Director of Individual Giving & Annual Fund

Job Type

Full Time




42 Broadway
The ALS Association
New York
New York
United States


The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters in The ALS Association's nationwide network of 40 chapters. The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter is a leader in the fight to cure and treat ALS by funding global, cutting-edge research and providing vital support services to people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families in the Greater New York region including New York City, Long Island, Westchester, the lower Hudson Valley, North and Central New Jersey.

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Individual Giving & Annual Fund is responsible for meeting the Chapter’s fundraising goals through the identification, cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of gifts. The Director of Individual Giving & Annual Fund will work strategically to create a comprehensive development program, while building the Chapter's $2 million annual portfolio of donors and prospects in order to provide sustainable funding for all mission-related programs. A full-time position located in the Chapter’s Manhattan office.


  • The Director of Individual Giving & Annual Fund will develop, and grow current relationships with a portfolio of individual prospects and donors to not only sustain, but also increase donor support for the Chapter.
  • Analyze and seek to strategically grow current portfolio of donors to identify potential mid-level, major and planned giving prospects by putting in place a systematized process for the cultivation, solicitation and continued stewardship of these prospects.
  • Work collaboratively with Special Events and Care Services departments to identify individual donors and prospects with potential to support programmatic funding, National Signature Events, the Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Dinner, and potential board development.
  • Attend all seven Walks to Defeat ALS and all other relevant events including patient symposia, cultivation events, and represent the Chapter at advocacy and awareness opportunities in order to identify and steward potential mission donors.
  • Manage and grow current fundraising programs including the annual fund, planned giving, and workplace giving initiatives.
  • Ensure gift acknowledgement and information programs are meeting both the donors’ and Chapter’s objectives.
  • Provide counsel and leadership to Chapter staff in the areas of major gifts and planned giving, including strategy development and execution, donor visits, volunteer management and solicitations, as needed.
  • Implement and monitor activities, assess effectiveness, adjust strategies to ensure achievement of performance goals.
  • Demonstrate behaviors in concert with the Chapter’s mission, vision, values, policies, and procedures. Adhere to strict confidentiality policies in handling donor information. Build and maintain positive working relationship and communications with all constituencies.
  • Support financial management by ensuring timely reporting.
  • Ensure that all gift acknowledgements occur in the timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A bachelor’s degree required and advanced degree in relevant field a plus.
  • Must have a minimum of five years of development experience, preferably within a health care environment, and a proven track record of success.
  • Must be outgoing and enthusiastic and be comfortable in making presentations to promote the work of The ALS Association.
  • Strong organizational skills required to handle portfolio of donors and development programs related to advancing the mission.
  • Exceptional written and oral skills.
  • Self-motivated and willing to allow the position to expand and diversify as needed.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, goal oriented environment.
  • Strong computer skills. Knowledge of fundraising databases and web-based tools for donor research. Able to develop reports and extract information from donor database.
  • Knowledge of New York philanthropic community a plus.
  • Light travel as-needed.
  • Ability to works nights and weekends.


health, dental and vision insurance, simple IRA plan with employer match, generous vacation package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Mastery of English required. Spanish speaking a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Regina Ackley at Please included "Director of Individual Giving & Annual Fund" in the subject line. Applicants who do not provide this complete package of information will not be considered.