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Manager of Development- GROW your career as you help urban youth learn from nature!

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Christodora: Nature, Learning, Leadership


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March 3, 2021
February 28, 2021
Salary commensurate with experience.

Overview:

Since 1897, Christodora: Nature, Learning, Leadership has been helping New York City youth from under-resourced communities flourish and succeed, in recent decades through a focus on building leadership skills and academic success through an awareness and understanding of the natural environment. Christodora engages 2500 students each year through its interconnected, experiential environmental science and wilderness programs-- in NYC public school classrooms, in weekend urban ecology and community service programs, at its Manice Education Center in a remote corner of the Berkshire Mountains, and through partnerships with distinguished institutions providing opportunities for advanced study. During the 2020 pandemic, we successfully launched interactive virtual afterschool and in-classroom programs, as well as “hybrid” and in-person paid internships for high school students in NYC parks. For more information about Christodora, please visit the website at http://www.christodora.org/

Christodora has been a leader in developing and implementing best-practice outcomes measurement for youth development programs, and was recognized in 2018-2020 with the “HI Impact” Award from a national research organization (one of the top 5% of organizations nationwide to receive the award for 3 years running.) Our metrics are exceptionally strong, with statistically significant gains in all key areas of social emotional learning that predict our students’ long-term success, as well as high satisfaction levels among school partners, families and students. Building on our current strengths, Christodora’s board and staff are engaged now in a process of strategic program development and investment in additional staff to support our growth.

Christodora’s year-round staff includes an Executive Director, Program Director, Finance and Administration Coordinator, City Programs Manager, Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator and 4 environmental educators. Up to 20 additional program and support staff members are seasonal and/or part- time: camp staff, TA's, gala consultants, etc. Christodora’s intern program provides valuable educational opportunities for high school through graduate students, and 50% of Christodora’s student-servicing program staff are alumni of Christodora programs. Christodora’s board of directors is both active and personally generous. The organization’s annual operating budget of $1.2 million ($860k annual fundraising revenue target, including program service revenue) is complemented by a healthy unrestricted investment portfolio. We are poised to grow and our new development manager will help!

Position Overview

Christodora: Nature, Learning, Leadership is seeking an outstanding professional with a proven track record in institutional fundraising and a commitment to youth to serve as the Development Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will work across all income areas to manage the execution of fundraising and communications strategy for Christodora.  With primary focus on foundation and corporate fundraising (including grant/report writing and corporate partnerships), the Manager will also help to shape overall communications strategy and assist with outreach to individuals and special events planning. The Manager will be an integral part of our tight-knit team and will be enjoy close connections to our dynamic students, alumni, families and school partners and their inspiring journeys with Christodora.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional writer and storyteller who is motivated to experience Christodora’s programs first-hand, interacting effectively with Christodora’s diverse supporters and constituents, and has a natural ability to translate our work and impact into compelling talking points and collateral. This position requires a highly energetic, smart, collaborative, flexible project manager who is dedicated to building long-term support for the organization. To be successful in the role of Development Manager, you must truly enjoy wearing different hats and using (and expanding!) all of your skills. 

This is a unique growth opportunity for a creative, entrepreneurial and detail-oriented fundraising professional to build on their strong grant-writing skills and play a major role in empowering young people to define the trajectories of their lives. Working closely with the Executive Director, the board and staff, the Manager will both contribute to strategic fundraising leadership and ensure excellence in execution and reporting. 

Specific Responsibilities 

Fundraising:

•      Build on existing research and institutional relationships to develop institutional, corporate, and family foundation grant opportunities as well as potential major gift donors, analyzing funders for synergy with our mission and suggesting next steps to the Executive Director and Development Committee. 

•      Write grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry and briefing materials for meetings and site visits. Cultivate and manage relationships with corporate and private foundation program officers.

•      Manage internal grants and funding calendars and schedules to ensure timely submission of proposals, renewals and reports to foundations and corporate partners.

•      Track progress and report quarterly on progress toward fundraising goals. Coordinate with Finance Administrator to ensure reconciliation of development and accounting records. Requires Excel skills and attention to detail in financial reporting.

Communications:

•      Assist in creating and implementing annual development/communications plan, including identification, solicitation, cultivation and stewardship strategies. 

•      Create annual report and update (or supervise update of) newsletter/social media/website, telling the story of our mission and metrics. Oversee standards for communications materials. 

Other Development and General Organizational Activities—working collaboratively with Christodora management and support staff:

•      Ensure timely updates and accuracy in the donor and prospect database (Salesforce CRM) to support gift solicitation and acknowledgment processes.

•      Support the planning and execution of organization-wide and development team initiatives and events including the annual fall gala. Participate in "all-hands-on-deck" activities including student presentation events, board ad supporter gatherings with educators, etc. Includes occasional weeknight or weekend events.

•      Help create public relations engagements for media, community and brand or cause-marketing partnerships.

•      Support engagement with special constituencies such as young professional and alumni boards. 

Overview:

Since 1897, Christodora: Nature, Learning, Leadership has been helping New York City youth from under-resourced communities flourish and succeed, in recent decades through a focus on building leadership skills and academic…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial

Benefits

•      3 weeks paid annual vacation and 10 paid holidays

•      Employer-funded medical and dental coverage

•      403(b) plan

•      A commitment to opportunities for professional development and growth

•      Opportunities to enjoy nature with our students and annual trip to our camp!

•      3 weeks paid annual vacation and 10 paid holidays

•      Employer-funded medical and dental coverage

•      403(b) plan

•      A commitment to opportunities for professional development and growth…

Level of Language Proficiency

Excellent English language written and verbal communications skills, appropriately flexible in a variety of contexts: institutional grant writing; correspondence; annual reports/newsletters; collaborative work on seasonal solicitations, social media and public relations.

Excellent English language written and verbal communications skills, appropriately flexible in a variety of contexts: institutional grant writing; correspondence; annual…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1 East 53rd Street, 14th floor, New York, NY 10022

How to Apply

Please paste your cover letter into the body of the email and attach your resume. Send to employment@christodora.org. Subject line should read “Development- [Lastname]” A writing sample would be appreciated and helpful.

We seek to fill the position as soon as possible and applicants will be reviewed in the order in which materials are received.

Please paste your cover letter into the body of the email and attach your resume. Send to employment@christodora.org. Subject line should read “Development- [Lastname]” A writing…

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