Assistant Director of External Relations

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000.00
Maximum: $75,000.00




441 West 26th Street
New York
United States


The Hudson Guild's Mission:

To create and sustain a strong, effective community that acknowledges and responds to the potential, achievements and interdependence of its diverse members, maintaining a priority focus on those in economic need. Serving the Chelsea Community and beyond since 1895, Hudson Guild offers outstanding specialized programming for children, youth and seniors, as well as community building, mental health and arts programming. You can read more about the Guild at

POSITION OVERVIEW: This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic non-profit environment with dedicated colleagues in a successful development department. The Assistant Director supervises the Institutional Relations Manager and reports to the Deputy Executive Director, External Relations. The AD will be an integral member of a collaborative External Relations team, leading all institutional and government funding, including relationship building, proposals, reports and events as needed. The AD will also support the DED managing all aspects of the ER department.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A commitment to Hudson Guild’s mission; Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience; 5+ years grant writing and grants management experience, including government contracts and grants management, with a successful track record of securing grants, sponsorships, and government grants/contracts; excellent writing, organizational and interpersonal skills; proficiency in MS Office Suite; ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to function well in a high pressure, deadline driven environment; excellent critical thinking and analytical skills; ability to collaborate with other departments and interact with Board members, donors, volunteers, and community members; events management experience; familiarity with Raisers Edge or other CRM; knowledge of the NYC nonprofit and funding community, including government agencies; supervisory experience.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Willingness to respond with flexibility and enthusiasm to new organizational opportunities; ability to think creatively about ways to meet programmatic needs; sense of humor; interest in professional development.


  • Supervise the Institutional Giving Manager, who oversees and Institutional Giving Associate.
  • Working with the DED for External Relations, program staff, and organization leadership as needed to develop strategies for securing support from a wide array of institutional funders
  • Work with the DED and program leadership in the development and execution of institutional giving and government proposals.
  • Ensure timely, high quality submission of all foundation, corporate and government grant proposals and reports.
  • Work closely with the DED and the Communications Associate on strategic communications and relationship building with prospective funders, donors and the public.
  • Create and manage special events and projects that highlight government and institutional support
  • Oversee the tracking and management of all institutional proposals and reports, including deadlines, cultivation and prospecting
  • Expand the pool of corporate and foundation funders
  • Work with the Volunteer and Donor Engagement Manager to build and strengthen corporate volunteering relationships and projects to expand corporate support
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with institutional funders as needed, and ensure appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • Participate in agency-wide initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Hudson Guild offers a competitive compensation and fringe benefits package including health, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance; 403(b) plan; commuting subsidy (TransitChek) and generous vacation/sick/holiday leave.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply here: