Director of Development (Fundraising) - New York, NY

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




New York
New York
United States


About Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, Jumpstart children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed! Learn more at

Position Overview

The Director of Development is responsible for managing and growing a donor portfolio of approximately $3.6 million across the Tristate Region and supervises a development team of three staff members. The individual in this role leads in strategy and related moves management with individual, foundation, corporate, and government sources; and directly manages and leverages a local advisory board. The Director of Development reports to the Vice President of Development with whom she or he works closely on all fundraising activities. The Director of Development may also partner with members of Jumpstart’s development staff across the network to meet annual revenue goals.

Specific Responsibilities

·        Develop an aggressive fundraising strategy that will achieve established revenue goals. This plan includes moves management with individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors

·        Establish and implement strategies for retaining and moving current donors from annual and sustained donors to major donors

·        Proactively identify and develop opportunities to grow local donors into national funders, when appropriate

·        Participate in in-person cultivation and solicitation meetings with VPs, CDO, CEO, and other staff and/or board members, as appropriate

·        Effectively manage fundraising team to maintain a high functioning, efficient and effective team

·        Develop and implement effective appeals (both written and online)

·        Write effective and successful funding proposals and ensure exceptional and timely grant reporting and stewardship

·        Promote Jumpstart and support fundraising objectives through the effective design and coordination of major special events

·        Work across the Jumpstart network to share best practices, current trends, challenges, and opportunities

·        Collaborate and network with other directors across the Jumpstart network



•     At least 7 years of experience in fundraising, sales, or development work including the development and implementation of strategic revenue generation plans

•     Demonstrated leadership in driving and managing teams to achieve established goal

•     Demonstrated success identifying, cultivating, securing, and growing a network of individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors, with evidence of securing gifts of $25,000 and greater

•     Strong communication, including written, public speaking and presentation skills, with evidence of successful relationship management and donor communications

•     Proven success in developing and implementing appeals through both traditional and emerging methodologies

•     A track record of successful foundation, corporate and government relationships

•     Proven experience in the execution of high-quality and strategic special events

•     Comprehensive development operations, systems, analytical, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills with the ability to plan and implement in a demanding, fast-paced environment

•     Commitment to Jumpstart’s core values: learning, connection, determination, joy and kindness

•     Ability and willingness to travel to assigned locations/sites as necessary

•     Energetic, enthusiastic, team-player interested in growing within entrepreneurial environment

•     Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant professional experience

•     Experience and comfort working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities

Preferred or Ideal

•     Prior experience/interest in social justice or diversity, equity, and inclusion work

•     Previous supervisory experience


Approximately 10% local travel; and travel for annual Development Leadership Team is required (location TBD)


Excellent benefits package, including health, dental, and vision plans; generous PTO and sick time; paid holidays; and a 401k plan with an employer match, along with a great work environment! 

Level of Language Proficiency

English fluency required

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please complete an online application. Both a cover letter and resume are required to complete your application. Applications without a cover letter may not be considered. Candidates will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Please upload/attach your resume to your applicant profile as well as your cover letter.