Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.




104 West 29th Street
11th Floor
New York
New York
United States


Organizational Overview

The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Joseph and Jane Clementi to end bullying through inclusion, assertion of dignity, and acceptance, in order to honor the memory of Tyler: a son, a brother, and a friend. Its mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities.

In 2010, Tyler’s death became a global news story, highlighting the impact and consequences of bullying, harassment, and humiliation, while sparking a dialogue among parents, teachers, and students across the country. Tyler’s story also linked to broader issues affecting youth and families such as LGBTQ inequality, safety in schools, youth in crisis, higher education support systems, and cyberbullying.

Through programs like the Upstander Pledge, #Day1, the Upstander Speaker Series, and Tyler’s Suite, TCF empowers individuals and groups to take a stand against bullying and to create safe spaces where individuals embrace diversity.

The Position

TCF is seeking an experienced and visionary Director of Development to oversee all philanthropic fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is responsible for leading and expanding a development program that will be responsible for generating over $1 million in revenue in FY18-19. The majority of TCF’s revenue comes from private foundations, special events, corporate sponsorship, and a small but committed base of individual donors with potential for expansion.


Strategic Development

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to development infrastructure, activities, programs, and staff/volunteers to ensure continued growth and sustainability
  • Develop and implement strategies for expanding financial support, including prospecting, networking to identify/build known connections to funders, and relationship building
  • Bring new ideas, approaches, and perspectives – based both on previous success and on continuous learning/engagement – to stay on top of emerging trends and best practices, including fundraising online
  • Explore and lead efforts to diversify funding streams and sources in support of TCF’s programs and mission

Revenue Generation

  • Manage existing corporate sponsors/funders and develop new partners capable of providing major gifts to meet and/or exceed TCF’s funding goals
  • Oversee foundation grant proposal development, writing, submission, reporting, and relationship building, with support from the Development Associate (to be hired) and the Executive Director
  • Identify and cultivate individual and major donors to grow donor base and total revenue via direct mail, digital outreach, and in-person relationship building
  • Lead and/or support fundraising events, including TCF’s annual Upstander Legacy Celebration and 3rd party events supported by Board members and community partners

Relationship Management (internal and external)

  • Work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Board of Trustees, and Board Advisory Council to ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to fundraising efforts/activities and relationship building
  • Represent TCF at external events, in public forums, and at professional conferences, as required
  • Enhance TCF’s growing, national network of individual and major donors through direct and online outreach, events, and other stewardship activities

Staff Supervision

  • Provide leadership and day-to-day management of a new, to-be-hired Development Associate, as well as volunteers and/or interns, including supervision and professional development
  • Coach Board members and staff to develop/improve fundraising comfort and expertise across the organization

Financial/Administrative Oversight

  • Help ensure that timelines for grant applications and ensure accurate and meaningful reporting on grants that maximizes renewals and additional opportunities for foundation funding
  • Play a key role, in partnership with the Executive Director, in assessing TCF’s needs and assuring that it is positioned to meet budget and fundraising goals

While no single candidate is likely to have equal expertise in all of the above categories, successful candidates will have a compelling combination of strengths in many of them and the self-awareness and wisdom to leverage other resources in the area(s) where she/he/they lack personal mastery.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree, Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), or equivalent professional/lived experience welcomed
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in nonprofit development as a fundraiser, including experience as manager/supervisor
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Strong project management abilities, organized, able to multitask, administer multiple projects, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to build and work in cross- functional teams
  • Track record of managing by influence and persuasion, and by coordinating the work of colleagues and team members who are not direct reports

Work Hours

Monday through Friday, with flexibility to accommodate early and evening weekday hours and occasional weekend hours. There will be some travel outside of the New York Metropolitan Area.


Generous benefits include:

  • Medical/dental/vision coverage
  • EAP from Health Advocate
  • 403b retirement plan
  • 5 Weeks PTO (combined sick and vacation) per year
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • WageWorks commuter benefits
  • Life insurance (including spouse supplemental)
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send a resume with salary history and thoughtful cover letter to with "Director of Development" in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Tyler Clementi Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including LGBTQ people, women, people of color, and people with disabilities. Please read our Diversity Statement: