 1.4 million dollars of exalt’s annual fundraising goals.

·        Design, develop and implement a broad based development plan which includes major individual, corporate, foundation and government funding, special events, direct mail and cause related marketing.

·        Develop and track all proposals and reports to foundations.

·        Prospect for Government funding.

·        Manage complete grant cycle process: write high quality grant applications and proposals including budgets and prepare other materials as needed: reports, letters of intent, program briefs, etc.; manage submission process and follow-up.

·        Provide leadership to the Fundraising Committee of the Board and other board members in cultivating potential donors and meeting their fundraising goals.

·        Retain and grow existing portfolio of foundation and government partnerships; steward and solicit prospects to secure and grow new funding sources.

·        Identify and implement new cultivation and stewardship opportunities to expand individual giving.

·        Prospect research and identification:

·        Developing a regularly updated list of institutional funding prospects for circulation to the Board of Directors, staff, etc. for contact identification.

·        Tracking, developing strategies, preparing submissions and follow-up on all contacts resulting from the list.

·        Acknowledgement and recognition of gifts. 

·        Collaborate with Deputy Director to develop new funding opportunities for programming.

·        Assist in identifying and cultivating corporate prospects to fund organization priorities.

·        Oversee Special Events, yearly gala and work with events chairs to meet fundraising goals.

·        Manage direct mail/online program, increasing the amount given by current major gifts donors and growing the number of major gifts donors.  

·        Manage creative and messaging content for various communications such as e-mail solicitations, annual reports, press releases, and sponsorship decks.

·        Financial Reporting: Work with accountant to develop and produce financial and other related reports for all fundraising programs.

·        Other duties as assigned.




·        A Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of development leadership experience in non-profit sector required.

·        Superior track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major individual and institutional donors.

·        Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to develop and deliver successful presentations.

·        Experience managing staff and liaising with a Board of Directors.

·        Strong time-management skills and ability to work efficiently and effectively in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment.

·        Knowledge of the New York City philanthropic community.

·        Knowledge of Government funding a plus.

·        Excellent computer skills: proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience with competitive benefits


TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to The subject line must read Director of Development


 exalt is an equal opportunity employer


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience with competitive benefits

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email Resume and Cover Letter and include in the subject line: Director of Development