Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving and Events

Job Type

Full Time




15 West 37th Street
9th Floor
New York
New York
United States



The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people. As an advocacy organization, the Commission is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children and young people. The organization strives to effect policy and programmatic change with broad, worldwide impact.



The Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving and Events will play a key role in the Women’s Refugee Commission’s fundraising operations ($8+ million annual budget) as a member of a four-person team. The position will report to the Executive Director. He/she will supervise the Development Manager who provides essential support for the development department including operational and essential infrastructure support; database management; prospect research; processing gifts; and assisting with donor cultivation and events.


The Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving and Events is responsible for the management of the WRC’s individual donor program, including major donors, individual giving, and cultivation events. He/she will oversee the organization’s relationship management database, Raiser’s Edge. S/he develops bold giving ideas through a collaborative process with colleagues and senior leadership, based on research and experiences with donors. The Senior Development Officer will also work with senior management and board members to increase revenue.



Individual Giving

  • In close collaboration with the Executive Director, provide vision and leadership for development of an organization-wide individual fundraising strategy (inclusive of a multi-year acquisition plan). Ensure goals are met or exceeded;
  • Oversee the growth of a major gifts program to increase unrestricted gifting from high net worth individuals, including sophisticated prospect research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies;
  • Oversee the sustainability and growth of the donor base, through direct mail appeals, online fundraising, and designing new campaigns and initiatives;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, ensuring their needs are met and their interests are tracked;

·        Work closely with the Board of Directors.


  • Coordinate the logistical planning and execution of WRC’s Annual Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon. In partnership with the Communications Team manage event consultants, budgets, event committees, timelines and vendors;
  • Identify and/or strengthen corporate partnerships, particularly sponsorship for the annual luncheon, which is the major fundraising event for the organization every year;
  • Develop and manage Board cultivation strategies to increase their fundraising participation in events.

Data Management

  • Oversee Raiser’s Edge donor database and liaison with WRC staff;
  • Determine and analyze necessary reports for development and organizational purposes in database; 
  • Manage the Relationship Data Initiative in Raiser’s Edge and lead necessary staff trainings on database management.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree a plus;
  • Minimum of 6 to 8 years fundraising and event experience, with some management experience;
  • Demonstrated success record in key aspects of individual fundraising, including major gifts, direct response, and event planning;
  • Raiser’s Edge Certification and 1-2 years’ experience or 3 years in-depth experience working with Raiser’s Edge (experience building queries and importing/exporting constituents);
  • Solid computer skills: proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Passion for the WRC’s mission and commitment to fundraising;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to build and leverage relationships, inspire, engage and steward donors to retain and increase giving as well as attract new supporters;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and maintain positive, collaborative, productive relationships with staff at multiple levels;
  • Ability to adapt quickly, plan for, prioritize and manage multiple projects while working in a fast-paced environment both as part of a team and independently;
  • Effective organizational and time-management skills required;
  • Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information;
  • Strong knowledge of and ability to develop and manage operational development systems, such as data management, gift acknowledgement, gift processing, and list generation;
  • All employees must abide by the WRC Humanitarian Accountability statement:

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer; it considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 510(c)3 non-profit organization.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter along with your resume and salary requirements to: