Associate Director of Individual Giving

Job Type

Full Time




475 Riverside Drive, Suite 950
New York
United States


The World Science Festival, is hiring an Associate Director to manage its Individual Giving programs for its New York City office. 

This is an exciting opportunity to have a strong impact on World Science’s mission to “cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.” If you have a passion for the arts, science, and education, and you are inspired by the possibility for cross-fertilization among these disciplines, apply today!

This position reports to the Chief Development and External Affairs Officer, and a qualified candidate can look forward to accomplishing the following in the ADIG position: 

  • Building a portfolio of individual donations to support the organization’s near and long-term growth
  • Developing and implementing strategies for identifying and cultivating donors, as well as developing solicitation and stewardship strategies of individual donors and prospects
  • Implementing a variety of creative fundraising initiatives and special events


Development Planning and Execution

  • Designing, implementing, and managing a comprehensive, proactive development plan for Individual Giving, with focus on expanding and enhancing relationships for financial support from individuals with the potential for four, five and six figure gifts.
  • Identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and managing stewardship of individual donors and donor prospects; developing and maintaining a high-quality stewardship process for active prospects and donors.


  • Developing competitive individual gift proposals for prospective and current donors; monitoring proposal deadlines, preparing and editing proposals, and managing submissions of proposals, and interim and final reports.


  • Developing and implementing strategies for innovative cultivation events, such as the annual gala and other events throughout the year.

Data Management

  • Maintaining up to date information in Salesforce and Patron Manager software platforms, including managing information on individual donor and donor prospects.


  • Researching and analyzing emerging philanthropic trends and areas of common interest between donors and the WSF.


  • Assisting with the preparation of annual budgets and income projections for the Individual Giving area, and regularly reviewing revenue and expenses, progress to goals, and tracking the status of pledges and gifts.


  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years experience in non-profit development and individual fundraising, preferably in the arts, sciences, higher education or a comparably complex organization
  • Demonstrated record of success in soliciting individual donors, and developing strategies to obtain gifts.
  • Strong knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques.

For consideration please submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation. The World Science Festival Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree